When people, in this case, representatives and media types - liberal reporters and columnists don’t like what Rep. Devin. Nunes says, they don’t dispute the facts that he shares, they attack the messenger. During the Intelligence Committee hearing July 25, Nunes mocked the Democrat insistence to bring Robert Mueller to the committee, describing it as the last gasp before it dies a necessary death, or as a futile search for the Loch Ness monster.
They didn’t like it. Instead of contesting Rep. Nunes arguments, the normal defense liberals is to attack Rep. Nunes. They have been doing this since Rep. Nunes first made public information about the duplicitous nature of any kind of investigation of Pres. Trump. What liberal reporters / commentators typically do is to use all sorts of negative adjectives and superlatives to describe their, while embellishing their comments with Tweets, whether they are factual or not.
Such is the case with a Fresno Bee reporter / columnist, Marek Warszawski. He writes about all kinds of things, from serpentine belts, a popular coffee chain, Home Depot thieves, double murders, to atheists in libraries. He surely must think he represents the conscience of the town.
Reporters / columnists like Warszawski are typical of newsrooms chock full of mindless, knee jerk liberals. They are a dime a dozen. They offer no opposition to the commonly held liberal view.
Warszawski is an excellent example of this. Look at the brave and robust adjectives he uses to describing Rep. Nunes: blathering, chortling, back-slapping buddies, claptrap, etc. But there’s more of this fine writing. He is also bat guano nuts. He spins fairy tales. The people who voted for him are rubes. He is also a back-bencher, whatever that is.
Fox News also uses twisted tin-foil logic to present their news. That’s why Sean Hannity has the highest rated cable news show, more than CNN and MSNBC combined. The people watching these shows love twisted tin-foil logic. In fact, most of the people living in Fresno probably use tin-foil logic while they live their lives.
Here is how Warszawski qualifies his opinion: “Based on zero factual evidence, Nunes feebly attempted to turn the tables on the proceedings by accusing the Democrats, rather than President Trump, of conspiring with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.”
This is how Warszawski defends his accusation: it’s absurd on its face. That’s it. In other words, there really was no Fusion GPS, Steele, Steele dossier, and the DNC did not pay for the information. Not only that, there is no Joseph Mifsud; he was never a Maltese diplomat, meaning he was not born in Malta, since for Warszawski, he doesn’t exist.
For Warszawski’s benefit, here is the first paragraph in Mr. Mifsud’s biography on Wikipedia:
“Joseph Mifsud (born 1960) is a Maltese academic, with reportedly high level connections to the Russian government. In 2016, he became involved with George Papadopoulos, an advisor to the Donald Trump presidential campaign, and was later accused of being a link between that campaign and Russia. In 2018, he was described as missing, and an Italian court listed his location as "residence unknown". According to media reports he was in Rome as of April 2019.”
But since Mifsud has a biography on Wikipedia that describes his connection to all of this, that would mean Wikipedia must not exist. If Wikipedia does not exist, perhaps the city of Fresno does not exist. If one carries on with this kid of absurd reasoning, one can easily conclude that the earth is flat and the moon is made of green cheese.
People living in Fresno must wonder what kind of cheese Mr. Warszawski is eating. The answer is, it’s same green cheese eaten by Dan Rather, David Axelrod and Charles P. Pierce.
This is how trustworthy Dan Rather is: He cited a document with Times Roman typestyle that did not exist in the ‘60s and ‘70s, when he claimed George W. Bush “shirked his duties when he was in the Texas Air National Guard."
“On September 8, 2004, Dan Rather cited “exclusive information, including documents” to justify major CBS Evening News and 60 Minutes stories alleging that George W. Bush shirked his duties when he was in the Texas Air National Guard in the 1960s and 1970s. Within a few hours of those documents being posted on CBS News’s Web site, however, typography experts voiced skepticism that the documents had actually originated with their alleged author and Bush’s former commanding officer, the late Lt. Colonel Jerry Killian. As the evidence mount, Rather stubbornly clung to the idea that his story was bulletproof, and he derided critics as partisans and Internet rumormongers.
The forged documents were debunked by a blogger Charles F. Johnson, whose work would likely be quickly dismissed as “fake news” by CBS today. He pointed out the font used in the document did not exist at the time and was, in fact, part of Microsoft Word.” Reported by the Media Research Center.
