Now that Democratic Party claims that the election was stolen by Russian hacking of the voting machines have evaporated, the Left has moved on to a new Big Lie about Donald Trump’s election – it was the result of a Russian disinformation campaign.
There’s only one problem with that line of attack on the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s election; a disinformation campaign is based on lies made to look like truth, and the hackers, be they Russians, Chinese or Americans, revealed the truth behind the Democrats’ lies.
So, here are just a few examples of the truth revealed by the hacks to bring the discussion back to where it really belongs: Was the information revealed by the hacks true of not?
A month before the election CNN quietly cut ties with Donna Brazile, the acting Democratic National Committee chair and a longtime contributor on the cable news network, after hacked emails published by WikiLeaks revealed that she had provided questions to the Hillary Clinton campaign in advance of a town hall and debate hosted by CNN during the Democratic primary.
The emails showed that Brazile shared with the Clinton campaign a question that would be posed to Clinton before the CNN Democratic Debate in Flint, Mich., in March, and another before a CNN town hall in Columbus, Ohio, a week later.
"As a Christian woman I understand persecution but I will not stand here and be persecuted because your information is totally false," Brazile told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly. "Podesta's emails were stolen. You're so interested in talking about stolen material, you're like a thief that wants to bring into the night the things that you found that was in the gutter."
Kelly asked directly, "Who gave you that question?"
"I am not going to try to validate falsified information," Brazile said. "I do my homework, I communicate, I talk. CNN has never provided me with questions."
"Well when you said, 'From time to time I get the questions in advance,' what were you referring to?" Kelly asked, putting the image of the hacked email up on the screen.
"The validity of those emails, if I can only tell you one thing, because as you know this whole episode is under criminal investigation, but I can tell you one thing, a lot of those emails, I would not give them the time of the day," Brazile said. "I have seen so many doctored emails. I have seen things that come from me at 2 in the morning that I don't even send. There are several email addresses that I once used. This has not been verified. This is under investigation."
"The Democratic party was a victim of a cybercrime," Brazile explained, "And I don't peddle in the, what I call, illegal dumping of private emails in the public sphere that have been altered. That have been, in many case, readapted."
"I have never been privileged as long as I've been, not just a part of CNN...no one has ever, ever shared questions with any of us," she continued.
At the conclusion of the October interview with Megyn Kelly, Brazile blamed the Russians for the hack and as a parting shot at Kelly told her to “Go to Russia” as the segment concluded.
However, in a later satellite radio interview with liberal activist and SiriusXM host Joe Madison, Brazile said, “My conscience — as an activist, a strategist — is very clear… if I had to do it all over again, I would know a hell of a lot more about cybersecurity.”
In other words, Brazile would have made sure that her improper disclosures — which prompted CNN to drop her as an analyst — would not show up in hacked emails published by WikiLeaks. The lesson, apparently, is not to avoid such conflicts by conducting yourself ethically, but to pick up the phone or perhaps meet John Podesta in a dark alleyway, so your improper conduct cannot be revealed.
Reviewing another email dump, ABC’s Hayley Walker reported one email exchange between Democratic National Committee staffers that suggested bringing up Bernie Sanders' religious beliefs as a way to hurt his campaign in parts of the country.
"It might may [sic] no difference, but for KY and WA can we get someone to ask his belief," Brad Marshall, CFO of DNC, wrote in an email on May 5, 2016. "Does he believe in God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps. My southern baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist."
Amy Dacey, CEO of the DNC, subsequently responded "AMEN," according to the emails reviewed by Walker.
However, the greatest service the hackers did was to prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the long-held belief that the establishment news media was in bed with Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party was not only true, but worse than anyone thought.
As Fox News’ Cody Derespina reported in his article, “7 biggest revelations from WikiLeaks release of Podesta emails,” the Podesta emails show an amazing level of coordination between the Clinton campaign and certain members of the news media:
CNBC correspondent John Harwood emailed Podesta numerous times, on some occasions to request an interview and other times to offer advice. On May 8, 2015, Harwood wrote an email with the subject line “Watch out.”
“Ben Carson could give you real trouble in a general [election],” Harwood wrote before linking to video clips of an interview Harwood did with the former pediatric neurosurgeon.
In a July 2015 email, New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich emailed communications director Jennifer Palmieri several chunks of an interview he did with Hillary Clinton, and seemingly asked permission for the “option to use the following” portions. Palmieri suggested he cut a reference Clinton made to Sarah Palin and remove Clinton’s quote, “And gay rights has moved much faster than women’s rights or civil rights, which is an interesting phenomenon.”
Palmieri ended one email: “Pleasure doing business!”
In a January 2015 memo, former Politico reporter Maggie Haberman, who now works for The New York Times, was described as having “a very good relationship” with the campaign.
“We have had her tee up stories for us before and have never been disappointed,” the memo said.
Jennifer Palmieri is now one of the principle peddlers of the “Russia gave the election to Donald Trump” calumny, telling Yahoo News that she received an alert from Google in mid-October that warned her that her personal Gmail account had been targeted by a “foreign state.”
However, as far as we can tell, Palmieri has yet to share the alert with any reporter and no establishment media outlet has approached Google to verify the claim.
The claims from Obama’s CIA that Russia is behind the hacks was recently dismissed as 'bullshit' by Craig Murray, the former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, who is a close associate of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange. “I know who leaked them. I’ve met the person who leaked them, and they are certainly not Russian and it’s an insider. It’s a leak, not a hack,” said Murray.
Whether it was a leak or a hack. Whether it was the Russians, the Chinese or some 400-pound guy working from his bed, as Donald Trump speculated, the truth of the information is not in dispute, and that’s the problem Democrats are trying to hide with their claims of Russian manipulation of the election.