Is this over yet?
As a former intelligence officer, it was obvious to me from that nature of the accusations, and the sequence of events. But the NY Times has published dozens of articles and editorials essentially convicting the Trump administration of crimes that were manufactured as democraticc campaign strategies.
The authors Michael S. Schmidt, Mark Mazzetti, and Matt Puzo cited “four current and former American officials” as saying there were copious wiretaps proving collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence.
Former FBI Director Comey testified last week under oath that a February 14 NY Times report was false. This is an undeniable indictment of the papers credibility and intent to harm the President.
So what do we do with Messrs. Schmidt, Mazzetti and Puzo? I would like to ask them some pointed questions:
– Are you lazy, criminal liars, or just naive fools?
– Who are these sources who apparently lied to you about a major frontpage story that has now made your newspaper and editor look like idiots?
– How much of this came from a legitimate source and how much did you make up?
– Do you consider yourselves to be biased against the current administration?
– Do you have any regrets for lying to your readers?
I mentioned ‘criminal liars’ in one of the above questions, and I’m not sure it is a crime to lie to hundreds of thousands of people in a major newspaper. At the very least these “journalists” have no integrity, and that is a huge problem. Not just for the NY Times but for American media overall.
Now the big question.
Could Schmidt, Mazzetti and Puzo be under the influence or control of a foreign power? What about NY Times Editor Dean Baquet, or publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger? Could they be under some kind of influence? In each case they would be much easier to reach by blackmail, pay offs, or other means to influence public opinion. There is no security apparatus at the NYTimes to prevent them from being influenced, and they are in a position to do great damage to American society.
If I were the Russians (or Chinese, Saudis, ISIS or anyone else with a potential agenda), I might want a few journalists in my back pocket. I might want someone in a powerful position to write sympathetic stories to sway public opinion in my favor. The ability to do this on a international platform like the NY Times, taking advantage of its 165 year old reputation (until recently conducted with integrity), could be worth billions on the world stage.
I’m not sure there is legal precedent for this, but I call for an investigation of this story by the counter intelligence assets of the FBI. If our media is being penetrated by foreign powers, we should know.
At the very least, the NY Times should fire Schmidt, Mazzetti and Puzo, and expose their sources for the frauds that they are.