I realize that it’s a bit premature to celebrate the existence of the Internet. Don’t get me wrong, it’s been a boon of gigantic proportions. It’s every bit as revolutionary as Johann Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press way over half a millennium ago.
But like all inventions, there’s always a downside. As Wikileaks just proved with its release of Vault 7, our electronic gadgets can (and often are) used against us. Smartphones, smart TVs and our web-browsers can be turned on at whim and used to spy on us.
Computers can be hacked by a clandestine operator who can leave the digital fingerprints of another operator at the scene of the crime, thereby blaming an innocent party for the hack. Worst of all, our cars can be hijacked remotely; they can be made to accelerate or the brakes can mysteriously malfunction.
So it’s not all great news.
That being said (and more will be said in the future by Your’s Truly), the Internet and all its concatenations (i.e. social media) have given more than a few sucker punches to the official media (i.e. the Corporate Media). Their control of the Narrative is pretty much over with now, and has been for some time.
The first such example of Internet guerrillas taking down a corporate giant was back in 2004, when Dan Rather of CBS news promoted an obviously fake letter intending to embarrass Bush 43 right before the election. Ordinary bloggers who essentially work for free, were able to expose its fraudulence within 36 hours.
We are seeing another such example today with the “Russian hacking” narrative. Originally, the Obama White House wanted to spy on the Trump campaign. To do so, they went to the FISA court and made up a story out of whole cloth, that Trump or his operatives were colluding with Russian banks on one thing or another. It was so obviously specious that FISA rejected it (something they almost never do).
Long story short, they went back just a month before the election and asked a second time. This time, they got it. In the meantime, we were told by President Obama and others that there was no way that the Russians could hack our election.
Then the unimaginable happened. Trump won.
After a period of internal chaos, someone decided that Obama’s assurance was “no longer operative”. A new meme –Fake News–was created out of thin air and we were told that Russia did indeed hack our election. This illusion did two things: 1) try to delegitimze Trump’s win and 2) reassure the Democrat donor class that their money was not ill-spent.
Now of course, everybody with more than two active brain cells is running away from the Russian Hacking Narrative faster than you can say Jackie Robinson. But the second reason is still very much alive.
Think of it: Hillary Rodham Clinton spent $1.2 billion to run for President. Donald J Trump spent half that –$600 million. Not only that but she had a fawning press coverage that approached North Korea-like levels of public adulation.
And yet she lost.
The fact that she had everything going for her portends evil for the Democratic Party. Not only do they not control the Executive and the Congress, but they’ve lost control of the Federal Judiciary. On the state level, the Democrats are essentially wiped out; under Obama they’ve lost over a thousand legislative seats and a dozen State Houses. Worse, they have no message. “Trump=Hitler” is no longer resonating.
The Russian Hacking Narrative (RHN) was therefore repurposed. While its initial purpose was to give Obama spying power over the Trump campaign (and let us interject here that nothing was found), it could now be used to explain to the mega-donors who lost millions that in reality, Hillary actually won. If nothing else, it could keep the illusion of the Democratic Party as a viable option in 2020 alive.
Unfortunately, the RHN is now collapsing like a souffle. Oh well, I’m sure they’ll come up with another excuse in due time.
The question is, will we believe it?