Matt Taibbi Calls Out Liberal Media For Pretending ‘Not to Know’ How Obama Was Conducting Political Surveillance…

Matt Taibbi writes a lengthy column calling out his colleagues for abandoning all pretense of civil liberties in an effort to ‘resist’ President Trump.

Within the column Taibbi walks-through the ridiculous Russia collusion story and notes the necessary use of the media pretending not to know what took place within the Obama administration; including what continues today in the prosecution of Flynn.

MATT TAIBBI – […] ” After Edward Snowden’s 2013 revelations about mass data collection, a series of internal investigations began showing officials were breaking rules against spying on specific Americans via this NSA program. Searches were conducted too often and without proper justification, and the results were shared with too many people, including private contractors. By October, 2016, the FISA court was declaring that systematic overuse of so-called “702” searches were a “very serious fourth Amendment issue.”

In later court documents it came out that the FBI conducted 3.1 million such searches in 2017 alone. As the Brennan Center put it, “almost certainly… the total number of U.S. person queries run by the FBI each year is well into the millions.”

Anyone who bothers to look back will find hints at how this program might have been misused. In late 2015, Obama officials bragged to the Wall Street Journalthey’d made use of FISA surveillance involving “Jewish-American groups” as well as “U.S. lawmakers” in congress, all because they wanted to more effectively “counter” Israeli opposition to Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.  This is a long way from using surveillance to defuse terror plots or break up human trafficking rings.

I can understand not caring about the plight of Michael Flynn, but cases like this have turned erstwhile liberals – people who just a decade ago were marching in the streets over the civil liberties implications of Cheney’s War on Terror apparatus – into defenders of the spy state.  (READ MORE)

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155 Responses to Matt Taibbi Calls Out Liberal Media For Pretending ‘Not to Know’ How Obama Was Conducting Political Surveillance…

  1. necsumadeoinformis says:

    Taibbi better watch out, no more cocktail party invites.

    Liked by 27 people

    • Russ says:

      He will suddenly die of heart failure.

      Liked by 6 people

    • Jase says:

      I’ve seen a bit of his twitter feed. His former fellow travelers on the Left turned on him months ago.
      He doesn’t like PDJT at all, but he hates the hypocrisy of the lickspittles MainSwampMedia even more.

      Liked by 13 people

      • Steve in MT says:

        Hypocrisy on the Left? Who would have thought it?

        Liked by 6 people

        • Putting On Its Shoes says:

          There is zero hypocrisy on the Left.

          They are 1million% consistent in doing everything — lie, cheat, steal, murder — to have power.

          If you use that as your operating premise for democrats, you will see that their behavior is entirely consistent, without hypocrisy, in the least.

          There have never been people more consistent in their pursuit of power by any means than current U.S. democrats.

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          • nofreelunch says:

            You are referring to the relative small group of elite party insiders, who understand it is all a con game. The average run of the mill democrat, your friends and relatives, are the dupes.

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            • Putting On Its Shoes says:

              Yep, of course. But “friends and relatives” that are democrats are more than dupes, they have corrupt subconscious agendas too. They want to be the boss of their perceived “inferiors” by proxy.

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      • Squish like grape

        Mr, Kesuke Miyagi: [sighs] Taibbi-san, must talk. [they both kneel] Walk on road, hm? Walk left side, safe. Walk right side, safe. Walk middle, sooner or later, [makes squish gesture] get squish just like grape. Here, presidential politics, same thing. Either you Orange-man hate “yes”, or Orange-man hate “no”. You do “Trump hate guess so”, [makes squish gesture] just like grape. Understand?

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      • Lillie Belle says:

        The sheep on the left insist on being lied to.

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    • Justah says:

      He has been writing this sort of thing for about 2 years now. He didn’t buy the Russia,Russia,Russian and hated the Impeachment Scam. Matt is not a Trump fan at all, he is pretty much a Bernie fan ….. but he hates what the Politicians are doing and what they media is doing. He still does stuff for Rolling Stone, but mainly is now writing on his own site. He is and always has been – a very good writer and decent investigative journalist.

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      • upstate909 says:

        agreed. Taibi in the RS only rolls out these stories every 4-6 months. Was not aware of his website…please inform…I do enjoy his prose.

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      • He doesn’t get Communism if he supports Bernie.

        Why Isn’t Communism as Hated as Nazism?

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      • James says:

        I would say he is a opportunist,what ever earns him a buck,going by this,I am afraid I can not get too exited over what he says.

        “Good! F*** him. I couldn’t be happier that he’s dead.”, though Taibbi claimed that it was “at least half an homage”, claiming respect for aspects of Breitbart’s style but also alluding to Breitbart’s own derisive obituary of Ted Kennedy. “

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        • thehawkeyehoneypot says:

          Meanwhile andrew would have fought for this pukes right to say it. Does mr tiabbi have the mutual respect to return the favor to a fellow deceased journalist? Of course not, a liberal could care less about your right to say anything.

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    • destin326 says:

      He must already be under protection. He knows the score and that unexplained death happens to so many who don’t toe the line.

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    • Tulips Moran says:

      3.1Million 702 searches in 2017 alone! Were these continuation of the Shadow Govt duirng PDJT’s first year as President? Were they listening in on EVERYONE associated with Trump and his Admin? Or was Trump Admin listening in on all of them? Folks this is serious treason that must stop.

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    • Jan says:

      Taibbi plays both sides of the fence. He has, and continues to write horrendous, childish articles about Trump on his Rolling Stone site.
      If he is so sickened by the media dishonesty, why does he continue to write for a publication that constantly writes, lies and promotes the very topics he is calling out?
      Please do not be fooled by his false outrage.