As Warszawski wonders how much longer Rep. Nunes will be serving as a congressman representing Fresno, one could also wonder why he doesn’t focus on more important topics that he can more adeptly write about, like serpentine belts.
Here is the first statement read by Rep. Nunes before the House Intelligence Committee, for the benefit of Warszawski. Maybe he will learn something.
“Welcome everyone to the last gasp of the Russia collusion conspiracy. As Democrats continue to foist this spectacle on the American people, as well as your Mr. Mueller, the American people may recall, the media first began spreading this conspiracy theory in the Spring of 2016, when Fusion GPS, funded by the DNC, and the Hillary Clinton Campaign, started developing the Steele Dossier, a collection of outlandish accusations that Trump and his associates were Russian agents.
Fusion GPS, Steele and other confederates fed these absurdities to naive or partisan reporters and to top officials in numerous government agencies, including the FBI, and Department of Justice and the State Department. Among other things the FBI used dossier allegations to obtain a warrant to spy on the Trump campaign.
Despite acknowledging dossier allegations as being salacious and unverified, former FBI Director James Comey briefed those allegations to Obama and President elect Trump. Those allegations conveniently leaked to the press resulting in the publication of the dossier and launching thousands of false press stories based on the word of a foreign ex-spy, one that admitted, he was desperate that Trump lose the election and who was eventually fired as an FBI source for leaking to the press.
After Comey himself was fired, he leaked by his own admission derogatory information on Pres. Trump to the press, for the specific purpose of, and successfully so, appointing a special counsel who sits before us today.
The FBI investigation was marred by further corruption and bizarre abuses. Top DOJ official like Bruce Ohr, whose own wife worked on (the) Fusion GSP’s anti-Trump operation, fed Steele’s information to the FBI, even after the FBI fired Steele.
A top FBI investigator and his lover, another top FBI official constantly texted about how much they hated Trump and wanted to stop him from being elected.
And the entire investigation was opened not based on ? intelligence, but on a tip from a foreign politician about a conversation involving Joseph Mifsud,
He is a Maltese diplomat who is widely portrayed as a Russian agent, but seems to have far more connections with Western governments, including our own FBI and our own State Department, than with Russia.
Brazenly ignoring all these red flags as well as the absurdity of the claims they are making, the Democrats have argued for three years that collusion is hidden, just around the corner, like the Loch Ness monster, they insist, it’s there, even if no one can find it.
Consider this, in March 2017 Democrats on this committee said they had more than circumstantial evidence of collusion. But they couldn’t reveal it yet. Mr. Mueller was soon appointed, they said he would find the collusion. Then when no collusion was found, the Democrats said we’d find it in this final report.
Then when there was no collusion in the report, we were told, Attorney General Barr was hiding it. Then when it was clear, Barr wasn’t hiding anything, we were told, it will be revealed in a hearing with Mr. Mueller himself. Now that he’s hear, they are actually claiming that the collusion was in his report all along, hidden in plain sight. And they’re right.
There is collusion in plain sight, collusion between Russia and the Democratic Party. The Democrats colluded with Russian sources to develop the Steele dossier. A Russian attorney Nataya Vesaskya colluded with the dossier’s key architect, Fusion GPS head Glen Simpson. The Democrats have already admitted through their interviews and usual anonymous statements to reporters that today’s hearing is not about getting information at all, they said the want to bring the Mueller Report to life, and create a television moment, through ploys like having Mr. Mueller recite passages from his own report.
In other words, this hearing is political theater. It’s a Hail Mary attempt to convince the American people that collusion is real and it’s concealed in the report. Granted, that’s a strange argument to make about a report that’s public. It’s almost like Democrats prepared accusing Mr. Barr of hiding the report and then (not bothering) to update their claims when the report was published.
Among congressional Democrats, the Russia investigation was never about finding the truth, it’s always been a simple media operation. By their own accounts, this operation continues in this room today. Once again, numerous pressing issues this committee needs to address are put on hold to indulge the political fantasies of people who believed it was their destiny to serve Hillary Clinton’s administration. It’s time for the curtain to close on the Russia hoax. The conspiracy theory is dead. At some point, I would argue, we’re going to have to get back to work, until that, I yield back the balance of my time.”
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