This Is How Fake News Becomes the Narrative: “Russia Hacked the Election”
Dec 12, 2016
RUSH: Folks, we are living in the midst of a giant teachable moment. This is how it happens. This is how fake news takes root and becomes the narrative, becomes the daily script of the inside-the-Beltway soap opera written by the Drive-By Media. This whole business of Russia hacking our election is fake news with the imprimatur of intelligence agencies and the CIA, and it’s brought to us by the same newspapers that took out, tried to take out Richard Nixon. And if I didn’t know better, I would say they are trying to relive the moment and “Watergate” Donald Trump.
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This is exactly how it happens. All weekend long I was doing what I always do. I combine leisure and work and I’m doing show prep while engaging in leisure time activities and so forth. Well, I will even, on the golf course, do show prep. If you’re playing with some slow people, have time to check the phone, maybe see something, print it to the printer at work, and you’re done.
As I got here today and began to assemble everything I’ve collected over the weekend, I ended up with two stacks. Sometimes I end up with four stacks, and each Stack is organized by either news type, be it hard news, heavy news, lighthearted news, or subject. In this case the two stacks are organized by virtue of subject and everything else. Because the everything else only has four or five pages in it. And the other Stack, which is the CIA and the Washington Post, New York Times saying that the Russians hacked the election, is 90% of everything I printed over the weekend.
I got here and I started organizing it, this is it. This is exactly how it happens. Even though Trump has won, even though Hillary has been vanquished, even though the left has suffered defeat after defeat after defeat, the Drive-By Media is still there, and they’re still acting as they always do. They are setting the agenda. They are setting the narrative, establishing it, and they are determining what everybody talks about.
And today, because of this, I found myself asking myself, should I play this game today or not? Should I treat this the way I’ve been treating it for all the years I’ve been doing the program? And that is to react to it, to go on defense, to explain how the lies stack up here, to explain the BS. And I think I’ve got no choice, and I don’t know if it’s a problem or if it’s just the way it is.
Fake news is the order of the day. Fake news, a story first on Saturday and then on Sunday, Washington Post and New York Times, that intelligence sources, it turns out to be unnamed, a couple people, we don’t know who, no specifics, alleging that the Russians left fingerprints as they hacked the 2016 election.
We’re also told that the Russians hacked both the RNC and the DNC, and one of the controversies is, why didn’t WikiLeaks use any of the stuff they got from the hack of the Republicans? And that is being used to suggest that the fix was in from Russia against Hillary, because they had equal data on the Republicans and they just decided not to use it.
There’s one problem with that. And we have audio sound bite support on this coming up as the program the unfolds. The RNC says it was not hacked. Reince — sorry — Reince Priebus — you know, I got a little lazy pronouncing his name on Friday and I had two or three people I’m certain who are in Reince’s orb send me an email saying, “No, no, no, no, it’s pronounced Reince, not ‘Rinse.'” I know. I know. I know it’s Reince. In speaking quickly it just came out “Rinse.” I was not trying to be funny or insulting. I like Reince. He’s come by here, we’ve had some chats. So, no, no, don’t misunderstand.
But Priebus, he was on Meet the Press with F. Chuck Todd yesterday, and he had to almost scream at Chuck Todd threes before Chuck got it. (paraphrasing) “Chuck, we were not hacked. We weren’t hacked, Chuck,” and Chuck kept going and finally Reince, said, “What are you not getting about this?” And Chuck said, “It’s not about me.” “Chuck it is about you, and it’s about everybody else in the media.” This story is totally about you. It’s about the New York Times. It’s about the Washington Post. It’s about everybody appearing on any cable network that’ll take ’em from either of these newspapers or sympathetic to these newspapers pushing this false narrative.
One element of the story, a major element has proven to be untrue. The Republicans were not hacked. If you find a serious element of the story that isn’t true, the rest of it ought to be held at arm’s length and viewed with lots of suspicion. But it’s uncanny, folks. The media is behaving according to type. The media is doing the only thing they know how to do. They are doing everything they can do to take Trump out.
