Two mouthpieces of the Republican establishment joined the DNC today to deceive the public about the validity of the investigation into Seth Rich’s murder.
Why would the Weekly Standard and National Review follow the DNC’s propaganda outlets in lockstep? Both published their own hit piece against the open source investigation into Seth Rich’s mysterious killing. The Weekly Standard chose to cloak theirs as a “fact check.” The National Review’s was a screeching exercise in snark and gaslighting.
The DNC’s motivations are crystal clear. They’re terrified of the public looking into Seth Rich’s murder any more than they already have, as is the deep state itself. High crimes and treason are on the table if the running theories are even half right.
The Republican establishment’s motivations might be a little less crystal clear. Except if you take the godfather of neoconservatism and the editor at large of the Weekly Standard at his word:
Obviously strongly prefer normal democratic and constitutional politics. But if it comes to it, prefer the deep state to the Trump state.
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) February 14, 2017
That’s right. The Republicans are just as involved, they just didn’t employ Seth Rich.
So here are two pieces of agitprop from the other other propaganda wing of the Deep State: the Weekly Standard and the National Review.
The Weekly Standard
The Weekly Standard published a “fact check” that checked one fact and dismissed all others – the discrepancy between Rod Wheeler’s interviews. The article omits all of the recent testimony and evidence revealed in the case, such as Kim Dotcom’s offer to testify to the US Government and the Guccifer 2.0 chat logs.
Under the pretext of a fact check, the Weekly Standard sets up their own version of reality – in which everyone who isn’t a police investigator is an online conspiracy theorist or a ratings-hungry talking head:
… police investigators (who are still working on the case) have long said [the murder] was likely an attempted robbery. Online conspiracy theorists and cable news commentators, on the other hand, claim that Rich was a WikiLeaks informant and insinuate that he was killed for political reasons.
The fact check makes a brief nod at two pieces of evidence behind the online conspiracy theorists’ claims:
These theories began with insinuations from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who offered a $20,000 reward for information about Rich’s murder last August and suggested that Rich may have been a martyr to WikiLeaks’ mission and the source of leaked DNC emails.
But these damning facts are downgraded to “insinuations” not worthy of consideration in the fact check. Declining to consider this evidence any further or to mention any other contradictory facts, the Weekly Standard pivots back to conspiracy innuendo. Cancer metaphors are added into the mix:
There is a large body of conspiracy-theorizing concerning Rich’s death from internet sites … let’s concentrate on how the story metastasized in the mainstream media last week.
What follows is a breathy dissection of single words chosen by the editorial staff of a local Fox 5 affiliate. This is peppered with more quips that cast any scrutiny of the official record as a metastasizing virus:
To understand how hard it is to correct the record once bad information has been released, go look at the initial Fox 5 story … once bad information makes it out into the world, it can move with a life of its own.
And as for Fox 5, which was patient zero in the current Seth Rich outbreak, as of Wednesday morning they had yet to follow suit with a full retraction of their own.
The National Review
Unlike the Weekly Standard, the National Review dropped any pretense of objectivity or journalistic integrity in The Seth Rich Conspiracy Theory Is Shameful Nonsense.
Between the title, by-line, and first paragraph the National Review calls the Seth Rich investigation and the idea of Deep State involvement a “fake story”, “shameful nonsense”, and “truly insane.”
It doesn’t get much more overt than this.
David French of the National Review pulls his own version of cherry-picking one fact and dismissing all others:
So, what’s the evidence for this fantastical theory? Try not to laugh when I tell you. First, Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has rather cleverly raised Rich’s name and then refused to confirm or deny that he was a WikiLeaks source… Whatever you want to call that, it’s not “evidence” of anything
Yes it is.
It’s corroborating evidence from a source with a 100% track record of accuracy whose life is on the line with every word he says.
And, combined with the rest of the evidence in the case, it paints one hell of a damning picture for Deep State stooges and their propagandists.
But David French is paid to be in denial. Paid by via the National Review by people who are very likely no longer in denial.
And just like the Weekly Standard, the National Review wants you to be in denial, not just of the Seth Rich circumstances, but of facts and the nature of truth itself:
The consequences of such an allegation are staggering to contemplate. For the theory to be true, its believers have to demonstrate that Rich leaked to WikiLeaks, that someone in the DNC (or the Clinton camp) in turn had Rich murdered, that the D.C. police are intentionally slow-walking the investigation, that the major intelligence agencies (namely the CIA, FBI, and NSA) are together either deliberately concocting a story about Russian interference or too stupid to recognize an inside job, and finally, that the remainder of official Washington is either oblivious to or colluding with conspirators who’ve damaged relations with Russia in hopes of bringing down a president.
“For the theory to be true, its believers have to demonstrate…“
That’s right. It cannot be true unless proven true.
It cannot be true unless the public wrests out every last puzzle piece from every last hard drive from every last alphabet agency. From every last Blackberry and every last e-mail server and every last BleachBit-ed partition. If, and only if, all evidence can be recovered to the National Review’s satisfaction – only then will Seth Rich’s murder actually be an assassination
I wouldn’t put it past certain website users. Try not to laugh when they show you, National Review.