Here at home, the media continues its crusade to prove collusion between President Trump and Russia. After the cheerleaders of the Clinton campaign were devastated by their election night defeat, they created a new narrative to explain away the failure. It wasn’t that Clinton was a terrible candidate, or that Trump’s messages resonated with voters. No, something more sinister was at play; Russia colluded with the Trump campaign to steal the election from Clinton!
At this point, the hypothesis is on life support. Despite the combined resources of almost every major news company, nobody has been able to produce evidence to prove the allegations. Of course, that hasn’t stopped the pundits from putting on their tin foil hats and speculating on prime time cable news. Damaging President Trump is still priority number one.
But now that relations between Russia and Trump are on edge, Moscow has been firing back at the U.S. media. In fact, Russia is even giving the American media a dose of their own medicine.
From The Hill:
Russia plans to investigate American media outlets to determine whether they illegally influenced the Kremlin’s 2016 parliamentary elections, according to a Wednesday Moscow Times report.
Leonid Levin, head of the legislative Committee on Information and Communication, reportedly said CNN, Voice of America and Radio Free Europe were among those being investigated.
He said the work of journalists at those outlets could have interfered with Russian election results.
The inclusion of CNN in the investigation is especially noteworthy, as CNN has been the main driver of the conspiracy theories against Trump. Perhaps turnabout is fair play.
While CNN is a private company, Voice of America and Radio Free Europe are not:
He said the committee invited representatives from both CNN and Voice of America to appear before it, but neither responded.
The U.S. funds Voice of America and Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe, while CNN is a privately owned broadcast company.
The news comes as the U.S. has said it is conducting a similar investigation into Russian media:
“The U.S. Senate is considering a bill which grants the U.S. Justice Ministry — including the FBI — additional powers to investigate potential violations of U.S. law by RT America. Similar claims have been leveled at [state-funded English-language news website] Sputnik and other Russian media,”
Whether or not the investigation is just more saber rattling amidst increased tensions remains unclear. However, what is clear is that the American media is getting a taste of its own tactics. Maybe they’ll finally realize just how ridiculous they are.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]