by John Gibson
One of the sub-memes of the recent election was that Trump's voters were working men (and women) who took a shower after the hard work of a dirty job while Hillary's voters were elites who took a shower before work in an air-conditioned squeaky clean office.
Those of us in the media are, of course, in the latter group.
But as of today, the elite media is going to need the after work shower, owing a daylong slosh through the sewers of fake news and oppo research fantasists.
I speak of the overnight blast of stories that the Russians have what's called "kompromat" on Donald Trump.
Compromising Material, Russianized into kompromat, in this case means an allegation that the Russians have video and audio of Donald Trump and two Russian prostitutes in a hotel room in Moscow doing very naughty things. So naughty I can go no further in describing the actual acts, except to say the alleged intention on the part of Trump was to defile a bed that Barack and Michelle Obama had slept in.
At his first news conference in forever earlier today, Donald Trump and his spokesman Sean Spicer and his Vice President, Mike Pence, blasted the "fake news" reports, given airtime and space--and even credibility-- on the air at CNN and on the internet news site called Buzzfeed. Even the Buzzfeed editor said the scurrilous information on Trump was highly suspect, but he was running the slimy tale because, well, you ought to know.
So you can imagine the news media types holding the Buzzfeed report (sorry, I won't link--figure it out for yourself) with two fingers while wearing rubber gloves, trying to figure out how to report on these scatalogical fantasmagorial tales without having to carry an R rating. Break out the euphemism dictionary, write your story, run from the keyboard to the shower.
There is every indication the story about Trump and hookers on Obama's bed in a Moscow hotel room is entirely made up crap designed to embarrass Trump.
It is the very definition of Fake News.
So what's it doing on CNN? Deep in the CNN story the reporters admit the "investigations related to Mr. Trump were initially funded by groups and donors supporting Republican opponents of Mr. Trump during the GOP primaries, multiple sources confirmed to CNN. Those sources also said that once Mr. Trump became the nominee, further investigation was funded by groups and donors supporting Hillary Clinton."
OK. Let's think. Do oppo research operations restrict themselves to propagating negative information on an opponent--Trump--that has been rigorously tested for truth?
I'll give you time to ruminate on that, though you shouldn't need more than a couple seconds.
The New York Times version the story includes this: "The Times has checked on a number of the details included in the memos but has been unable to substantiate them." But the Times was able to slide the sleaze in front of the reader under the actual news angle that Trump was briefed on the allegations by the Intel Community.
Problem: Reince Priebus says he was in the room for that briefing, and it isn't true that the President Elect was briefed on the subject.
So what are we left with? A supposed report on an alleged Trump romp that makes the "grab 'em by the p*ssy" episode pale by comparison but which is so suspect even the New York Times wouldn't print it. We have an allegation that the Intelligence Community briefed Trump on the allegations and a person who was in the room who said it did not happen, and confirmed as fiction by NBC News.
But still the public now has in its mind a disgusting image of the President-Elect.
Not true. Not proven. Not verifiable. Not printable. Not reportable.
But now in the public mind.
Good work Fake Newsers. That's how it's done.