Monday, February 05, 2018

Truest statement of the week II

The New York Times and Washington Post have each tried to downplay the significance of the memo’s contents.
In an article titled “The Nunes memo won’t stop Robert Mueller,” Washington Post writer Eugene Robinson begins by implying that the memo is all smoke and no fire: “Cough, cough, cough. The smoke around here is so thick I can hardly breath.”
The New York Times’ Bret Stephens wrote an op-ed titled “Devin Nunes’s Nothingburger” in which he writes: “There is no there there…in modern parlance we’d call it a nothingburger, but the bun is missing, too.”

This contradicts the fact that before the memo was released, leading Democrats and intelligence agents were screaming that the memo’s publication would have a devastating impact on “national security.” But the memo does not reveal troop movements, base locations, or secret codes. Instead, the information in the Nunes memo does show that the Obama administration used fraudulent pretenses to unconstitutionally wiretap political opponents of the Democratic Party.

-- Eric London, "Democrats defend FBI as Republican memo shows anti-Russia campaign built on illegal spying" (WSWS).

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