C B, on 06 January 2017 - 06:56 PM, said:
Please correct me if I'm wrong but the issue here is that the Russians may or may not have been responsible for exposing documents that (1) were damaging and the DNC was dumb enough to put in writing (2) the DNC was too dumb to protect properly and (3) the DNC was too dumb not to flat-out disavow...how is this not purely an exposure of DNC fuckups, regardless of who's responsible, as opposed to HACKING THE ELECTION
Yep, a perfect example of our modern media's gaslighting program, and of how hapless so-called conservatives facilitate it: no one has made a serious assertion that the vote totals were changed; no one has even made a serious argument that the various leaks contained inaccurate information. Yet the average Democrat likely believes that Putin directly altered the result of the election, because every headline, every article, every TV segment, describes the story as, "Russia hacked the election!!!!!"
I just watched a lengthy segment on Fox News with Catherine Herridge waxing dramatic about how this Intelligence report on Russia is the strongest worded report she's seen. I generally like Catherine Herridge well enough, and of course she does finally get around to mentioning that a) the report is essentially a collection of bald assertions, completely bereft of evidence because all of the evidence is classified, and b) that the Russians didn't interfere with the vote tally -- but by the time she gets around to those two crucial facts, everyone's been subjected to 20 minutes of "Report: Putin ordered hacking" on the under-screen crawl.
Then you have the usual assortment of Neocons jumping on the inquiry bandwagon, lending credence to the parade of solemn-faced liberals grimly vowing to end this grievous threat to our "electoral process." These are supposed to be Trump's allies, and Fox is the putatively conservative cable news network.
The end result is an electorate, or post-electorate in this case, that is completely misinformed. And those who aren't misinformed end up looking like crackpots or shills if we concede that the hacking did happen, but it wasn't actually germane to the election. (Just kidding; people like us usually proceed straight to mockery.)
In fact, all of the leaks from the DNC and Podesta's emails were authentic, and extremely damaging. They revealed a pattern of corrupt behavior and (perhaps more damaging) a disgustingly supercilious and cavalier attitude among Clinton and her courtiers. If Putin did expose that information to the American people, then he provided a public service.
And in fact, the only evidence we have of direct voter fraud implicates the Democrats
But most important of all is our daily reminder: these same f****ts huffing smelling salts over the scandalous prospect that a foreign power "influenced" our election have spent the last several decades importing foreigners to vote in our elections.