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Friday, February 02, 2018

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In the 1960s and 1970s, the American right set about undermining trust in the mainstream media, which it saw as dangerously infected with liberal assumptions.

Later, in debates over evolution and the environment, some on the right attacked the validity of modern science.

By the turn of the millennium, it was an article of faith among conservative ideologues that whole realms of human expertise were in fact intricate structures of propaganda that trapped the unwary in a matrix of deceit.

In an invaluable 2017 Vox essay titled "Donald Trump and the Rise of Tribal Epistemology," David Roberts quoted a 2009 Rush Limbaugh rant: "Science has been corrupted. We know the media has been corrupted for a long time. Academia has been corrupted. None of what they do is real. It's all lies!"

With Trump, this ethos reached the White House.




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And now, to protect Trump, the right has expanded its war on empiricism to that most conservative of institutions, the F.B.I.

In their attempts to undermine the Russia probe, Republicans aren't presenting a coherent theory -- even a coherent conspiracy theory. They're just sowing confusion and distrust toward the nation's premier law enforcement agency in order to protect the president.

In December, conservative columnist Kurt Schlichter wrote that, under the influence of the "poisonous" liberal establishment, the once-proud F.B.I. had become "just another suppurating bureaucratic pustule."

That's exactly how Nunes is treating it.


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"To some commentators, it is ironic that liberals are now defending the F.B.I., long a left-wing bête noire.

But liberals recognized the dangers of the campaign to broadly discredit the mainstream media even though they had their own passionate criticisms of it.

The right's war on the F.B.I. is a sign of how far some are willing to go to subvert any checks on Trump's power to create his own reality.

"I think the most disappointing realization for me of the past year was not how bad of a president Trump turned out to be -- that was foreseeable -- but how unwilling members of Congress would be to stand up and defend our system of government," Schiff told me.

The most dangerous thing about the release of the Nunes memo is not the memo itself, but Republicans' shamelessness in using national security processes to deceive the people they're supposed to serve."

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2018-02-02 12:34 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Republicans suck

#2 | Posted by truthhurts at 2018-02-02 01:25 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

"Nunes refused to answer a question by Representative Mike Quigley, Democrat of Illinois, about whether any of his staff had worked with the White House in preparing the memo."

This dishonest memo is a last ditch attempt to sway public opinion against Mueller, the Justice Dept. and the FBI because they have the goods on Trump and he knows it. I think this is going to blow up in their traitorous faces.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2018-02-02 08:13 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I think this is going to blow up in their traitorous faces.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2018-02-02 08:13 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I think it might, too. However, being traitors they can't afford to admit they're beaten. Too much money, too much power, too much jailtime in the balance.

When ordinary means of self-protection are exhausted they will attempt the extraordinary.

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2018-02-02 09:11 AM | Reply

This is a first.

#5 | Posted by fresno500 at 2018-02-02 11:01 AM | Reply

Man, who would have thought putting Republicans in charge of the FBI means it would suddenly support the Dems?

#6 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-02-02 11:26 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This is just the beginning.

The good news is that it raises questions that will force the supporting evidence to be released.

Such as the transcript of McCabe's testimony and the FISA request.

Watch who tried to block these things.

That will tell you who is lying.

#7 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-02-02 10:06 PM | Reply

#7 - if you haven't figured that out by now, there's no amount of evidence that will convince you.

#8 | Posted by YAV at 2018-02-02 10:09 PM | Reply

The good news is that it raises questions that will force the supporting evidence to be released.

No it doesn't. At least not for Trump or his supporters. The Dem rebuttal just might, but not this.

#9 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-02-02 10:16 PM | Reply

Nunes never read the FISA.

He never read it. Shoddy exercise. Just shoddy.

#10 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-02-02 10:17 PM | Reply



Of course it's the liberals fault.

Rinse brain, repeat.

#11 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-02-02 10:33 PM | Reply

Trey Gowdy read the FISA and he helped write the memo.

The deal they had with the FBI was that only one person from he committee would be allowed to read the FISA.

They sent Gowdy, because he was a Federal Prosecutor and had experience with such things.

#12 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-02-02 11:34 PM | Reply

Maybe Nunes couldn't read the FISA material because he supposedly recused himself from matters related to the Russia investigation.

#13 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-03 12:34 AM | Reply

No, the FBI/DoJ did not want the FISA open to everyone on the committee. Remember Schiff had leaked information several times.

So, the agreement they reached with the committee was that one person could see the FISA. They chose Gowdy because he was the most qualified.

#14 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-02-03 09:12 AM | Reply

Schiff hasn't leaked anything. Only the WH has accused him of leaking.
Others repeat the WH lie. Schiff has demanded an apology for the WH lies.

#15 | Posted by YAV at 2018-02-03 10:07 AM | Reply

"No, the FBI/DoJ did not want the FISA open to everyone on the committee. Remember Nunes had leaked information several times. "

FTFY Nunes is the one who leaked info, which is why Schiff and Gowdy but not Nunes were allowed to see the FISA warrant.

#16 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-03 10:29 AM | Reply

It is widely accepted that it was Schiff who leaked the info on the Trump Jr. stuff. He was seen leaving and shortly after CNN would report stuff from the interview.

The whole 7th vs the 17th date on the one email was a sting to expose him.

Notice the leaks have slowed down after that. Not only was the press left with egg on their face, Schiff was exposed.

#17 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-02-03 11:32 AM | Reply

#14 so Gowdy read the material, helped write it the. Went on record saying it's a big nothingburger?

In what world does that make sense?

#18 | Posted by jpw at 2018-02-03 11:39 AM | Reply

"It is widely accepted that it was Schiff"

No, it's not. You sound like Trump now: "A lot of people are saying blah blah blah."

#19 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-03 11:40 AM | Reply

what Bull#hit. it's the same "liberal FBI" that sunk the Clinton campaign, right?

#20 | Posted by e1g1 at 2018-02-03 03:46 PM | Reply

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