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November 28, 2018

The Media Continues to Buy Into Any RussiaGate Hoax-Claim, No Matter How Implausible

Yesterday's #FakeNews was a bombshell Guardian report that Paul Manafort had had "secret talks" with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in March 2016.

This is part of the FusionGPS narrative that there was "collusion" between Trump and Assange (who in turn, colluded with Russia) about the DNC hack.

Apparently, the Ecudorian Embassy in London, where Assange is a permanent guest, did not bother to have Paul Manafort sign the guest register, and this heavily-video-surveilled embassy had no videotape of his arrival. And no foreign intelligence agencies proffered any videotape of Manafort's visit.

After Wikileaks and Manafort completely denied the claim, and Wikileaks threatened to sue, The Guardian began stealth-editing the the story to walk it back, adding in #JustKidding words like "apparently" and "sources say" and changing verb tenses from simple declarative past to conditional would have past in order to signal a level of doubt and lack of verification that the original Fusion produced hit carefully researched piece lacked.

Mollie Hemingway rounds up all the shrieking five-alarm cries of vindication from the perpetually-ignorant "Experts" of the media, as well as figures associated with the media and Fusion, such as self-kompromat hobbyist and walking blackmail volcano John Schindler.*

Fusion-connected, leftist-billionaire-funded confused old man Bill Kristol also shrieked the story out on twitter, but then stealth-deleted that tweet without any notice or explanation when the story began to come apart.

It's at least satisfying to mock the always-ignorant and ever-credulous "experts" and Fusion-operatives-with-bylines.

* Also known as the Ansel Adams of Lapscape Photography and the John James Audobon of the Purple-Headed Pocket Goose.

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