The conspirators have accomplished their marathon disinformation mission.
By Glen Ford
So, here we are, finally, in a post-Russiagate world.
After two and a half years of the loudest, shrillest bout of insanity since the McCarthy era, the verdict is in: There was no collusion between Donald Trump and the Russian government, according to Russiagate Special Counsel Robert Meuller, a former head of the FBI. One would think that that would be the end of it, since the corporate media and Democrats seem to believe everything the FBI and CIA say.
As executive editor of a website that was slandered as a dupe of the Kremlin on the front page of the Washington Post, I’d like Russiagate to be over. That would mean Google would stop rigging its algorithms to hide Black Agenda Report’s stories from the public. If Russiagate were over, then Mark Zuckerberg would stop collaborating with the Atlantic Council and other Cold Warriors to purge Facebook of all political speech that is uncomfortable to the moneyed classes. If Russiagate were over, then Twitter would restore the 2,000 accounts of people thought to be too friendly to the government in Venezuela – a government whose elections were deemed the fairest in the world by a former U.S. president.
If Russiagate were over, Rachel Maddow would be fired, and the top management at CNN, the New York Times and the Washington Post would be huddled in some leafy retreat pondering where they went wrong.
If Russiagate were over, the Democrats could finally clear their heads to realize that Trump won the Rust Belt the same way Republicans have been winning elections for the whole of the 21stcentury, by suppressing the Black vote, just as Greg Palaste told them.
But the Democrats haven’t learned a thing. Google and Facebook and Twitter won’t call off their algorithmic dogs, Rachel Maddow will refuse to believe that collusion has been disproven until her own lips tell her so, and the top management of corporate media are not about the fire themselves.
The truth is, Russiagate was both a civil war within the ruling class -- oligarch versus oligarch -- and a conspiracy among the corporate media, the national security state and the Democratic Party. The various conspirators had different goals. The national security state was desperate to ensure that there be no interruption to America’s endless wars and the military encirclement of Russia and China. Corporate media used Russiagate to reimpose its control over the political narrative, by impugning all other versions of reality as Russian dupes. And, the Democrats wanted an excuse for losing to the likes of Donald Trump.
The conspirators have won. Donald Trump couldn’t make peace with Russia if he tried, and he probably never intended to. There’s no reason to expect that censorship of the Left media will be lifted, and the Democrats have successfully avoided any soul-searching on why they lost in 2016. Even Donald Trump comes out of this with a campaign issue for 2020 – that he was victimized by an elite.
But Black votes will still be suppressed by the millions in the next election; the world has gotten a lot warmer while the U.S. spent two years paranoid about Russians; and the two nuclear powers that can destroy the earth in an instant, still aren’t talking. Thank you, Russiagate.
I’m Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report.
BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at [email protected].
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