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    • Sandman says:

      Methinks Mr. Taibbi has chosen the red pill…

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  2. carthoris says:

    I remember a story about a queen who had a big ugly wart on her nose and her loyal subjects all pretended not to see it and never even mentioned it among themselves.

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    • Pale rider says:

      That’s a perfect description of Obama as our president. A wart on the face of America. The left hates president Trump but the world loves him. Obama the left loved and world put up with him knowing full well what he was about. Can you imagine Obama in China? He probably had a ‘kick me ‘ sign on his back.

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    • iconoclast says:

      David Mamet: “In order to continue advancing their illogical arguments, modern liberals have to pretend not to know things.”

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      • I have thought this and said it many times these past few years. Good to see that Mamet recognizes this, too. I loved his House of Games and The Unit.

        And they don’t care how stupid or illogical it makes them seem at times.

        They are ideologically driven.

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        • technoaesthete says:

          I loved The Unit! I was told that the Obama administration (with their connections to Hollywood) asked/requested/demanded that the show be canceled because it was too positive about the military. I wish the show would return.

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      • Jan says:

        Just as Taibbi pretends the very publication he happily works for doesn’t commit the very sins he calls others out for. In fact, he himself, continues to trash Trump in almost every story at his home site of Rolling Stone.
        Do we reward a child that usually acts terrible for NOT acting terrible on rare occasion?

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  3. berniekopell says:

    Chris Plante says it best: “If is wans’t for double standards the liberal would have no standards.”

    Liked by 11 people

    • carthoris says:

      Oh, they have standards alright. They want to stand on America until they crush the liberty completely out of it.

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      • Road Runner says:

        Damn right… As stated in the 1973 movie ‘Paper Moon’ …
        Moses Pray: Don’t you think I have any scruples?
        Addie Loggins: “Well, if you do, it’s a sure bet they belong to someone else!”

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  4. Bob Lynch says:

    It’s time to call all of the different but yet all illegal Obamagate activities what it is….a conspiracy to overthrow the government. And by the way, it is time to stop using the term soft coup. The conspirators used the electromagnetic spectrum to attack the Trump presidency. This weapon is much more effective than bullets.

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    • Tl Howard says:

      Obama tried to rob me of the import of my vote. For that, he should be in prison.

      Liked by 9 people

      • justlizzyp says:

        Twice. In my opinion, if one single voter would have voted differently in 2012 had they known that Obama and Co were lying through their teeth and covering up anything that showed they were not the 100% with it, hip slick and cool crew they wanted people to believe they were, then their right to vote in a free and fair election was disenfranchised.

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  5. cruiser55 says:

    Even a blind squirrel occasionally stumbles over a nut.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Ninja7 says:

      Cruiser55, Think one needs to add a few words before your sentence.
      In a forest of oaks…

      Just Saying 🤗🤔

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    • Sherri Young says:

      Matt Taibbi has written some excellent articles over the years. I don’t have to agree with him on everything to be able to appreciate his work. Glenn Greenwald is another whom I appreciate but don’t always agree with. They both actually are journalists.

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      • justlizzyp says:

        The fact that I don’t agree with Taibbi, and he doesn’t agree with me, is precisely what makes his article so significant. We are coming from opposite ends of the ideological spectrum yet still agree that THIS WAS WRONG!

        Liked by 8 people

        • BitterC says:

          There is a growing chasm between liberals and lefties and the liberals are slowly realizing it

          Liked by 1 person

          • justlizzyp says:

            Remember when the Left was pointing fingers and laughing about the GOP getting ‘taken over’ by the Tea Party? I was trying to warn some of them that their party was fracturing and they would soon be faced with a similar set of choices. They have chosen the ‘turn on your own at the slightest disagreement route’. The only thing ‘uniting’ the Left at this point is hatred – as soon as the targets of their hate become more than just Trump, they could very well tear the entire party apart.

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            • technoaesthete says:

              I was part of the Tea Party when it started (and at the march in Wash., D.C.).The Tea Party actually contained Dems and Repubs. The reason the Tea Party sided with the Repubs was that they new forming a third party was futile and the Repubs were more compatible with fiscal conservatism. The Repub establishment disagreed with the Tea Party and joined the Obama admin in attempting to crush the Tea Party.

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              • justlizzyp says:

                It seems like they’ve learned to co-exist now within the ‘Republican Party’ though, haven’t they? I mean, I know there is the problem with the UniParty that claims to be Dem or Repub but really is only interested in saying whatever they must in order to secure their re-election, since they believe they are our moral betters and all, but it seems like the Freedom Caucus has gained at least a measure of acceptance. Is that not really the case?

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      • Newhere says:

        True.

        *Honest* opposition is a great tradition in our country, a hallmark of a free society that values free speech and democracy. It’s nearly lost. Greenwald and Taibbi are among a very small group on the left who still get it. Credit where credit’s due.

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      • oldumb says:

        Like Sherri.

        I like Matt and Glen Greenwald, because they are honest and fair and not insane.

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        • Jan says:

          Taibbi: Be Very Afraid
          “ America is the first country to ever elect a Mad King, and the way things are going, we may be dumb enough to do it twice … “

          Taibbi is of course referring to Trump, and trashing him as he does 99% of the time. A few honest articles amid thousands of articles lying about a Trump, does not an “honest and fair” reporter make.

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          • oldumb says:

            Taibbi does not like President Trump. That is OK, I am not a fascist. He is allowed his opinion. His opinion does not make him crazy like a progressive. He has had more than a couple good articles. I like him, don’t agree with him on some things. But then again, I don’t require him to believe as I do,

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  6. Eric says:

    Many people on the Left are convinced that they are morally superior in all things. This has evolved into one guiding principle, they are never wrong. Any position they take is never wrong, even if they flip a position 180 degrees, they don’t think they are wrong now and weren’t wrong before.

