To The Daily Sun,
In a recent submission to this forum, Mr. Demakowski supplied us with the perfect example of “whataboutism.” His letter goes on in great lengths to narrate the unfortunate murder of Seth Rich a DNC staffer. The conspiracy theory he exposes is that Rich “was the source of the leak of emails of the DNC” in the summer of 2016 and he was murdered to eliminate any testimony he might give — playing into the “murders and mysterious deaths that follow the Clintons. A clear pattern of murders upon murders to silence witnesses of corruption.”
This “Fake News” story was part of an attempt to discredit U.S. intelligence communities by the wright-wing conspiracy theorists, by flouting unproven theories that Rich was the person who provided WikiLeaks with the DNC emails, and suggests his death was retaliation for the supposed leaks — leaks totally unrelated to Rich. Malia Zimmerman, a Fox News reporter who lends her editorial heft to conspiracy theories, and Ed Burtowsky, a Dallas-based financial advisor and Fox News contributor, along with Fox News, created a “fake news” story to distract from the Russian investigation and advance Trump’s agenda. Rod Wheeler, claiming to be a private investigator, and longtime paid commentator and Fox News contributor, has been quoted in several news articles recanting his original story. All claims made by Wheeler are false and take fake news to a new level.
It has also been alleged, that the White House was briefed in advance of this baseless Fox News report, with hopes of diverting the public attention from their chaotic administration and possible Trump ties to Russia (whataboutism). If these allegations are true, it is beyond vile that the White House — and possibly Trump himself — would use the murder of a young man to distract the public attention from their chaotic administration and alleged Trump ties to Russia.
Fox News almost immediately debunked this false report and retracted the Zimmerman story a week after it was published, but not before the report caught fire with Trump supporters such as Mr. Demakowski. They then descended into the sewer by promoting this long-debunked conspiracy theory.
When Mr. Demakowski and other right-wing activists complain about the nature of media coverage, they are actually demanding that the media abandon an independent journalistic stance and champion their cause by reporting what they want reported. This is in effect what people from the right constantly do: attack the media with the hope that they will bend in their direction, then blame the media if their program fails. Blaming the media draws attention away from the failed policies and the chaos of Trump administration (whataboutism).
Trump may come across as an idiot, but he can deftly employ the liberal media bias framework, packaging his lies by claiming that it is actually a truth being suppressed by the political correctness, who are protecting pro-terrorist types for nefarious, if obscure, reasons.
- Written by Edward Engler
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