Now that Donald Trump is no longer president, the mainstream media has decided to do a little housekeeping by walking back untrue stories about the former president that were clearly meant to do him harm politically.
Now that Trump is out of office, multiple major news outlets are admitting that the story about Russia paying Taliban members to kill American soldiers was likely false.
Back during the election, the media aggressively ran with the story without a second thought. They tried to push the narrative that Trump knew that Russia was doing this and that he did nothing because he was a puppet of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
But that narrative has blown up in their faces, as the intelligence community is now openly admitting that the report, even if true, was likely overblown. Of course, the intelligence community could have refuted the story at the time of its release, but they instead stayed quiet and didn’t reach out to the New York Times, which first reported the story, to say the report was untrue.
The Deep State was clearly reluctant to intervene because of their hatred for President Trump.
But, hey gang, the Deep State threat is a crazy Right-Wing conspiracy theory. Nothing to see here!
Except, once again, Trump was right, and the Russian bounty story was a hoax.
Sites like the Daily Beast and Washington Post begrudgingly ran stories admitting the story was false.
And the New York Times was forced to swallow humble pie by admitting the story wasn’t true but stopped short of having journalistic integrity by completely retracting the story. Doing so would be asking too much of the exulted New York Times.
The Times reported, “Intelligence agencies, the official explained, ‘have low to moderate confidence in this judgment in part because it relies on detainee reporting, and due to the challenging operating environment, in Afghanistan.’”
Oh, gee, you don’t say.
Amazing how this little inconvenient fact wasn’t relevant in their 2020 report. But now that Trump is out of office, they admit that there was “low confidence” by the intelligence community that Russia put bounties on the heads of U.S. soldiers.
So, if there was low confidence in that assessment, then what was Trump supposed to do with that information?
Why would he have been expected to punish Russia for doing something that the intelligence agency couldn’t definitively prove, even if he had been fully briefed on the matter?
It was always an odd controversy in the first place. Even if the story was true, what could Trump reasonably have done based on so little evidence? Declared war on Russia immediately?
But it didn’t matter to the media. They once again created a controversy out of thin air and pushed the narrative of “Orange Man Bad.”
The damage was done and Americans were fed another hoax about Trump, like the first Russian-based hoax that Trump colluded with Putin to win the 2016 election. The Times won Pulitzer Prizes for all their “quality reporting” on that particular subject.
Of course, the Times hasn’t given back their prizes for false reported or issued any retractions now that the 2016 Russia hoax was debunked.
This latest revelation about fake news being propagated by the mainstream media is yet more proof that the mainstream media is the enemy of the truth.