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    • MitchRyderDetroitWheels says:

      They are never wrong…just ask them. Once things turn against them they just change the subject and tell you about their education. The good news is their arrogance is what will take them out. They have zero character. When shit gets tough they will fold up like a chair from K-Mart.

      Liked by 3 people

      • jus wundrin says:

        I’d say your conversations with the progs have been docile. Some I have talked to get all demonically possessed just over the subject matter. Sure isnt the same party supporters of my long deceased great uncle.

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    • marmocet says:

      I certainly know what you’re talking about here, and I would say that this attitude is a far bigger problem on the left today, but this sort of attitude exists on the right as well. It doesn’t take much for humans to indulge in a belief in their own infallibility and moral superiority over others, and once this attitude becomes entrenched, it takes a relentless assault by facts and hard surprise encounters with reality to get them to retreat from it.

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      • Pale rider says:

        Good point! The right is just as bad. These politicians are corrupt through and through and to put one moment of trust in them that is not earned is a mistake. Think about, everyone lately is tired of waiting for justice to be served, who do we expect to serve it, Democrats?

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      • Ockham's Phaser says:

        However, I find that people on the right have a better BS meter.

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    • TheLastDemocrat says:

      Eric, I have to note that this is utterly the case. It is the guiding principle.

      The Progs are first and foremost “right,” regardless of the issue.

      I relate this to the concept of a “cult.” A cult has a World View. This World View sets the Cult leader or leaders in the role of being more moral and or knowledgeable than Everyone Else. All Cults have The Special Knowledge, or the Special Morality.

      Often, it is combined: the Special Knowledge leads logically to what is right and what is wrong.

      That is one part. Another part is that those outside of The Cult do not fully grasp or believe this Special Knowledge. They may believe parts of it, or very little, or none. As an example: A Christian Cult adds beliefs to regular Christianity, and acknowledges that general Christians hold most, but not all, of the Right Beliefs. [LDS is an example; they may agree with a Christian on a lot of theology, but they believe they have a more complete, authentic picture. I toured Utah Temple Mount, and they bring you to their conference center with a Huge statue of Jesus as you are led to a room where they give you the sales pitch.]

      The next detail of how a Cult works is: the World is divided into Good and Evil. You, THe Cult Member, have been enlightened that before you were ignorant, and following Evil ideas, but now you are enlightened, and follow Good ideas / the Good World View.

      This is very powerful: everything gets reduced to good or evil.

      I agree with this. But, here’s the rub:

      The Cult has an incorrect World View. Any World View either accords with reality or it does not.

      Cults do not. They are designed to give power to leaders, versus to be Accurate. Leaders either do this intentionally, or unintentionally, but either way they pursue power versus truth.

      If a Cult’s core beliefs in their World View do not accord with reality, then this should be evident by straightforward analysis. Prog Beliefs are easily debunked. Yet, they believe in their World View – How is this?

      The final aspect of a Cult is this: They Have Built-In Thought-Tricks to Avoid Being Exposed to the Irrationality, the Inaccuracies, in their World View.

      I hope this helps everyone understand why our Prog family members have to cut us off from communication: we threaten their World View that places them as Morally Superior to us. If they get debunked, they will be exposed as stupid and gullible, as well.

      So, ALL debate or Discussion with a Prog is mimicking genuine Discussion and Debate, but quickly gets detoured into nonsense.

      Is abortion killing a living human? Sure we could discuss this. But the Prog asks you how many unwanted children you have adopted. To the Prog, this makes sense. They have ended the discussion. However, it is irrelevant to the question of whether a 4-week-old human fetus is a living human or not. They declare you are trying to oppress women. Maybe, maybe not. For them, this is the answer to: “is it alive, or not?”

      To me and you, this is not good argument. To a Prog, they love this rhetorical trick because it defines you as “Evil,” and ends the threat to their World View.

      Also: since you are either Evil or Ignorant, they do not have to treat you respectfully. In fact, you deserve pity and or scorn and or wrath.

      Why “Cult?” Versus regular Liberalism, which I understand and could define, and debate, with rational people here, the Progs have decided to win over voters by making the appeal of a Cult. To win, all they need to do is feed teh proper reality-avoiding memes to disarm or derail anyone presenting reality. I have little pity for them since they are doing a terrible thing.

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      • Hurricane Hunteer says:

        To The LastDemocrat– Well thought out and well presented

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      • TarsTarkas says:

        Eric Hoffer in his book ‘The True Believer’ describes in minute detail what you described. It and his other books should be on everybody’s list to read or in their library. A working man who became a philosopher and thus was not beholden to any particular belief system or methodology.

