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Mainstream journalists and Democratic politicians alike stepped up their opposition to the meme this week, calling it a lure for “fascists” to recruit “anti-system people” and a “far-right conspiracy theory.” “We’re going to need some thought on how to combat this,” one blue-check tweeted.
And the blue-checks picked up where they left off, clutching their pearls over the idea that “far-right” types would weaponize popular dissent via the Epstein meme and take over the country - or worse, “lure many away from real politics,” where apparently conspiracies never happen. The Epstein meme is not only “dangerous,” a Mediaite article declared, but it “doesn’t even make any damn sense.”
This counter narrative — and to be clear, no one likes contradicting the media’s conventional wisdom more than me — began immediately after Epstein was found dead in federal prison, causing the conspiracy nuts on Twitter to have an absolute field day. Then, when the “official” story, that Epstein had committed suicide, was backed up by the medical examiner, and no evidence ever surfaced indicating who could have possibly murdered him IN A FEDERAL PRISON, the nonsense began to die down.
The first part of this episode that everyone should find hilarious is that “Project Veritas,” a very pro-Trump organization which has as its most fundamental belief a total distrust in the mainstream news media, is willing to come to some remarkable conclusions about all of this based on nothing but the private opinions of… a mainstream news media member. The second point of amusement is that, if everything Robach appears to believe is true, it is a heck of a scandal for… the TRUMP ADMINISTRATION which was in charge of the prison which allowed Epstein to be murdered and his killers and accomplices to somehow get away scot-free!
Here’s a newsflash for those who automatically presume that Robach expressing understandable frustration that she could have broken the Epstein story long before he was finally arrested: sometimes reporters exaggerate what they had on a story when they are looking back in retrospect after that story has broken wide open and everything they suspected to be true at the time turns out to finally be verified. It’s much like commentators who had a feeling Donald Trump would win in 2016, but never actually felt confident enough to say it publicly or definitively.
ABC decided going after Epstein at the time just wasn’t worth it. But their primary point, especially given the apparent factual problems with the accuser she had interviewed (Epstein associate Alan Dershowitz, a Trump friend that right-wingers are now essentially implicating here, tweeted support for ABC’s decision last night), seems to be both valid and important.
Assad claimed that Epstein was part of a broader conspiracy by Western powers to kill high-profile people who knew lots of secrets, including Osama bin Laden and ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.
Jeffrey Epstein’s brother insists in a new interview that the financier’s shocking death behind bars was no suicide — and maintains that the convicted pedophile was “innocent” of new sex-trafficking charges against him.
“Jeffrey knew a lot of stuff about a lot of people,” he cryptically told the paper, declining to elaborate, but echoing a popular conspiracy theory that his brother was murdered.