Classic Misdirection

In the wake of the Wikileak Democratic National Committee email scandal, leading Democrats are practicing a classic technique in order to distract the public from the scandal. A security firm paid by the DNC blamed “Russian espionage groups” for the email leak, then implied they leaked the emails in order to help Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

Experts are now saying that the Russians are releasing these emails for the purpose of actually helping Donald Trump,” Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, told CNN on Sunday.

So let me get this straight–“experts” paid by the DNC found something potentially damaging to their opponent’s campaign? How convenient. And why is this damaging, exactly?

Because Donald Trump once said something nice about Russian President Vladimir Putin, and vice versa. I guess it’s inappropriate for presidential candidates to reach out to world leaders and establish positive relationships (wait, isn’t Trump supposed to be damaging our international relationships? I’m confused).

According to NPR, [Russia expert at the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution] Fiona Hill said the Russian hackers may not be taking orders directly from Putin, but that they are clearly working with Russian foreign policy interests in mind. It all sounds so sinister.

This is all clearly a ploy to distract the public from the DNC email scandal, in which it was revealed the DNC conspired to assure Hillary Clinton’s victory in the Democratic presidential primary. The scandal is so serious that Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz did not take the stage to open the Democratic National Convention.

This is a great example of a political organization creating news, and in this case, creating news for the purposes of distraction. Discerning readers should know better than to fall for this tactic.

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