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        • Georgia says:

          I used to feel that way about Hoffer because I believed the PR etc. as to him– seems most of his life was totally made up by him– he wasn’t actually who he said he was and he invented things about himself that clearly never happened — it’s all very strange– this is a good introduction if you are interested: https://spectator.org/the-mystery-of-eric-hoffer/

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      • Pale rider says:

        When you dissect the human emotions we all are in a quest for nirvana. But, mine is not yours. My world is made of my beliefs, culture is a very good example. notice how diversity does not work? Too many different ideas of bliss and when you continually separate nirvana is unattainable by a populace.
        Then we add misery. Misery is said to be like a gas, it will fill any space it is released into.
        Our lives are better than most all of the world but we cannot attain happiness as a group. I won’t change you won’t change, no matter our beliefs may and probably are destructive.
        In times like the world wars, all were engaged in a forward movement to attain one goal. Bliss was defined as victory. Easy peasy, but when in a state of rest we tend to find fault instead of progress or meditation. It’s taught that way instead of taught in a positive way.
        All this is nothing new, we all know it and sense it but assertive people can’t be controlled quit as easy and that just doesn’t put people in power who should not be in power, does it?
        It has to be a foundation in lives and a set goal. By observing a child you can see it is inherent in human nature but we lose it or it actually is taken. Again, for control.
        I true awakening of a population is not what the world believes it to be. It’s actually a selfless act, Jesus was that demonstration, revival.
        Can you imagine a world bent on selfless behavior, it would be heaven, also limitless by consequence. The emotions used for self would be observed as useless because they would be obvious when put on another as such.
        Anyway, I can dream!

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  7. soozala says:

    Sorry, Matt, but I don’t think they were “pretending. One of these days you have to face the fact that you share a “profession” with many who were duct taped to their lockers multiple times during the Wonder Years and are still suffering the ill effects……low IQ and inability to learn……….

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  8. AnotherView says:

    Barry is the queen at the center of a giant spyweb, growing bigger everyday. He has lots of minions doing his bidding, while he spends his time acting like he’s running against Trump.

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    • boogywstew says:

      “Obamanian Rhapsody” ?

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    • Stop-Making-Nonsense says:

      Barry’s but a puppet in the overall scheme. He’s unable to to process complex thought and talk cogently without hemming and hawing without a tele-prompter. Groomed for his role, but not the play caller.

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      • patti says:

        SMN
        “Barry’s but a puppet in the overall scheme. He’s unable to to process complex thought and talk cogently without hemming and hawing without a tele-prompter. Groomed for his role, but not the play caller.”

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        • Pale rider says:

          Bingo! Patti wins the round.

          Liked by 5 people

        • CountryDoc says:

          How much evidence is there that she is in the group of “We caught them all”? I have long suspected her of the ring leader, the one connected to the money and power that directed both Hillary and Obama — and likely Bremmer and Meuller. Would love to know what her tracks show.

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      • Deplorable_Infidel says:

        “Groomed for his role, but not the play caller.”

        Just like Mark Zuckerberg. I don’t remember who said it, but the quote was, “Mark Zuckerberg could not code his way out of a paper bag”.

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    • Trump Patriot says:

      I don’t think so. I do not think he is capable of all that he is given credit. He is the shadow. I hope to live long enough that it is shown who was the director and producer of his production. There is a much bigger story luring in the darkness. Perhaps General Flynn had the key to the castle ……unknowingly…and that is why he HAD to be destroyed

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    • trump20162024 says:

      Obozo is trying to cover his guilty a$$ while greasing the skids for the DRAFT MOOOOOOCHELLE movement during the August convention of dhimmis.

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  9. gary says:

    but the cucks can understand about not caring about mike flynn. how is it rush say’s, an act of accidental journalism.

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  10. lgstarr says:

    And then there is Phillip Haney had a book coming out this Spring…until he was murdered.

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  11. Russ says:

    Regardless, every one of them is going to be finically ruined as the hundreds of civil rights lawsuits come up. Their portfolio’s and their wealth will be stripped from them as they languish in Federal Prison.

    A man can dream can’t he?

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  12. Tl Howard says:

    Oh, for an Edward R. Murrow and his vehicle.

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  13. Flight93Gal says:

    Obama and the U.S. government abused its powers to prosecute Flynn and spy on VSG POTUS when he was a candidate and before.

    That’s an undisputed fact.

    Unfortunately while people like Matt Taibbi and even Glenn Greenwald recognize this fact; they do NOT address this with the anger and furor required to convince a public figure on the left in the CONGRESS/SENATE to publicly express disdain for the surveillance state.

    Until reporters like Taibbi and Greenwald and someone more mainstream motivate Democrat Congressman/Senators like Tim Ryan and Senator Manchin to step up and speak out against this and until people are jailed….the abuse and coverups and “OH WELLS” will continue!

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  14. thinkwell says:

    Hello Matt,

    Congratulations for seeing the obvious and trying to shame your fellow “journalists” about their complicity in the lying, spying and everything “Orange Man Bad!”.

    Ho-hum. Wake me up when we get to the perp walks, trials and prison sentences.

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    • Bert Darrell says:

      How can anyone “shame” a “journalist” who was hired to lie and distort, and gets paid for doing so?

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  15. MicD says:

    Knowing what we know now in this house, we look at Edward Snowden
    as a modern day Paul Revere. Not carrying whale oil lamps but thumb drives.
    And Obama chased him right into Putin’s arms.

    Edward, you and your wife can return to your Country and live
    with us, or other Patriots. We will not give you up.

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    • railer says:

      Good post. Snowden is a patriot. The instant he exposed Clapper he proved it. It cost him his life in the US. He gave up everything here. Who among us would make that sacrifice?

      And Deep State refused to pursue the criminals he exposed. So they went even further and attacked a presidential candidate.

      Why wouldn’t they? We all went along with their treason. So they doubled down.

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  16. There is the media issue of Fusion GPS, they have deep influence over the smear media and it’s obvious that the deep coordination of stories, narrative, etc. is due to them. There is nothing unless the media/Democrat complex is broken. Fusion GPS needs to be destroyed, exposed, whatever it takes, this is a key to winning and moving on. A good start would be aggressive IRS audits and leaks to place the sunlight on cash for stories by double dipping fake Journalists. Start with the Isikoffs, Barrett’s and Entous’s of the world. Also expose Ezra Klein and Ben Smith and their continuation of Journolist…this would be a start…

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  17. Bob Guzzardi says:

    Personally the entire Obamagate outrage has made more of a civil libertarian and more skeptical of law enforcement, particularly, at federal level. I have a feeling many others are re-thinking previous biases; it is upsetting when biases are proven invalid.

