Dr. E contributed reporting to this story
(Editor Note: This is the 3rd and final part of this TWP series examining the US media’s role in Spygate)
Part 1 of this series focused on the media’s personal hatred of President Donald Trump as a disruptor.
In Part 2 we focused on the Left’s view of Obama as its counterpart to Ronald Reagan. If his legacy goes down in flames as the most corrupt President in US history, it will do untold damage to the Progressive cause.
In Part 3 we will focus on how the media is loaded with prominent, national media figures, staples of the industry, at the highest levels who themselves or their immediate family were leading participants in the Spygate scandal and had serious criminal legal exposure to hide. If Parts 1 and 2 weren’t bad enough … it gets much, much worse.
Prominent members of the US Media with close family and personal connections to Spygate figures
Just a small sampling:
David Rhodes – former President of CBS News who left in 2019, is the brother of Ben Rhodes, Obama Deputy National Security Advisor/attack dog/bomb thrower, and widely believed to be the chief architect of the scheme to set up General Flynn.
George Stephanopoulos – the face of ABC News and was Bill Clinton’s campaign manager.
Ian Cameron – former ABC News producer is the husband of Susan Rice, General Flynn’s predecessor and runner-up candidate to be Joe Biden’s VP running mate). She is now a prominent figure in the Biden administration.
Laura Jarrett – CNN Host is daughter of Obama’s top long-time advisor, Valerie Jarrett
Ben Sherwood – former President of ABC News is the brother of Liz Sherwood, Obama’s Deputy Secretary of Energy and one of the people revealed to have unmasked Flynn’s name in Intel reports … a freakin’ Deputy Secretary of Energy.
Shailagh Murray is a former Capitol Hill correspondent for the Washington Post, Deputy Chief of Staff for VP Biden and later Senior Advisor to President Obama. Her husband, Neil King Jr., is a former Wall Street Journal reporter and employee of Fusion GPS the firm that created and disseminated the Steele Dossier.
Claire Shipman is an ABC News Senior National Correspondent. She is the wife of Obama Press Secretary Jay Carney
Chuck Todd, NBC News Political Director & host of Meet the Press. He is a former congressional staffer to Sen Tom Harkin (D-IA) and husband to top Planned Parenthood lobbyist, Kristian Denny.
Virginia Moseley is a CNN Senior Vice President and wife of Tom Nides, Obama Deputy Secretary of State under Secretary Hillary Clinton.
Linda Douglass is a former Obama White House staffer, former reporter at ABC and CBS, Global Head of Communications for Bloomberg Media in Washington DC and New York, and the wife of former US Ambassador to Italy John Phillips who was another Obama official who unmasked Gen. Flynn’s name in intelligence reports … the US Ambassador to Italy (shakes head in disbelief).
We could do this all day, but our point is largely made.
Motives for those with close family or personal ties to Spygate figures
There seemed to be a point when it looked possible, if not likely the Department of Justice was about to start dropping indictments on these people and they started freaking the eff out. The media is literally in bed with some of the major targets of the Durham Investigation and they were not about to just sit back and watch their loved ones go to prison, and (as stated in Part 1 of this series) they sure as hell were not going to allow it to happen on behalf of Donald Trump.
It was all a giant 👀 ——> 🐿️ gas-lighting media campaign.
Use of BlackLiveMatter.org as a fundraising method for the Democratic Party
(Just as a side note) In the desperate need to change the political narrative away from the Spygate scandal and besides the usual political narrative pushed by the media that anything conservative is inherently racist, the other major reason the media so aggressively pushed the Black Lives Matter organization itself can be easily surmised.
Here is a link to the actual donation page on the Official Black Lives Matter website.
Bottom in the fine print
What is ActBlue? It is the main Democratic Party Super PAC . You were not donating to an organization myopically focused on the rights of black & brown people. You were donating to Joe Biden’s election campaign.
Prominent US Media figures who themselves had serious criminal legal exposure
I really wish that was the end of it, but it is far more sinister and gets much, much worse. The media didn’t just ignore, misreport, or get the story wrong. They were complicit. There were prominent, national media figures, staples of the industry, who had serious criminal legal exposure in the Spygate case. I will cite two specific examples to help illustrate this fact.
