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So, which one of you guys is the "Deep State"?

Last week, Associated Press and The New York Times rushed to post corrections to their widely reported and heavily emphasized upon claim that all 17 US intelligence agencies unanimously agreed that Russians in the 2016 presidential elections to help Donald Trump get into power.

Instead, what the news outlets failed to report, or rather realize, was that the information was published by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which represents all 17 US intelligence agencies; but it was only collected by the CIA, FBI, NSA and not all 17 of them.

On June 30, the Associated Press posted a “clarification” about four different reports published earlier, all of which stated that all 17 agencies had come to a conclusion that Russians had played a role in helping Donald Trump become the president. With the “clarification,” AP acknowledged that all the agencies were not involved in the assessment. AP’s statement read:

“In stories published April 6, June 2, June 26 and June 29, The Associated Press reported that all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies have agreed that Russia tried to influence the 2016 election to benefit Donald Trump. That assessment was based on information collected by three agencies – the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency – and published by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which represents all U.S. intelligence agencies. Not all 17 intelligence agencies were involved in reaching the assessment.”

The New York Times is reported to have published a similar statement at the end of the article titled “Trump’s Deflections and Denials on Russia Frustrate Even His Allies” on June 29.

A White House Memo article on Monday about President Trump’s deflections and denials about Russia referred incorrectly to the source of an intelligence assessment that said Russia orchestrated hacking attacks during last year’s presidential election. The assessment was made by four intelligence agencies — the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency. The assessment was not approved by all 17 organizations in the American intelligence community.

The information about all US intelligence agencies being involved in the assessment of Russian interference in US election has been used constantly by the media and politicians to criticize President Trump and Republicans, James Clapper, the former Director of National Intelligence demystified the notion when he gave his testimony on Capitol Hill on May 08.

“The [intelligence community assessment] was a coordinated product from three agencies: CIA, NSA and the FBI, not all 17 components of the intelligence community. Those three, under the aegis of my former office,” Clapper said. “Following extensive intelligence reporting about many Russian efforts to collect on and influence the outcome of the presidential election, President Obama asked us to do this in early December and have it completed before the end of his term.

“The two-dozen or so analysts for this task were hand-picked, seasoned experts from each of the contributing agencies. They were given complete, unfettered, mutual access to all sensitive, raw intelligence data, and importantly, complete independence to reach their findings. They found that the Russian government pursued a multifaceted influence campaign in the run-up to the election, including aggressive use of cyber capabilities.

“The Russians used cyber operations against both political parties, including hacking into servers used by the Democratic National Committee, and releasing stolen data to WikiLeaks and other media outlets.”

During the hearing, Clapper responded to Senator Al Franken’s (D – Minn) claim that “all 17” agencies of the US intelligence committee had agreed that Russia meddled with the elections.

Franken said, “The intelligence communities have concluded, all 17 of them that Russia interfered with this election. And we all know how that’s right.”

To this, Clapper replied, “Senator, as I pointed out in my statement, Senator Franken, it was—there were only three agencies that [were] directly involved in this assessment, plus my office.”

Trying to prove himself right somehow, the senator emphasized on the number of agencies that acknowledged Russian interference, he asked Clapper, “But all 17 signed onto that?”

Clapper then clarified once again, “Well, we didn’t go through that process. This was a special situation because of the time limits and my—what I knew to be who could really contribute to this and the sensitivity of the information, we decided—it was a conscious judgment—to restrict it to those three. I’m not aware of anyone who dissented, or disagreed when it came out.”

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Establishment Media
You the failing New York Times is failing when...

With such a remarkable description of the Alexandria shooting incident, it was obvious The New York Times would come under fire, but while progressives are quick to come to the defense of left-wing news outlets, this time even they admitted their own editorial board had crossed the line.

The piece that immediately became the center of controversy for The New York Times, “America’s lethal politics,” was published on Wednesday.

Unsurprisingly, the article called for increased gun control. However, it was the description of the motivation behind the attacks that actually caused the backlash against the left-wing news outlet.

“Was this attack evidence of how vicious American politics has become?” the article asked. “Probably. In 2011, when Jared Lee Loughner opened fire in a supermarket parking lot, grievously wounding Representative Gabby Giffords and killing six people, including a 9-year-old girl, the link to political incitement was clear. Before the shooting, Sarah Palin’s political action committee circulated a map of targeted electoral districts that put Ms. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized crosshairs.

“Conservatives and right-wing media were quick on Wednesday to demand forceful condemnation of hate speech and crimes by anti-Trump liberals,” it continued. “They’re right. Though there’s no sign of incitement as direct as in the Giffords attack, liberals should, of course, hold themselves to the same standard of decency that they ask of the right.”

However, by every possible standard, there’s a lot more evidence that James Hodgkinson, the seemingly left-wing attacker, was more motivated by politics than the mentally deranged Jared Loughner from the Gifford attack in 2011.

In what appears to be a revisionist history, conservatives were quick to downplay the role of progressive politics in the horrific attack on Republican congressmen.

While the suspect, James T. Hodgkinson, was shot and killed at the scene of the shooting by Capitol Police officers, a deeper look into social media activity shows a long trend of hatred towards Trump and Republicans. He attacked Congress members practicing for a charity baseball match scheduled for Thursday.

Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise was shot in his hip and sustained severe injuries. He is now in critical condition. Four others, including two Capitol Police officers were injured in the attack.

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The New York Times is running with an article claiming that “1 in 5 Trump supporters” oppose the document that freed the slaves, the Emancipation Proclamation.

The article is backed by two polls that were conducted by questionable groups with unscientific tactics.

One poll conducted by a group known for shady questions and methods was labeled as a South Carolina exit poll, despite the survey being conducted over the phone and Internet.

The second poll, by YouGov, was paid for by the anti-Trump publication, the Economist.

The question about the Emancipation Proclamation, as published by the Times and now trending on Facebook, was a confusing two-part question that never even used the term, “Emancipation Proclamation.”

The 49th questions asked in the Internet poll was “Do you approve or disapprove of the executive order which . . . freed all slaves in the states that we in rebellion against the federal government.”

Fifty-three percent of respondents “approved strongly” and no cross tabs were provided for a breakdown of Trump supporters versus others.

Yet, the top trending topic on Facebook, which is seen by tens of millions of Americans, reads, “Emancipation Proclamation: 20 percent of Trump Supporters Do Not Support Executive Order, Poll Says.”

Chalk this up to the latest smear tactic that’s coming from establishment conservatives, bolstered by establishment liberal publications like the New York Times.

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