Democrat politicians like Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and Adam Schiff (D-CA) along with outlets like the New York Times are all convinced (and doing their best to convince the American people) that there was collusion between Trump campaign officials and Russia.
After former CIA director John Brennan’s testimony, the voices spreading this narrative picked up the pace.
But there’s one major problem with all of this talk about collusion with Russia…
There’s not a single shred of evidence to back any of it up.
Still, one would have to be a thorough reader of the news to pick up on that, as the Daily Caller points out:
A buried explanatory paragraph that deflates the lead is a constant in report after report on the Russia collusion narrative.
When The New York Times first reported the FBI was investigating collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, it was not until the tenth paragraph readers were informed of an important fact: “American officials have said that they have so far found no proof of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.”
[….] Some months later Reuters dropped an important sounding report on some of those contacts. Six paragraphs into the report on “18 undisclosed contacts” between Trump associates and Russian officials, the reader learns that those who familiar with the conversations see “no evidence of wrongdoing or collusion between the campaign and Russia.”
The New York Times pumped out another “collusion” story Wednesday with another buried caveat, this time on “mounting concern” among U.S. officials “revealed” by former CIA director John Brennan in a big bad congressional hearing. Six paragraphs in: “Mr. Brennan acknowledged that he did not know whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian operatives and said the contacts might have been benign.” [emphasis added]
Explosive headlines. Deflating facts.
As John Adams said in his defense of British soldiers involved in the Boston Massacre:
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence…
Perhaps our media and the Democrats should take note.