Well, our beloved media establishment is at it again. Last Friday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced that the Department Of Justice is indicting 13 Russians for meddling in the 2016 election. True to form, news outlets went into a frenzy.
The left had been pushing the “Russiagate” narrative for over a year — and it seemed as if they finally hit pay dirt. Until a closer look revealed something that they didn’t want the American public to know.
The indictments stated that Russia used “unwitting” Americans to push their agenda. Thus far, no evidence of actual collusion has been discovered. The DOJ found that while Russia promoted Trump, they also worked to boost Bernie Sanders. Not only that, they also launched campaigns designed to harm the president.
Unfortunately, our vaunted fourth estate has not seen fit to do much reporting on this revelation. One of Facebook’s Vice Presidents was willing to shed some more light on the situation, however.
Facebook Explains Russia’s Election Meddling
Rob Goldman, Facebook’s Vice President of Ad Sales, took to Twitter to do the media’s job for them. “The majority of the Russian ad spend happened AFTER the election,” Goldman tweeted on Friday. “We shared that fact, but very few outlets have covered it because it doesn’t align with the main media narrative of Trump and the election.”
Nice. Some clarification and a barb at the news media. But that wasn’t all. He also explained what are likely Russia’s true motives. “Most of the coverage of Russian meddling involves their attempt to effect the outcome of the 2016 US election,” he wrote. “I have seen all of the Russian ads and I can say very definitively that swaying the election was *NOT* the main goal.”
You would think that Goldman’s tweets would encourage objective news outlets to at least explore the possibility that the Russians may have been more concerned about disrupting our election process than getting a particular person elected, right? Unfortunately, we do not have an objective media establishment.
News Outlets Strike Back
The left and the media — but I repeat myself — pushed back against Goldman’s assertions. Quartz published a piece entitled, “Facebook and Trump are telling the same misleading story about Russian propaganda.” In the piece, they argue that Facebook was not the only weapon Russia used in their campaign.
Not to be outdone, CNN trotted out none other than former Intelligence Director James Clapper. In an appearance with Dana Bash on “State Of The Union,” Clapper attacked Goldman’s statements. “Well, it’s false, as far as I’m concerned, because there’s no question what the Russians were trying to do,” he said. “Clearly, the Russians were trying to affect the election.”
But that’s not all that Clapper had to say. He argued that the Russians had three goals: to “sow discord and discontent in this country,” to “hurt Hillary Clinton,” and to “support Trump.” It is not clear which of these three Clapper considered to be Russia’s primary objective.
A Tremendous Blow To Russiagate Narrative
To be fair, it is possible that Russia wanted Trump to be president, but there is no way to know this for sure. What is clear is that the Kremlin’s primary objective was to cause Americans to doubt our electoral process and to foment discord. Instead, the media has chosen to use Moscow’s actions as a political cudgel to discredit the Trump administration.
Unfortunately for them, it appears that the Russia collusion narrative is on shaky ground.
While the indictments stated that Russian operatives meddled in the election through social media and other means, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation did not find evidence of actual collusion between President Trump’s campaign and the Kremlin. Indeed, it stated that these Russian agents tricked “unwitting” Americans, some of which might have been members of Trump’s campaign, into helping them pursue their objectives.
Mueller’s investigation is not yet over, and you can be sure that the establishment media is still hoping that his team discovers evidence of collusion — or anything else that might damage the Trump administration. However, if the investigation continues as it has up until this point, they might be in for a massive disappointment.