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Sunday, July 18, 2021

Matt Taibbi tracks the Narrative

Specifically, he observes the way it was applied to try to discredit Tucker Carlson:

On Monday, June 28th, Fox host Tucker Carlson dropped a bomb mid-show, announcing he’d been approached by a “whistleblower” who told him he was being spied on by the NSA.

“The National Security Agency is monitoring our electronic communications,” he said, “and is planning to leak them in an attempt to take this show off the air.”

The reaction was swift, mocking, and ferocious. “Carlson is sounding more and more like InfoWars host and notorious conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones,” chirped CNN media analyst Brian Stelter. Vox ripped Carlson as a “serial fabulist” whose claims were “evidence-free.” The Washington Post quipped that “in a testament to just how far the credibility of Tucker Carlson Tonight has cratered,” even groups like Pen America and the Reporters Committee on the Freedom of the Press were no-commenting the story, while CNN learned from its always-reliable “people familiar with the matter” that even Carlson’s bosses at Fox didn’t believe him.

None of this was surprising. A lot of media people despise Carlson. He may be Exhibit A in the n+2 epithet phenomenon that became standard math in the Trump era, i.e. if you thought he was an “asshole” in 2015 you jumped after Charlottesville straight past racist to white supremacist, and stayed there. He’s spoken of in newsrooms in hushed tones, like a mythical monster. The paranoid rumor that he’s running for president (he’s not) comes almost entirely from a handful of editors and producers who’ve convinced themselves it’s true, half out of anxiety and half subconscious desperation to find a click-generating replacement for Donald Trump.

The NSA story took a turn on the morning of July 7th last week, when Carlson went on Maria Bartiromo’s program. He said that it would shortly come out that the NSA “leaked the contents of my email to journalists,” claiming he knew this because one of them called him for comment. On cue, hours later, a piece came out in Axios, “Scoop: Tucker Carlson sought Putin interview at time of spying claim.”

In a flash, the gloating and non-denial denials that littered early coverage of this story (like the NSA’s meaningless insistence that Carlson was not a “target” of surveillance) dried up. They were instantly replaced by new, more tortured rhetoric, exemplified by an amazingly loathsome interview conducted by former Bush official Nicolle Wallace on MSNBC. The Wallace panel included rodentine former Robert Mueller team member Andrew Weissman, and another of the networks’ seemingly limitless pool of interchangeable ex-FBI stooge-commentators, Frank Figliuzzi.

Weissman denounced Carlson for sowing “distrust” in the intel community, which he said was “so anti-American.” Wallace, who we recall was MSNBC’s idea of a “crossover” voice to attract a younger demographic, agreed that Carlson had contributed to a “growing chorus of distrust in our country’s intelligence agencies.” Figliuzzi said the playbook of Carlson and the GOP was to “erode the public’s trust in their institutions.” Each made an identical point in the same words minus tiny, nervous variations, as if they were all trying to read the same statement off a moving teleprompter.

As I have said, many times, the only way to be certain something didn't happen is if it is presented as the mainstream narrative. The one thing you can be absolutely sure of is that the media is attempting to deceive you.

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37 Comments:

Blogger Azure Amaranthine July 18, 2021 6:25 AM  

"Weissman denounced Carlson for sowing “distrust” in the intel community, which he said was “so anti-American.”

The intel community is anti-American, as is every other public institution people are allowed to hear about.

Blogger Paulito July 18, 2021 6:33 AM  

Cucker should just get his dad to tell him what the spy agencies are doing. Maybe he did, actually.

Blogger Beardy Bear July 18, 2021 6:52 AM  

Those weird house of destiny prophecies predict another snowden with a strange july and difficult summer. Then "many shall fall in the fall"

Blogger Gregory the Tall July 18, 2021 7:18 AM  

Taibbi has also taken position in the Covid debate:
https://taibbi.substack.com/p/why-has-ivermectin-become-a-dirty-7bd

Blogger drsmith48167 July 18, 2021 7:19 AM  

I had to look this up, and yup, ole Tuck’s fathers resume reads like classic spook. Tuck knows they were and are tracking him cause he grew up watching his pops play their games.

In fact Tucker is just another one of their mouthpieces spill all their propaganda out disguised as opposition news - he says his stuff cause they wants us to know just how bad things really are to demoralize the people even further to gain compliance and acceptance.