That’s what this is about, folks. And for those of you who think that the recount effort and the intimidation of electors is sort of a screwball bunch of people, it may well be, but they are trying to prevent Trump being elected. There was nothing half-hearted about this as far as their desires and purpose is concerned. They’re seriously trying to do this.
When I throw the word Watergate Trump out, I’m not doing so casually. This is exactly what the Washington Post — and Carl Bernstein, by the way, of Watergate fame is back in the mix now saying that Trump is even worse than Nixon. Well, that’s like a dog whistle. That’s like code language, ’cause Nixon is the worst, and everybody supposedly agrees. Nixon was just ew, yuk. Trump’s worse than Nixon, according to one of the revered respected Watergate journalists.
The other Watergate journalist, Bob Woodward, is who broke the story in the Washington Post about the intelligence agencies claiming that they have evidence that the Russians attempted to interfere in the United States election. So the linkage to Watergate and its modus operandi is clearly established.
The two primary journalist players are actively engaged now, as is their newspaper, the Washington Post and their compatriots at the New York Times. The question is: How many people are gonna see this for what it is? It’s not gonna slow Trump down. The one different factor here is that Trump is not the Republicans, and Trump is not acting scared. Trump tweeted last night. He watched the NBC Nightly News and he tweeted it was embarrassing, it was horrible, it was bad. Trump is not going to be deterred. He’s not gonna be stopped.
He’s not gonna be intimidated. He’s not going to be affected by this, in terms of the way it makes him behave. There’s so much going on out there. They’re upset about Rex Tillerson. They’re upset about the fact… Really, what this is all about is they can’t yet accept that they lost. All of this is based on that. It really… I mean, there are degrees of depth in terms of their anger and dissociation and unhinged derangement. But it’s all about that. They cannot believe they lost. They all believed themselves when they cited their polling data and read their stories that Hillary had this in a lock.
And so it’s something that they just can’t accept, so there has to have been some cheating. Because the American people would not have voted them down. The American people were loving Obama and were loving what Obama was doing, and the American people love the Democrats and illegal immigration and love the Democrats. Love. This should not have happened. But as we will attempt to establish as the program unfolds — and I’m not gonna ramrod this through you, folks. I’m gonna take some time going through this.
I’ve got worked up a number of different ways to express my thoughts on this, plus we have support audio sound bite-wise. The Washington Post and the New York Times on Russia’s interference in the election is total BS, and it is the definition of “fake news.” Some hack somewhere in the intelligence community… It may not even be the CIA. There’s a number of different intelligence agencies. There’s CIA. There’s the DIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency. The State Department has its own little group of people.
There are intel people all over the place, so we don’t know. But one of them decided to call Bob Woodward and fill old Bob’s head full of notions. So the Washington Post writes a totally anonymously and anemically sourced story that the New York Times immediately follows up, and it becomes a huge story that attempts to delegitimize Trump’s win, delegitimize the election. And now you’ve got all of these Washington Post people populating cable news networks downplaying the FBI’s conclusion there’s no evidence Russia did any such thing.
James Comey already addressed this in his Hillary press conference. He said there was no evidence that Russia hacked anything, including her server. Remember? He said there’s no evidence the Russians even hacked Hillary’s server. Barack Obama on November 26th told everybody, “Grow up and stop whining.” He was talking to Trump. “Stop whining!” That’s when Trump was… “Stop whining about the election. Stop whining about it. Nobody interfered.” That’s Obama not all that long ago. What they have is maybe some evidence that a hacker from Eastern Europe hacked the DNC emails. That’s it.
That’s it! But the New York Times and the Washington Post report that the Republicans were also hacked, and Reince Priebus says they were not. They looked. They’ve had people examining their computer systems for months. They have not been hacked. You think it’s any coincidence now that Dingy Harry is demanding an investigation into this? And as I checked the blogs, conservative blogs, they’re all saying, “Why, of course we need to investigate this. Why, this is an outrageous charge. If there’s something to it, we need to look.”
