On Saturday, January 7, 2017, The Sydney Morning Herald took the establishment media’s Russophobic rhetoric to dangerous new levels. In what was clearly a piece pushing for war against the nuclear-armed Eurasian power, foreign news editor Chris Zappone published as fact allegations that intervention by Russian President Putin enabled Donald Trump to win the presidency.
The basis for Mr Zappone’s reckless claim is a 25-page report released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) in the United States on Friday. According to the report, Putin ordered an ‘influence campaign’ which was intended to ‘undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency’. He also ‘aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances’ and used paid online ‘trolls’ to change narratives on social media.
Sounds to me like Putin has been taking notes from how George Soros operates both inside and outside the United States.
The position of Director of National Intelligence is a political one appointed by the president. The DNI report offers no evidence for its conclusions, and justifies this lack of proof by saying the evidence is ‘classified’. After the horrendous war crime of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, carried out based on similar phony intelligence, this just isn’t good enough. For any professional journalist to promote such a dangerous narrative with no proof is a sure sign that they are pushing a nefarious agenda. Should the neocon establishment around the Obama White House get the war with Russia they are craving, this could turn out to be the most murderous agenda in history.
As anyone familiar with hacking knows, there is no way expert hacking can be traced. State-sponsored hacking in particular is untraceable. This is why you’ve never seen any actual evidence provided for it. If the DNI had a shred of evidence linking the DNC email leaks to Russia they would be parading it from the rooftops like a transgender teen in ISIS-held Mosul. They don’t.
The DNC emails which revealed Hillary Clinton’s criminality to the public were leaked, not hacked. The nature of the email dump released by WikiLeaks is much more characteristic of a leak by an insider than a hack by an outside actor.
Julian Assange has publicly and repeatedly made it clear that Russia was not behind the leaked emails published by WikiLeaks. He has even hinted that the source of the leaked DNC emails was Seth Rich, who was suspiciously murdered shortly after the leaks were made public. WikiLeaks has issued a US$20,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of Rich’s murderer.
None of these complexifying facts are mentioned by Mr Zappone in his inflammatory piece for The Sydney Morning Herald.
Neither is there a mention by Mr Zappone of any of the following factors in Hillary Clinton’s electoral defeat: Clinton and the DNC colluding to steal the nomination from Bernie Sanders; the Clinton Foundation’s pay-to-play scheme with foreign powers; Clinton using an unsecured private email server to probably sell national secrets to foreign powers; President Obama’s suspicious inability to defeat raghead jihadis of ISIS; the destruction of Libya, Yemen and Syria by the Obama-Clinton foreign policy dream team; or the American public’s legitimate fear that Clinton’s proposed No Fly Zone in Syria would precipitate war with Russia shortly after she became President.
No, Mr Zappone investigates none of these. According to him, there is only one reason Mr Trump won: Russia. This is a type of yellow journalism more common in North Korea than Australia.
Russia doesn’t want war with America. The American people don’t want war with Russia. Australians don’t want war with Russia and its ally, China. President-elect Trump doesn’t want war with Russia, either. The only people who want war between the United States and Russia are the globalist oligarchy and their sycophantic shills in the establishment media. The only power they have left to bring their goal about is the misplaced faith that too many citizens in the West still have in the establishment media outlets.
When the bombs start dropping, and limbs start flying and cities start burning, it won’t be Mr Zappone in the front lines. He’ll be cowering behind a keyboard, justifying himself and egging the participants on further. The ones bleeding into the rubble will be, as they always are with these neocon imperial adventures, black and brown innocents in cities no-one can name and in countries no-one can find. That is, unless the war with Russia and China spills out into a total war like World War II. Should that happen, everyone burns to a crisp.
This level of obfuscation and dishonesty, when related to such grave matters of national security, is treachery of the highest order.
Mr Zappone is not a newcomer to shilling for World War III. He has been a signed-up card-carrying neocon warmonger for quite a few years now. In November 2012 Mr Zappone started up a blog called The Cold War Daily. The name reflects the content. The site contains post after post telling us that a new Cold War has started. For the past 18 months, Mr Zappone has been blogging hard that Trump is a Russian Manchurian Candidate (his terminology). It is clear that Mr Zappone had made his mind up about Trump long before any ‘evidence’ of Russian election interference was presented.