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  18. truthbomb says:

    Taibibi – a progressive – writes a momentous article that will unfortunately fall on deaf ears. These people, hopelessly infected with Trump Derangement Syndrome, are going to need something more strongly formulated to jar them out of their MSM-induced 2016 stupor.

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    • Dave Hunter says:

      I think it entirely fortunate that Taibbi’s piece will fall on deaf ears. The more Americans see who the Democrats have become the better President Trump’s odds for reelection will be on November 3rd, as will the odds to retake the House and add seats in the Senate.

      Further, I heartily applaud Judge Sullivan’s actions WRT General Flynn’s case as it is one that the media continues to follow and report on almost daily. It brings the tyranny of our current judicial system into stark clarity for Americans across the country.

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      • Dave Hunter says:

        Don’t misunderstand, I think what has happened to Gen. Flynn has been terrible, and I am confident that Judge Sullivan’s actions will be halted by an appeal to the DC Circuit post haste.

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        • Dutchman says:

          Dave Hunter,
          Fully understood what you were saying, likewise I applaud each of these idiotic over-reaches by Dictatorial Democrat Govenors and Mayors, for the same reason.

          “When someone tells you who they are, and especially when they SHOW you who they are,….BELIEVE them!”

          These idiots apperently never heard

          “Tis better to kerp your mouth closed,
          And be thought a fool,….
          Than to open your mouth,.
          And remove all doubt!”

          While they are foolish, if you replace “fool” with “Treasonous Despicable Conmunist”,…it works just as well!

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  19. CharterOakie says:

    “I can understand not caring about the plight of Michael Flynn….”

    Taibbi: GFY. That one phrase negates the beneficence of your entire article.

    How can ANYone in possession of the facts of the Flynn case at this point make a statement such as that?!

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    • Zydeco says:

      It as if Taibbi realizes that the Obama admin spied illegally but its a step too far that the Obama admin would railroad Flynn.

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    • Genie says:

      It enables him to remain smugly progressive while signaling to Never Trumpers that he is still one of them, only better.

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    • BitterC says:

      I can understand not caring about the plight of Michael Flynn, but cases like this have turned erstwhile liberals – people who just a decade ago were marching in the streets over the civil liberties implications of Cheney’s War on Terror apparatus – into defenders of the spy state. Politicians and pundits across the last four years have rolled their eyes at attorney-client privilege, the presumption of innocence, the right to face one’s accuser, the right to counsel and a host of other issues, regularly denouncing civil rights worries as red-herring excuses for Trumpism.

      See nothing wrong with his writing in context

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  20. CNN_sucks says:

    Taibibi could not let go. Flynn is innocent. You will never be invited with your liberal marxist fellow travellers after this transgression.

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  21. Dave Hunter says:

    Obama has had the intel people spying on his political opponents since before Brennan and Comey took over their respective agencies in 2013. Also, Susan Rice didn’t get her job as Nat’l Sec Advisor by accident, either, as her performance after Benghazi cemented her “I’ll do anything for my president” bonafides. The entire administration was corrupt from top to bottom, as evidence will finally show to America when the various investigations are finished.

    Remember, the DOJ-IG isn’t even partially finished with his review of FISA warrant applications. It will astonish all of us when he’s done with just a couple of year’s worth of documentation.

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  22. Merkin Muffley says:

    In 2011, Obama spied on Sheryl Atkisson.
    In 2013, Obama spies on James Rosen and the Associated Press.
    In 2015, Obama spies on the German government and German media.
    Why is anyone shocked today that Obama was spying on Trump officials???

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  23. railer says:

    The real problem is that the Uniparty is united in destroying the US Constitution and our civil liberties. Your enemy here is not “Obama”… as he’s just a dumb stooge executing Uniparty bidding, and he’s gone now. The Uniparty remains, and it’s doing exactly what it’s been doing… destroying the US Constitution and our civil liberties. They just voted up a fresh FISA.

    Unfortunately, most support the Uniparty, including many on this site. The constant shilling against “Obama” and the constant shilling for those with a little “R” after their name is proof enough of that. It represents a failure to accept that a UNIPARTY just voted up FISA, the instrument by which the UNIPARTY sets up the destruction of the US Constitution and our civil liberties. And again, many on even this site will reward them for this destruction. Celebrate them, even.

    For those people I can only say this: Look in the mirror and you might see the problem here. The greatest scandal in the history of this country, rooted in one of the most unconstitutional pieces of legislation ever seen, and you’re voting for it.

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    • Dutchman says:

      railer,
      I KNOW you ain’t referring to ME, as a main theme of my comments, for some time has been to consistently hammer on the Uniparty, and point out the obvious complicity of Congressional Republican Leadership in the Coup, and the ensueing cover up.

      Many, who agree with the thrust of my posts, balk at the idea that this view of the Uniparty, and specifically of Congressional Republican Leadership as coupists, should effect how we vote.

      When I say that I, personally will NOT vote for another Rino candidate, as “the lesser of two weavils”, or because “as BAD as they are, a Democrat is WORSE, so you MUST vote for them,..so we can maintain majority in the Senate!”
      I am villified by many.

      First, one has to ‘red pill’ and accept the reality that Obama admin could NOT have “gotten away” with ALL they did, without a complicit, enabling and perhaps even directing partner, in Congressional Republican Leadership.

