MSNBC finally got curious about why the Russia-gate conspiracy theory isn't working. They probably couldn't avoid it, as a recent poll revealed the depth of the disconnect between American coporate media coverage of the story and Americans' interest. Whilst seventy-five percent of US corporate media news coverage is devoted to Russia-gate, only six percent of Americans are interested in the story.
MSNBC journalist, Hallie Jackson, ventured outside the media echo chamber and asked Trump supporters but apparently couldn't understand their answers. Their lack of interest and concern in Russia-gate was a troubling enigma. So she invited Washington Post reporter, Ashley Parker, to explain. He told her that Trump supporters were just too stupid to understand the narrative.
Whilst this explanation obviously works for MSNBC and the Washington Post (and the rest of the corporate media), it hardly seems likely. People who do buy the Russia-gate conspiracy theory do not strike dispassionate observers as impressive. Take Lousie Mensch, for example. She has tweeted that her sources (anonymous as is way with Russia-gate stories) claim that Steve Bannon is facing the death sentence for espionage.
Lousie Mensch may well be completely delusional, but the difference between her Russia mania and the corporate media's and the Democrats' is only matter of degree. This is nonsense that the intelligent people in the corporate media doubtless find interesting. But ordinary people do not, as it is a completely evidence free fantasy. Steve Bannon, far from facing the death penalty, is not under investigation - for anything.
Frankly, I cannot decide whether the corporate media loons are as stupid as their words imply or sincerely think that they are so much smarter than everyone else that they can make up any nonsense and get away with it. Maybe it is both.
CNN's Chris Cuomo told the world that it is illegal to read WikiLeaks and so "you" (ie, the public) could only know from "us" (ie, the corporate media). Did he believe this absurd falsehood? Who knows - but he certainly looked and sounded sincere. But then that is almost the job description for a corporate journalist: apparent sincerity whilst promoting falsehoods.