The author of this quote is unknown although it is often attributed to Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda in Nazi, Germany.
Since Donald Trump came into office, there have been non-stop accusations of collusion between his administration and the Russian Government. After numerous investigations no solid proof was ever provided to support these allegations. Despite this the main stream media had no problem running with these stories nonstop since Mr. Trump’s election.
I think its important to look at the definition of collusion and how it was applied towards Trump’s administration by the Mainstream Media.
From the New York Times back in July
What is collusion?
In general parlance, “collusion” means working together, usually in secret, to do something illicit. But the term has no defined legal meaning. Lawyers instead talk about the offense of “conspiracy.”
What is conspiracy?
In criminal law, the offense of conspiracy is generally an agreement by two or more people to commit a crime — whether or not they do. A powerful tool for prosecutors, conspiracy charges permit holding each conspirator responsible for illegal acts committed by others in the circle as part of the arrangement.
Based on these definitions from the New York Times, in order to prove “collusion” there must be an intent to commit a crime. At the time this article was published the latest accusation was that Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Kremlin-connected lawyer was collusion. However, the reason for the meeting was in regards to obtaining possibly “incriminating” information about Hillary Clinton’s dealings with Russia.
There is no evidence from this email chain that this attorney and Donald Jr. were conspiring to commit a crime as defined above, but instead the attorney offered to give Donald Trump Jr. information about actual collusion between Russia and Hillary. If that is the case, then I suppose that according to the mainstream media, attempting to uncover a crime is a crime in and of itself, as can be derived from the Atlantic article on this subject in July:
As news of the June 9, 2016, meeting, involving Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, his brother-in-law (who is now a senior adviser in the White House); and Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign chairman, began to trickle out last weekend, the president’s defenders initiated a 180-degree turn in their line of argument. Gone was the claim there was no evidence of a collusion to be found—that claim was untenable in light of the emails that Trump Jr. released, in which he was very clearly informed that the meeting was with a woman identified as a “Russian government lawyer,” and that the purpose was to give the Trump campaign damaging information about Clinton, because the Russian government backed Trump in the race.
The new tactic was to normalize collusion, arguing that in fact colluding with a foreign government in such a situation was neither nefarious nor illegal, and was in fact standard operating procedure. Jeanine Pirro, a Fox News host who has emerged as one of Trump’s most dogged defenders, even said, “If the devil called me and said he wanted to set up a meeting to give me opposition research on my opponent, I’d be on the first trolley to hell to get it.”
According to the MSM, I suppose attending any meeting with members of a foreign government is collusion. The absence of any actual supporting evidence of the intent to commit a crime is a non-issue.
Well, it’s been a very eventful week when it comes to actual collusion with the Russian government, involving bribes and kickbacks to the Clinton Foundation.
Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.
Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show.
They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.
The racketeering scheme was conducted “with the consent of higher level officials” in Russia who “shared the proceeds” from the kickbacks, one agent declared in an affidavit years later.
Rather than bring immediate charges in 2010, however, the Department of Justice (DOJ) continued investigating the matter for nearly four more years, essentially leaving the American public and Congress in the dark about Russian nuclear corruption on U.S. soil during a period when the Obama administration made two major decisions benefitting Putin’s commercial nuclear ambitions.
So after almost a year of accusing Trump’s administration of wrongdoing, the truth is starting to come out. The mainstream media, as expected, is not giving this story anywhere near the amount of coverage they gave to Trump’s accusers. The fact that the Clintons are involved in massive Pay to Play schemes are well documented in the book Clinton Cash by Peter Schweizer, but the fact that this is now coming to life in a such a big way despite any significant coverage by the MSM has made this one hell of an exciting week.