      And then, once you swallow that bitter pill, you face the inevitable “O.k.,…now WHAT am I/are WE, gonna DO about it?”

      As this material comes out, over next month to six weeks, after the initial shock (by many), there is going to be the inevitablerealisation that Obammy didn’t do this on his own,…that he had LOTS of help, from the media, from Congressional Republican leadership,..

      A massive, psychological awakening its going to be fascinating to observe,…

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      • railer says:

        No, I’m not referring to you, D’man. And I hope we have that awakening you mention.

        I hate being confrontational in here, and I welcome all opinions on just about everything, which is the strength of this place. It’s a data-driven joint. Pointing out that often people reflexively support the Uniparty in here is a necessary piece of data to be surfaced for review.

        Imo, Trump just declared war on McConnell. If so, we need to get behind him in that war. That guy has to either go along or be liquidated come November, and I don’t care if Fidel Castro replaces him. He is the number one enemy of this country, imo. You wreck that guy, thus proving you WILL wreck such guys, and you’ve truly hammered these Uniparty cretins. It is a victory all by itself.

        If you go along with that treasonous bastard because a little “R” follows his name, then the Republic doesn’t seem something you want to keep, because you’re supporting the Uniparty bagman who is destroying it.

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        • Dutchman says:

          I agree, although if ALL you do is eliminate McConnell, its a pyhric victory, cause Thune just moves up.

          I would NOT vote for Romney, if I lived in Utah.
          I would NOT vote for McConnell,
          if I lived in Kentucky.
          I would not vote for Graham,
          If I lived in S. Carolina.
          Therefore, I will NOT vote for McSally, cause I live in Az.

          Not any more than I wouldvote for Pelosi, If I lived in San Fran.

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          • Risa says:

            And yet, with the exception of Romney, the Rinos in the Senate didn’t vote to convict. And every Dem did.

            A very small difference, but am important one unfortunately. If PSJT’s approval ratings with the Republican voters had been lower, the Rs would have abandoned him.

            But the Ds, devoid of conscience or respect for the illegality of the entire impeachment charade, marched in lockstep with their Communist-Democrat Overlords.

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            • Dutchman says:

              “If PSJT (PDJT?) approval rating with Republican voters had been lower, the,R’s would have abandoned him.”

              Indeed, a part of Mueller effort, and MSM effort, was to erode the support of Deplorables, as a key to impeaching him.

              They HAD to come up with an excuse, “political cover” for R’s in the Senate to justify saying they would vote to convict, so PDJT would resign.
              Watergate 2.0.
              However, because they TRULY have absolutely NO CLUE why we support PDJT, they have no idea how to erode that support.

              So, they failed, and actually increased his support (#walkaway).

              And, because their provocations to get him to Fire Mueller failed,..the R’s didn’t have the excuse they needed.

              On Ukraine, they never thought he would release the transcript, and had no way to shut it down once started,…and again failed to erode his support, AND failed to develop an excuse R’s could use.

              WE, collectively are a big part of PDJT’s strength, and he knows it. I hope he can rally again soon, for HIS sake, as I feel he draws strength from us.

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              • zorrorides says:

                What a great thread of responses!

                Goes to show how close the Tea Parties were, back in the day. Losing that home-grown leadership to the IRS and MCM was a deep disappointment. The Tea Parties were just this damn close to defeating hordes of republicans in their primaries!

                Why oh why does our VSG not send us messages to keep it up and do it again? Election is not far off. For example, Mr Trump acts like the GOP Reps from Oklahoma are OK by him.

                Most state and county Republican orgs are Trump Tea Conservative, but we need more money and a lot more communications to be able to win the votes for primary challengers.

                Oh. It has the be a Great Awakening. Not just a regular wakening.

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                • Dutchman says:

                  The key question, in Kentucky (McConnell) S. Carolina (Lindsey) Texas (Cornyn) and whatever State Thune crawled out of,…..
                  WHAT is the filing deadline, for the Senatorial primaries?

                  File on the last possible day, so they have the least time of op-research, op-operations like manufactured October surprises,…and watch out for ‘splitters’, and just hammer them on how they haven’t supported PDJT, as he has been visciously attacked.

                  Campaign commercial can be video of the incumbent saying;
                  “Mueller is an Honorable man, his investigation MUST continue!”

                  In the case of Mitch, I BELIEVE there is tape of him saying;
                  “No one is above the law, not even the POTUS!”

                  As for who, someone who is honest, and incenced enough at what has come out, that they are committed to running and winning.
                  After all, being a Senator can’t be difficult, look at the asshats doing it, NOW!

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        • CountryDoc says:

          Anyone familiar with the status of McConnel among the Kentuckians? They are a pretty matter of fact people, though there are several liberal bastions in the larger cities, and a considerable divide between the haves in the cities and the have-nots in the rural areas, espectially the depressed coal mining towns. I think McConnell may have taken advantage of that fact. l

          Has always seemed peculiar to me that someone with so much power lives in Kentucky. Also, I have a lot of questions about the spouse on Trumps Cabinet.

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        • wondering999 says:

          I’d like to see a companion to that wonderful video of the Asian man saying to a camera, “Donald Trump do not trust China! China is asshoe!”
          it could be something along the lines of
          “Voters do not trust Uniparty! Uniparty is asshoe!”

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  24. GTOGUY says:

    If Sullivan actually follows through with some sort of hearing regarding Flynn’s plea, he has to know that there is a lot more dirty stuff that Barr and Co has not yet released..Such as the original F-302 and maybe even produce SA Pienka for interviews….Not a good idea to let this go much further.

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    • Dutchman says:

      GTOGUY,
      Firstly, your reference to “Barr and co” is ludicrous, as Barr and co. had there hand forced, and have no interest in going where you describe.

