he Washington post is showing their true colors today (HINT: brown) with this little hit piece on conservatives...attempting a triple-dog-dare-you by implying that Maria Butina, the NRA and "elite" conservatives are engaged in some kind of Russian influence conspiracy in Washington, DC...and as the WaPO would have you think, nationwide. This story, "‘She was like a novelty’: How alleged Russian agent Maria Butina gained access to elite conservative circles" by Rosalind S. Helderman, Tom Hamburger, Shane Harris and Carol D. Leonnig appears in today's edition.
Note that it took four...count 'em...four "contributors, including one "Hamburger" to concoct this "stuff". I claim they're ALL hamburgers.
By then, Butina had already publicly quizzed Trump about his views on Russia and briefly met his eldest son at an NRA convention. After the FBI began monitoring her, Butina attended a ball at Trump’s inauguration and tried to arrange a meeting between him and a senior Russian government official at last year’s annual National Prayer Breakfast.
By 2017, after she had enrolled as a graduate student at American University in Washington, Butina began probing groups on the left as well, trying unsuccessfully to interview a D.C.-based civil rights group about its cyber-vulnerabilities for what she said was a school project, according to a person familiar with her outreach
Notice how the authors skillfully imply that the nefarious Moscow Rose, er, Ms. Butina, has coiled herself around those suspect conservatives...yet she was rebuked by that principled liberal civil-rights group.
ut one doesn't have to read much between the lines to know that this is strictly a hit piece on the NRA. Ironically, the WaPo thinks they have some sort of smoking gun that joins the NRA with Russian nefarious activities. I'll let the reader do the remainder of the heavy lifting involved with reading this drivel. Good luck and godspeed.
I apologize in advance for even linking to a WaPo story and thus giving them readership and tacit credibility...and the drive by profits that result. But sometimes the propaganda becomes sooooo egregious that one has to look upon it for themselves. Democracy does NOT die in darkness. It is ritually slaughtered on the pages (print and web) of the Washington Post.