The so-called “mainstream media” is engaging in a feeding frenzy over the Trump-Russia “scandal”.

The latest report from the New York Times reported that Russian officials discussed how to influence top Trump officials.

It appeared to be a bombshell story, but one detail changed everything.

Deep State leakers fed the Times information about intercepted communications between Russian officials knowing that their reporters would frame it in the most sinister way possible.

The lead of the Times story paints a picture of Russian intelligence plotting to manipulate the dupes at the Trump campaign:

“American spies collected information last summer revealing that senior Russian intelligence and political officials were discussing how to exert influence over Donald J. Trump through his advisers, according to three current and former American officials familiar with the intelligence.

The conversations focused on Paul Manafort, the Trump campaign chairman at the time, and Michael T. Flynn, a retired general who was advising Mr. Trump, the officials said. Both men had indirect ties to Russian officials, who appeared confident that each could be used to help shape Mr. Trump’s opinions on Russia.

Some Russians boasted about how well they knew Mr. Flynn. Others discussed leveraging their ties to Viktor F. Yanukovych, the deposed president of Ukraine living in exile in Russia, who at one time had worked closely with Mr. Manafort.

The intelligence was among the clues — which also included information about direct communications between Mr. Trump’s advisers and Russian officials — that American officials received last year as they began investigating Russian attempts to disrupt the election and whether any of Mr. Trump’s associates were assisting Moscow in the effort. Details of the conversations, some of which have not been previously reported, add to an increasing understanding of the alarm inside the American government last year about the Russian disruption campaign.”

Times reporters Matthew Rosenberg, Adam Goldman, and Matt Apuzzo juiced the lead to make it sound undeniably menacing.

But they unraveled their own story just one paragraph later:

“The information collected last summer was considered credible enough for intelligence agencies to pass to the F.B.I., which during that period opened a counterintelligence investigation that is continuing. It is unclear, however, whether Russian officials actually tried to directly influence Mr. Manafort and Mr. Flynn. Both have denied any collusion with the Russian government on the campaign to disrupt the election.”

This story breaks no new ground.

It does not provide any evidence of Russian efforts to influence the Trump team or any proof of collusion.

But the point isn’t to tell the truth.

It’s to present speculation as fact and innuendo as evidence.

There is no “there there” with this Russia story.

So the Deep State – which is committed to taking out Trump – leaks morsels to the Trump-hating media.

The press then runs with the tidbit and surrounds it with careful framing to create scandal where none exists.

We will keep you updated on this story.

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