For at least an entire year now, media has been obsessed with the alleged Russian influencing of the #2016 election. Does the Trump Russia connection really exist?
This mysterious and elusive Russian or group of Russians allegedly turned the tide of votes in Trump’s favor. They did so by hacking voting systems, thus they somehow interfered. Or they hacked the DNC, exposing the crimes of Hillary Clinton, and leaked the info to Wikileaks. Or there was “collusion” between the Trump administration and some shadowy figures over there in Russia. No, wait, those same shadowy figures created fake Twitter bots and purchased advertisements on Facebook that somehow convinced people to vote for Trump. Trump Russia connections are all around us. The following comes from a Time article with the ridiculous and hysterical title, “Trump’s many many many many ties to Russia” From Time:
Russian intelligence agencies have allegedly recently digitally broken into four different American organizations that are affiliated either with Hillary Clinton or the Democratic Party since late May. All of the hacks appear designed to benefit Donald Trump’s presidential aspirations in one fashion or another.
What was it again?
Can you remember exactly what “they” did? Has it ever been articulated just who “they” are? Is there any evidence that anything like this ever really happened?
The short answer to all the above is no. None of it has any factual basis in reality. The entire drama has been created out of thin air. The Trump Russia meme holds no weight.
To be sure, this is not an endorsement for the Trump administration, although it will surely be interpreted as such by those caught up in dichotomous thinking. More than anything else, this is an indictment of the most influential media channels in America today. Forging month’s worth of news coverage from pure and utter fiction is shameful at best. To this day, not a single shred of evidence has ever been presented to substantiate any of the outrageous claims that have been made. No proof exists that Russia had anything to do with the 2016 election. Founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange has joked about the state of Western journalism in 2017:
Want to be a Western journalist in 2017? You can do it!
1) Pick random globally newsworthy event.
Russian press will also be reporting it by definition.
2) Write story: Russian state secretly behind globally newsworthy event as proved by their press reporting it.
— Julian Assange ? (@JulianAssange) October 6, 2017
And this has nothing to do with any Russian citizen or politician. The entire narrative somehow assumes that Russia and America are adversaries. Why should this be the case? No legitimate reason exists.
A whole lot of nothing
I’m not defending Trump, or Russia, or any person or group. I’m simply pointing out that so many countless hours of media coverage have been devoted to something that doesn’t exist. It’s as if a major portion of the Western world has been transfixed upon an empty stage with no actors, watching with anticipation and curiosity as nothing happens. And all who witness this empty stage have recalled it to be a performance of something grand and told all their friends about it.
Perhaps I should create a play or musical about nothing, starring no one. I will create buzz by declaring that Russia plans to interfere in the production of this play. If this idea gets traction as the “Trump-Russia collusion 2016 election meddling” meme has, my play will prove to be the most profitable theatrical production in recorded history.