So everybody thinks the proper thing to say and do is to acknowledge that this could be bad and we need to have an investigation. If you are of the mind to stand up and say, “No, no, this doesn’t deserve an investigation. This is totally media fake news, made-up media fake news. We don’t need an investigation.” They’re gonna climb down your throat and they’re gonna try to destroy you because the meme, the narrative now is… This is how it’s always worked. The Republicans get intimidated into agreeing with whatever contention the Drive-By Media puts out.
In this case, it’s, “The Russians hacked the election! It could have fraudulent. The result could be illegitimate,” and of course the Republicans on cue, “Oh, yes!” Lindsey Graham and John McCain (impression), “That’s right. That’s right. We suh suh suh should have an investigation! I’ve been hacked. My campaign was hacked. Yeah, it can happen.” So now everybody’s on board that we need to do investigate, we needed roll up the sleeves and find out what happened. And of course who’s leading this?
The Democrats are leading this and the media is leading this, and the usual suspect Republicans are eager to sign on hoping to show the media and the Democrats that they’re mature and reasonable and all this. The only guy still at this moment who’s acting like he won is Donald Trump and everybody in his orbit! This is how easy it has been for the media, working with the Democrat Party, to delegitimize any significantly good thing that happens that does not involve the Democrat Party. But Trump is the difference here. Trump goes to the Army-Navy game. It’s in Baltimore at M&T Bank Stadium.
You see this? When Trump’s introduced he’s up there in the box. He spent time in two boxes. He spent half the game over in Ollie North’s box. Ollie’s a Marine, but he goes to Army-Navy game — a Navy guy — and somebody else’s box, I forget, some other major player, a guy that does deals. That’s who Trump likes, guys that do deals. That’s why he likes Tillerson. Tillerson does deals, does big deals, does mega deals all over the world. He’s a deal-maker, a player. Trump loves him. He’s a good guy. I like Tillerson. I like the name. I mean, I just love “Rex Tillerson.” What a great name for a guy running an oil company.
Anyway, there were 75,000 at that stadium. The vast majority of them give Trump a standing ovation. One hundred protesters bought and paid for by communist-related organizations marching in protest outside. What do you think the lead story in the media is? The 100 people protesting outside the stadium, and had today the number’s been elevated to 200 people. I guess they didn’t get enough bang for the buck that there were 100 people outside’ 75,000 people inside. The 100 people outside protesting and carrying anti-Trump signs got all the attention and now their numbers have been elevated and inflated to the “fact” that there were 200 of them.
Even CNN… I think it’s Little Brian. I’m not sure if it was Little Brian Stelter. Somebody at CNN even suggested, “We need to do the election over.” Meanwhile, Jill Stein was just told to go pound sand for the third time, this time in Pennsylvania. So the Electoral College is the only thing they’ve got left, other than this. Now, we need to have an in-depth… Well, not that in-depth, but there’s a couple of points I need to make about intel agencies and how you deal with them if you are president. I think Trump might have made his first big mistake in this. Not an everlasting, damaging mistake, just little tactical error.
I’m not sure that I’m right, but I’ll explain.
I’ve got a lot of things to detail for you here after having set the table. But you see the pattern. This is the tried-and-true media way of delegitimizing, destroying, impugning, discrediting Republicans for as long as we have all been alive. This is fake news, just like the video at Benghazi was responsible for what happened there. Look how that took hold. The guy that did the video’s in jail. This is how fake news happens. The Washington Post and the New York Times are the biggest perpetrators of fake news in this country today, and they (music) now.
RUSH: I tell you, I cannot wait for this program to unfold because I’m gonna obliterate these people today and their claims that this election was hacked and that’s why Hillary Clinton lost. I’m just gonna blow this to smithereens, and it’s gonna happen in the next half hour. At least that’s when I’m gonna get started doing this. My friends, who actually is trying to change the outcome of the election? Well, I got an example.
