Durham Report Highlights Three Realities Americans Should Face
Despite Durham’s report revealing nothing more than “been there, done that,” it offers important realities as to the landscape of our nation’s post-free society.
Released earlier this week, the Durham Report chronicles “matters related to intelligence activities and investigations arising out of the 2016 presidential campaigns.” These “matters,” dating back to 2015 and known for years as the Trump Russian Collusion Hoax, speak to the window dressing nature of this 300-plus page data release.
That said, three undeniable realities emerge.
First, the Durham Report reminds (and should warn the unaware) that we live in a two-tiered justice system. The report documents FBI personnel illegally opening a surveillance operation on presidential candidate Donald Trump. It further details operations which wreak of interference in seeking to prevent Trump’s election and illicit acts later designed to undermine his administration and potential re-election to office. Bad acts exposed yet with minimal consequences.
Firing or forced retirement leading to a lucrative media contributor or other consulting gig is no substitute for significant legal repercussions. Al Perrotta at The Stream provides a great overview with Reacting to Durham Report Reaction.
The report also serves to further green light Administrative State collaborators to continue illicit business as usual. Criminal statutes of limitations have conveniently elapsed. Not as though meaningful prosecutions would ever be likely from a Department of Justice which appears more a partner (in crime) than overseer of the FBI that falls under its jurisdiction. The public ignores this point at great risk as it’s one not lost on the Administrative State.
Again, the Durham Report details illegal operations brazenly performed by government employees and for which there will be no consequences. Why change your crooked playbook now?
A final reality comes with Durham’s release alerting corporate media that acting as a propaganda arm charged with “reporting” government spin is far more rewarding than exposing truths. Never mind the historic mission of journalism. As language itself is weaponized, media no longer provides the public with objective, relevant information from which educated opinions and prudent actions can flow. Today’s media twists messages to present a state- or corporate-sanctioned message that is often at odds with the best interests of its audience, the American people.
The Durham Report exposes the media as enthusiastic participants in the assault on the Trump campaign/administration and ultimately, on the public at large. With no pretense of “oops, we got it wrong,” the media’s unapologetic response to the Durham Report reminds that its alliance with government is far stronger than any bond with readers, listeners or viewers.
Once upon a time phrases such as “honesty is the best policy” and “crime doesn’t pay” were commonly ascribed to having meaning, credibility. John Durham and his report are post-free America’s latest indicators that both phrases now only remind of a time long gone.
Lou Ann Anderson worked in central Texas talk radio as both a host and producer and currently hosts Political Pursuits: The Podcast. Her tenure as Watchdog Wire–Texas editor involved covering state news and coordinating the site’s citizen journalist network. As a past Policy Analyst with Americans for Prosperity–Texas, Lou Ann wrote and spoke on a variety of issues including the growing issue of probate abuse in which wills, trusts, guardianships and powers of attorney are used to loot assets from intended heirs or beneficiaries.