The RAND Corporation defines "information operations and warfare" as "the collection of tactical information about an adversary as well as the dissemination of propaganda in pursuit of a competitive advantage over an opponent." Similarly, the United States Army defines "information operations" as "the integrated employment...of information-related capabilities in concert with other lines of operation to influence, disrupt, corrupt, or usurp the decision-making of adversaries and potential adversaries while protecting our own."
In light of the harrowing debasement of (pseudo-)journalistic "integrity" that was the multi-year Russiagate hoax, it is time for sober-minded Americans to once and for all do away with the self-serving fiction that our gatekeepers in the fourth estate — those pillars of sanctimonious leftism that the late Andrew Breitbart once famously referred to as Democrat-Media Complex — can be viewed as distinct from information warfare operatives.
The depth of the past two years' worth of media malfeasance — and the vilely incestuous relations between our fourth estate guardians and partisan Democratic hacks like Adam Schiff and John Brennan — is impossible to properly articulate. Nations have faced revolutions over less severe corruption. The inestimable Lee Smith, writing at Tablet, is right to call the Russiagate caper "the biggest political scandal in a generation." Truly, there must be a reckoning for our bi-coastal elite, mainstream media-centric ruling class.
But here is the point: Leading media bastions at CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, and The New York Times willfully allowed themselves to be transmogrified into information warfare mouthpieces for the Democratic Party's scurrilous agenda. An agenda, that is, that sought nothing more than to gaslight Americans into questioning the integrity of their electoral system and all the leading institutions of their body politic.
Consider more from Lee Smith:
Russiagate was an information operation from the beginning, in which dozens of individual reporters and institutions actively partnered with paid political operatives like Glenn Simpson and corrupt law enforcement and intelligence officials like former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and senior DOJ official Bruce Ohr to smear Trump and his circle, and then to topple him. None of what went on the last two years would have been possible without the press...
Consider also radio host and blogger Erick Erickson:
But we now know the real Russian collusion scandal is that the media has let Democrats from the House and Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committees on television to use their stature to assure the American public the collusion was real. ...
It is now abundantly obvious that many of the sources used by reporters were playing the reporters to advance an untrue narrative against the President. It is also abundantly obvious that many reporters, anchors, and networks allowed Democrats to get away with lies in ways they would never allow the President.
In a well-functioning republic, We the People would hold our irredeemably corrupt media to account for their central role in the attempted subversion of the American system of governance. Trump may not have "colluded" with Russia, but it was instead our mainstream media and other fellow travelers of the Democrat-Media Complex that intentionally carried out the Kremlin's will: To undermine Americans' confidence and faith in the over-arching institutions that support and secure the United States of America.
It is long past time for us "normals" to cease our complicity in the ruse that the mainstream American media can be viewed as anything remotely approaching "objective." Instead, we would be better served to label the media for what they are: Information warfare operatives with an overtly partisan, Democratic Party-infused gaslighting agenda.
Shame on our media.