Robert B. Reichhhh, the former labor secretary for Bill Clinton, is claiming that he’s “received phone calls from three electors who say they have doubts that Trump should be chosen by the Electoral College.” Reichhhh says they are telling him they’ve “been in contact with other electors who feel the same way.” The Democrat Party has mounted an all-out effort to have electors in the states, in some cases violate state law and not vote for Donald Trump. And you got the Jill Stein recount, which has essentially been shut down anywhere she’s tried.
Who is it doing this? Who’s actually trying to change the outcome of an election? Who is claiming that it was hacked, and who is claiming that everything is so unjust that we need to change the outcome? It’s the Democrat Party trying to change the outcome of the election. It’s the Democrat Party tampering with election results. It’s the childlike Democrat Party and the American left who simply can’t come to grips with the fact that they were rejected and repudiated and blown out.
RUSH: A little bit about this Washington Post story that started everything. It’s a thirdhand account, a thirdhand account, thirdhand source that the Washington Post even acknowledges that wasn’t the Russian government that did the hacking. How many of you who have paid attention to this story all weekend long and this morning, how many of think the story is that Russian government hacked our election? Vladimir Putin directed the Russian government to hack whatever they hacked.
What do you think they hacked? What did they do? Did they hack voting machines? Did they hack paper ballots? Did they hack the DNC emails of Podesta? What was it? You don’t even know, because it doesn’t matter. The thing that matters, what the Drive-Bys have put out there is that Vladimir Putin and the Russians hacked the election because they wanted Trump to win because Putin is scared to death of Hillary Clinton. But he loves Trump because Trump’s a lackey and Trump likes Putin and the Russians will be able to have their way all over the world because Trump is such an idiot.
That’s the story, right? That’s what you know if you have just been a news consumer since, say, any time Saturday through this morning, that’s what you know. That’s what you think you know. That the Russians hacked the election. The Russians. That’s not even what the Washington Post story says. The Washington Post story acknowledges that it’s a thirdhand account that they’re relying on, was not actually the Russian government that did the hacking. Here is the actual passage.
“Intelligence agencies do not” — I’m reading from the Washington Post here. You listen to this and contrast it with what you have been told, what you have heard, seen, read in the news. “Intelligence agencies do not have specific intelligence showing officials in the Kremlin ‘directing’ the identified individuals to pass the Democratic emails to WikiLeaks, a second senior U.S. official said. Those actors, according to the official, were ‘one step’ removed from the Russian government, rather than government employees.”
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Wait a minute. So why does anyone think the Russian government had anything to do with this, when the story, the newspaper that everybody’s relying on this says that it wasn’t the Russian government, that it was a thirdhand source and that what we’re talking about here is the Podesta emails being leaked to WikiLeaks. That’s not tampering with the election. By the way, not a single one of those emails has been denied. Podesta, Hillary, you name it, not a single person has said anything in those Podesta emails that were leaked was not true.
“That’s not the point, Mr. Limbaugh. The point, Mr. Limbaugh, is that these were private communications between Democrat strategists that were leaked and now everybody knew what was going on.” Well, not the first time something like that’s happened. But is that tampering with the election? Some people might look at that as the truth being revealed.
What did we learn in these hacks? We learn that it was the Hillary campaign buying and paying people to disrupt and cause violence at Donald Trump rallies. We learned that a guy responsible for this, his name. We learned his name is Robert Creamer. We learned his married to a Democrat congresswoman from Illinois, Jan Schakowsky. And it was apparently so true, that the guy quit, the guy resigned in shame.
I mean, everything we’ve learned here happened to be true. How is this affecting the outcome of the election? Most people think, when they hear Russians hacked the election, that they tampered with the ballots. You cast ballots and you count them. So what was the hack? Did the Russians hack the counting process? Did they hack the casting-of-ballots process? What did they do? Well, nothing, because nothing has been alleged along those lines. But you wouldn’t know it paying attention to the Drive-By Media, the Washington Post or the New York Times.
The Post story has no evidence, nor do they have even an indication of any evidence that supports the claim that the Russian government tampered with our election. That’s from the paper itself. Now, contrast that with what you’re hearing. They got their headline. The headline has nothing to do with the details contained in the story. The fake news was in the headline and everybody ran with the headline and ran with the premise that the Russian government from Putin on down tampered with the election in order to sabotage Hillary Clinton.
