The headline will read “U.S. Officials: Putin Personally Involved in U.S. Election Hack” or something to that effect. This is an NBC, CBS, or ABC EXCLUSIVE. U.S. officials are stating that Vladimir Putin was involved in the hack of Democrat emails. That is what will circulate in the media. It is what people will talk about around the water cooler. Mission accomplished. However, what is this conclusion based upon?
The first sentence in the article will read, “U.S. intelligence officials believe with "a high level of confidence" that Vladimir Putin was personally involved in the effort to interfere in the U.S. presidential election.” It does not read, “U.S. intelligence officials state,” or even “U.S. intelligence officials claim.” It states “U.S. intelligence officials believe.” Now I believe for every drop of rain that falls a flower grows. Harry Reid believed the voices that told him about Mitt Romney’s taxes. Dan Rather believed the memos about George Bush’s National Guard service that originated with the elusive "Lucy Ramirez" were genuine. This belief cost him his job.
Of course these sources are always “highly placed” and “very reliable.” Unfortunately they always insist on remaining anonymous. The CIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence have refused to comment on the issue. Why is that? Vladimir Putin may have been responsible for this interference but the media’s proof is manufactured. The establishment media’s credibility was severely damaged during this election cycle. They are attempting to regain their credibility with an attack on “fake news.” This will not work, especially if the campaign is waged with more fake news.