Anyone who has visited the Washington Post’s website since the November election has noticed a new slogan of theirs: “Democracy Dies in the Darkness.”Indeed it does – and an ignorant populace certainly contributes to that too. It certainly doesn’t help when the entirety of the mainstream media is pushing a narrative of collusion between Russia’s government and the campaign of Donald Trump, who they’d like to portray as a puppet of Vladimir Putin. Certainly an odd narrative to push against the man who’s going to be moving forward in signing a sanctions bill against Russia (which has responded with threats of retaliation). The only former presidential candidates to vote against the bill in the Senate were Rand Paul, and Bernie Sanders. That alone should lead one to question whether or not Trump truly is in cahoots with the Russians (aside from other factors, including but not limited to Trump bombing an airfield of the Russian-aligned Assad regime back in April – or the complete lack of evidence for collusion).
A certain segment of the Left is going to keep their tinfoil hats on, but those who’ve tasked themselves with saving American democracy are finally giving up the case.
In a new article titled “The quest to prove collusion is crumbling,” the Washington Post writes:
While everyone is fixated on President Trump’s unbecoming and inexplicable assault on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the media has been trying to sneak away from the “Russian collusion” story. That’s right. For all the breathless hype, the on-air furrowed brows and the not-so-veiled hopes that this could be Watergate, Jared Kushner’s statement and testimony before Congress have made Democrats and many in the media come to the realization that the collusion they were counting on just isn’t there.As the date of the Kushner testimony approached, the media thought it was going to advance and refresh the story. But Kushner’s clear, precise and convincing account of what really occurred during the campaign and after the election has left many of President Trump’s loudest enemies trying to quietly back out of the room unnoticed.
Cable news airtime and in-print word count dedicated to the nonexistent collusion story appear to be dwindling. Democrats and their allies in the media seem less eager to talk about it, and when they do, they say something to the effect of “but, but, but … Kushner didn’t answer every question … He wasn’t under oath … There are still more witnesses … What about this or that new gadfly?” They are stammering. And it hasn’t taken long for news producers and editors to realize that the story is fading.
At last, the story that never was is not happening.There are a few showstoppers from Kushner’s testimony that make it obvious to any fair-minded, thinking person that there was no collusion with Russia. In his own words, Kushner makes it clear that his actions were innocent but, at times, misguided and ill-conceived. He plainly states he had “hardly any” contacts with Russians during the campaign and found his June 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and the infamous Russian lawyer to be an absolute “waste of time.”
Democrats and their allies in the media have exhausted themselves building a scandalous narrative surrounding the Russian lawyer meeting, but according to Kushner , the meeting was so useless that he “actually emailed an assistant from the meeting after [he] had been there for ten or so minutes and wrote ‘Can u pls call me on my cell? Need excuse to get out of meeting.”’ Maybe the collusion didn’t take very long, or maybe he realized what the lawyer had to say was a useless farce and he wanted to get on with his day.Much to the dismay of Trump’s haters, Kushner’s account of events even further proves just how far the media has stretched the collusion story. When the campaign received an official note of congratulations from Russian President Vladimir Putin the day after the election, Kushner had to send Dimitri Simes of the Center for the National Interest an email asking for the name of the Russian ambassador so that he could reach out and confirm the message’s authenticity.
So, that’s that. If you can’t remember your handler’s name, you can’t be guilty of nefariously colluding with that person. How much collusion could Kushner have possibly done with someone whom he had so little communication with that he could not remember his name and did not know how to contact him?
So, adios to the Russia story at last? While the narrative may be crumbling, it’ll ultimately be ratings that determine whether or not we continue to see the story. After all, remember when James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas filmed a CNN producer describing the Russia story as “mostly bulls**t,” and only being covered to death for the ratings?
Who knew a fake news story could be so lucrative? Certainly not us.