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Counterpunch.org's part explanation, part apology, part "but others have done worse" is hilarious

It recently came out that Counterpunch and various other far left and other kooky sites published several articles from what it turns out is a Russian intelligence troll. See this previous OP https://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=10025316 and this WAPO article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/kremlin-trolls-burned-across-the-internet-as-washington-debated-options/2017/12/23/e7b9dc92-e403-11e7-ab50-621fe0588340_story.html?utm_term=.f0c619be8f8b

Counterpunch's article discussing this is a hilarious example of why it should never be read as legitimate journalism:


JPR folks out themselves. They dont want to believe in Russian interference because of...

... their Clinton and Democratic Party derangement syndrome. https://jackpineradicals.com/boards/topic/there-is-one-reason-trump-is-potus-and-it-is-not-fucking-russia/

"There is ONE reason Trump is POTUS, and it is not fucking Russia
By far, by an order of magnitude, the main reason Trump is POTUS is HER:

It doesn't matter what facts come out, they don't intend to believe it.

Hey Trump... a message from Jennifer Lawrence to underscore tonights victory

Ok so she did this some time ago...

Now I hope the reconciled tax bill fails in the senate by one vote

Assuming Jones is seated in time

Minnesotas former GOP Governor calls on Sen Franken to RESCIND his resignation


Says Franken deserves the due process of an ethics committee investigation

I don't know why we couldn't wait until the ethics investigation played out with Franken

That's my main issue. I don't understand what the rush was to force him out. I had trouble believing his first accuser and still do. When more accusations came out I felt that the accusations needed to be taken seriously but I didn't think he should be resigning, at least not right away.

Isn't that what an investigation is for and didn't we have one on the immediate horizon for these accusations?

I understand why folks are upset. However, with regard to that, why is Gillibrand the only one who deserves to be the recipient of all of that fury. This article contains the full list of 32 Democratic Senators and those who caucus with Democrats who, in my opinion and I think the opinion of a lot of folks, jumped the gun here: http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/06/politics/al-franken-democratic-senators-resign/index.html

If Gillibrand deserves our scorn, they all do. That includes people like Sanders, Feinstein, Wyden and Warren.

Gillibrand made this statement according to that article:

"While Senator Franken is entitled to have the Ethics Committee conclude its review, I believe it would be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in our society isn't acceptable by stepping aside to let someone else serve."

Why did she and these other folks think a rush to judgement was better here? I don't understand. There is no compelling reason I can think of to have done this.

Tweets that describe the DNC debate and vote RE: Caucuses vs Primaries in States that have both


Sorry am on a phone so I can’t copy all the text of the original tweet or the rest in the series.

Trump, his staff, Republican Leaders and Media personalities know that Russia threw the election to



Joe Biden and Michele Obama are the most popular politicians in America (KOS diary with links)


In any event, Tom P. cited a recent Harvard-Harris poll, which showed Sen. Sanders leading the other named Democratic politicians in favorable/unfavorable ratings. As pointed out by several other commenters, the poll neglected to include Vice-President Joe Biden, which is a fairly glaring oversight, since he appears to be strongly considering a presidential run in 2020.

With that in mind, we might compare the Harvard-Harris poll to other polls over the past year (including one Pennsylvania poll from this month):

PPP (Dec. 2016)


We took an early look ahead to 2020 and how Trump would match up right now against some hypothetical Democratic opponents for reelection. He trails Joe Biden 54/40, Bernie Sanders 52/41, Elizabeth Warren 48/43, Al Franken 46/41, and Cory Booker 45/42 in head to head match ups. Biden (56/33 favorability) and Sanders (53/36) are among the most popular political figures in the country. Voters are more divided on Warren (42/39) and Franken (34/34). Booker is not as well known nationally as the rest of this group yet, coming in at 27/24.

PPP/PA (August 2017)

The new PPP poll that was released today contained, among other things, new information on the favorability ratings of several people and institutions in the news today. Leading the way were First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden with 54% and 52% favorability ratings respectively.

In any event, declaring Sen. Sanders to be ‘the most popular politician in America’ seems, at the very least, not a well-supported contention.
More polls cited in the diary. None of the polls that have both Biden and Sanders have Sanders ahead of Biden

Time Magazine Person of the Year is most influential person for "Better or Worse"

Several horrible people have been given that award for influencing global events for the worse, as wikipedia notes:

However, Time magazine points out that controversial figures such as Adolf Hitler (1938), Joseph Stalin (1939 and 1942), Nikita Khrushchev (1957), and Ayatollah Khomeini (1979) have also been granted the title for their impacts.


Based on that, I can see an argument for Trump. He has paralyzed the federal government of the US, ruined the western coalition of nations or at least temporarily has thrown it into disarray, has made unprecedented attacks on the US media, attacked net neutrality, attacked efforts to combat global climate change.

Trump's effects on the globe over the last year have been catastrophic.

Has anyone affected the globe for the better or worse more than that?
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