If success has a thousand fathers and failure has none, then who's the daddy of the Fusion GPS story now rocking the
Lest you condemn me as a "science denier," let's stipulate there must be at least two parents, or maybe even three.
According to the
And that dossier, now properly seen as opposition research, served as the launching pad for the federal investigations into
And Hillary? "What happened," Hillary?
Please don't tell me it's just a slice of fried bologna.
Here's hoping we'll find out through the investigation of special counsel
But given the temperature of the thing, this also might turn out like one of those horrid paternity tests served up to howling studio audiences on lurid daytime TV.
Americans may find that this one has a third parent: Beltway journalists, who may have allowed themselves to be manipulated by a political intelligence operation in exchange for peer praise, the warmth of social media tribalism and clicks.
This hurts the many journalists putting partisanship aside to follow stories wherever they lead.
And it hurts the republic, which depends on credible, rigorous media oversight of the powerful, especially the imperial presidency.
But once you lose your name and credibility, where are you?
I hope all this worries you, no matter what political tribe you belong to, because for more than a year now, that
The Trump-Russia collusion theme has been a chorus of barking dogs everywhere you turn, in online news hyped to feed anti-Trump appetites, on cable, where the appetites are sated, and even in happy-talk banter of radio and TV news anchors.
The driving force has been a partisan desire to excuse
Many, but not all, of the
Many pro-Hillary pundits avoid the Fusion GPS explosion altogether, just as they've avoided examining the equally toxic
What's appalling is that the Obama administration quietly approved the deal handing 20 percent of American uranium reserves to the Clinton-friendly Russian mega-company, so that President
It's all layered, like a
Given the twists and turns of all things Trump, there will be a safe time when they can pile on. But isn't that the work of pamphleteers?
Greenwald has debunked, chronicled and mocked many of the Russia-Trump stories that generated millions of clicks but didn't stand up because they were untrue.
And before the Fusion GPS connection broke in the
"I think at best what you can say for (journalists) is they're willingly and eagerly being manipulated," Greenwald told Carlson on his
"They get enormous benefits when they publish recklessly," Greenwald said. "They get applause on social media from their peers, they get zillions of retweets, huge amounts of traffic, they end up on TV, they get applauded across the spectrum because people are so giddy and eager to hear more about this
So who's the daddy?
It's always about love, isn't it? Love and clicks.