Cable News in Glare of Its Own Russiagate Gaslight

It was interesting to watch the cable news divas go incandescent under the glare of their own gaslight last week when they received the unpleasant news that the Barr & Durham “review” of Russiagate had been officially upgraded to a “criminal investigation.” Rachel Maddow’s trademark pouty-face got a workout as she strained to imagine “…what the thing is that Durham might be looking into.” Yes, that’s a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma, all right… with a sputtering fuse sticking out of it. Welcome to the Wile E. Coyote Lookalike Club, Rache.

Minutes later, the answer dawned on her: “It [the thing] follows the wildest conspiracy theories from Fox News!” You’d think that someone who invested two-plus years of her life in the Mueller report, which blew up last spring, might have felt a twinge of journalistic curiosity as to the sum-and-substance of the thing. But no, she just hauled on-screen Russiagate intriguer David Laufman, a former DOJ lawyer who ran the agency’s CounterIntel and Export Control desk during the Russiagate years, and also helped oversee the botched Hillary Clinton private email server probe.

“They have this theory,” Maddow said, “that maybe Russia didn’t interfere in the election….”

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