Observers on both sides of the aisle feel that the “completely obliterated and now exposed Steele file fraud” has helped the media push the Russian complicity narrative, and the news organizations that exaggerate it in the first place should be held accountable.
Igor Danchenko, the main sub-source of Christopher Steele’s dossier on lewd rumors about Donald Trump and Russia, was indicted Thursday as part of Special Counsel John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 election.
Durham Danchenko, a Russian citizen residing in Virginia, was charged with five counts of making false statements to the FBI. The charges stem from statements made by Danchenko regarding the sources he used to provide information to an investigative firm in the United Kingdom.
“We knew Steele’s file was largely a crock before today’s indictment of Igor Danchenko, the chief conductor of intelligence – or ‘Intel’ – reports,” Washington Post media critic Eric Wemble said. chirp.
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“But frankly: the indictment brings home what the rinky-dink process was the file for. Any fake news organization—and any news organization that has attributed credibility to its ‘findings’ needs to go back and correct the record,” added Along with a link to a series of columns he wrote earlier about the media’s handling of the Steele file. The columns included criticism of CNN, MSNBC, Politico, Mother Jones and The New York Times, among other outlets.
Journalist Drew Holden, known for his long Twitter threads documenting hypocrisy and bias in the media, marked Danchenko’s indictment with a trip to the memory.
“Do you remember Steele’s file? He went to hell today, hardly any news,” he wrote. “Now that it’s completely discredited, does anyone care about a trip down memory lane about how people on the left and in the media promoted it because it made Trump look bad?”
Then Holden shared a variety of examples, Starting with CNN Which he wrote “made the file rolled out early and often, and often led to the most explosive allegations”.
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“One tactic was to persuade elected officials and other people of good repute to speak on the file,” Holden wrote. “In retrospect, I’m not sure they picked the most trustworthy people,” including Representatives Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
Holden then reminded his followers that left-wing CNN media critic Brian Stelter helped promote the file.
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But “CNN wasn’t alone,” Holden noted. He feels that New York magazine has been “one of the most consistent media voices on all things related to Russian complicity” and provides examples.
However, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow was “probably the most vociferous cheerleader for Steele’s profile,” according to Holden, noting that she “was bragged about her at every turn.”
“And I was able to absorb a lot from the rest of Grid. Tweet embed Perhaps the worst of the major outlets in this regard,” Holden added to accompany coverage from Katy Tur and “Morning Joe” and tweets from the main MSNBC account.
Madhu brings us to one of the original proponents of this theory, Tweet embed Mother Jones. His original report began a lot of this fiery storm, “Holden added. “The central claim is that POTUS owes credit to our geopolitical enemy. The Black Helicopters.”
The long thread went on to criticize The Daily Beast, Newsweek, Slate, The Lincoln Project, Joy Reid, Jennifer Rubin, Max Boot, Malcom Nance, Seth Abramson, Michael Avenatti and Kurt Eichenwald, among others, for promoting the file.
“In any case, the exclusion here should be clear: our media must have an iota of skepticism when it comes to massive and explosive claims, including that of the leader of the free world as a Russian puppet,” Holden wrote.
Journalist Glenn Greenwald promoted Holden’s thread, noting that “anyone now trying to claim that the all-obliterated Steel-Dozer file did not appear centrally as an essential part of Russiagate by the corporate media” needs to make a decision.
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Danchenko is believed to be the sub-source to Steele, the former British intelligence officer who compiled the dossier that served as the basis for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) memos against Trump campaign aide Carter Page. The file was funded by the Democratic National Committee and the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton through the law firm Perkins Coye.
Danchenko was released late Thursday without electronic monitoring and is scheduled to appear in court on November 10.
Fox News’ Yael Halon and Brooke Singman contributed to this report.