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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Robby cannot spin, part 2.

WaPo, here:

Clinton’s campaign chief, Robby Mook, told ABC News on Sunday that “experts are telling us that Russian state actors broke in to the DNC, took all these emails and now are leaking them out through these Web sites. . . . It’s troubling that some experts are now telling us that this was done by the Russians for the purpose of helping Donald Trump.”

Trump campaign officials rejected the suggestion as absurd.

The most sensational revelation so far in the emails is that officials at the supposedly impartial DNC were in fact helping Clinton during the primary.

It is one of the oldest techniques of distraction rhetoric, if the facts nail your hands to the table, argue process.

Good try Robby, but "experts are telling us" could mean a separate set of "experts" might say it was the Sultan of Brunei behind the hack. After all he was big in Iran-Contra, helping the Republicans finance shenanigans, and since then has been low key, but presumably - as we can presume about Putin - ready to serve if called. So the Sultan did a Trump movement, if you find the right "experts." Or maybe it was Gulen, from the Poconos.

Inept spin, Robby; so just try facing the real facts: bias, influence peddling or the appearance of it - certainly undeniable access peddling, and money hijinks. Those are facts; not speculation about Putin.

Another fact; second sidebar item.

Half a million Russian dollars to the Clintons.

Spin that, Robby.

UPDATE: Strib's editorial board at a July 25 item end, saying the Democratic Party:

[...] would be wise to bear in mind that this story is likely to linger.

Hints of further leaks and a possible connection to Russia’s Vladimir Putin lend a troubling dimension that has already prompted the FBI to announce an investigation. That inquiry should be full and swift. If Russia has attempted to influence a U.S. presidential race — and if there is any possible connection to GOP nominee Donald Trump, who repeatedly has expressed admiration for Putin — American voters must know at the earliest possible juncture.

A speculation can grow legs by multi-mainstream repetition, but the fact of the Russian uranium dealings re Wyoming natural ore resources and the Clinton half million speech are facts, not speculation; and facts have not surprisingly drawn less mainstream attention than what for now is spinning yarns for the emperor's new clothes; but could actually end with substance.

You can take facts to the bank - indeed a half-million's worth while Russian hacking presently is a story deflection attempt - from bias, trading in access, and money raising and distribution hijinks; to possible processes, oh my, shocked, SHOCKED! Those Rooskies. On Trump's side despite uranium favors. It must be what have you done for me lately.

FURTHER: Professional spinning Robby can only envy; Reuters, here. There is a difference between "evidence" and "allegations" and if there is evidence, Reuters ignores presenting any. At least the headline is spin-free, while the rest is gossamer, at present. Admittedly, something substantial could be uncovered. For now, spin Robby spin. Mainstream media loves you and helps you, why being an interesting speculation. (Readers knowing of evidence of the Bear actually afoot in DNC files and records, should give links in comments to this post.)

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