Journalist Bashes MSNBC: No Evidence Yet Showing Russia Behind the Leaks

Anonymous claims leaked to newspapers about what the CIA believes do not constitute proof, and certainly do not constitute reliable evidence that substitutes for actual evidence that can be reviewed. Have we really not learned this lesson yet? ­

Glenn Greenwald

No one has ever confused award-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald with a conservative, but they are not happy with his recent “defense” of Donald Trump. Greenwald likely wouldn’t like to be called a “Trump defender,” but he’s been forced into this corner by the mainstream media’s infatuation with a nebulous Trump-Russia connection.

Greenwald was recently a guest on MSNBC where he spoke with host Ari Melber about the seemingly constant handwringing over Russia and Vladimir Putin, and Greenwald made it clear that this is simply a tactic currently being employed in an effort to undermine Trump. Greenwald also argued that the tactic had already proven to be a loser and it was time for the Democrats and their friends in the media to drop it.

When Melber pressed Greenwald to respond to the “evidence” of the Russian hacking allegations, Greenwald responded defiantly to the notion that any evidence had been presented at all.

What circumstantial evidence can you point to? You have just identified what agents have claimed. Agencies that have a long history of error, that are designed to disseminate disinformation, that are political actors. Who have constantly disseminated claims that turned out to be false for whatever their motivation is. You have taken all of those agencies, and described in your question to me, what they claim. What evidence is there otherwise that they have presented that suggests the Russian government is behind these leaks, there is none. What is the evidence?”

Melber placated Greenwald by agreeing that no evidence had been presented and then asking if Democrats were simply using the issue as a political bludgeon to distract from their recent losses? Greenwald told Melber that this was indeed the case but that Democrats needed to stop because their actions could be harmful for their party and for the nation.

“What Democrats are doing — before the election they thought this was a winning tactic, to link Trump to a country that they tried to build into this really scary threat. Obama spent eight years saying Russia is not a scary threat, he mocked Mitt Romney in 2012, but I think it was an election year tactic. Fear is a really potent tactic. But Americans, when they wake up in the morning, they don’t wake up worried about what the Kremlin is doing. I think it proved to be a losing political tactic, and since the election Democrats, like a lot of Americans, including myself, are sort of disoriented, still in shock, and are grappling for explanations…

Screaming ‘Putin!’ over and over and accusing critics of being Kremlin stooges, I think that is a byproduct of this desperation more than anything else. I’m hoping people will return to reason.”

Greenwald is right, but I’m torn about what I want to see happen. Part of me wishes the Democrats and the media would stop with the Russia fear mongering because it’s annoying, but part of me thinks that if they keep focusing on stupid stuff like this… it will mean that they lose even worse in 2018. It’s a conundrum.

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