Fake News Report Alleging Compromising Russian Material on Trump
by Stephen Lendman
Vilification of an incoming president reached extremes of viciousness, unprecedented in US history. Demonizing Russia exceeds the excesses of Cold War years.
Where this may be heading should terrify everyone – possible US initiated confrontation between the world’s dominant nuclear powers and perhaps full-blown homeland tyranny if that’s what US dark forces have in mind.
We’re doomed if madness this extreme is coming, with or without Trump’s consent. Only a deranged leader would approve. He’s unlikely to willingly go along with an agenda risking the destruction of what he spent a working lifetime creating, perhaps himself and his family along with it.
On January 10, an online BuzzFeed News report said “(a) dossier making explosive – but unverified – allegations that the Russian government has been “cultivating, supporting and assisting” President-elect Donald Trump for years and gained compromising information about him has been circulating among elected officials, intelligence agents, and journalists for weeks.”
Unverified translates to utter rubbish, continuing a relentless campaign to delegitimize Trump, bash Russia and prevent improved bilateral relations.
The fake news report is headlined “US Presidential Election: Republican Candidate Donald Trump’s Activities in Russia and Compromising Relationship with the Kremlin.”
The militantly anti-Trump, anti-Russia New York Times featured the fake news claim – provocatively headlining “Trump Received Unsubstantiated Report That Russia Had Damaging Information About Him.”
A neocon, CIA house organ Washington Post article was similar. So were numerous other fake news media scoundrel reports, in lockstep publishing misinformation and Big Lies.
The Wall Street Journal went another way, headlining “Russia Says it Has No Compromising Material on Trump.” More on this below.
A same-day article included Trump’s response, tweeting “BuzzFeed Runs Unverifiable Trump-Russia Claims’ #FakeNews”
“The online news site BuzzFeed on Tuesday published a letter containing salacious allegations – which even the website acknowledged were unverifi…”
“FAKE NEWS – A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!”
Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the allegation about Russia having compromising information on Trump a “total bluff, an absolute fabrication, complete nonsense.”
Allegations don’t “correspond to reality and (represent) absolute fiction.” Russia has no compromising information on either Trump or Hillary, Peskov stressed, calling the fake news report “pulp fiction.”
“This is an obvious attempt to harm our bilateral relations,” he explained.
WikiLeaks tweeted it “has a 100% record of accurate authentication. We do not endorse Buzzfeed’s publication of a document which is clearly bogus.”
Escalating anti-Trump, anti-Russia viciousness portends a potentially very bad ending ahead if a way isn’t found to challenge it effectively. Be scared. Be very scared.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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