RT: "Collusion with… Ukraine? NY Times corrects its bombshell ‘Russiagate’ report"
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It was supposed to be a slam-dunk proof of “collusion” with Russia: President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort shared polling data with a “Kremlin-linked oligarch,” the NY Times reported. Except he hadn’t.
That was old news, however, so the Times needed something even more bombastic: citing an anonymous source described as “a person knowledgeable about the situation,” the paper reported that Kilimnik passed the data on to Oleg Deripaska, “a Russian oligarch close to the Kremlin.”
“This is the closest thing we have seen to collusion,” the Times quoted Clint Watts, one of the professional Russiagate alarmists. And then… oops.
On Wednesday, the Times corrected the story: Manafort wanted the information sent not to Deripaska, but to “two Ukrainian oligarchs, Serhiy Lyovochkin and Rinat Akhmetov.” In the edited article, the two are described as people who had “financed Russian-aligned Ukrainian political parties that had hired Mr. Manafort as a political consultant.”
not that it matters, because however distant or close they are to Deripaska, it was the Clinton campaign that was hornswoggled into hiring pro-Deripaska Fusion GPS …
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 9, 2019
also interesting is how many careers this’s ended–John Bonifield, Eric Lichtblau, Thomas Frank, Lex Haris, Brian Ross, Strzok, McCabe: it almost sounds like a good solid 70s conspiracy thriller, one journalist and FBI agent called into the office after another, except here there’s no central conspiracy, no shadowy figures in a smoke-filled room, no master plot
January 14, 2019 at 12:16 AM #12069YanathParticipant
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If forced, I would choose RT over all US mainstream media combined. I would also be vastly better informed than most Americans.
January 14, 2019 at 2:34 AM #12088MistaPParticipant
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“in Pravda there’s no news, in Izvestiya there’s no truth”: the old Eastern Bloc’s used to filtering the twaddle they’re fed–and while Americans are no less cynical, overall they’re not experienced when it comes to overt disinfo
in the 60s if you read only English-language news you would’ve thought Vietnam was a vital crusade to help the (or else some grand Vatican conspiracy); even TNR insisted 80s Nicaragua was a battle that even anti-Vietnam lefties had to take up, and ditto Iraq 2002-3–so unfortunately our “alternative media” was “born” with a big loophole in it (outside of the most rockribbed anti-interventionists, who insist that those 5yo boys at Srebrenica got all that lead in their skulls from rushing those poor Jasenovac survivors)
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