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Suzanne Downing: Journalism’s biggest fail yet is the criminally produced Steele Dossier

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By SUZANNE DOWNING / MUST READ AMERICA

The infrastructure-pork bill is in the rearview mirror, Democrats have finished off the champagne, and they have turned their focus to the President Biden’s Build Back Better Act, with $1.75 trillion to be added to the existing $30 trillion national debt.

Americans can expect the corporate news media to shamelessly promote this spending package, and media has every reason to do so – there’s pork galore in it for newspapers and news broadcasters.

Under the BBB Act, the federal government will pay for one half of journalists who cover local news. All news companies have to do is show they cover “local” news, at least some of the time.

Here’s how it works: The BBB gives a tax credit of up to $25,000 per “local” news journalist for the first year, and then $15,000 for each subsequent year for four years. That’s 50 percent of a $50,000 reporter for year one and 30 percent for three years, giving news organizations the ability to use existing revenues to pay for political reporters on news that is not strictly local — more political reporting from Washington and more reporting with spoon-fed conclusions from D.C. think tanks that prop up the liberal narrative.

The legislation also provides a tax deduction of up to $150,000 for the cost of producing sound recordings, which includes television, movies, live theatrical production, and podcasts.

The corporate media bailout can’t come at a worse time for the credibility of journalism. In a Gallup poll this year, just 36 percent of all Americans have a great deal or fair amount of trust in mass media; 89 percent of Republican-aligned voters do not trust the media.

Exhibit A is the Steele Dossier, also known as the Trump-Russia investigation. To review, it was political opposition research funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2016-17 to tie Donald Trump to a conspiracy with Russia. In an effort to win the presidency, Clinton damaged the republic.

Former FBI director Robert Mueller was brought on as special counsel to investigate the origins of the dossier. In a 448-page report, he officially debunked the entire Steele Dossier and other non-dossier conspiracy charges that Democrats and the corporate media had spun against Trump in 2016.

This month, Department of Justice special counsel John Durham won an indictment against one of the main actors – a Russian spy — for lying to the FBI about sources he used in the conspiracy dossier.

According to the indictment, on July 31, 2016, the FBI, using the Steele Dossier as its shield, opened up an investigation it called “Crossfire Hurricane” to determine if the Trump campaign was coordinating with the Russian government. The investigation was exclusively based on the now-discredited opposition research produced by Clinton’s campaign law firm and a research group called Fusion GPS, all funded with millions of dollars from both the Clinton Campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

The indictment against Russian operative Igor Danchenko describes that Clinton’s campaign was fully responsible for the ginned-up lies against Trump:

“Earlier that year, a U.S.-based international law firm (“Law Firm-1”) acting as counsel to the Hillary Clinton Presidential campaign (the “Clinton Campaign” ), had retained a U.S.-based investigative firm (U.S. Investigative Firm – 1”) to conduct research on Trump and his associates. In or about June 2016 , (“U.S. Investigative Firm – 1)”, in turn , retained U.K. Person-1, a former officer in a friendly foreign intelligence service (“Foreign Intelligence Service – 1 ), and his U.K-.based firm to investigate Trump’s purported ties to Russia,” the grand jury has charged. 

“During the U.S. presidential election season and afterwards, U.K. Person-1 and employees of U.S. Investigative Firm -1 provided the Company Reports to multiple media outlets and to U.S. government personnel,” the grand jury indictment says. 

In 2017, the Trump-hating mainstream media bit down hard and published the dossier. Local papers parroted the reports from the big boys — the Washington Post. Last week, the Washington Post pulled it down off of its website, and admitted that “parts “of the report have been discredited.

No kidding. All of it is discredited, according to both Mueller and Durham.

The real criminal here is Hillary Clinton, and the Clinton campaign, which committed treason against a duly-elected president. Clinton, and most of her surrogates, including the collaborating media, will never face charges.

Axios, an independent digital news agency, calls the Steele Dossier reporting “one of the most egregious errors in modern journalistic history, and the media’s response to its own mistakes has so far been tepid.”

The Steele Dossier was quite simply a plot to overthrow the president, and the mainstream media got caught helping the attempted coup.

This is the same media that is now going to pimp the Build Back Better Act on behalf of Democrats in Congress, and get tax credits as their reward.

The House may vote on the $1.75 trillion Build Back Better Act this week, with its rich rewards for the lying, scheming, and treasonous corporate media.

