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February 02, 2023

Bob Woodward: I Warned "Journalists" That the Steele Dossier Was Fake

The one promoted by your former partner Carl Bernstein, you mean?

And it's nice that you told "journalists" it was fake behind-the-scenes -- how about reporting to the public, Bobby-boy? You know, like your job is supposed to be.

Ah well. He just wants to know that he was too smart to be taken in by Hillary Clinton's fake dossier.

Not that he ever spoiled the play for the Democrats and their partisan media partners.

Watergate reporter Bob Woodward revealed in a new interview how Washington Post reporters were overtaken by the excitement of Russiagate investigations and failed to heed his warnings about Christopher Steele's notorious dossier on Donald Trump.

The result, he said, was that readers were 'cheated' by the coverage of Trump's ties to Russia.

He made his comments in a lengthy investigation into the media handling of the biggest story of the Trump presidency.

'Bob Woodward, of the Post, told me that news coverage of the Russia inquiry "wasn't handled well" and that he thought viewers and readers had been "cheated,"' wrote Jeff Gerth for the Columbia Journalism Review.

'He urged newsrooms to "walk down the painful road of introspection."'

Supposedly he called the dossier "garbage" on Fox shortly after Jake Tapper conspired with James Comey and James Clapper to make it "reportable."

But that seems to be the extent of his public warnings.

The rest of the warnings were private ones to his media pals.

On Jan. 15, Woodward appeared on Fox News and described the dossier as 'garbage.'

Since then key details have been debunked, although U.S. intelligence community share its broad assessment that Moscow intervened in the 2016 election to help Trump.

Fuck you, liar.

Woodward later told Gerth that he had spoken to Post journalists only to find they were not interested in hearing more about his concerns.

To be honest, there was a lack of curiosity on the part of the people at the Post about what I had said, why I said this, and I accepted that and I didn't force it on anyone,' he told Gerth.

No you sure didn't "force" your concerns on anyone, especially the public you're supposedly serving.

This reminds me of Megan McArdle rushing out in the Obamacare debacle to tell everyone that neither she nor any of her well-informed media analyst friends ever believed Obamacare's various promises, which she knew were flatly untrue.

She didn't tell us before Obamacare was passed -- but once the central lies of Obamacare became public knowledge, she wanted us to know she always knew all that. She just didn't want to tank Obamacare by informing us.

This is a common thing in DC -- they'd much, much rather admit they chose to take part in a propaganda effort against the American people than let anyone think they were fooled by it themselves.

But, that said:

This is your daily reminded that the Smartest People in Every Room, which is to say NeverTrump, all fervently believed in the dossier and to this very day are still attempting to resuscitate Hillary Clinton's Rusiagate conspiracy fantasy that sustained them like a newly-discovered Psalm of the Bible lo these past seven years of grifting and delusion.

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