What it says … The team here at Conservative Review is out in full force to tell you what the memo says and what it all means. Over the past months I have told you again and again what we’ve known. The Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC paid a law firm to hire a shady opposition research firm, Fusion GPS, which hired a former British spy to get information from people close to the Kremlin about a Clinton political rival. That information was then transmitted to the FBI and used as the basis to get a FISA warrant on an associate of the Trump campaign. The memo says that is all true, and more.
Conservative Review’s Chris Pandolfo has the highlights of what is in the memo and what it means. CRTV congressional correspondent Nate Madden has a great breakdown of how this would all play out if it were a football scandal (it is so good that I’m even forgiving him for bringing my beloved New England Patriots into all this). I read the memo on Facebook Live shortly after it broke.
Still in protection mode … The media, of course, is still in protection mode. As the memo was being released, many in the liberal media – like NBC’s Chuck Todd – took offense that the Washington Examiner and Fox News had the memo excerpts before any other network. You’ll note they never complained when the Obama administration gave them excerpts first.
CNN media critic/cheerleader Brian Stelter’s first tweet after the memo became public was to quote Sean Hannity saying the scandal “will make Watergate look like a parking ticket.” Like that matters, Brian. But let’s recap, shall we? Watergate was about campaign workers breaking into their rival’s campaign headquarters. People went to jail, and they should have. Nixon resigned, and he should have. But now imagine that the Nixon campaign gave the documents they found to the FBI and the FBI spied on Nixon’s rival. Minus the break-in to get the information, that is what this is about. The FBI used information from a politician to surveil the associates of another politician. It is that simple.
CNN national security analyst Michael Weiss tweets:
This memo actually looks like it was written *for* Trump. A skein of half-truths and misinformation masquerading as a “gotcha,” and delivered in bad faith. No one in DOJ or US intelligence would take this seriously, but a guy who thinks Alex Jones is serious would.
Again, these media types are protecting their people. These are just two of the reactions, which are ongoing and unfolding.
Flat-out lying … The award for best performance in defense of the indefensible goes to … NBC’s Katy Tur. After the memo was released, Tur linked to a laughable fact-check and claimed (archived copy):
Another reminder — Steele Dossier was first paid for by conservative outlet Washington Free Beacon to find damaging info about Trump during the primary in order to help other GOP candidates. REMEMBER — the GOP DID NOT WANT Trump to win the nomination.
Sorry, Katy, Fusion GPS did not use Free Beacon money to hire Steele to compile the eventual dossier. That just is not a fact. There’s your lying media pushing #FakeNews again.
Author’s note: After this newsletter was emailed to subscribers, Tur deleted the tweet and sent out a correction, which has garnered much less traction on Twitter. I have linked to the archived version of the tweet above.
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Shapiro … Ben Shapiro has given his take over at the Daily Wire. His lede:
The memo is out, and it’s damning.
But it’s not the end of the Mueller investigation. In fact, the memo provides evidence that if President Trump were to fire Mueller, he’d be doing so on the false pretense that the entire investigation was predicated on a Hillary/DOJ/FBI/Obama nexus of coordination. The memo itself disproves that notion. With that said, the Democrats’ attempts to stifle the memo on national security grounds appear to have been totally and completely specious and ridiculous to boot.
Shapiro cautions folks to step back and realize that this memo, in and of itself, is not enough evidence for Trump to end the investigation. That’s an important point to note.
Closing … This is the end, not the beginning, of what we are going to learn about this memo. As Shapiro said, there is no information of national security importance in this memo. None. That the Democrats and the media tried to stop its release shows those efforts for what they are: protection of allies. It is going to be a whirlwind weekend.
While the political world turns with the release of the memo, I’m eagerly anticipating something else. I’ve been a Patriots fan since the late ’70s and early ’80s I lived through the bad teams. On Sunday, the Pats are going for their sixth championship. Ten-year-old me wouldn’t have believed that. But still, the only thing better than this possible ring is if you got your friends to sign up for this email newsletter. So please send them over to the WTF MSM!? email signup page. Then send me an email at [email protected] to share the good news of how many more people you’ve invited to get the email. As always, feel free to tell me anything questionable you see the media do. Together, we can fight back.
Robert Eno is the director of research for Conservative Review. He is a conservative from deep blue Massachusetts but now lives in Greenville, SC.