      But secondly, as a legal matter, the issue of the 302 wouldn’t come up.
      Sullivan is treating it as Perjury; lieing under oath, in court. An affront to his court, if you will.

      Sidney will file a petition of mandamus, to the appeals court. Given the recent SCOTUS 9-1 decision, (God has a GREAT “sense of timing”!) even a DC appeals court won’t support Sullivan, IMHO.

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  25. Raptors2020 says:

    The Democrats shift to being a leftist party has been a quantum leap.

    Leftists are secular, by the precepts of Christians. The government is their god: understand that or you understand nothing. The government has the omnipotence of God: when it fails, it proves nothing. It need only try again.

    You have no rights, relative to the government. Never mind the Constitution, your rights come from the government. The Bill of Rights is an insult, a nuisance, a joke to the God of the Left. Please stop citing the Second Amendment, unless you want to make them laugh.

    Of course they have the right to spy on you. They have the right of life or death over you. Your compensation for all you lose? They promise you basic existence: enough to eat (a guaranteed income has come storming back in their rhetoric during the pandemic), basic health care (lousy but free, like Cuba), and the freedom from responsibilities, otherwise known as adulthood.

    Eternal childhood appeals to many of your fellow Americans. Face it.

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    • Dutchman says:

      Raptors2020,
      There INTERIM position, on the Bill of Rights, is to say or imply that the Constitution says the GOVERNMENT grants these rights to the citisen.

      Once that lie is accepted, then they are ‘home free’; No ‘rights’ (granted to the citisens, by the GOVERNMENT) are “absolute”. Fire in a theater example is given.

      Therefore, as the Government grants these rights, to the citisens, and as we all agree the Government therefore has the authority to place limitations on these rights, based on ‘common good’, such as no yelling fire in theater,..well then all else devolves,..from banning nebulous ‘assault weopons’ to painting arrows on sidewalks, and circles in parks.

      Of coarse, our RIGHTS are given by GOD, not government, and so government can’t infringe, but I suppise,since THEY view Government AS God, their confusion and conflation is understandable. Not forgivable,..but understandable.

      Anyway, once you accept their initial premise, you are decieved,…and many fail to catch and stop it, right there.

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  26. The American Patriot says:

    The worshippers are desperate to protect their God

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  27. William the Comptroller says:

    Can AG Barr fire Bruce Ohr yet??? Why does he still collect a paycheck composed of our money? Why does he have top secret clearances still?

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  28. fuzzball010 says:

    This Taibbi story is just one example of why Trump and the American People will win in this battle against domestic communists. Thousands of Democrats have been duped into following the party line, but Trump is exposing that line for what it is; radical anti-Americanism. America is waking up!

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    • I think you have 35 million people out of work and their family members and a good many realize which party wants them to get back to work and which party views them as pawns in their ganes.
      Unless something screwy happen s ,Joe Biden is going to get 3 electoral votes .Washington DC
      Citizens in Oregon ,Washington and Calif are waking up.

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      • zorrorides says:

        Trombone, man we gotta take those three electoral votes back from DC. Maybe let DC have one electoral vote in the interim, until the parklands and buildings can be re-surveyed. Then cut the federal city down to a tiny population of self-supporting citizens directly governed by Congress, and everybody else resides in Maryland and Virginia.

        Or in West Virginia. Ha!

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    • snarkybeach says:

      We also have the Democrat convention to look forward to. A Bernie surrogate is being trashed for pointing out that a majority of Bernie voters will either stay home, go third party or vote Trump rather than pull the lever for Feeble Joe. It the DNC attempts to replace Joe with an establishment stooge and bypass Bernie, we will all be able to hear the screams of outrage from all corners of the USA.

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  29. ChampagneReady says:

    I heard an interview where Ed Snowden said that GCHQ has the most sophisticated and advanced surveillance technology in THE WORLD, including the United States.

    And they were up to their eyeballs in the illegal spying on Trump well before July 2016. Susan Rice and Clapper knew they could never get the judge to approve the warrant here so they enlisted GCHQ. Authorization was given for a period of 3 months each time and then it was renewed. It is my belief that it was renewed three times. And how many people know that GCGQ representatives were sitting right in the Maryland NSA headquarters for a period of time while they were doing it. OUR NSA.

    I also keep pointing out that Boris Johnson was the British Foreign Minister at that time and it would have HIM that would have had to approve and authorize GCGQ to cooperate with Rice and Brennan.

    Recall when Trump had made an announcement that he was going to do a blanket declassification and release all the Russia hoax documents that had been classified. And two days later, he rescinded it saying he had just been contacted by some “foreign” allies that had asked him not to do it.

    Who do you think those foreign countries were begging him not to do that ?

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    • railer says:

      Remember Judge Napolitano years ago pointed out that GCHQ was illegally supplying spy data to the US traitors, and was immediately silenced, his Saturday tv show cancelled and he’s been a good little Never Trumper ever since?

      How bad did they threaten him, I wonder? His flipflop was like night and day.

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  30. William the Comptroller says:

    Here is the issue we American Deplorables should be hammering all week until WE get answers :

    “WHERE IS THE ORIGINAL PIENTKA 302???!!!

    We need rallies everyday around the Hoover FBI HQ Building this week until Wray does his job….. or he gets FIRED! C’Mom, Deplorables who live nearby who are bored at home…. DO IT!!! Even the French Yellow Vests seem to have more fire and spirit to protest than we do and they do it for months on end!!!
    Time for AG Barr to DEMAND THE PRODUCTION OF THE 302 from the “SuperSmart FBI”!!!!!! Make the Media cover the issue they cannot ignore so even the ditziest multicultist suburbanite sees the OBVIOUS injustice in the Flynn persecution!!!

