One of the reasons we are where we are politically is the corporate media. They consistently refuse to admit reality even when it is staring them in the face.
Pundits are still asking people whether there was a “quid pro quo” in the July 25 call even when this fact is obvious to anyone who has read the memo about the call released by the White House itself and doctored to make them look good.
Last night, on Rachael Maddow, a reporter from the NYT refused to connect the dots revealed by his own reporting that show that the Trump administration clearly engaged in extorting the Ukrainian government to engage in activities to benefit them.
The Ukrainian government stopped investigations into the criminal activities of Paul Manafort at a time when they were desperately trying to get weapons out of the Trump administration, but since we don’t have an incontrovertible video tape of Trump holding a bag of money and saying the actual words – drop the investigations or we will withhold support – all this just might be a coincidence. Right.
In the reporter’s own story, he characterizes the Trump administration’s relationship with Ukraine as “transactional.” This is a term repeatedly used by the corporate media to frame Trump’s illegal behavior as that of “a real estate mogul unfamiliar with government.”
In the article, the NYT reports that Ukraine’s former president, Poroshenko, implemented “trade deals that were politically expedient for Mr. Trump,” scheduled meetings with Giuliani, froze “potentially damaging criminal cases,” and attempted to “use the former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort as a back channel.” But, I’m sure all that was just coincidence.
After these actions, Trump reversed an Obama-era moratorium on sales of lethal weapons to Ukraine. At the end of 2017, while the Ukrainian government was trying to get approval of the sale of Javelin anti-tank weapons, Poroshenko’s prosecutor general, Lutsenko, began freezing cases relevant to the Mueller investigation, including an inquiry tracing millions of dollars that Ukrainian political figures paid to Mr. Manafort.” But, I’m sure all this was just coincidence.
Allies of Poroshenko reached out to Manafort trying to curry favor. Poroshenko sent officials to arrange through Rick Perry and Wilbur Ross, a deal to buy tens of millions in coal. This was designed to help out Trump with the coal industry. But I’m sure that was just coincidence. This was just the first of three similar deals.
In another $1 billion deal in early 2018, GE was signed to build locomotives and retrofit aging Ukrainian train systems. Westinghouse Electric signed another deal to supply nuclear fuel to Ukraine.
Poroshenko hired the BGR lobbying firm in 2017, led by former Republicans National Committee chairman Haley Borbour. And an envoy they sought who worked for the lobbying firm, Kurt Volker, agreed to work for the Trump administration for free.
Ukrainian law enforcement had allowed a potentially key witness in the Mueller investigation, Kontantin V. Kilimnik, to escape to Russia. He is believed to have ties to Russian intelligence. But, all of this was evidently just coincidence.
The corporate media will normalize this rampant transnational crime spree until we make them stop it. We must make them stop it.