Quantcast
Connect with us

Right-wing media embarrassed again after latest Page-Strzok message conspiracy theory blows up in their faces

Published

on

Right-wing media have once again been forced to reap what they sow by promoting stories based on out-of-context text messages sent between the GOP’s new favorite boogeymen.

As CNN’s Oliver Darcy, a former editor at Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze, wrote on Wednesday, “members of the pro-Trump media acted like they hit the goldmine on Wednesday morning” when Fox News published an article and released an “alert” about a single text message.

The message was sent from FBI lawyer Lisa Page to agent Peter Strzok, the erstwhile lovers at the heart of the GOP’s allegations of anti-Trump bias and corruption at the highest ranks of the FBI and Justice Department. Sent September 2, 2016, Page told Strzok that former President Barack Obama wanted “to know everything we’re doing.” The text made its way to the center of a 25-page report released by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), who said it proved Obama was involved in the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server scandal.

“The misleading messaging was delivered to millions of people through Fox News’ airwaves and through other pro-Trump media, which went into overdrive,” Darcy wrote, noting that the story was featured prominently on the Drudge Report, Breitbart and fringe right-wing sites like InfoWars and the Gateway Pundit.

Soon, President Donald Trump himself was on the bandwagon, tweeting in all caps that the “new FBI texts” are “bombshells.”

Johnson, however, appears to have been taken for a ride once again after touting the existence of an FBI “secret society” mentioned in another single text between Page and Strzok that ended up being a reference to gag gift calendars full of “beefcake” photos of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

When cross-referencing the timeline of the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s private email server during her time as secretary of state, CNN found that September 2, the day the text was sent, landed squarely between when the bureau closed the probe in July and re-opened it in late September.

Three days after the text was sent, in fact, Obama confronted Putin at the G20 summit in China about Russia’s meddling in the American election.

“A person familiar with Strzok’s thinking reiterated this account,” Darcy wrote, “telling CNN that the text referred to Obama’s broader interests in issues of potential Russian interference in the election more generally.”

Report typos and corrections to [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos’ Seattle suburb is running out of money thanks to lax taxation

Published

on

The government of one of America's richest zip codes may soon run out of money to keep the lights on.

CNBC reports that the small town of Medina, Washington will have a budget referendum in November to raise taxes and prevent a budget shortfall in the coming fiscal year.

The idea of Medina being cash-strapped seems counter-intuitive given that both Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos have houses there. What's more, Medina has an average home value of $2.77 million and a median household income of around $186,000.

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

‘It can be a very rough river!’ Trump dismisses concerns about immigrants who drowned in Rio Grande

Published

on

President Donald Trump on Wednesday brushed aside questions about whether Americans should be concerned about an immigrant man who drowned along with his child while trying to cross the Rio Grande and enter the United States.

"It can be a very rough river," Trump said in explaining the immigrants' deaths.

He then went on to blame Democrats for the drowned immigrants on the grounds that changing asylum laws would purportedly deter people fleeing violence in their home countries from trying to enter the United States.

"That father, who probably was this wonderful guy with his daughter, things like that probably wouldn't happen [with different asylum laws]," he said.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Google employees push San Francisco’s Pride Parade to exclude tech giant to protest hate speech online

Published

on

Nearly 100 Google employees asked the organizer's of the San Francisco Pride parade to ban the tech giant over its handling of hate speech online.

An online petition asked that Google be excluded from this weekend's event and removed as a sponsor of the parade, and employees sent a letter to event organizers explaining their frustration, reported Bloomberg.

“Whenever we press for change, we are told only that the company will ‘take a hard look at these policies,’” employees told the parade's board of directors. “But we are never given a commitment to improve, and when we ask when these improvements will be made, we are always told to be patient. We are told to wait."

Continue Reading
 
 

Copyright © 2019 Raw Story Media, Inc. PO Box 21050, Washington, D.C. 20009 | Masthead | Privacy Policy | For corrections or concerns, please email [email protected]

I need your help.

The 2020 election needs you. There are 18 months until the election, and the Supreme Court is on the line. I'm trying to add journalists to do more exclusive reports. Let me get rid of the ads for you, and put your support toward 100% progressive reporting. Want to ensure your voice is heard? Join me and restore the power of hard-hitting progressive journalism.

HELP TAKE BACK AMERICA
close-link