One of the many factors that I find so distressing about Donald Trump's election victory is the manner in which the mainstream media basically ignored a frightening story: the effort of Russia and Putin's apparent puppet, Wikileaks' Julian Assange, to make sure Trump was elected. While constantly reporting on Hillary Clinton's e-mail "scandal," this much more significant story was for the most part ignored. Rather than engaging in investigative reporting and informing the American public of this highly unusual situation - can you imaging how the media would have acted if Hillary Clinton had been conspiring with Putin? - Trump's lies and denials were docilely accepted and the media moved on to other GOP manufactured scandals and memes. Two pieces are worth a full read. The first is in Huffington Post and looks at the evidence of Trump/Russia ties ignored by the pro-Trump FBI. The second, in The Hill, asks why this media silence has been allowed. First, these highlights from Huffington Post:
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are reviewing the Democratic Coalition’s investigative report highlighting 10 “clear links” that the FBI failed to investigate about our President-elect’s business ties to Russia, and to the Putin regime.It’s named “The Dworkin Report.”
“The FBI missed at least 10 key connections between President-elect Trump and Russia when they conducted their investigation and concluded that our President-elect had no links to the country,” said Scott Dworkin, Senior Advisor to the Democratic Coalition and author of the report. “It is imperative that the American people be made aware of this information.”
The Dworkin Report shows that Donald Trump has incorporated almost 250 registered businesses in Russia.
This hard evidence directly contradicts Trump’s prior statements about having no business ties to Russia over the summer.
Additionally, the evidence shows that Trump has travelled to Russia dating back to 1987, before the end of the Soviet Union.
In particular, a visit in 2010 included a tour of St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum led by a Russian government official of sufficient ranking, that he earned a personal photo and award from Vladimir Putin earlier this year.
The Democratic Coalition also revealed a 2013 video recorded interview with Donald Trump to MSNBC’s Thomas A. Roberts - which he has confirmed as authentic - where he claimed twice to have a relationship with Putin.
Also in 2012, Donald Trump Jr. told Latvian interviewers in a video recorded interview, that he had been to Russia many times and that the Trump Organization has a significant business there.
The Dworkin Report was also shared with Democratic Congressional leaders Senator Harry Reid, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Congressman Keith Ellison on Thursday evening.
Russian government officials told the New York Times that they had direct contact with Trump’s closest allies this week, after polls closed.
Then there are these highlights from The Hill:“I’m surprised that - if not shocked - that the FBI claims to have found no “clear link” of Trump’s Russian ties when it’s right in front of us and stretches back decades,” said Dworkin about the federal agency’s investigation exclusively in a telephone interview, “You can learn more about Trump’s Russian ties from Google, than you can from the FBI’s public purported investigation.”
In the excitement — some might say panic — surrounding 's upset victory, many people are forgetting what helped propel him there.
In addition to an Electoral College system that Trump had previously criticized, an inept FBI, and a poorly executed campaign by the Democrats, there was, of course, Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.
the television news media is somehow not obsessed with the hacking of emails and the threats against our cybersecurity.
Think about this: Here we have an agency bent on anarchy, fueled by Russian hackers who are very possibly supported by the Russian government, and the story is getting hardly any coverage whatsoever.
As reported in The Washington Post, Trump and a number of his surrogates have had extensive business dealings in Russia. In 2007, Trump said that "Russia is one of the hottest places in the world for investment." His son, Donald Trump Jr., told a real estate conference in 2008 that "Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets," adding, "we see a lot of money pouring in from Russia."
Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, also had extensive ties to Russia through his work in Ukraine. A recently unearthed ledger found his name listed alongside large cash payments.
And, of course, Assange, that anti-Clinton cyber-terrorist who may have been Trump's second-best ally (after FBI Director James Comey), had his own Russian TV show not too long ago.
Meanwhile, Interfax is reporting that the Russian deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, has stated that the Russian government was in contact with the Trump campaign throughout the election.
And so we have a story here that plays like a James Bond movie — Russian oligarchs; a smart, but immoral anarchist bent on destroying the U.S. government in Assange; a president-elect with suspicious business ties; Russian hackers; and a Russian dictator who literally even looks like a Bond villain.
Yet, there's no massive news story here? Why not?