Blogger Newscaper312 July 18, 2021 7:44 AM  

"included rodentine former Robert Mueller team member Andrew Weissman,"

(((rodentine)))

Blogger Mr.MantraMan July 18, 2021 7:53 AM  

Can we move on to disqualifying the organs of empire? We got a huge stash of discredit from those organs of empire but conservatives are still out there with their cargo cult mentality of appealing to some mythical shared authority they have with the empire and its leeches.

Blogger Troy Lee Messer July 18, 2021 8:04 AM  

...In fact Tucker is just another one of their mouthpieces spill all their propaganda out disguised as opposition news - he says his stuff cause they wants us to know just how bad things really are to demoralize the people even further to gain compliance and acceptance....

An expose on the ubiquity of Jews in the porn industry would never be allowed to fly.

If we had honest joirnalist, theyd be on the street asking every black what they think of the DOJ statistics regarding black male on black male crime.

Norm Macdonald was an honest journalist. "Thats my lucky stabbing cap." I aways admired Norm for bashing at OJ for killing 2 people.
/only a little sarc

Blogger RedJack July 18, 2021 8:24 AM  

They deny till they are found out, then they complain about being caught.

We are ruled by toddlers.

Blogger English Tom July 18, 2021 8:28 AM  

@drsmith48167

It's called the dialectic. Create 2 sides and bring them into conflict to further an agenda.
Tucker is playing his part really well.

Blogger van helsing July 18, 2021 8:47 AM  

pre 1991 pravda has nothing on cabalmedia. same people, tho.

Blogger Fishslinger_Bear July 18, 2021 9:09 AM  

So the wicked state run media is saying the wicked government is not spying on the one media person left that isn’t completely cucked or wicked. Carlson seems like a good guy, but he is bailing water out of the Titanic with a spoon. None of it is worth watching. Back to fishing.

Blogger Nostromo July 18, 2021 9:10 AM  

Shortly after his being "spied on" revelation, ol' Tuck actually started noting that there was fraud in the 2020 election. "Oh really? Ya' think?!" was my thought. He'll bleat like the sheep he is until his handlers tell him to sit down and STFU.

Blogger D. July 18, 2021 9:17 AM  

Hi, My Name Is Tucker Carlson and I’m A Swamp Creature

https://www.yaacovapelbaum.com/2021/06/18/hi-my-name-i-tucker-carlson-and-im-a-swamp-creature/

Blogger Christian Gone Fishin' July 18, 2021 9:40 AM  

I caught that too. Matt Taibbi must be based.

Blogger Crush Limbraw July 18, 2021 9:55 AM  

My own criteria:

1 - If it's OFFICIAL - it's a cover story to distract from what actually happened - ie. sort'a-like'a- LIE.

2 - If it's the first public statement - it's DEFINITELY a LIE.

3 - If it's DENIED - we NAILED it!




Blogger eclecticmn July 18, 2021 10:10 AM  

I recall Dennis Kucinich saying that Washington Times reporters played him a telephone conversation he had while a member of congress. They said they got it from the NSA. I also recall a confidential draft copy of a report on the CIA found in some CIA records obtained via FOIA requests.

For entertainment, try watching some episodes of The Good Wife dealing with spying, FISA warrants and courts. Slimy and funny.
One episode was 'Parallel Construction, B*tches." NSA contractors were spying on the firm.From memory, the spying only eneded when the former IL governor deliberately called a powerful senator on a monitored phone and started discussing some corrupt real estate deal.

BTW Matt Taibbi and Katy Halper (the "Useful Idiots") were fired from Rolling Stone for wrongthink on Syria.

Blogger The Last Roman July 18, 2021 10:22 AM  

Lots of Xeno names in this article. It's almost like we're being lead by a cult of aliens...

Blogger Nihil Dicit July 18, 2021 10:53 AM  

“growing chorus of distrust in our country’s intelligence agencies”

Really, how could anyone fell anything but warm and fuzzy towards the purveyors of such life-affirming, All-American programs as MKULTRA, COINTELPRO, Project Mockingbird, and Operation Ajax? These people are American heroes, pure noble blameless and holy. Just look at their names: WiessMann, Figliuzzi and Devenish. Truly quality posterity stock, the lot.