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    • ChampagneReady says:

      Joe diGenova says that Durham has it. And since Barr withdrew the case against General Flynn, she didn’t need it. Joe said they never would have dropped the case without that smoking gun document. So it certainly isn’t “lost.”

      The man who is going to put the noose around the necks of about 12 people has it. Wray can shove it where the sun don’t shine.

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      IF that happens, there better be a lot of signs held by the crowd so that the Main Sewer Media cannot lie and say that they are protesting something else.

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  31. Taibbi is aghast at networks hiring unemployed Intell hacks to pontificate on their own felonies.

    This is not without precedent. In the ’30’s, NBC Radio hired Al Capone to give thoughtful and probing analysis of Prohibition and IRS issues, Speaking Truth to President Roosevelt.

    Haldeman and Ehrlichman should have held out for their own MacNeill/Lehrer News Hour.

    Seriously, I remember when editors would chew their other left arm off before they would allow FBI or CIA officials in their studios, let alone hire them to alibi their own crimes–-and call it “News”!

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  32. Brutalus says:

    Well, if all this eventually comes crashing down on Obama, he can’t complain….he always told us the Arc of History Bends towards Justice

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  33. William the Comptroller says:

    Back on January 13, 1898, Emile Zola published his celebrated and righteous Open Letter “J’Accuse…” in the French papers accusing the French President and his government of falsely convicting and sentencing the innocent Army officer Alfred Dreyfus as a spy. It was a big sensation. Can the President make an Oval Office Address to the nation to go over in detail Gen Flynn’s illegal persecution and command from Wray the production of Pientka’s original 302 within 30 minutes ….. or be fired immediately. That would finally get the attention of the dumber half of the country to see what true injustice looks like. We gotta be bold and not let our public’s short atrention span kill yet another offensive against our commie enemies!!

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  34. jeans2nd says:

    Matt Taibbi is not alone, but his compatriots are few. Aaron Mate, Max Blumenthal, and Michael Tracey come to mind, along with Glenn Greenwald and Jimmy Dore.

    They tried to mirror our Tea Party with Crazy Bernie’s Our Revolution, but they had too many “leaders” and no workers, and for not toeing the party line the aforementioned journalists were kicked out of every progressive group there is, including the Young Turks.

    Make no mistake, these guys are communists/socialists, and believe the way to end corruption in Big Gubmint is more Big Gubmint and an elected dictator (don”t ask, i don’t understand that either).

    None of those they are trying to reach will listen to them. But, they keep trying to be heard, and good on them for continuing to try.

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  35. Rupigal says:

    Equally valuable in Taibi’s piece was the comment section. Many good succinct paragraphs of the issues in the Flynn case and a fair amount coming from non MAGA people. I copied some of them in order to paste into moronic twitter feeds.

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  36. President Trumps needs a National.Address of heroes.
    Admiral Rogers to explain the spying, Nunes to explain the FISA abuse.
    Someone to explain the Flynn.case.
    Then last ,Durham with indictments.
    Make it a three hr extravaganza and when networks drop off PDJT calls them out and lets people know where the can change to continue.

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  37. T2020 says:

    Wow. He needs to hire security.🇺🇸

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  38. AJ. says:

    Interesting thing with the Flynn thing, and I’m not one to pin everything on the Jews, due to what I see as the general human condition of man, but it seems the reason Flynn was even making the Russia call was on behalf of Israel at the behest of Jared Kushner, but for some reason that part gets left out….

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    • Andy says:

      Obozo was and is no friend of Israel. Valeri Jarrett was born in Iran. from a pure corruption standpoint, if you wanted to enrich yourself from politics, what were the best countries for Obama and his cronies to develop relationships with for money laundering? Ukraine and Iran.

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  39. AJ. says:

    The whole Christie – Flynn – Kushner dynamic is interesting. Where does Netanyahu & Israel figure in the whole deep state dynamic

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  40. Andy says:

    For a liberal, Taibbi is pretty brave, like Turley and Dershowitz, to go against the left wing narrative. I enjoy Taibbi’s writings because he does excellent research and puts a great deal of thought into getting it right. For sure I’m a conservative, and conservatives have erred and done ugly things at times (especially under GW Bush), but I do appreciate Taibbi calling out the bullshit from his own Party. Both sides need more of this and less of the propaganda.

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  41. Jeffrey Coley says:

    Media: “Yeah, I know Obama was all, like, ya know, spying on people and violating their rights, and stuff, but he’s so COOL. Did you see him slow jam the news on Jimmy Fallon? Or that time with the selfie stick? GAWD I LUV MY PRESIDENT!”

    “Orange Man Bad.”

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  42. John-Y128 says:

    Matt Taibbi get’s slowly ‘woke’.

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    • Jan says:

      Only one side of his mouth. The other side uses every occasion, and there are many, to attack our President.
      Take a look at his list of articles where he is employed – Rolling Stone.
      Today’s headlines at his site read like a page from Mediamatters.

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  43. Jan says:

    Taibbi: “ What makes the Obama story so powerful isn’t just the fact that as a half-white, half-black man, his public journey to the top vis­ibly tied together some of the more painful frayed ends of our past. It’s that he ran his race with dignity and honor against people who didn’t return the favor, facing a succession of opponents who feared losing more than shame and gave in to pretty much every possible temptation to go low and appeal to the worst in us.”
    Ya…what a great guy Taibbi is.
    Telling the same lies he admonishes others for.

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  44. Carol Riess says:

    The Taibbi article is well worth reading in full.

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