Suzanne Downing is the publisher of Must Read Alaska and Must Read America.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • We voted for it through our congress.

  • Prison is in order – but don’t we hang people, publicly, for treason?

    • Come to think of it, we haven’t seen Hillary lately.

      • They had to cover it up and Pelosi do her rope a dope impersonation. The USA couldn’t be seen as a hack job Columbia cartel coup attempt. We have the goods on them. Only thing still in play is how deep the deep state is. Deep enough is my guess. They exposed judges, doj Crooks, lawyers and even diplomats. This stunck so bad, they had to bury it.

  • The failure (corruption) of the FBI/DOJ with regard to the Steele Affair makes the failure of journalism look like mere incompetence……..or being extorted. Worse, it looks like the DOJ is going to let Weissmann, McCabe, and their merry band of criminals live out their days without ever laying their heads on a prison rack. This whole scam was a Ted Stevens frame job on steroids……..and committed by the same organized crime network.

  • Not at all like our local fish wrapper (ADN) & the local talking heads on two separate, ummm, opposite, channels and how they’re in bed and conspire with the unions, healt care, greenness, leftists and anything anti-Alaska or pro growth. I’m done with the whole thieving lot of them.

  • The Dems are becoming an occupying force that effectively owns a country rather than a government that runs a country. This is the goal of the Socialist-Democrats, and they are getting close to making it happen.
    The Dems have started their own caliphate, loosely labeled “The New World Order”… They’ve been having too limited success in wresting total control of America from the GOP, so they will double down on a “WORLD GOVERNMENT” wherein they’re some of the ones in charge.
    That’s why the Dems are catering to all the fringe groups and causes, promising them a place in the “New, Build Back Better America”.
    If the Dems can’t rule America, they will take it down with them.

  • CS Lewis wrote: “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience…”

  • Opinion: Google (A New Zealander’s 9 ‘Starter Steps’ to Save America From Socialism)
    Trevor Loudon contributor
    March 4, 2021 Updated: March 4, 2021

    Though I’m a New Zealander, I know America and its people well. I’ve travelled to every state in the Lower 48 and have addressed more than 500 audiences across this amazing nation. My message has always been the same: The United States is heading toward a brutally tyrannical socialist revolution—and if America goes down, every free country follows. Well, now it’s here, people, unfolding before our very eyes. So, what can be done? Can the Republic be saved? Honestly, I don’t know.

    However, I can suggest some steps that would at least give this country a fighting chance.
    1. Face Reality … Millions of Americans are still in complete denial. Many think the military is secretly in control—that it’s only a matter of time until justice is done and President Donald Trump is restored. There’s a “secret plan”—just “have faith.” The truth is that Trump was outmaneuvered by an alliance of communists, globalists, and even traitors in his own party. The “deep state” is now almost fully in control. Trump isn’t coming back into office any time before 2024—if we still have meaningful elections by then.
    To make sure they can never be voted out of office, the Democrats plan to enfranchise 22 million illegal immigrants, abolish the electoral college, gain at least four more far-left senators through Puerto Rican and D.C. statehood, and flood the country with tens of millions more third-world refugees and illegal immigrants. They also plan to nationally introduce voting “reforms,” i.e., mass mail-in balloting, abolition of ID requirements, etc. that will guarantee eternal Democratic Party control. (There’s more)

    2. Stop All Violent Rhetoric
    Violence will not save America. The harsh reality is that President Barack Obama had eight years to replace patriotic generals with left-leaning political appointees. He did a great job. If violence breaks out (God forbid) the military will stand with the government, not the insurgents. (There’s more)

    3. Restore Election Integrity in All Red States
    If voter trust isn’t restored within months, the Republican Party is doomed. Democrats will continue to vote. Large numbers of Republican voters will stay home. They won’t trust the elections and will refuse to participate. We’ve already seen this play out in the Georgia Senate elections.
    Thirty states are currently led by Republican legislatures. Some are already holding enquiries into fixing deficient electoral procedures. Most will be whitewashes unless the public gets heavily involved. If the resulting recommendations don’t include the elimination of electronic voting machines and heavy penalties for organized voter fraud, it’s likely to be a window dressing exercise. Be alert.
    Patriots must work to restore voting integrity first in the red states, then the red counties of the blue states—then after 2022, the whole nation. (There’s more)

    4. Close the Republican Primaries Immediately … This should be a no-brainer, but no one is talking about it. Only five U.S. states have truly closed Republican primaries. This means that in most states Democrats and Independents (even communists) can vote in Republican primaries—and they do. All over the country, the GOP’s enemies vote in Republican primaries to pick the weakest, most wimpy candidate they can.
    That’s why the Republican base is super patriotic but most of their elected representatives in most states vote like “progressive” Democrats. Close the primaries, Republican patriots. It will transform your party.

