Fake news on Afghanistan and Russia: The media's bounty of lies
Remember when the press and leftist politicians badgered President Trump? A story came out from the New York Times in 2020 claiming that Russia was paying bounties to Talibanites to kill U.S. troops stationed there? (As if these Islamofacist maniacs might not be motivated otherwise to do it themselves.)
Oh, the brouhaha it drew! President Trump was constantly blamed for not taking the problem "seriously," and America-hating Democrats had a field day of playing patriot. It came out during election season, and Joe Biden played it to the hilt, being Mr. Patriot and all, despite never having served. The aim of all this tiresome crap, played over and over and over on the nighttime news, was to Get Trump by bringing back that old dead cat about Trump being Putin's puppet.
Turns out that this bounty claim was, like a lot of these stories, a naked, total lie.
Here's what the Biden White House, which benefited handsomely from the lie, now has to say about it, according to the Wall Street Journal:
WASHINGTON — The Biden administration Thursday said it didn’t have solid intelligence that Russia had offered bounties to Afghan militants to kill U.S. troops, reports that last summer shook up U.S.-Russia relations, increased tensions between the U.S. and the Taliban during a troop drawdown and prompted bipartisan condemnation over the Trump administration’s inaction.
On Thursday, the administration said U.S. intelligence had only “low to moderate confidence” in the reports of the alleged bounty program.
The administration expressly declined to link the latest sanctions and expulsions of Russian diplomats undertaken Thursday to the bounty reports.
Anybody pay a price for this canard, now that the truth is out? Turns out it was like the Steele dossier story — pretty much all made up.
Mollie Hemingway notes on Twitter that this bounty lie that ran as straight news was made up by the exact same people:
The NYTers who uncritically regurgitated the intel leaker's Russian bounty hoax are Charlie Savage, Eric Schmitt, Michael Schwirtz. If you ever swallow any of their stories ever again, you're the idiot. (And you should've known already because they did the Russia collusion hoax)— Mollie (@MZHemingway) April 16, 2021
Ric Grenell points out the Twitter double standard for the lies still stands:
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) April 16, 2021
It seems that every lie has thus far been justified based on its original aim, which has always been solely to Get Trump.
In light of this, it looks as though the Bidenites, in revealing this, are throwing this shameless prevarication right in our faces. They're not sorry in the least, and that's on the record:
Retweeting: After collapse of 'Russian bounties' story, White House spokeswoman is asked if Biden regrets attacking Trump on basis of flimsy allegation. Answer: No. pic.twitter.com/KkgxT2cjxQ— Byron York (@ByronYork) April 16, 2021
Far from being a Russian bounty on U.S. soldiers, it was nothing but a bounty of lies.
Any questions as to why public trust in the media and for that matter, Democrats, has fallen into the sewer?
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