I find myself spending way more time on Callin and Substack when I am online these days.
Not that I don’t check in with Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I do. But since my shadowbanning and deplatforming has been so intense these past few years and You Tube felt the need to put me on a seven day timeout this week for spreading so called disinformation about Covid vaccines, I am happy to have alternatives.
An even funnier symbol of the media reversal on intelligence involves the onetime Pentagon Papers publisher, the Washington Post, which of course is now owned by one of the CIA’s biggest contractors. The Post recently held an “Are you an insane conspiracy theorist?”-type quiz that flatly graded you incorrect if you thought a “deep state” that “operates in secrecy and without oversight” existed:
…During the Trump years you could wake up on any given day and see the former head of the CIA’s drone program or the architect of the NSA surveillance program — literally those people — reading the news on commercial television about anything from the pee tape to the Ukrainegate impeachment (started by anonymous intel officials) to the letter signed by 50 of the country’s leading spooksdenouncing (falsely, we now know) the Hunter Biden laptop tale as having the “classic earmarks of a Russian disinformation operation.”
The overtness of the intelligence community’s interference in domestic politics, combined with its astonishing record of unpunished, systematic lying to everyone — congress, judges, the United Nations, the International Court in the Hague, and especially the American public via the media — is driving people to real insanity. As podcaster Darrell Cooper put it earlier this year, in an essayattempting to explain the thought process underlying “Stop the Steal”:
Many Trump supporters don’t know for certain whether ballots were faked in November 2020, but they know with apodictic certainty that the press, the FBI, and even the courts would lie to them if they were.