RUSH: It’s just classic. It’s just right out of the playbook, this entire so-called news story. This is the epitome of fake news, and it is the blueprint, folks, for how the media has always sought — working with each other — to destroy, take out, damage, impugn Republicans. And it’s always… Well, not always. Eh, it might be pretty close to always worked. If not immediately, over time. It took ’em five years to destroy Bush. It took ’em how long before they really got on to Watergate, before Nixon resigned? Year and a half? Almost two years?
Trump is the difference here in the equation. He simply is going to laugh at ’em and throw it right back in their face, and he’s gonna continue dealing directly with the American people. But, I mean… I’m trying to expand on my thought process here. Since I was putting the program together, show prep this morning after getting here… The way I work is I constantly… You know, life is show prep. If I find something that I want to make sure that I talk about, I print it to one of the two printers here sitting behind me.
And then I promptly forget it, always looking forward. When I get here the next day, I continue doing that, and then about an hour before the program I grab everything in that printer, and I start organizing it. Some of it I’ve forgotten. “Oh, yeah! Oh, yeah!” I go, “God, yeah! I can’t wait for this to come up.” Others, I don’t care anymore; I throw it away. So doing that today… Sometimes I end up with four Stacks, depending on the category or maybe a single news story.
Today there’s just two Stacks and 90% of everything I printed is in one Stack, and it’s this intel story that the intelligence agency says the Republicans hacked the election. And as I was putting it all together, it dawned on me. This is it. This is exactly how they tried to destroy Trump during the campaign. It’s exactly the way they do business, and they are fake news. And so I’ve got this Stack, say, “Okay, what am I…? What do I have to do with this?” Okay, again, what’s happened? I have awakened, I’ve gotten to work, and I see things in people I believe in under assault with a bunch of lies, with a bunch of distortions.
And I have to roll up the sleeves and refute it and defend against it. Now, in a microcosm way, this is an explanation for why we haven’t been able to gain much ground as the opposition because this has been the way of the world for most days since I’ve been doing this. Every day we wake up and we have to mount a defense against the latest assault — mostly fraudulent, mostly fake — to defend the people and the causes we believe in. And they never stop.
And because we spend so much time defending, we don’t have time to advance the ball, if you will, and move forward. All of that’s changed now with Trump. Trump is moving ball forward, he’s advancing, and he’s not paying any attention to these people, and he’s not letting what they do affect what he does. And they are smoking mad about that. They are fuming. They are used to… I’m talking about the media.
They are used to being able to control the agenda of both their friends and their enemies, their buddies and their opponents, and Trump doesn’t play by their rules because Trump is not afraid of them. And Trump knows that he doesn’t need them. That’s the big equalizer. Unlike most Republicans who think they can’t get anywhere without at least some favorable treatment in the media or at least less criticism from the media, Trump doesn’t need the media. He’s got his Twitter account and he’s got his rallies.
By the way, he’s going back to Hershey, Pennsylvania. That was the site of one of the biggest Trump rallies in the campaign. So he’s gonna go back there on his thank-you tour. He’s got there, and he’s got his agenda, he’s got his cabinet selections, and he is totally on offense. And they’re try to take him off offense; put him on defense. And the whole objective here is to in many minds as possible the media is trying to create the idea that Trump’s election was not legitimate, that it’s the result trickery and fakery, that Hillary should have won this thing, and they keep focusing on the popular vote.
That’s why they’re spending so much time encouraging these recount efforts and the intimidation-of-the-electors efforts that are underway out there. Because, make no mistake, this is not a bunch of extremists who are not really part of the Democrat Party mainstream trying to run this recount and trying to intimidate the electors. This is the Democrat Party. There is no fringe in the Democrat Party. They are all extreme, radical leftists, socialists, neocoms, whatever you want to call ’em.
