We are now deep into the sixth month of RussiaGate, six months into the national media's hysterical frenzy to try and connect President Trump, or any member of his circle, to any kind of wrongdoing with respect to the Russians. And after a full half-year, the media has come up with exactly BUPKIS.
As of this writing, there is absolutely no evidence of any illegal, unethical, or improper behavior between Team Trump and the Russians.
Oh, sure, we've seen plenty of media innuendo, all kinds of Fake News, an ever-growing pile of smears, and an unlimited number of overwrought headlines… But no evidence. None. Zip Zero. Nada. And deep below most of those overwrought headlines, in order to protect themselves, the dishonest media oftentimes buries something like the following under 14 paragraphs, "Sources stress there is no evidence of any wrongdoing between the Trump camp and the Russians."
Oh, okay. That sounds to me like it should be the headline, but I'm just a mere mortal who never attended J-school.
Is my memory off, or wasn't it just a few weeks ago that the media was comparing the nothingburger that is RussiaGate to a legitimate scandal called Watergate? Why yes! -- yes, it was just a few weeks ago that the media was making that comparison. So why don't we go ahead and actually do that; make the comparison, I mean.
TWO DAYS INTO WATERGATE: On June, 17, 1972, five men were arrested for breaking into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee, which was located in the Watergate Complex. A mere two days later the public learned that a GOP Security Aide, a "salaried security coordinator for President Nixon’s reelection committee," was among the five arrested.
TWO DAYS INTO RUSSIAGATE: There is absolutely no evidence of any wrongdoing committed by Donald Trump or anyone connected to Trump.
SIX WEEKS INTO WATERGATE: On August 1, the public learned a $25,000 cashier's check "earmarked for President Nixon’s re-election campaign, was deposited in April in a bank account of one of the five men arrested in the break-in[.]"
SIX WEEKS INTO RUSSIAGATE: There is absolutely no evidence of any wrongdoing committed by Donald Trump or anyone connected to Trump.
THREE-PLUS MONTHS INTO WATERGATE: On September 29, the public learned that while he was Attorney General, John Mitchell was in charge of a secret account used for espionage against Democrats.
THREE-PLUS MONTHS INTO RUSSIAGATE: There is absolutely no evidence of any wrongdoing committed by Donald Trump or anyone connected to Trump.
FOUR MONTHS INTO WATERGATE: The scandal blows wide open and lands right on Nixon's doorstep.
FOUR MONTHS INTO RUSSIAGATE: There is absolutely no evidence of any wrongdoing committed by Donald Trump or anyone connected to Trump.
SIX MONTHS INTO WATERGATE: Former-Nixon aides G. Gordon Liddy and James McCord are "convicted of conspiracy, burglary and wiretapping in the Watergate incident."
SIX MONTHS INTO RUSSIAGATE: There is absolutely no evidence of any wrongdoing committed by Donald Trump or anyone connected to Donald Trump.
Now let's compare the resources available to the media for Watergate vs. RussiaGate.
One newspaper (The Washington Post), two reporters (Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein) and one anonymous source (Deep Throat).
Now, I don't want to mislead. As the scandal heated up, more news outlets with more resources jumped onboard; more sources came forward. But the pull of the thread that started the unraveling was basically the result of two guys and one anonymous source.
All of the mainstream media and their billions of dollars, hundreds of reporters, countless numbers of anonymous sources, wiretaps of Team Trump phone calls, much of the Intelligence Community, dozens of felonious leaks coming from within the Deep State, and who knows how many federal bureaucrats working in what can only be described as Barry Obama's Shadow Government.
Within two days of the Watergate break-in, the media had already connected a crime to an employee on Nixon's re-election campaign. Within six weeks, the media connected the break-in directly to the president's re-election campaign. Within six months, two officials on Nixon's re-election campaign had already been convicted!
Wanna know what the BIG NEWS is today regarding RussiaGate?
2) Tony Podesta, brother of Hillary Clinton's campaign chief John Podesta, "failed to register under the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) when he agreed to represent Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank."
How about that!
All our media has is innuendo, smears, Fake News, outright lies, snark, smug, and a heaping pile of steaming BS.
As of today, it is time to declare RussiaGate what it is … FAKE NEWS.
And until the corrupt media either puts up or shuts up with actual evidence, all they are doing is exposing themselves as left-wing propagandists eager to intentionally spread FAKE NEWS.
Note: An earlier version of this article described Tony Podesta as John Podesta's son. It has been corrected to note that he is his brother.