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If It Weren’t for Double Standards Liberals Would Have No Standards At All

It is Saul Alynsky on `roids.
This explains a lot, and why we should all just take a breath and make some popcorn…

Patricia McCarthy @ American Thinker: The Media-Democratic Party Suicide Pact

Since Nov. 8, they have leapt like a swarm of remoras onto a whale proclaiming every little thing that they think might take the man down. Hillary’s team concocted the “Russia collusion” hoax within twenty-four hours of her defeat. Everyone knows this! Hillary is the one with all the Russia connections; lots of them, all financially benefitting her personal foundation. They, the media, have come up with numerous other schemes with which to attack Trump: taxes, emoluments, tweets, family, even his ice cream servings.

The Democrats in Congress dutifully follow suit like Pavlov’s dogs. They care not a whit whether their charges are based in fact. Hence, “fake news.” The mainstream media folk invented it, this “resistance,” and they are running with it, day after day after day. They devised the game plan, and they are sanctimonious in their defense of it. Like the Russia meme they keep peddling, they go at it from every angle in the pitiable belief that they can convince the American people that they elected the wrong person.

Yet the more they double- and triple-down on their strategy and tactics, the more the American people realize how thoroughly demented are the media and their Democrat lapdogs…

[…]

They are demonstrating for all to see just how elitist they are, how dismissive they are of those of us who voted for him, and how disparaging they are of the US Constitution. They are confirming that they value illegal immigrants over citizens, Muslims over Christians, criminals over law-abiding persons. They support calculated gender confusion, speech codes, the tyranny of political correctness, and the construction of victim groups. All humans, with the exception of heterosexual white males, are victims of oppression of one kind or another. The left revels in pitting people against each other…

Read the whole thing.

Also, Charlie Martin @ PJM (who did not vote for Trump) make his observations: Analyzing the Trump/Russia Intelligence Story

Now, I’ve gotten to be pretty cynical about the legacy media, and even more so in the last year. If you’re following us on Hot Mic (and if you’re not, why not?), then you will have seen me share the Circa story “What a breathless media got wrong about Trump, Comey and Russia this week.” It’s a list of 23 items. Just in the last week. I feel entitled to be cynical.

So, let’s have a little analytical look at the story.

First of all, every U.S. person in the room denies it, specifically saying no “sources and methods” were disclosed. Remember that, it’s important.

Apparently, the Trump people did report to the NSA and CIA what they talked about with the Russians, and that some of it was highly classified. Following that, the story was leaked by “current and former U.S. officials,” speaking anonymously, of course.

One thing we know — since we know exactly who was in the meeting — is that these “current and former officials” were not in the meeting. The second thing we know is that — well, let’s work backward a bit. “Current officials” work for the current administration. “Former officials” must have worked for some previous administration. Those would be the Obama administration, the Bush administration, the Clinton administration, and the previous Bush administration. Of course, of that list, only Obama administration officials are likely to still be cleared for anything like this, so it’s a fair guess “former officials” means “former Obama administration officials.”

So, rewriting the lede with this, we have: “President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador, as reported by unnamed sources who are current officials, or who were Obama administration officials, and who were not present at the meeting.”

Let’s go further. Later in the story, it’s reported:

Trump went on to discuss aspects of the threat that the United States learned only through the espionage capabilities of a key partner. He did not reveal the specific intelligence-gathering method, but he described how the Islamic State was pursuing elements of a specific plot and how much harm such an attack could cause under varying circumstances. Most alarmingly, officials said, Trump revealed the city in the Islamic State’s territory where the U.S. intelligence partner detected the threat.

Okay, remember the emphasized part, and let’s move to the next paragraph:

The Washington Post is withholding most plot details, including the name of the city, at the urging of officials who warned that revealing them would jeopardize important intelligence capabilities.

So, now what we know is that these anonymous sources were so alarmed about what Trump told the Russians that they immediately got in touch with Washington Post reporters and … revealed the same information to them?

Okay, so now I’m getting a little bit suspicious…

Read the whole thing.

More from Charlie Martin: Should We Trust the Trump/Russia Coverage?

That was (I believe) before H.R. McMaster denied it, and certainly before I’d heard McMaster had denied it. It was a cynical prediction that turned out to be true.

So why is it that I, suspicious of Trump and merely glad that Hillary Clinton didn’t win, react immediately to this story by suspecting it was untrue?

Simply enough, because however suspicious of Trump I might be, I’ve gotten to be even more suspicious of anonymously-sourced stories about Trump from the Washington Post, the New York Times, and frankly, from all of the legacy media.

Why? Because they’ve proven to be untrustworthy…

Oh, and while Israel provided the US with whatever info Trump leaked to Russia

The Israeli ambassador to the U.S. said Israel would continue its intelligence-sharing relationship with the U.S. despite the episode.

“Israel has full confidence in our intelligence-sharing relationship with the United States and looks forward to deepening that relationship in the years ahead under President Trump,” Ambassador Ron Dermer said.

So all this MSM and talking-head(s) bloviating over Trump ruining an intel relationship with an ally is pure bullshit, especially since the MSM really detests Israel.

Am I hearing correctly?

The media are now demanding (of McMaster) the transcripts from Trump and Co.’s private meeting with the Russian reps?

Where TF were they in demanding ‘transcripts’ from the Lynch/Bill Clinton tarmac meeting where they claim they discussed grandkids and recipes, or something.

And where are the transcripts from the FBI’s questioning of Hillary Clinton that helped James Comey decide to advise AG Lynch not to indict the democrat candidate? And how about all the transcripts from Obama’s Oval Office meetings of various questionable people who jammed the WH visitors’ log, especially those involved in congressional investigations?

MORE:

Glenn Reynolds @ Instapundit:

FLASHBACK: Obama’s CIA Director Leaked Top Secret Bin Laden Raid Intel To Hollywood: When the Obama administration leaked classified information about military maneuvers and secret cyber attacks, media was silent. That’s different because shut up.

Related: 2014: White House mistakenly identifies CIA chief in Afghanistan.

Plus, June, 2016: U.S. offers to share Syria intelligence on terrorists with Russia.

Remember When Hillary Divulged Classified Information in a Debate with Trump?

The Irrationals: Trump’s Opponents Are His Greatest Asset

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