Podesta slimed again: Tony Podesta runs a slippery, quadrillion dollar, international lobbying outfit.
His brother, John Podesta, was chairman of last year's Clinton campaign.
In an amazing report in the Washington Post, Marc Fisher and Carol Leonnig slime the two together. Try to believe this amazing example of moral equivalence:
FISHER AND LEONNIG (10/31/17): Tony’s Podesta Group is one of two firms described in Monday’s indictment as having been recruited by Manafort and Gates to lobby on behalf of Viktor Yanukovych, the former president of Ukraine who fled to Moscow in 2014, according to people familiar with the company’s involvement. Federal prosecutors have accused Manafort of creating a scheme to mislead the government about his secret work for a Ukrainian political leader.Were you able to follow that? Tony Podesta may be a substantial international crook. Similarly, John Podesta got his emails stolen and was crazily accused of running a child sex ring.
Both the Podesta Group and the other firm, Mercury Public Affairs, have said they were hired to lobby for a European nonprofit based in Brussels trying to polish Ukraine’s image in the West. But behind the scenes, prosecutors allege, the real client was a political party led by the former Ukraine president, who was friendly with Russia.
John Podesta, a longtime Democratic adviser who led the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, has spent the past year coping with the publication by Wikileaks of tens of thousands of his emails, which were hacked by someone using a computer with an address in Ukraine. The release of those emails ensnared him in the ornate conspiracy theory known as Pizzagate, in which some anti-Clinton activists came to believe, without evidence, that sexually abused children were being hidden below a pizza place in Northwest Washington — and that John Podesta was involved with satanic rituals there, a notion that police said was bogus.
Why do we say "similarly?" Because that's the explicit framework of this bizarre report in the Post, starting with its crazy hard-copy headline:
Podesta brothers are drawn into orbit of scandalsLet's be clear. We don't know if Tony Podesta has done anything wrong.
That said, it's crazy to list these massively different cases under that one seamy-sounding heading—and that headline perfectly adapts the language of the Post's bizarre report.
Let's get clear on the logic of this appalling report. According to this weird report, John Podesta was "drawn into the orbit of scandal" by virtue of the fact that he got his emails stolen, then became the target of lunatic claims! What on earth is wrong with the life forms at the Washington Post?
Two points. We'll start with this:
Late last October, two weeks before Election Day, the Washington Post hit rock bottom with this ridiculously invasive trip through John Podesta's personal emails. Are Dan Zak and his editor human? We'd say it's hard to tell.
(Does the Post have some sort of vendetta against John Podesta? This morning's bizarre presentation made us wonder.)
Way back when the nation's Crazy was young, Marc Fisher wrote one of the oddest attacks on Candidate Gore's outrageous wardrobe, which wasn't outrageous at all. It was also an ugly, gender-sliming attack on Naomi Wolf, a highly regarded author.
In fairness to Fisher, his piece came at the end of a month in which everyone in the whole mainstream press corps had taken a turn voicing these same attacks. So he had to jack his lunacy up, which he was able to do. His crazy Sunday magazine piece ended like this:
FISHER (11/28/99): So when Al Gore sneaks around and spends $15,000 a month to hire an oddball like Naomi Wolf, a controversialist who campaigns against the tyranny of the beauty culture and then plasters soft-lit glossies of herself and her perfectly teased hair all over the Internet and on her book jackets, we have two choices: We can say Gore's a good man who's been duped by over-eager aides, or we can say this is a man who does not know himself, a man who is unknowable, unreadable and therefore not fit to be president.Aside from the heavily gendered sliming of Wolf, try to imagine Fisher's claim that Gore was "wearing a brown suit of a sort that is alien to virtually every American."
A person who makes her living by writing pop philosophy about sex tells a man who would be president of the United States that he must be a different kind of man, that he must be more assertive, that he must wear a brown suit of a sort that is alien to virtually every American. And he says, "Okay."
To call him unreadable is to be charitable.
Crazily, Fisher suggested the possibility that Gore's completely unremarkable suit meant that he was "not fit to be president!" The Crazy was now well underway. As would be the case for the next many years, career liberals either stared into air or took part in the hanging.
Assuming Fisher is actually human, the piece he wrote that day was insane. Eighteen years later, this!
Go ahead; you explain it! For ourselves, we'll suggest that you learn to see the world through this lens, and no, we aren't kidding:
Werewolves of WaPo! Ah-hooooooo!
For the record: At the time, Wolf had long been famous for not posting her photos on her book jackets.
Did she instruct Gore to wear a brown suit? She said no, and he said no. No contrary evidence surfaced.
Nor did anyone ever explain what difference such a thing would have made. By now, The Crazy was well under way. Our tribe's heroes all stared into air, except for the many such people who took part in this ugly, death-dealing sliming of the she-witch Wolf and the "today's man-woman" Gore.
(We're quoting the cable grotesque, Chris Matthews.)
People are dead all over the world because people like Fisher stampeded this way. Werewolves of the alleged human race! How else would you explain it?