Philadelphia, PA — Russia is manipulating the 2016 U.S. presidential election by leaking hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) servers — emails that show the DNC rigged and manipulated the Democratic primary in favor of Hillary Clinton.
Call it an exercise in hypocrisy, or call it a deflection to detract from the fact that America’s political process is corrupt beyond belief. Either way, this is the narrative prevailing in the media as the Democratic Party, led by Clinton surrogates, attempts to downplay its own internal corruption by pinning the blame on Russia in what can be described as a “neo-Red Scare.”
For those living under a rock, the issue at hand is Friday’s WikiLeaks DNC email dump, which showed coordination within the Democratic Party to undermine the Bernie Sanders campaign while working to uplift Hillary Clinton. The revelations led DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz — long suspected of favoring Clinton over Sanders, even before Friday’s leaks — to resign in shame as the Democratic Convention was set to begin (she was hired shortly after by the Clinton campaign).
But rather than owning up to the corruption and literal rigging of the 2016 Democratic primary, the DNC and Clinton campaign have deferred to a relatively common political tactic: blame someone else. This time, the Russians are the culprit, claims the newly anti-Russian Democratic Party. The Russians, according to the Democrats, are supposedly trying to undermine Hillary Clinton by exposing the DNC’s corruption.
Sure, some experts believe it is possible Russia was behind the DNC hack, but other experts disagree. The truth of the matter is that it’s too early to know because the facts are not in yet. However, that has not stopped a flood of mainstream news stories from saying they’re “Almost Certain Russia Is Behind the DNC Email Leak,” with an investigation being conducted by the experts at the FBI.
However, it would be tough for any U.S. official to claim the moral high ground, considering America runs the largest hacking operation in the world — the NSA — which routinely targets foreign governments. It even spies on U.S. allies.
Perhaps the energy being funneled into the investigation should be directed elsewhere, like toward the documented facts released in the DNC leaks and how they undermine the entire notion that America is a democratic country. You’d think maybe the media would take that kind of information a little more seriously — instead of re-invoking unproven cold war-era Red Scare propaganda. Maybe.