Just when you thought the cesspool likely planting itself at the White House couldn’t get more unseemly or terrifying, Vox shared “CNN’s …bombshell of a story — the heads of America’s top intelligence agencies showed President-elect Donald Trump evidence that the Russian government may have “compromising personal and financial” information on him and that his campaign spoke directly with Kremlin intermediaries.” Further:
“The allegations came, in part, from memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative, whose past work US intelligence officials consider credible,” write CNN’s Evan Perez, Jim Sciutto, Jake Tapper, and Carl Bernstein (yes, that Carl Bernstein). After CNN’s report, BuzzFeed published the British officer’s full dossier, which you can read here.
This dossier, per CNN, has been around for some time. FBI Director James Comey was apparently aware of it when he announced that he was reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails. Comey would have then announced an investigation into Clinton, which turned out to be nothingburger but profoundly affected the election, while sitting on far more significant allegations about her opponent.
But the allegations were only recently deemed credible — not proven, merely worth investigating — so are only recently getting top levels of scrutiny.”
Tapper, Perez, Sciutto and Bernstein held a careful CNN panel tonight discussing the allegations, remaining at all times respectful – hastening to add that we await more proof. Ask yourselves if the subject were Hillary Clinton, would they have been so restrained? NBC’s Andrea Mitchell was likewise loathe to run with “allegations,” whereas innuendo and smear about Hillary’s emails and the lifesaving Clinton Foundation were never a problem for her throughout this interminable election cycle.
Now, as FBI Director Comey once again comes under scrutiny, he is terrified, saying he never comments on an ongoing investigation – didn’t stop him from swaying the election Trump’s way by falsely, and I believe, with malicious intent, commenting plenty and leading voters to assume that Hillary was in deep legal trouble. She wasn’t.
Vox’s Zack Beauchamp applies restraint in speculating what U.S. intelligence agencies might finally reveal about Trumps involvement with Russia:
He concludes that at the very least, he will start out more compromised than any president before him. And heaven forfend we find out the worst (and no one really wants to believe this): that it’s treason. But one way or the other — we need to know now.
With each revelation, the media’s double standards become obvious to even those addicted to willful blindness – and the more the heartache grows that a few counties in swing states cost the election of the most qualified candidate in a generation. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3 million, yet will not be President. This is unprecedented.
More painful is that in their guilt, craven media operatives will continue to push revisionist history to blame Secretary Clinton for their own folly. Trump’s obfuscations about his possible business conflicts, his lack of transparency, Putin association, refusal to release his tax returns, Trump University scandal, Pam Bondi pay-to-play and more have been out there for many months. But a privileged Beltway class thought it more important to burn a qualified woman at the stake rather than treat the American people with dignity by regaling them with facts.
Now we will pay the price. They won’t.
When I think of how the entire Trump clan tried to humiliate the Clinton family during the debate I can only say “Karma is a bitch.”
My heart is broken. I miss Hillary,her smile and warmth, her leadership, her sane intelligent thoughts, ideas and solutions for our country.
Thank you Anita for your continued callouts on the double standards and mysogny.
You should run for office yourself now.
Thanks, Lou Ann. But my skin is not nearly thick enough.
Thank you for these insightful remarks. The double standard is a two-edged sword, cutting both the attacked and the attacker. Dr. King succinctly addressed this & accompanying dilemmas of America’s color line in “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” Juxtaposed against Pres. Obama’s Farewell Address, these revelations show the fragility of white men, the perversions of Donald Trump, and the undermining of our democracy. That double standard hurts. Ouch.
I appreciate your insight, Marguerite.
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Calling me hyperbolic makes my argument for me. Clinton received the most appalling double standards this entire election cycle. I remind that a good number of his voters actually believe she ran a pedophile ring out of a Washington pizzeria. She has spent a lifetime working to help children. The mind boggles.
Anita — any thoughts about writing another book?
Lorna, I’ve had a number of requests about this. Not sure yet. What would you most likely to see covered?
I think we should focus on the upcoming “Million Woman March” on January 21st. The coming together of women all over the U.S. and Europe in solidarity that what has happened during the entire election cycle was, indeed, not only double standard, but in your face efforts by the media, trump, russians and the alt right to do whatever necessary to put trump in the oval office. If women can maintain this solidarity from this point forward, this critical mass of women (and men), that would be revolution I most want to see coming. Otherwise, I cannot imagine how we can undo the damage done by decades of corruption and cheating in the election process. If we want our country back, it’s up to we, the people. Clearly, the power elite are not giving it up without a fight.
I am attending the Million Woman March in Austin and will be filming the event in hopes that all of the video clips collected by those who attended are compiled together to keep track of this new and growing revolution of women, because we know the media won’t.