Fox News’ slogan is “fair and balanced,” and to prove they are truly balanced, they even give airtime to the unbalanced. By that I mean Shepherd Smith’s latest comment about President Trump’s latest comment.
Shep claims that Trump undid all the good he’d done for himself with his masterful televised Congressional meeting that torpedoed the entire “Trump is moronic and demented” canard by calling the Russia collusion investigation a hoax. Shep said the Russian investigation is not a hoax, pointing out that there have been indictments of some Trump associates and even a guilty plea.
Except that Trump never said the Russia investigation is a hoax. It’s obviously a real thing, hence the multimillion dollar price tag for taxpayers (that’s how you can tell anything in Washington actually exists: “I waste taxpayer money, therefore I am!”) What Trump said was the idea that he and/or his campaign colluded with Russia to steal the election – which is the alleged basis for the investigation – is a hoax.
Considering that this week marks the one-year anniversary of the Buzzfeed website starting this whole to-do by publishing the Clinton campaign/DNC (pardon the redundancy) oppo research slime file known as the Russian dossier, a collection of unverified anti-Trump rumors that no legitimate news outlet would touch with a 20-foot pole; and that one year and nearly $10 million later, we’ve yet to find any evidence of collusion; and considering that all the indictments and pleas Shep referred to relate to peripheral offenses with no connection to the campaign, some of them years old -- then I’d say “hoax” is looking to be a pretty accurate term.
I suppose if you wanted to be kind and give the Trump haters the benefit of the doubt, you could say they might not deliberately be trying to hoax us. Maybe the poor souls just can’t help believing in things for which nobody can find a scrap of evidence because they’re moronic and demented.