Members of Congress, ex-intelligence agency officials, and the media have spent much of the last two years postulating endlessly about a supposed unseemly relationship between Russia and Trump. It was all for not, and now a small group of journalists — who were always skeptical of the Russiagate conspiracy theory — are now vindicated and marking the occasion by attacking media figures who played into the hysteria.
Aaron Maté has been on the cutting edge with his reporting that has questioned core tenants of the Russiagate narrative which have been assumed as facts by the mainstream media.
After the news came out that the Mueller probe was ending with no new indictments, Maté was rightfully taking credit for getting the story correct, and this seemed to piss off This Week’s national correspondent Ryan Cooper who passively aggressively called him out:
nice to know that people are focusing attention on important issues that get lost in the Trump-Russia mess https://t.co/WZxBQFJU3l— ryan cooper (@ryanlcooper) March 25, 2019
Maté clapped back:
Respect your work but this is really stupid. You attempt to diss me for accurately debunking the dominant political story -- one you bought into -- & which just collapsed. And were you to click on my pieces you'd see me repeatedly arguing that the issue overshadowed actual ones: pic.twitter.com/gWxHJoiwci— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) March 25, 2019
On top of cowardly not tagging me, consider how pathetic it looks to try impugn those who got this story right -- all the more so given you got this story wrong. Don't follow in the path of failed Democratic elites and blame others for your own failure. https://t.co/Op4dmHpbYr pic.twitter.com/Z7ycPjdEu6— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) March 25, 2019
Cooper wasn't giving in:
I completely stand by that article as a reasonable view at the time. I continue to believe you have massively distorted the actual story of Trump's monumental corruption with tendentious anti-anti-Trump contrarianism— ryan cooper (@ryanlcooper) March 25, 2019
I suggest you actually write some stuff on those critical issues you care about so much (as I have and will continue to do) rather than burying them in Mueller crap— ryan cooper (@ryanlcooper) March 25, 2019
I suggest you answer the question I asked above if you want to be taken minimally seriously. Otherwise, you'll come off as a bad faith actor who hurls insults and then slinks away when asked to substantiate them. I also suggest that when you write stuff that fails, as you did w/— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) March 25, 2019
...Russiagate, that you acknowledge your own failure rather than cheaply and cowardly attacking those who it right.— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) March 25, 2019
as I just said, I don't accept you got the story right. I admit my reasonable at the time speculation has proved partly wrong, but I think you are helping Barr and Trump whitewash his corruption with this triumphalist bullshit— ryan cooper (@ryanlcooper) March 25, 2019
"Triumphalist bullshit" -- i.e. pointing out that you're attacking someone (reminder, you cowardly started this exchange) -- who got it right? Take your whitewashing self-denial somewhere else.— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) March 25, 2019
if I wanted to argue with you I would have tagged you in. but you're right, it is absolutely pointless, and I won't do it again— ryan cooper (@ryanlcooper) March 25, 2019
Michael Tracey is an independent journalist who's long been skeptical of the mainstream media's Russiagate narrative.
Tracey went after progressive activist Jordan Uhl for his role in promoting the Russiagate hysteria:
This guy @JordanUhl organized the nationwide "March for Truth" in 2017 which encouraged all the worst kinds of deranged Russia fanaticism he is now pretending to distance himself from. Those rallies were utterly disgusting displays of conspiratorial lunacy. Shame on you, Jordan pic.twitter.com/dwHOiUDFQ3— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) March 26, 2019
May 10, 2017: pic.twitter.com/HT6DGi1VmY— jordan (@JordanUhl) March 26, 2019
You admit you helped organize the disgusting xenophobic conspiracy rallies, right?— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) March 26, 2019
I told media explicitly and repeatedly it wasn't anti-Putin or even anti-Trump. The bottom line was about a fair inquiry which, I would think, most people on both sides would want if there's ever allegations of public corruption.— jordan (@JordanUhl) March 26, 2019
You're such a shameless charlatan. You knew what you were doing. Those rallies were a total embarrassment -- I personally witnessed the deranged lunacy you encouraged -- and the end-result was a massive vindication of Trump. How have you not apologized?— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) March 26, 2019
Kyle Kulinksi, who also saw through the Russiagate hysteria, came to Uhl’s defense:
Michael this is way too harsh. Take yes for an answer. His beliefs aren't remotely akin to Rachel Maddow and he sees Russiagate for what it is now. Let it go.— Secular Talk (@KyleKulinski) March 26, 2019
Tracey wasn’t having it:
BS. Why hasn't he apologized for organizing those disgusting xenophobic conspiracy rallies? He may have seen the tide turning eventually and began to posture as "anti-Maddow" but he's 100% culpable in fomenting the frenzy. He's a total charlatan and a disgrace pic.twitter.com/s9Na2qmF2V— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) March 26, 2019
If he "sees Russiagate for what it is now" I'm really glad to hear that. So let's see him apologize for his past grievous mistakes, sincerely atone, and I'll be happy to applaud him and let it go. I'm serious.— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) March 26, 2019
Uhl finally apologized:
For sure man, that's not a hill I want to die on. Those tweets were from February 2017 when I was just a frustrated guy working at a law school in DC. My view of the story then vs now is wildly different. Those marches fueled a lot of anti-Russia sentiments & I regret that a lot.— jordan (@JordanUhl) March 26, 2019
Great, thank you. I appreciate it and am now happy to move on.— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) March 26, 2019
Glenn Greenwald is a journalist and co-founder of The Intercept. Like the previous two journos, he has long been skeptical of the Mueller investigation and the Russiagate hysteria. He appeared on Democracy Now in the wake of the Barr Memo release, and savaged those who played into the failed Russiagate conspiracy theory:
Ex-Gawker Media blogger Ashley Feinberg took issue with Greenwald’s acknowledgment that certain conservative media outlets did a much better job of reporting on the Mueller investigation than her progressive media friends:
what's your favorite federalist article— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) March 24, 2019
LOL, Ashley! Federalist writers are right-wing idiots - religious even! - who just accidentally got the major story of the last 2 years right while all your super-savvy Brooklyn liberal friends spread conspiratorial trash. Ironic lists & punctuation-free tweets will erase it.— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 24, 2019
I just wanna know which is your favorite— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) March 24, 2019
Hard to pick a favorite - and it's fascinating that this is what you want to talk about now - but this one article, that I picked randomly, contained more truth about this topic than 2 straight years on this topic from MSNBC, TPM and MotherJones combined https://t.co/KArORZt3fr— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 24, 2019
I think this is sort of a compliment, @MZHemingway.— Dustin Templeton (@dtempleton_smb) March 25, 2019
I take it as one! And I'm sure he agrees with me politically as much as I agree with him, which is not a huge amount. A shared skepticism of intel authorities and courage against the mob paid off for both of us here, however.— Mollie (@MZHemingway) March 25, 2019
Two attributes that should be commonplace and reflexive, not exceptional or aberrational, for journalists: "A shared skepticism of intel authorities and courage against the mob "— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 25, 2019
That was fun!
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