Rolling Stone Writer Suggests Something About Obama’s Russian Hacking Story Stinks

In a story certain to anger his paymasters at Democrat propaganda organ Rolling Stone magazine, a leftist writer has broken from the lynch mob over the election hacking hysteria. Matt Taibbi will find his inbox exploding with hate mail after he dared to suggest that Emperor Obama may not be being honest after his big tantrum on Thursday when he booted 35 Russian diplomats out of the country.

Ever since the election ended with a nuclear strike on the entire Democratic party the left has refused to accept the results. The nation has been subjected to a horrific display of poor sportsmanship as liberals, big media and their RINO allies. The Trump haters have worked around the clock to cast doubt upon the vote, overturn the Electoral College and blaming it all on the Russians has become akin to holy writ.

But it has all had a very fishy smell about it and Taibbi has the audacity to point out that the emperor has no clothes.

I excerpt from the Rolling Stone piece which is entitled “Something About This Russia Story Stinks”:

In an extraordinary development Thursday, the Obama administration announced a series of sanctions against Russia. Thirty-five Russian nationals will be expelled from the country. President Obama issued a terse statement seeming to blame Russia for the hack of the Democratic National Committee emails.

“These data theft and disclosure activities could only have been directed by the highest levels of the Russian government,” he wrote.

Russia at first pledged, darkly, to retaliate, then backed off. The Russian press today is even reporting that Vladimir Putin is inviting “the children of American diplomats” to “visit the Christmas tree in the Kremlin,” as characteristically loathsome/menacing/sarcastic a Putin response as you’ll find.

This dramatic story puts the news media in a jackpot. Absent independent verification, reporters will have to rely upon the secret assessments of intelligence agencies to cover the story at all.

Many reporters I know are quietly freaking out about having to go through that again. We all remember the WMD fiasco.

“It’s déjà vu all over again” is how one friend put it.


If the Russians messed with an election, that’s enough on its own to warrant a massive response – miles worse than heavy-handed responses to ordinary spying episodes. Obama mentioning these humdrum tradecraft skirmishes feels like he’s throwing something in to bolster an otherwise thin case.

Adding to the problem is that in the last months of the campaign, and also in the time since the election, we’ve seen an epidemic of factually loose, clearly politically motivated reporting about Russia. Democrat-leaning pundits have been unnervingly quick to use phrases like “Russia hacked the election.”

This has led to widespread confusion among news audiences over whether the Russians hacked the DNC emails (a story that has at least been backed by some evidence, even if it hasn’t always been great evidence), or whether Russians hacked vote tallies in critical states (a far more outlandish tale backed by no credible evidence).

As noted in The Intercept and other outlets, an Economist/YouGov poll conducted this month shows that 50 percent of all Clinton voters believe the Russians hacked vote tallies.


Now we have this sanctions story, which presents a new conundrum. It appears that a large segment of the press is biting hard on the core allegations of electoral interference emanating from the Obama administration.

Did the Russians do it? Very possibly, in which case it should be reported to the max. But the press right now is flying blind. Plowing ahead with credulous accounts is problematic because so many different feasible scenarios are in play.

On one end of the spectrum, America could have just been the victim of a virtual coup d’etat engineered by a combination of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, which would be among the most serious things to ever happen to our democracy.

But this could also just be a cynical ass-covering campaign, by a Democratic Party that has seemed keen to deflect attention from its own electoral failures.

The outgoing Democrats could just be using an over-interpreted intelligence “assessment” to delegitimize the incoming Trump administration and force Trump into an embarrassing political situation: Does he ease up on Russia and look like a patsy, or escalate even further with a nuclear-armed power?

The entire piece can be read here. Granted Rolling Stone has continually cranked out raw partisan shilling for the Dems as well as bogus campus rape stories but this is at least somewhat redemptive and a serious breakthrough for the liberal media.

This is certainly not an ideal scenario for the left when a writer who does have a following chooses to call bullshit on the official Obama-Hillary-Democratic Party Axis of Evil narrative which is beginning to unravel.

Libs will never accept that the closest that Hillary is ever going to get to the White House will be pressing her bloated face against the Oval Office glass during a public tour and accusing over 60 million American voters of being Russian agents is lunacy. It’s time for this nonsense to end.

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