Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Wednesday, October 02, 2019

The modern right-wing media-industrial complex " Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Breitbart, Infowars, 4chan and all the rest " has provided a home for wacky conspiracy theories about President Barack Obama's birth certificate, Hillary Clinton's involvement with Uranium One " and now the scandals that are putting the Trump Train on the fast track to impeachment.

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A prime example occurred last week when a fringe website called the Federalist reported that, just before a whistleblower filed a complaint about President Trump's actions with Ukraine, the intelligence community inspector general had conveniently lowered his standards to allow hearsay. This claim was immediately echoed by all the usual suspects, including Trump himself. He tweeted: "WHO CHANGED THE LONG STANDING WHISTLEBLOWER RULES JUST BEFORE SUBMITTAL OF THE FAKE WHISTLEBLOWER REPORT?"

Trump's own inspector general had to clarify that, while the wording of a submission form had changed, the standards had remained the same " and that, in any case, the whistleblower had firsthand information. This will not, of course, stop this phantasmagoric claim from becoming an article of faith among the true believers. The Federalist's editors, who took credit for forcing the New York Times to clarify a misleading article about Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, issued no apology or correction for their own bungling.

"Fringe website" LOL!

Somebody better do a wellness check on Jeff J..

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-10-02 08:12 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

They are losing their crap here. It's been fun to watch the meltdowns.
It's only going to get worse for them too. :)

#2 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-10-02 08:39 PM | Reply

I anticipate a tsunami of civil war rhetoric out of our resident "constitutionalists"

Cause they love America

#3 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2019-10-02 08:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trump has an obvious motive to spread lies as a distraction from the 10 words ("I would like you to do us a favor though") that have made his impeachment inevitable. What is truly terrifying is that the man with his finger on the nuclear button might actually believe this aliens-are-talking-through-my-fillings drivel.

Trump, after all, tried to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky not only to dig up dirt on Joe Biden but also to "get to the bottom of" reports that the Democratic National Committee's server had wound up in Ukraine. Zelensky must have wondered what the hell Trump was talking about. Turns out that some inventive wing-nuts posit that CrowdStrike, the cybersecurity firm that identified the Russian hacking of the DNC, has a connection to Ukraine. Because, you see, its Russian-born co-founder is affiliated with a think tank whose donors include a Ukrainian billionaire's foundation. Got that?

Yet Trump is not just yakking. He is enlisting the full resources of the U.S. government to validate this crackpot hypothesis in hopes of showing that the Russians didn't really hack the DNC and that, therefore, he wasn't really elected with Russian help.

The president is assisted in this disreputable endeavor not only by his own lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, but also by the attorney general of the United States, William P. Barr. Barr has embroiled Italy, Australia, Britain and other U.S. allies in a wildly improper effort to demonstrate that the investigation of Trump's campaign " conducted by his own department! " really was a "political witch hunt." Somehow Trump and his lackeys are able to believe that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III was a political hit man and also cite him as their source for their (false) claim that the president was exonerated of collusion and obstruction of justice.

This, so many times this.

He is enlisting the full resources of the U.S. government to validate this crackpot hypothesis in hopes of showing that the Russians didn't really hack the DNC and that, therefore, he wasn't really elected with Russian help.

This is the part I just don't understand because it's so in your face. Trump's using the full force of our government in pursuit of discredited theories he believes will harm his political rival and validate his victory in 2016. And they just don't care.

And don't think for a second Trump's search is about real evidence that would support his theories. All they're trying to do is to get someone credible to buy into the conspiracy, thereby dragging others into it still without any real direct evidence. Once they get enough to believe on faith, then the absence of actual evidence is confirmation of the cover up of those they'll claim won't allow the real truth to get out.

THAT is what Trump wants now.

#4 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-10-02 08:52 PM | Reply

In a very real sense, it was FOX opinion hosts who led the pig to slaughter.

#5 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2019-10-02 09:48 PM | Reply

How sane is Max Boot when he yens like a sick junkie for another fix of middle-east war porn?

#6 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2019-10-03 12:03 AM | Reply

The great thing though is these incels self identify and are easy to spot.
They are proud of their racism and stupidity and want all to see it. That is their downfall.

#7 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-10-03 01:18 AM | Reply

With respect to the allusions that Trump has made to the the possibility of there being a 'civil war' if he's removed form office, I suspect that based on the make-up of his rallies and the nut-jobs whom have come out of the woodwork since he took office, that this 'war' would more likely be a 'race war'.

And not to start any of my own 'conspiracy theories', but when was the last time that you heard of the NRA coming to the defense a black American who was being hassled by the authorities for possessing a legally purchased and licensed firearm?

OCU

#8 | Posted by OCUser at 2019-10-03 02:28 AM | Reply

#8 | Posted by OCUser

Ya, how is anyone supposed to tell who's who among white Americans in a civil war?

Are we supposed to wear red and blue like the Bloods and Crips do or something?

#9 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-10-03 02:36 AM | Reply

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