Blogger mh01701@gmail.com July 18, 2021 11:03 AM  

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Blogger Doktor Jeep July 18, 2021 11:04 AM  

I don't know. Tucker is just going to be another Fox show that people are going to pump their fist to every night, "giving the liberals what for, by golly!" while nothing gets done..
Just like with Hannity. Just like with O'Reilly.
A sop. Generally. But oh look, big bad deep state is out to get him. It's different this time. Two more weeks.

Blogger Akulkis July 18, 2021 11:08 AM  

>> Those weird house of destiny prophecies predict...

For those of us without access to your browser history, what exactly are you talking about?

The words are obvious, the meaning and ramifications of the sentence are ephemeral.

Blogger Odnam's Razor ( between any two hypothesis, one should always choose the most amusing ) July 18, 2021 11:09 AM  

the. US. government. ALWAYS. LIES.

the Thresher was alive for *days* after contact was lost:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HV5FGTxIU4Q


Blogger 4D MAN July 18, 2021 11:46 AM  

If Tucker wasn't part of the game, he wouldn't be on the air-end of story.

Blogger KingKrawFish July 18, 2021 12:09 PM  

Taibbi is one of the very few principled liberals remaining

Blogger The Harlequin Romance of Neutron Bombs July 18, 2021 1:00 PM  

One week after the NSA denied spying on Tucker, the White House announced it will be fact checking our personal text messages.

Blogger crash July 18, 2021 1:01 PM  

Sooner or later, someone has to be trusted. Or all is lost anyway.
If someone can move the yard sticks, someone else can pick up the ball and take it further.
People like Tucker and Trump are flawed in many ways, that doesnt mean someone else cant take something from them and go further.
Waiting for one person to step up that is going to fix the rot that exists now is not realistic. Its not for one person to fix.
They both are shining a light in the right direction whether than can show it all or not. Someone has to take it further.
Or we can just give up, ignore all the positives of everyone that tries to help at great personal risk, and not trust anyone. That will work.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan July 18, 2021 1:32 PM  

Taibbi being one of the few "liberals" who realizes their political allies are a death cult, respectable conservatives generally oblivious to this, and thinking the usual wordy magic will set things straight. "It's kool-aid, Reverend Jones wouldn't hurt us."

Blogger Noah B. July 18, 2021 2:09 PM  

It's been more than 15 years since the New York Times ran this story accusing the Bush administration's NSA of spying on AT&T's entire internet infrastructure in the US.

Blogger Brian Dean July 18, 2021 2:20 PM  

"Tucker Carlson dropped a bomb mid-show, announcing he’d been approached by a “whistleblower” who told him he was being spied on by the NSA."

Given how much the US government spies on its own citizens, the evidence is on the one claiming that the NSA is NOT spying on Tucker. Tucker's claim that he is being spied on should be treated the same as someone else's claim that it's sunny today. In other words, not an extraordinary claim at all.

Blogger nobuddy July 18, 2021 3:18 PM  

It is the game of ancient "aristocracy". We'll either quantum leap-frog them, or be boiled in the pot, with our fellow crabs, doing the work of the adversary.

Blogger SciVo July 18, 2021 3:30 PM  

@KingKrawFish:
Taibbi is one of the very few principled liberals remaining

And yet even the smart and principled ones will go off the rails every now and then.

Or go on the rails? "We live in a bizzaro hellworld in which [insert occasionally-honest leftist] is a voice for sanity."

If they were emotionally stable, they wouldn't be progressives.

Blogger Bryce July 18, 2021 3:31 PM  

Figliuzzi and Weissman calling people anti-American. That's rich.

Blogger eclecticmn July 18, 2021 6:54 PM  

There is a good scene in the Snowden movie. James Clapper lies to congress, saying the NSA did not spy on Americans. It was on TV, watched by the NSA contractors who were spying on Americans.

Blogger Zeroh Tollrants July 18, 2021 7:30 PM  

Jumped right out & I pledged on the spot to add it to my daily discourse.

Blogger Pathfinderlight July 18, 2021 7:31 PM  

The Marxist overlords are running their Hegelian dialect over society to effect change. Since they are in power, they are gimping the other side to create the outcome they desire. As such, that synthesis is invalid, logically.

Blogger liberty July 19, 2021 7:51 AM  

I was thinking how funny the reverse in polarity was on this subject since the W years. Just put a supportive spin on msnbc and now all the liberals are OK with it.

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