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 Takes on the World 
 
 Interview
 Gareth Porter, investigative journalist and historian
 Jeff Blankfort  
 For non-profit use only.
Jeff Blankfort speaks with Gareth Porter about the latest developments in the wave of anti-Russian hysteria that is being pushed by the Democrats and the liberal and much of the alternative media, notably Democracy Now! He compares frenzy over Trump Jr.'s emails and meeting with Russian lawyer to very different reaction to Clinton campaign getting dossier on Trump allegedly from sources in Russian government. He agrees with Blankfort that when it comes to Russia, the word “alleged” is no longer used to describe its activities.

Porter reviews the coverage of the earlier emails of the Democratic National Committee and Campaign Chair John Podesta and then goes into the details of his latest Consortium News article, “Foisting Blame for Cyber-hacking on Russia” (July 2) in which he explodes the tale accepted by the media and members of Congress that the Russians were responsible for the hacking into the voter bases of 21 states, revealing that no evidence exists for its involvement and that this hacking that has been going back years has been done by people looking for personal information to sell to commercial parties. That the mainstream media has distorted the truth about this as it has the whole hacking story makes it, indeed, the enemy of the people.

He does find hope in the fact that pressure from the voters kept Congress from approving a US attack on Syria under Obama and that ways must be found to expand upon that outside of the bounds of the Democrats such as Sanders who has chosen to endorse the Russia bashing while ignoring US wars in the Middle East.
Interviewed by Jeff Blankfort

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00:33:45 English 2017-12-17
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