Russian Collusion mythology is the most dominant story in
the news media and has been for the past eighteen months…
dating back to November 7, 2016. And when one examines the
contemporaneous reporting by Jonathan Allen andAmie
Parnesin their excellent bookShattered:
Clinton’s Doomed Campaign.
incredible access to the entireClintoncampaign
infrastructure because their book was really meant to
be a historical account of the triumphant campaign for
the first female president in American history.
we know, it didn’t work out that way. And the authors’
account of the immediate aftermath tells us much about
how the media were spoon-fed the collusion
self -reflective,” said one longtime ally
on calls with her shortly after the election.
pointing her finger at Comey and Russia. “She wants to
make sure all these narratives get spun
the right way,”
this person said.
if the Clinton campaign was good at anything, it was
making sure narratives were “spun the right way.” So,
the entire team, within 24 hours of the devastating
loss, assembled to hatch the story. The scene, as
painted with amazing detail by Allen andParnes,
sounds like a writers’ room for a television drama.
The creative writing team throwing lots of story ideas
around to see which one the consensus likes the
That strategy had
been set within twenty-four hours of her concession
speech. Mook and Podesta assembled her communications
team at the Brooklyn headquarters to engineer the case
that the election wasn’t entirely on the up-and-up. For a
couple of hours, with Shake Shack containers
littering the room, they went over the
would pitch to the press and the public.
hacking was the centerpiece of the argument.
In Brooklyn, her
team coalesced around the idea that Russian hacking
was the major unreported story of the campaign,
overshadowed by the contents of stolen
own private- server imbroglio.
course, the plan would only work if the media took the
bait. They had that angle knitted up. All they had to
do was focus their anger and ire at their friends in
the press and accuse them of being at fault for
They also decided to hammer
the media for focusing so intently on the investigation
into her e-mail, which had created a cloud over her
candidacy. “The press botched the e-mail story for eighteen
months,” said one person who was in the room. “Comey
obviously screwed us, but the press created the story.”
they’d say to their pals in the press. And now, they
had to make good.
to the pertinent passage from the audio book that I
played on my radio program onWMALin
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