But beforehand, there needs to be a point of clarification. There are three different James “Jim” Bakers figures in US government, two of which are pivotal to the Flynn case. It’s hard to keep them all straight.
James Addison Baker III was Secretary of State under George H. W. Bush (the elder). To my knowledge, he has no connection to Spygate or the Flynn case … I think … but nothing would shock me at this point.
James Andrew Baker is the FBI’s top attorney who was fired in disgrace for his role in Spygate. He would have been a key player in helping to frame Flynn. He now heads Twitter’s Legal Department (which is pretty Orwellian, don’t you think?).
James H. Baker is the Director of the Office of Net Assessment (ONA) inside of the Pentagon. I won’t bore you trying to explain what ONA does; if you really want some background, go watch this podcast which is unrelated to Spygate, but fascinating. A strategic thinker who years ago predicted the rise and fall of China will follow the same track as Germany from the Late 19th century until the end of WWII, and prediction after prediction has come true. He is required reading at war colleges. These guys think on a different level and the Pentagon pays them to produce these types of assessment studies so the US military can make long-term strategic plans.
You can probably imagine this office has the potential to be rife with corruption. The effort to smear and set-up Flynn was run out of this office and they were running Intel operations against Flynn to frame and “dirty him up” as a Russian asset at least as far back as 2014 (two years before Trump’s golden escalator ride). This is the man who reportedly leaked the transcript of Flynn’s call with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The scheme was likely cooked up during his regular lunches with David Ignatius, a reporter for the Washington Post.
Example #1 – The Washington Post role in the Jan 24th, 2017 White House meeting between Gen Flynn and the FBI
The transcript of the Flynn phone call with Russian Ambassador Kislyak was leaked to Adam Entous at the Washington Post on Janurary 5th, 2017.
David Ignatius dropped his Kislyak article on January 12th and for the next few weeks, there was a whirlwind of controversy in the media swirling around Flynn. All throughout this time, Trump (being a complete political novice) is being steamrolled by the DOJ, FBI, & other Intel Agencies. There just were not a lot of people around Trump at the time who were politically savvy and understood how Washington worked. This was around time he was still being advised by people like Omarosa among others, so he was not getting the best advice.
Love him or hate him, Trump carried a deep respect for these institutions, which was not an act. So when Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates came running into the Oval Office on Jan 26th gasperating about “serious Logan Act violations“, there were not many people around Trump who could tell him, “Mr. President. This is utter nonsense. Nobody in DC takes the Logan Act seriously”. Flynn was one of the few Trump allies who could.
Flynn had already knocked down an attempt to blackmail Trump with the Steele Dossier (I will cover it in more detail in Example #2 below). But even Flynn did not yet grasp the true depth of the forces that were raging against them. In addition to everything else, it became imperative to take Flynn out before he had an opportunity to truly start his planned audit of the Washington, DC Intel Community (IC) and the programs they had been running during the Obama administration and transition period.
On January 23rd, the day before the White House meeting with Flynn, two other reporters, Ellen Nakashima and Greg Miller dropped this article in the Washington Post. The article stated the reporters had experts review the transcripts and there was nothing to the allegations. Flynn did nothing wrong and committed no crimes. Word spread throughout the day in DC that Flynn was innocent and he must have breathed a huge sigh of relief. It is alleged this was part of a coordinated effort with the FBI to get Gen. Flynn “relaxed and unguarded” in the interview so he would not suspect or question whether he was being interrogated as part of a criminal investigation.
Example #2 – CNN role in the Jan 6, 2017 Trump Tower briefing between Comey & other Intel officials with Trump
The purpose of the now-infamous January 6th meeting in Trump Tower was to brief Trump on the Russian Election Interference investigations. After the briefing concluded, Comey asked to speak with Trump alone, but Flynn remained in the room. Comey proceeded to brief Trump on the dossier, but only the most salacious aspects of it. The running theory is this was an attempt to blackmail Trump. Similar tactics were used for years by J. Edger Hoover to help maintain his position of power as FBI Director. Flynn asked Comey if the person Steele had used as a “sub-source” had been interviewed directly by the FBI because he already knew they hadn’t.