And what you’re seeing, no matter where you look — if it’s Jill Stein, if it’s some of these wackos they find to carry the water on hassling and harassing the electors — it’s mainstream. It is the mainstream of the left, the Democrat Party. It isn’t their fringe. And they are expressly attempting to change the outcome of this election. This Washington Post story? I read it when it hit Saturday. You know, Drudge headlined, that’s first place I saw it, then I saw the New York Times had a follow-up. And it immediately stunk to me.
See, I’m a student of this stuff. I know how these people think and how they operate. I know what their modus operandi is. I know what their pattern is. I know how they write stories, what their objectives are, what the headlines… I know everything about how they do it, and this one just stunk to high heaven. It was obviously fake news from the get-go.
RUSH: Kathy in Gilbert, Arizona, great to have you with us. How are you doing?
CALLER: Hi, Rush. Thank you for taking my call.
RUSH: You bet.
CALLER: If the CIA found footprints of hacking the election, why did they not find hacking footprints on Hillary’s emails?
RUSH: Well, there’s some confusion about that. I’ve got a story in the Stack that Comey says that they did find evidence that Hillary had been hacked. (shuffling papers) I say that and now I can’t find it and my memory on this is confusing. But the point of your question is, why would the Russians leave fingerprints if they hacked?
CALLER: Especially when it comes to the election.
RUSH: Why would they do it? If you could avoid leaving fingerprints, why this time? We assume the Russians and the Chicoms are hacking everybody, or trying to, all the time. It’s now part of cyber warfare. It goes on nation to nation. We hack them, too. But you don’t leave fingerprints around.
CALLER: That’s right.
RUSH: If Russian fingerprints were on these hacks of the DNC computers, then obviously somebody else put them there. I like what John Bolton said. I really like what Bolton said. Bolton said, “You know what? This could have been come from the Obama administration,” trying to make it look like the Russians. When you get into why that opens up a whole other can of worms and doors and so forth. But I think this is fake news, Kathy. I think we’re all being sucked in. Well, I’m not, obviously. But many people are being sucked in. I hope not very many, actually. I hope this ends up backfiring but they’re gonna give it their best shot. They’re not gonna let go of this story.
CALLER: I just feel that this story is hard to believe. You know, it’s got to be fake because it’s just unbelievable.
RUSH: The timing is too curious, and it’s just too helpful for what we already know the media narrative is, that Trump didn’t win fairly. And I think there’s every reason for sensible people to doubt this. Okay. Your turn. iPhone 7 or 7 Plus?
CALLER: iPhone 7, please.
RUSH: 7. And who’s your carrier?
RUSH: AT&T. Cool. So you can ask for any color and I’ll be glad to satisfy your desire.
CALLER: Do you have silver?
RUSH: Ho-ho. I do.
CALLER: Oh, thank you.
RUSH: I’ve got a silver iPhone 7 with your name on it. Hang on so Mr. Snerdley can get your address.
Panama City, Florida. Steve, you’re next. I’ve got a little over a minute so try to get in, get it and get out.
CALLER: Honor and a pleasure to speak to you.
RUSH: You bet, sir.
CALLER: I’ve heard rumors, I don’t know if it’s fake news.I think this is real news, what Obama’s gonna do, he’s rented a house or bought a house in Washington, has set up some kind of networking, TV, et cetera, to try to get the Democratic Party out of the shambles. For your insight on it, he’s gonna use social networking, Twitter, Facebook —
RUSH: Well, now, I don’t know if this is what you’re talking about, but I have heard that Obama wants to establish a quasi-media network to assist —
RUSH: — in his efforts to preserve the greatness — ahem! — of his legacy —
RUSH: — his Regime. I do know that Obama’s not going anywhere. He’s gonna stay in Washington under the guise of his little girls finishing school there so they won’t have to be uprooted. No, Trump is gonna have them coming at him from every direction. And you’re probably on to something. Okay, quickly, iPhone 7 or 7 Plus and what’s your carrier?
CALLER: 7 Plus, AT&T.
RUSH: AT&T, okay. Do you have a color preference?
CALLER: Rose gold.
RUSH: Rose gold. You got it. Don’t hang up. Mr. Snerdley soon will get your FedEx address.