    5. Organize a Compact of Free States … There’s much more. Google the original article.

    • How is it that folks around the world see how important it is that we take back our republic as it is possibly the last bastion of freedom. They see it and yet we as a country don’t? things like this should be required reading.

      • But, but…………………..what about our freedoms??
        How about “things like this” be added onto Biden’s mandated vaccinations-what a country this would be. Heheh!

    • Great Divorce.

      Dump the west coast and New England. They can be whatever Socialist hell they want. The rest of us will continue to be Americans.

      A civil divorce before we have a civil war.

      • But you can’t just stop there. If you start that then you’re going to have to go to Colorado, in Arizona and New Mexico and certain places in Georgia and Minnesota. Soon our country will look like Swiss cheese.

  • Suzanne, excellent reporting. You have clearly shown that any voter who voted Democrat is dumber than a box of wingnuts.

    • Mr. Tavoliero, Alaska and your country are calling on you. Please consider running against Don Young next year and taking him out. Your Campaign Steering Committee awaits you, with some hefty backers and donations.

    • Michael, you unfairly malign wingnuts!
      At least wingnuts (the metallic kind) have a useful purpose.

  • A free society can not survive this kind of dishonest journalism.

  • Lisa Murkowski WILL be a staunch supporter of the Build Back the Narrative Better Act, because she LIVES by the narrative, and is keen to manipulate it to her advantage as she has done for 2 decades now. Just watch, she will be eager to advance it, even if she feints rights… One of her greatest fears, and things that she could most ill-afford, would be the collapse of the narrative.

    Godspeed to all those who are working to bring the truth to the fore, and may the liars and deceivers suffer the consequences they have intended for the innocent.

    Thank you for the truth, Suzanne!

  • Main media is run by obsessed and fanatical Left-wing zealots who hate the political system and economic system of America. The oldsters are leftovers from the 60’s who run the media businesses, The younger journalists are all brainwashed antecedents of the 60’s radicals. That’s why there is no fair, neutral, impartial, unbiased main media today. And that’s why we have Suzanne and MRAK prospering in Alaska, and elsewhere! Even the unabashed America haters, Trump haters, and US Communists know where the truth exists.

  • And now another look at the weather. Jackey? That’s what qualifies as local news. Glad to hear that they will receive a subsidy for such hard work. Investigative reporting is not politically correct. I can look out the window if I want to know the weather. Thanks for telling us what is going on, Suzanne.

  • Special Prosecutor Durham who is as conservative as they come and appointed by Trump has returned minor one indictment to an FBI agent for lying after 18 months of investigation. If Durham had found any links to Clinton they would have been publicized by now.

    • Probably not so depending on how deep is investigation turned up the sod. Everybody can be gotten to, and something this rotten can infect anyone if they have enough to lose. They don’t even teach the Kennedy stole the election from Nixon. Kennedy is a martyr. They don’t teach that they were going to court marshalling after the pt-109 incident. They don’t teach that the entire Kennedy Fortune came from bootlegging and alcohol across the Canadian line. They don’t teach that the president had so many affairs while in office that it makes what Clinton did look like a blind date. Yes they go to a great extent to cover up the truth so that it doesn’t look like they have mud on their face.

    • Or maybe he is still building a rock-solid case against the one-woman Little Rock Suicide Squad?

    • Not necessarily. It might still come, but maybe Durham doesn’t want to commit suicide with a shotgun blast to the back of the head.

  • A Russian/English interpreter once told me a commonly expressed value about two Russian news agencies… (Izvestiya(news) and Pravda(truth) . “In the truth there is no news and in the news there is no truth.”
    Thank You SD for the side bar

  • The lame stream media gets their directions I am sure from the DNC – they must all get a script everyday because they all say the exact same thing. What we need is a law that they go to jail for lying, because that is what they do.. Truth is hate speech. Hate and chaos is the democrat way.

  • Yet they call questioning of an election a conspiracy theory, all the while they STILL believe that Russia helped Trump win the election.

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