Why is the WaPo’s Jennifer Rubin spreading conspiracy theories?

· March 22, 2017  
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“Conservative” blogger Jen Rubin of the Washington Post, just proved again why she is really no such thing. She has long been a shill for the establishment wing of the Republican Party, but has since left the party over Trump. Her hatred of Trump has now morphed into praise for a Democratic representative CR’s Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin has labeled an “appalling partisan and propagandist.” All because he may bring down Trump.

For Rubin, the enemy of her enemy is her friend. 

Here’s what Rubin had to say about the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff:

Ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) hardly rates as a household name. He’s a bit stiff, not your typical glad-handing politician. Nevertheless, with the primacy of the Russia investigation he has become a frequent face on TV news. His effective, precise arguments, delivered largely without hyperbole, are an effective counterpoint to the often hysterical White House utterances.

At the start of the House Intelligence hearing, Schiff methodically traced the series of events concerning President Trump’s Russia scandal. He pointedly reminded the audience and fellow lawmakers, “We will never know whether the Russian intervention was determinative in such a close election. Indeed, it is unknowable in a campaign in which so many small changes could have dictated a different result. More importantly, and for the purposes of our investigation, it simply does not matter. What does matter is this: The Russians successfully meddled in our democracy, and our intelligence agencies have concluded that they will do so again.”

Rubin then proceeded to list Schiff’s opening statement “highlights,” and accepted them as fact. But what Schiff did was take together small snippets of information and weave them together to form a tapestry that would have made even the most outlandish conspiracy theorists blush.  

She even highlighted the part where Schiff implies that Attorney General Jeff Sessions either lied to the Senate or willfully held information from the committee who conducted his nomination hearing. Rubin highlighted this Schiff passage:

Now, is it possible that the removal of the Ukraine provision from the GOP platform was a coincidence? Is it a coincidence that Jeff Sessions failed to tell the Senate about his meetings with the Russian ambassador, not only at the convention, but a more private meeting in his office and at a time when the U.S. election was under attack by the Russians? …

That’s some A-grade conspiracy nonsense right there. We know that Jeff Sessions merely answered the question that was asked. As I previously wrote, any implication that Sessions was not truthful with the committee is a witch hunt. He was asked if he spoke about the election with Russians and replied that he did not. Sessions was not asked if he merely met with a Russian.

Maybe Rubin is falling back on her older beliefs. Before writing as a “conservative” for the Post, Rubin was a labor attorney in California before moving to the D.C. area in 2005.  Here is how Steve Hulett, a labor leader in Hollywood described Rubin’s “conversion.”

This also appears to have been the year she became a Republican. Steve Hulett, who says he knew Rubin well from 2000 to 2005 when he was president of the Animation Guild, a labor union representing animation and visual effects artists, says her politics were those of a mainstream California Democrat right through the 2004 election. “She talked like a straight-ahead Hollywood liberal,” Hulett told Media Matters. “We used to chew the fat all the time in her office and over at lunch at Café del Sol near Dreamworks. She supported Kerry in 2004 and worked closely with [Jeffrey] Katzenberg, who is a big time Democratic donor. I didn’t know what to think when she moved east and started blogging like mad as a conservative. I don’t know if it’s a marketing pose, or if she really believes it, or what. But it is odd.” [emphasis added]

Rubin has long attacked constitutional conservatives on the electronic pages of the Post. She has been a vocal critic of Senator Cruz (R-Texas) for a long time. Like the proverbial boy who cried wolf, her protestations of the Trump administration feel like the tired lines of the left-leaning “republican” she is. Or more aptly, the John Kerry-supporting Democrat she reportedly once was. 

Author: Rob Eno

Robert Eno is the director of research for Conservative Review. He is a conservative from deep blue Massachusetts but now lives in Greenville, SC.