A Tale Of Two Americas - The Media Reacts To The Memo

On MSNBC, Rachel Maddow was literally laughing. Over on Fox News, Sean Hannity put up his dukes.

At 9 last night, Axios points out that you could just flip between the two and see an encapsulation of our two Americas - total dismissal of the memo's import, versus the assertion that it's "only about 15 percent of what's coming."

So, Rachel, how was your day?

  • "This thing?! This was two weeks of: This memo is going to end everything. This memo, have you heard about the memo? Hashtag: Release the memo! This memo will make Donald Trump innocent. This memo will put Robert Mueller in jail. It will abolish the FBI. The Justice Department will have to rename itself the Donald J. Trump & Family Private Security Task Force."

  • "I mean, I can't believe this is it."

  • "I don't really believe in the whole Cable News Wars idea. I know people who work across the street at the Fox News Channel. I've got friends that work there. I think we're all doing our own thing in our own way best we can."

  • "But, oh my God, right? ... [T]his ... hyping and huffing and puffing and working their audience up into a frenzy for two solid weeks."

  • "And apparently, despite all of that, ... they either didn't know or they didn't notice that this thing they have been clamoring for and hyping for two solid weeks, ... it actually disproves their whole point."

  • "They release this memo to prove that the dossier started everything. The memo says the dossier didn't actually start anything."

  • *  *  *

    What's up, Sean?


  • "[W]hen you put all this information together, here's what it all means. The FBI misled and purposely deceived a federal court while using an unverified, completely phony opposition research bought and paid for by Hillary Clinton."

  • "We have never, ever in history seen anything like this, and it was spearheaded not by rank-and-file members of the FBI intelligence community and Department of Justice. No. High-ranking officials: James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Rod Rosenstein, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, likely Loretta Lynch."

  • "But here's the bottom line: Crimes have been committed. There is no way that they did not know that the FBI was lying to a FISA court in order to spy on an opposition campaign during an election year. They have aided and abetted what is a massive constitutional violation."

  • "Comey, McCabe, Rosenstein and others all need to be investigated and, in many cases, prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

  • "Now, of course, Comey is running scared. He's out of his mind right now, now that he is exposed with this memo."

  • "[T]he special counsel must be disbanded immediately."

  • "And, by the way — nobody else will say this — all charges against Paul Manafort and General Michael Flynn need to be dropped. It's that simple."

  • "This scandal is only in Phase 1. ... Stay tuned! Tick tock! "

  • Source: Axios



    ThirteenthFloor A Sentinel Sat, 02/03/2018 - 15:27 Permalink

    +1.  That is exactly why the propaganda machine works so well. Americans do not read.  They need the fucking talking heads to tell them what it says and how to think.

    Allen Dulles said “American does not read”, so the Warren Report stands on JFK assassination and the 911 Commission Report stands on 911. 

    Those Americans that do read, understand what a complete farce is being thrust on the people, by a cabal of elitist society(deep state) that is completely self driven and uninterested in America and the Constitution - the LAW of our land.

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    Dilluminati ThePhantom Sat, 02/03/2018 - 15:04 Permalink

    I could see jury nullification of somebody doing violence to an obnoxious individual who was lying about the facts and undermining the POTUS and the United States of America.  If something bad were to happen to these news anchors who distort the facts, carry the globalist lies, tow the corporate destroy America agenda, simply would be part and parcel to seeing the United States a liberal dictatorship ignoring the election and the results of a flyover America victory, if these people receive violence as a consequence of their treason, I would have to tell a judge no your honor I cannot judge impartial I can understand how someone who loves their country, supports the POTUS, respects law and order, could see it as justified to do violence against these people.

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    TBT or not TBT Dilluminati Sat, 02/03/2018 - 16:31 Permalink

    The saddest element here is that the federal bureaucracy infests so much of our lives that we have to worry ever more as time goes on about what it and it's busy bodies are up to.   In Europe, the influence of government is even more pervasive, and high rates of voting and interest in politics reflect that focus in their failing civilisation in all things government.  Ironically, their actual vote has no influence in anything important to turning the collapse around, such as reversing immigration flows, freeing private enterprise, freeing the press, and stopping Islam.   What Obama, Hillary and the deep state were up to here was nullifying Americans' vote to back the country away from the precipice, by way of taking a gamble on this Trump  character instead of them for once. 

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    Cloud9.5 ThePhantom Sat, 02/03/2018 - 15:59 Permalink

    Perception is a product of our evolutionary past.  It should match reality fairly closely.   Perception in the United States has been carefully managed by the oligarchs since the turn of the last century.   For at least half the population, that carefully managed image has failed the reality test.  The other half still believes in some variation of the managed mime.   Consequently, there is a divergence in American culture.

    This divergence is incredibly dangerous to the body politic.  Our history has proven that an amicable divorce between the various factions is not possible under the current system.  The death of the Democratic Party like the death of the Whig Party may serve as a harbinger to the coming horror.  We all claim to be Americans but we live in two separate countries.

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    bloofer Socratic Dog Sat, 02/03/2018 - 18:14 Permalink

    For most of my life since I moved out of my parent's house at the age of 19 (1967), I have not owned a TV. At some point in time somebody gave me one, but I kept it in the hall closet. My kids were raised almost entirely without TV. I think we always had one--in an upstairs bedroom--that was almost never turned on. On the rare occasions when it was turned on, I was horrified by the filth that was presented in children's cartoon shows.

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    chunga Arnold Sat, 02/03/2018 - 14:11 Permalink

    The first rule of clinton club is you DO NOT talk about that.

    Go over to the democraticunderground site...it's hilarious, they're telling themselves Trump is headed to prison. This is the smoking gun.

    (question for zh help desk - is there a setting I can make to prevent hitting F5 from returning to 1st page? That would be a lot better)

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    Billy the Poet Bulgars Sat, 02/03/2018 - 14:54 Permalink

    he is trying to undermine the evidence by saying they were obtained illegally


    Please explain why you have full faith and confidence in information sourced form the Kremlin.


    How Ex-Spy Christopher Steele Compiled His Explosive Trump-Russia Dossier

    Source A—to use the careful nomenclature of his dossier—was “a senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure.” Source B was “a former top level intelligence officer still active in the Kremlin.”


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