Democrats and their media cohorts have spent the last four years throwing everything they can dream up at President Trump, hoping against hope that this time it will stick.  That this time, finally, after Russia, impeachment, Ukraine, unfounded accusations of racism, outright lie after outright lie . . . this time the latest invented anti-Trump smear will stick, the needle will move, Trump will lose support.  This time.  For sure.

It doesn’t happen, but they keep trying.  What’s that old saw about repeatedly doing the same thing and expecting different results?

A couple of months ago, their attempt to smear Trump revolved around a bizarre internet rumor that he knew Russia was paying the Taliban “bounties” for members of the United States military.  “He knew!”, they claimed in faux horror (like they care about our troops), and he did not stop it!

This never passed even the most basic logic test.  Why on earth with Russia (or anyone) pay the Taliban to do what it does for free?

Color me unsurprised to learn that after two months of doubtless desperate digging, the leftstream media simply can’t confirm the hysterical, groundless “report.”

NBC News reports (archive link):

Two months after top Pentagon officials vowed to get to the bottom of whether the Russian government bribed the Taliban to kill American service members, the commander of troops in the region says a detailed review of all available intelligence has not been able to corroborate the existence of such a program.

“It just has not been proved to a level of certainty that satisfies me,” Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of the U.S. Central Command, told NBC News. McKenzie oversees U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The U.S. continues to hunt for new information on the matter, he said.

“We continue to look for that evidence,” the general said. “I just haven’t seen it yet. But … it’s not a closed issue.”

McKenzie’s comments, reflecting a consensus view among military leaders, underscores the lack of certainty around a narrative that has been accepted as fact by Democrats and other Trump critics, including presidential nominee Joe Biden, who has cited Russian bounties in attacks on President Donald Trump.

This is the closest we’ll get to an admission that the leftstream media ran days of uncorroborated “reports” about the alleged bounties and that they knew they were running rumors, not news.

Honestly, is there any industry or organization more susceptible to “foreign interference,” in this case ridiculously obvious internet trolling, than the mainstream media?  The answer is, I think, a resounding “no.”

The runner-up would be the Democratic Party itself, but their leaders actually understood that all of this, like so much they’ve spewed over the past four years, was utter nonsense.  I’m not so sure the media is aware just how hard they are being played by Democrats who are tweaking their TDS strings for all they’re worth.

The media loses in this game, of course, and is seeing record lows in public trust. Democrats certainly don’t care about the decline of the media.  They are happy to endlessly dupe a willing, TDS-addled media who, upon admitting they’ve been duped yet again by Democrats, will gleefully jump on the next lie, despite the obvious damage to their own credibility and bottom line.


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