We needn’t worry too much about Mr Zappone’s blogging efforts starting World War III, though. His posts only ever get one or two shares or likes on social media. Not having The Sydney Morning Herald banner on top makes a big difference, I guess.
Reading through Mr Zappone’s blog posts and MSM articles over the years reveals a curious obsession with hacking, the South China Sea dispute and a future war between the United States and its geopolitical rivals. Although back in 2012 Mr Zappone’s focus was on sabre-rattling against China, in recent years his focus has shifted to the establishment’s arch-villain of the ages: Vladimir Putin.
The language Mr Zappone uses when composing his vitriolic Philippics against Trump reveals where his loyalties, if not his patronage, lie. According to Mr Zappone, Trump and Putin together represent an existential threat to ‘democracy’. Instead of shopping for Christmas presents two weeks ago, Mr Zappone was tapping out a lurid analogy of Trump’s election victory to the imperial Death Star from Star Wars. I suspect he’d gone to the movies and gotten an idea. In the piece in question, which is representative of his tone more generally, Mr Zappone characterises Putin’s supposed electioneering as a galactic weapon which threatens all you poor Ewoks (again, his term). In the article, Mr Zappone states that the ‘fundamental ideas central to democracy on which the US has been built and improved over the last 240 years… [are] democracy, rule-of-law, tolerance and openness’.
Does that language sound familiar? It should. It’s exactly the language used by George Soros to sell his neo-Marxist, New Left ‘open society’ agenda to the public. It’s a deceptive use of rhetoric to conflate ‘liberal democracy’ with cultural Marxism. In typical leftist fashion, Mr Zappone then projects his own divisive agenda of destroying the American Republic onto anyone who disagrees with his dystopian dream of a future technocratic, totalitarian state. Run by people like Mr Zappone, of course. The Ewoks have to know their place.
In a total bastardisation of history, Mr Zappone tries to rescue one of his posts with the following:
As Winston Churchill, facing a Nazi invasion in 1940, could have said of this time: “We shall defend our liberal democracy, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on Facebook, we shall fight on the chatrooms, we shall fight in Facebook and on Twitter, we shall fight in the 4Chan and Reddit; we shall never surrender.”
In Mr Zappone’s universe, shilling for Hillary is morally equivalent to fending off the Blitz. Staggering.
It’s not surprising that, in Mr Zappone’s traumatised mind, he’s comparable to Churchill rallying Britain in her darkest hour. He makes it clear that he views President-elect Trump as a reincarnation of Hitler. A blog post published shortly after Clinton’s election defeat is simply a quote about the nature of fascism, with the image of a Make America Great Again cap in the middle. Very subtle, and very pointed coming from someone of Jewish descent. Hardly surprising though, given the frequent references to anti-Semitism which Mr Zappone makes about Trump.
There are white nationalists who support Trump, just as there are black nationalists who supported Obama. Some of those white nationalists do believe that there are elite Jews in Western countries who are working against the interests of the European majority in those countries. We could call them anti-Semites. Given how establishment journalists, particularly Jewish ones like Mr Zappone, are determined to drive us headlong into war with Russia, are these beliefs completely unfounded? What does account for the irrational hatred that President-elect Trump’s America First agenda elicits from Mr Zappone? Why are whites the only race who cannot maintain a positive ethnic identity and elect people to advocate for our interests, Mr Zappone?
The phrase ‘yellow journalism’ comes from the lead-up to the Spanish-American War. William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer were competing for market share in New York by whipping up the American people to support the war. It was the United States’ first foray into imperialism, laying the foundations for what has now become the imperialist neocon establishment in Washington, DC. Hearst and Pulitzer got rich while thousands of young Americans and tens of thousands of Cubans died.
The yellow journalism we are witnessing against Russia today, should it bring about a global war, will be much more deadly. The journalists who foment such a conflict will not be able to redeem their reputations afterwards. They will be remembered with contempt. The aggressive narrative being pushed by the mainstream media will only be successful if the public buy into their unsubstantiated and reckless claims. Let us hope that this time sanity prevails, truth wins and the drums of war are put away. The world cannot survive another global conflagration. Only madmen and monsters would seek it.
Moses Apostaticus writes regularly and brilliantly at http://mosesapostaticus.com.
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