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by Stephen Lendman
Months after a joint Department of Homeland Security/Director of National Intelligence (DHS/DNI) statement fraudulently accused Russia of hacking DNC emails “intended to interfere with the US elections process,” no evidence was provided to prove it because none exists.
The accusation was fabricated, an attempt to delegitimize Trump’s election, along with persistent efforts to vilify Russia, perhaps more disgracefully than any time during the Cold War years.
Everything thrown at this issue to make it stick failed to make the case – from the Obama administration, Congress, talking heads and media scoundrels.
According to a mid-December POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, over two-thirds of Americans disbelieve the Russia hacking story.
Only 29% claim to “know with near certainty that Russia (was) responsible for hacking DNC and John Podesta emails.” The disinformation campaign failed yet continues to the disgrace of government and media scoundrels pushing it.
Virtually everything from these sources on issues mattering most is fake news. CNN laughably calls itself “the most trusted name in news.” It’s a cesspool of misinformation, distortions and Big Lies.
On January 2, it used a Fallout 4 video game image to show what nonexistent Russian hacking looks like. After Reddit users exposed the hoax, it substituted an image of Obama – not before a screenshot of the fake image went viral.
During the 2015-16 political season, CNN was called the Clinton News Network for good reason, providing months of one-sided election coverage, vilifying Trump relentlessly like most other media scoundrels – featuring presstitution, not legitimate journalism the way it’s supposed to be.
An early in the week intelligence briefing for Trump was postponed. In response, he tweeted “(t)he ‘Intelligence’ briefing on so-called ‘Russian hacking’ was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!”
On New Year’s eve, he said “I just want them to be sure because it’s a pretty serious charge. If you look at the weapons of mass destruction (accusation against Saddam), that was a disaster, and they were wrong.”
Separately, incoming White House communications director Sean Spicer stressed “zero evidence” exists to prove Russian hacking.
After publishing a fake news story about Russia hacking a Vermont utility, the neocon Washington Post admitted its account was false. 
Interviewed by Sean Hannity on Fox News, WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange debunked the notion of Russian US election hacking – explaining his source wasn’t from Russia or any other state party.
No hacking occurred. Information was leaked by one or more Democrat party insiders, upset over Hillary stealing, not earning, her nomination.
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.