Danchenko, Steele, the FBI, the DNC: Stupid or Venal
Last week, after the indictment of Igor Danchenko, I was stunned to see the mainstream media saying the Steele dossier, now, after all these years, was Russian disinformation.
This week, that concept seems to have disappeared. I had wondered about the logic. Up until the Danchenko indictment, Putin was accused of controlling Trump for the purpose of defeating Hillary Clinton in 2016. Suddenly, last week, he was accused of fooling Steele and Hillary and the DNC into believing he was controlling Trump so he could show how stupid they were when the FBI eventually determined the dossier was false. Color me flabbergasted.
This week, the commentary seems to be strongly focused on how gullible or self-affirming the journalism on Steele has been for five years and how stubborn Rachel Maddow is even now, as she continues to assert that Steele was both unimportant and valid.
In the process of reading as much as I could, I found several articles worth recommending to all of you. The first one is a paper by Danchenko, Fiona Hill and another colleague at the Brookings Institution, titled "One Step Forward, Two Steps Back? The Realities of a Rising China and Implications for Russia's Energy Ambitions," published in 2010. It's interesting because it's dispassionate and informative about resources, pipelines, the pricing of oil and gas, and geography itself, with only a hint of nasty accusations that Putin imagines himself a superpower. Now, of course, that's all we get, that Putin is a maniac and a killer.
Here are several articles that might help sort out the implications of media complicity in the Steele caper.
Byron York's Daily Memo: When Adam Schiff loved the dossier
Steele Dossier Was ‘Case Study’ in Journalistic Manipulation
Dangerous Game: How the Wreckage of Russiagate Ignited a New Cold War | Astute News
The Steele Dossier Deceit | National Review
The Washington Post Begins Scrubbing and Deleting Prior Articles Using the Steele Dossier to Promote Trump-Russia Narrative - The Last Refuge
Dossier source was also spokesman for Russian firm falsely accused of computer hack - Washington Times
DNI declassifies Brennan notes, CIA memo on Hillary Clinton 'stirring up' scandal between Trump, Russia | Fox News