Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Obamagate’s Truth Is Stranger Than Orwell’s Fiction | The American Spectator

Obamagate’s Truth Is Stranger Than Orwell’s Fiction | The American Spectator:
"The English author George Orwell wrote that “political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” 
Image result for Orwell’s fictional ministry headquarters in 1984: “War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength.”But even Orwell couldn’t have imagined the propagandistic whoppers that American journalists would mouth in their frenzied attempt to sanitize Obama’s spying on Trump.
Again and again, Obama’s ministry of propaganda, with its branch offices from CNN to the New York Times to the Washington Post, solemnly instruct Americans that “unmasking is not spying.” 
That is about as convincing as the slogans carved on Orwell’s fictional ministry headquarters in 1984: 
“War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength.”
One needs surveillance skills to find any disapproving references in the mainstream media to the pervasive political espionage that the Obama administration conducted against Trump.
...In almost every story about Trump, some sinister reference is made to his “Russian” problem.
What problem?
That is never explained.
We’re just supposed to shudder and assume the worst, even as James Clapper and Mike Morrell admit that the evidence for any Trump-Russian collusion is nil.
...CNN’s Walter Duranty prize winner has to be Jim Sciutto...
Alert CNN watchers, however, noted that Mr. Neutrality used to work for the Obama administration as a political appointee (as chief of staff to Ambassador to China Gary Locke).
Like other former Democratic staffers — Chuck Todd, Jake Tapper, George Stephanopoulos, among others — Sciutto cultivates the affectation of the “straight-news man” to conceal his partisan background...
But even in that safe space, Rice couldn’t avoid certain slips.
“There was no collection or surveillance on Trump Tower or Trump individuals,” she said, before adding the lawyerly qualifier, “and by that I mean directed by the White House or targeted at Trump individuals.”
Translation: the FBI probed the computer server connected to Trump Tower, while she, Brennan, and the other Obama aides rifled through unmasked intercepts and transcripts of foreigners with whom he and his team were talking.
In other words, Trump, incidentally, was right."

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