The theory that Russia won the November election for Donald Trump through some vague meddling, so dominates cable news right now that it is worth summing up exactly what we know and what we do not know about that story. As of today, there is no evidence that the Russian government tampered with voting machines or hacked any votes in November. There’s no evidence that the Russians collaborated with Donald Trump or his campaign to win the election.
There is no evidence that Russian propaganda swung a single vote away from Hillary Clinton.
There is in other words no reason to believe that Russia changed the course of American political history.
Complaints from NBC about election meddling? Given that company’s conduct over the past six months that is a bit rich.
Consider the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape. Now, if you are living in America last fall, you certainly remember it. The shocking and vulgar remarks. The immediate and disastrous effect that tape had on the candidate Trump’s poll numbers. It was a political bomb detonated in the final days of the most intense political race of our lifetimes.
The fallout was so overwhelming that few paused to consider where that tape came from.
So, let’s consider that now. That tape belonged to NBC, it was shot by NBC cameramen for an NBC show on NBC property.
So, how did it wind up in the hands of “The Washington Post” which broke the story? How, in other words, did valuable intellectual property from one news organization end up benefitting a competitor.
Intentionally. That is the short answer.
According to sources at NBC, “The Access Hollywood” tape was leaked to “The Washington Post” with the full knowledge of NBC brass. That would include news edition head Andrew Lack.
NBC’s motive? To derail the Trump campaign two days before a presidential debate. Now, keep in mind that the “Access Hollywood” tape had been sitting in an archive since it was shot 11 years before.
Now, if you’re a news organization and someone stole the story of the year out of your office, wouldn’t you want know how that happened? You’d think you would. And yet, as far as we can tell, NBC News has never conducted a meaningful internal investigation into how that tape wound up at “The Washington Post.” That’s because they already knew the identity of the leaker. It was them!
Just standard practice in the highly “ethical” world of liberal “journalism.” This is how they do it, folks, and how they’ve always done it—or at least since the 60s, if not a hell of a lot longer. Skullduggery, collusion, manipulation, and barely-veiled deceit: anything and everything they think they can get away with to advance the Progressivist agenda, they’re not just willing to countenance but all in for it. Too bad for them that it’s a lot harder to get away with it these days than it used to be.
With all that in mind, Carlson’s closing question seems kind of gratuitous, if not almost fantastically naive:
Just because NBC’s effort failed and Donald Trump won anyway doesn’t mean it’s irrelevant. NBC News lied to the public to help destroy a politician they didn’t like. We know that. We know they wouldn’t do it again, do we?
Do we know they’re not doing it now? Unfortunately we do not know that.
On the contrary, we know damned well they are, and will go right on doing it too—no matter how much damage it does to their ratings, their reputations, or the amount of trust (or interest) people have in them…all of which are steadily dwindling, and have been for years.
And anybody who thinks it’s only NBC simply hasn’t been paying attention.