Gee, I wonder why the mainstream press' reputation is in the toilet right now... it's such a big mystery!
To name just one of countless examples, after Donald Trump tweeted out that he had just learned Obama was wiretapping his campaign, The LA Times posted an article titled "How the phony conspiracy theory of wiretapping caught fire." CNN ran one titled "Trump's baseless wiretap claim." And there were many, many more like this.
By the way, the whole #Russiagate is not a conspiracy theory despite the numerous required conspiracies for it to be true.
Then slowly but surely, we learn that Paul Manafort was wiretapped and Susan Rice was "unmasking" numerous Trump officials. Then we learn Michael Flynn was wiretapped and the "Five Eyes" were passing intel on Trump's campaign to the FBI. And now we learn that Stephen Halper was used as an "informant" from the FBI to the Trump campaign. And Trump advisor Michael Caputo says there were more than just one "informant" as he himself was approached to be one.
I guess this "conspiracy theory" was like the "conspiracy theory" that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, there were no "moderate rebels" in Libya and the NSA (and CIA) can spy on Americans through their phones.
But instead of a little reflection, the leftwing media is publishing trash like "The FBI didn't use an informant to go after Trump. They used one to protect him." Or this beautifully self-refuting nonsense, "F.B.I. Used Informant to Investigate Russia Ties to Campaign, Not to Spy, as Trump Claims."
So, in other words, they were spying.
When the pedantic is about the semantic, amirite?
Now the timeline is one of the big questions, and while I for one don't know how bad this is, it looks really bad. Spying on a presidential campaign (and all the leaks the inevitably came with it) is banana republic nonsense. At the very least, these media outlets could say their whole "conspiracy theory" blather from last year, was, well, wrong. Really, really wrong.
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