That Trump was controlled by Putin and served his agenda was the opposite of reality. First Obama, and now Biden, have accommodated Moscow far more.
I think the main point of the article was not to debate the right or wrong of the Russian pipeline but to show the hypocrisy and double standards of the so-called journalist of the MSM. As stated, had this been Trump reversing the blockage, all of them without exception (and Glen gives some very good examples of their exaggerated emotional reactions) would jump on it like white on rice.
There are many pro and con arguments for a deal between two sovereign nations, thousands of miles away from the US, and why it should or shouldn't concern the US, and the debate in the comments is great to see.
However the true problem that Glen has been repeatedly calling out, is the media subjectively spotlighting stories that drive their financial "overlords'" narratives and casually ignoring the ones that directly dispel or go against them, no Mather how important, true or obvious they are. They function more as for profit entertainment centers than public service news organizations.
This affects every fibre of life and politics in America and, in my humble opinion, together with the social media platforms, which act in the same way, is the main reason for the great divide, and radicalization of American society - to greta benefit of America's foreign foes.
They talk about foreign service agents - they should look to them selves first!
Thanks, Glenn, for bringing this up: "What makes Biden’s turnaround even more stunning is that it comes just weeks after the U.S. claims that Russians were behind a quite serious hack-for-ransom into a U.S. gas pipeline"
I don't believe in coincidences and, man, that is one huge coincidence.
Sounds like it's time to dissolve NATO. It has no purpose now.
Your last paragraph is gold... no fucking shit. Sorry, the so-called journalism of the MSM just really pisses me off.
THANK YOU-THANK YOU. I have been trying to tell my son this for the 4 years trump was in office. I am not a Trump fan at all but this was Russian agent stuff was just total nonsense. He kept reading this garbage on Reddit and thought some of it had to be true. I tried to point out the inconsistencies but I did not come close to your fine layout of the facts which completely contradict this fairytale. I sent him this column and and going to sit down with him this weekend and point out the issues with religiously following Reddit rubbish
The Steele Dossier was never worthy of debunking. It had all the earmarks of fiction and none of the characteristics of a professional intel product. Sloppy, poorly sourced, unpublishable. If it was so bad, why did it get traction? People wanted to believe it and Steele had the paper credentials to give it passing credibility, but only for the credulous or those who never read it. Any fresh-out-of-school intel analyst could recognize the report's fatal flaws. No serious CIA or FBI analyst would use it. The fact they did not immediately tell everyone it was trash says something about FBI and CIA leadership suppressing dissent. Besides, the only way two intel agencies agree, much less "17" is by the top floor shutting down contrary views.
I KNEW it! Putin did rig the 2020 election to install his puppet Biden!
The MSN gaslighting is beyond what I every dreamed of was possible!
Wow that was an interesting read. I've followed your work for a long time and I never realized how little Donald Trump was a Russian asset. It shows how much the media cares more about symbolic acts, like Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin meeting for an hour, than actual policies like him sanctioning their pipeline.
A great article. Some on the left might see it as a pro-Trump article but I read it as a pro-Truth article that shows facts and how they differ from the reality the DNC attempts to portray in the media.
Im sure Rachel Madcow will be yelling here about Biden being a Russian asset right?
From 2015 to 2021 scores of print, online, and TV stories on Trump were done. 95% negative and depicting the POTUS as everything from worse than Hitler to child molester. What is true? What holds up today? The very worst claims disappeared with about 100% of Democrats still believing they are true. It seems to me what is actually true is the guy is a jerk, not super honest, giant ego, demands loyalty, cheats on his wife, reads little, and punches down. I can name 535 people in Congress that could be described by many of the same points. People have been brainwashed to think Trump was so different than past and present politicians; I don't see it. Trump is the result of terrible representatives and elected officials who was had the biggest problem when he acted in the interest of citizens and told the truth about how thing really work in DC.
The media just ignores obvious questions that arise from many actions the Biden Administration has taken in just five months. They think we are so stupid that we can recall the "reporting" over the last five years.
Biden hate pipelines in North American for some reason though! Maybe they need to hire ole Hunter as a consultant.
Glenn: How do we get American journalism back? I see their degradation as the greatest threat facing the United States. This is a serious question. You are doing your part — heroically. But what can we, ordinary folks, what can we do to get serious objective and probing journalism back?
The corporate media reminds me of nothing so much as the House UnAmerican Activities Committee and its counsel, Roy Cohn. Glenn is peeing into a hurricane of hysterical nonsense concerning Russia, Putin, and Trump. The plain fact is that Germany needs the cheap gas, but also needs to get out from under the heel of United States foreign policy.
Biden is accommodating Europe, not Putin.
What will happen in the dead of winter, after Europe is addicted to Russian Natural Gas? Just about the same thing as a heroin addict, they will do anything to get their fix. Russia will demand Europe cut ties to America if they want that sweet high of warmth in their homes and Europe will do it.