Flynn had been contacted days earlier by British Intel disavowing Steele as a credible source. They also informed him the sub-source had been interviewed and told them nothing he discussed with Steele was anything more than rumor and barroom talk. It was never intended to be taken seriously. This increased the urgency by the plotters to get rid of Flynn as quickly as possible. The Ignatius article about the Russian ambassador call dropped about a week later.
The press had the Steele Dossier in their possession for months leading up to the meeting. They had run articles on bits & pieces using it for the basis, but couldn’t report on the whole thing. They hadn’t been able to verify any of the Dossier because it was unverifiable. It was nothing but rumors and fabricated dirt from opposition research paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign. So CNN needed a hook to get around having to confirm the Dossier information so they could run with the story. They coordinated with Comey and other Intel officials to drop their news story a few days later reporting on what had been briefed in the meeting, but not the allegations themselves. Jake Tapper, Evan Perez, Jim Sciutto, and Carl Bernstein were on the byline for the story.
Carl Bernstein, former serious investigative reporter and now grifter who CNN dusts off 2 or 3 times a week to come on air and utter the words “This is much bigger than Watergate” about the whatever current #FakeNews scandal CNN is pitching before he goes back, lies down, and takes a nap.
In the irony of all ironies, Carl Bernstein of “Woodward & Bernstein” fame, faced possible criminal indictment in a political scandal much bigger than Watergate.
Relevant federal criminal statute and how it applies
These are just 2 examples of possible overt acts in advance of a criminal conspiracy and they are crimes:
“creates an offense “[i]f two or more persons conspire either to commit any offense against the United States, or to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof in any manner or for any purpose.
The operative language is the so-called “defraud clause,” that prohibits conspiracies to defraud the United States. This clause creates a separate offense from the “offense clause” in Section 371. Both offenses require the traditional elements of Section 371 conspiracy, including an illegal agreement, criminal intent, and proof of an overt act.“
In summary, those activities which courts have held defraud the United States under 18 U.S.C. § 371 affect the government in at least one of three ways:
1. They cheat the government out of money or property;
2. They interfere or obstruct legitimate Government activity; or
3. They make wrongful use of a governmental instrumentality.”18 U.S.C. § 371 of the US Criminal Code
If the allegations are true and could be proven, then these reporters would have crossed the line between biased reporting and committing serious federal criminal offenses. They could possibly have faced serious jail time.
That’s the reason the media put us all through this hell during 2020 and presidential election.
“Ahh! Covid!!! Everyone get in the basement!!!! Oh wait!!! Black Lives Matter!!!! Everyone take to the streets and burn this m___erf___er down!!! Wait, nope … Covid is a thing again!!!!!1!! Get your @$$e$ back in the basement!!!”
The US media just took us from one hysterical crisis to another hysterical crisis. We are all victims of the most elaborate hoax and cover-up of the biggest political scandal in US history … this is real … it happened.
Let me be clear. My views on Covid are the virus is real, it needs to be taken seriously, and appropriate measures must to be taken to safeguard the most vulnerable. I am not “Covid is All a Hoax” guy, but the media hysteria, government overreaction, the continued lockdowns are way out of proportion and have no basis in science.
This is the reason they’re destroying all our lives, trashing the US economy, throwing tens of millions of Americans out of work, not allowing us to educate our children, subjecting countless Americans to needless mental and physical trauma, and even death, delaying critical medical treatment for people, forcing people to cancel their weddings, denying people the mercy of attending a funeral to grieve for their lost loved ones, causing skyrocketing levels of depression. Millions of people now having to deal with new or increased substance abuse issues. This is also the reason this was a must-win election for the Left. The depravity of these freaks cannot be overstated.
When it truly dawns on the public what these lunatics have done and why they put us all through this nightmare, pray for their souls if you’re a God-fearing person … because they are not going to find mercy in this world. Pray they find it in the next.
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:32 🌹
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