On January 10th, 2017, the Deep State’s war against the nation’s democratically-elected leader went mainstream—and was summarily revealed to a be a fraud. In a desperate attempt to prevent then-President-elect Donald J. Trump from taking the oath of office, the completely unverified Steele dossier, which some argue came in large part from fanfiction produced by online trolls, was published by Buzzfeed.
In a bizarre defense of his publishing decision, Buzzfeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith, when MSNBC suggested that “it is never acceptable to publish rumour or innuendo,” said:
“We are now in a media environment where you have to engage in false statements. Its an environment where you no longer have the luxury and where the legacy media has at times turned away from saying there’s all the crazy stuff on the internet and said we’re not going to touch it, we’re going to stay out of it, we’re just going to let it spread. I think this is a place where sunlight is a disinfectant.”
But no one required the clickbait and listicle giant to traffic in unsubstantiated innuendo—they chose to, fully knowing the slim likelihood that any of the content was true. In fact, Fusion GPS, which hired Steele to produce his “intelligence report,” had been shopping the pissgate dossier for months. . . and no one was interested.
“In September 2016, while Fusion GPS was quietly shopping the dirty dossier on Trump around Washington, its co-founder and partner Peter R. Fritsch contributed at least $1,000 to the Hillary Victory Fund and the Hillary For America campaign, Federal Election Commission data show. His wife also donated money to Hillary’s campaign.”
“Senate investigators are demanding to see records of communications between Fusion GPS and the FBI and the Justice Department, including any contacts with former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, now under congressional investigation for possibly obstructing the Hillary Clinton email probe. . . . Congressional sources says it’s actually an opposition-research group for Democrats, and the founders, who are more political activists than journalists, have a pro-Hillary, anti-Trump agenda.”
It’s enough to make you nostalgic for one of Trump’s most acrobatic, wide-ranging, intense, and some might even say brilliant, press conferences to date, when the president-elect made his feelings known about yet another Deep State character assassination:
“Something Nazi Germany would have done”
Law and order starts with the state.