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Is Obama Living in an Alternative Reality?

Posted on | May 9, 2020 | 1 Comment


“I’m not making this up, you know,” remarks my podcast partner John Hoge, in reaction to this mind-boggling bit of news:

Former President Barack Obama on Friday stated the “rule of law is at risk” in response to the Department of Justice dropping its criminal charges against retired Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, according to an audio call obtained by Yahoo News.
“The news over the last 24 hours I think has been somewhat downplayed — about the Justice Department dropping charges against Michael Flynn,” Obama said during a virtual discussion with members of the Obama Alumni Association. “The fact that there is no precedent that anybody can find for someone who has been charged with perjury just getting off scot-free. That’s the kind of stuff where you begin to get worried that basic — not just institutional norms — but our basic understanding of rule of law is at risk. And when you start moving in those directions, it can accelerate pretty quickly as we’ve seen in other places.”
During his remarks on Flynn, Obama erroneously said the former White House national security advisor pleaded guilty to perjury. Rather, he was charged for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) about his contacts with then-Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak during President Trump’s transition period. Flynn pleaded guilty in 2017 as part of then-special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into now-debunked collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign. In January, the Justice Department changed its sentencing recommendation for Flynn from probation to six months in jail, prompting the former Trump official to withdraw his guilty plea, citing prosecutors breaking their plea agreement.

What’s interesting here is when Obama says that the dropping of the charges against Flynn has been “somewhat downplayed” in the news, which tells me that he must be watching CNN, because if you’re watching Fox News, this story has gotten heavy coverage there. Why would this story be “somewhat downplayed” by whatever media Obama watches?

In court documents, the Justice Department said it dropped the case “after a considered review of all the facts and circumstances of this case, including newly discovered and disclosed information.” . . .
In its filing, the Justice Department said it concluded that Flynn’s interview by the FBI was “untethered to, and unjustified by, the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into Mr. Flynn” and that the interview on Jan. 24, 2017, was “conducted without any legitimate investigative basis.”

Newly released documents, including FBI agents’ notes, show that they were aware Flynn was the target of a set-up ordered by James Comey.

Is Obama so isolated within a cocoon of friendly media that he actually doesn’t know any of this? We know Obama was prejudiced against Flynn, who in 2014 as head of defense intelligence had contradicted in congressional testimony Obama’s claim to have al-Qaeda “on the run.” But does the president know that other people are aware of this? See, if you’re watching CNN or MSNBC, you’ll never see any information that reflects negatively on Obama (or positively on Republicans), and thus Obama might be completely unaware of what Fox News and other organizations have reported in relation to “Crossfire Hurricane.”

Many millions of other Americans are as clueless as Obama, of course. If all you know is what you get from CNN or MSNBC, for example, you may not even be aware that someone named Mollie Hemingway exists, so you would never read her excellent article showing a timeline of how Obama’s Jan. 5, 2017, Oval Office meeting with John Brennan, James Clapper and others, led to the spurious prosecution of Flynn.

There’s a whole lot of information in that article which has never been reported by either CNN or MSNBC, nor by any of the three major broadcast network news divisions. Unless you actively and deliberately seek out information that the liberal media don’t want you to know about, it’s very easy to believe whatever narrative they’re selling you. This is why your liberal friends on Facebook are so smugly confident about their intellectual and moral superiority; they have simply never encountered any information that contradicts their worldview. Because liberals so dominate the journalism industry — to say nothing of their hegemonic control of Hollywood and academia — it requires a lot of effort to become a conservative. But I digress . . .

If your liberal friends haven’t yet figured out that “Russian collusion” was hoax, why? It’s confirmation bias, of course. Your liberal friends hate Donald Trump — in fact, they hate you for voting for him — and therefore make an active effort to avoid encountering any information that might reflect favorably on Trump. It’s very easy for them to do this, for the reasons I’ve explained, and so their minds would melt down in cognitive dissonance if they watched this 12-minute Tucker Carlson monologue:


You should probably share that video on your Facebook page, so that your liberal friends will have one more reason to hate you. Also, you should probably hit my tip jar, for giving you that suggestion.



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