On CNN Friday, political contributor Carl Bernstein unleashed an ode to ridiculousness in response to the release of the GOP-led Nunes memo. Bernstein lamented that the House Intelligence Committee's exposure of ethics concerns in the FBI's Russian probe means that "we may well have not seen such dark days for American democracy and its institutions.” According to the left-wing pundit, the country is “at a crossroads” due to “demagogic authoritarian” Donald Trump.
Bernstein told host Jake Tapper:
“[W]e don't know enough because we haven't seen the whole, underlying picture, as the Democrats have pointed out, but there's a much more important historical point to be made here and that we may well have not seen such dark days for American democracy and its institutions since the days of Joe McCarthy.”
Wow. In Bernstein's view, democracy -- the rule of the people -- is threatened by the people's access to the mechanics of their government; yet he claims Trump -- not the Left -- is the demagogic exploiter of ignorance:
"[He is a] demagogic authoritarian...using this red herring to contend that there is a witch hunt going on when, in fact, there is a legitimate investigation”
Despite the lack of any evidence whatsoever, the former Washington Post writer claimed that Vladimir Putin rigged the election for Trump, to "ruinous" effect. Furthermore, he proclaimed that Donald Trump "has been manipulated" by the Russians, though at the same time:
"Donald Trump is using this to avoid legitimate investigation and to poison the institutions of American democracy.”
So, the President is both fool enough to be manipulated by a foreign power and ingenious enough to manipulate the entire American political sphere and destroy the country's democratic institutions?
Moreover, leftist Bernstein predictably dismissed the memo as "a disingenuous, partisan document," while also dismissing the possibility that the FBI investigation could possibly be anything of a similar nature. In summary:
“So, this is all a red herring by the President of the United States and his allies in congress, which is sort of unfathomable, if you think that the Republican Party is going to hitch its future to the kind of demagoguery authoritarianism in what we're seeing here."
More unfathomable is a news network devoting itself to such consistently slanted and baseless rhetoric. CNN and Carl Bernstein are birds of a feather; and for both of them, any impartial desire for the truth has long flown the coop.