The level of gas lighting and misinformation the media is feeding voters in the 2016 election is astounding. CNN is trying to scare viewers into not reading the Podesta Emails, while multiple outlets are advancing the theory that Russia is guilty of cyber attacks. WikiLeaks denies that. In fact, WikiLeaks sent a tweet out on Sunday implying that the Podesta emails may not be not hacked at all.On Sunday, CNN presenter Chris Cuomo stood before the camera and seriously attempted to dissuade viewers from going to the WikiLeaks website to read the latest Podesta document dump.
"Also interesting to remember is it's illegal to possess these stolen documents. It's different for the media, so whatever you learn from these documents, you learn from us."
That's right, folks. CNN is asking you to let them do your thinking for you. They are telling you to go back to sleep and to trust them to tell you the truth, after elevating Trump, praising Clinton, and bashing Bernie Sanders relentlessly throughout the primaries.
It's interesting to remember that merely going to the WikiLeaks website to view the Podesta emails is not a crime. They are now in the public domain, and millions of people are likely rifling through them right this minute.
It's no wonder voters don't know who or what to believe anymore. Everyone on all sides seems to be saying completely different things, and it's enough to make one's head spin. The Podesta emails WikiLeaks continues to release are doing more to open the eyes of American citizens than anything any mainstream news outlet is willing to do.
NBC News reported last week that Russian hackers were targeting both Republicans and Democrats, however the story goes on to say that none of the Republicans the news outlet spoke with reported any hacks.
So let's operate off the assumption that these WikiLeaks emails were sourced from the inside: from the Clinton campaign because that just makes sense, frankly. After all, why would hackers (domestic or otherwise) target only Clinton and not Trump's campaign, or even the Republican National Committee? To quote Shakespeare, something is rotten in the Clinton campaign.
And it's a beautiful sight to behold. Really.
An email from January 2012 from Clinton ally Doug Band to Cheryl Mills and John Podesta is especially revealing. I've already written that there's no love lost between Band and Chelsea Clinton. After Chelsea emailed Band about an associate who praised Bill, the Clinton Global Initiative, and Band himself, he forwarded the email to Cheryl Mills and Podesta with a scathing assessment of her character.
"She sends me one of these types of emails every few days/week. As they say, the apple doesn't fall far. A kiss on the cheek while she is sticking a knife in the back, and front."
Under normal circumstances, this kind of inner campaign turmoil would be a death sentence for her presidential bid. But these aren't normal circumstances, and these are most assuredly not ordinary times. With the revelations that the media likely worked in tandem with the DNC and the Clinton camp to suppress Bernie's message, it isn't surprising that CNN is doing its level best to keep people from heading over to WikiLeaks to read the Podesta emails.
Let's examine an email exchange between campaign manager Robby Mook and director of communications Jennifer Palmieri. Mook wondered in an email exchange why they can take money from corporations but not foreign agents. The Foreign Agent Registration Act lays out guidelines for foreign nationals regarding political contributions.
One of those, which the FEC outlines, is that the candidate may not knowingly accept or solicit donations from foreign nationals. The keyword here is "knowingly." Clinton may not have known about the donations originally, and since the law provides for a loophole concerning FARA donations, it explains why Mook was willing to "take the money" as Palmieri urged him to do.
"I'm ok just taking the money and dealing with any attacks."After reading the emails WikiLeaks released, I feel like I've been dropped into the old Arnold Schwarzenegger movie "The Running Man." It's a story set in the year 2017 about a dystopian government that placates the public through violent entertainment. Maybe his character could save us all from this election with a witty one liner and a chain saw. No? Well, in that case I'll end with an appropriate sentiment from him, which perfectly sums up our current situation.
"I'm not into politics. I'm into survival."[Featured Image by Matt Rourke/AP Images]