The PBS documentary United States of Conspiracy is set to premier Tuesday evening, exploring the question, “How did trafficking in conspiracy theories move from the fringes of U.S. politics into the White House?”
“Frontline’s acclaimed political team investigates the alliance among conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, longtime Trump associate Roger Stone and the president — and their role in the deepening battle over truth and lies,” the introduction claims.
“Our new documentary reveals how conspiracy theories have come to play an outsize role in American politics, and what that means for our democracy in this critical moment,” according to the filmmaker Michael Kirk.
Why didn’t Kirk include the biggest political conspiracy theorist in U.S. history, former MI6 spy Christopher Steele, who authored the dossier that promulgated the Russia collusion hoax that has rocked American politics since 2016? This seems to be an outrageously glaring omission. Any PBS report that does not include the biggest political conspiracy theory in U.S. history is not worth watching.
For liberals today a conspiracy theory is any fact that does not align with their political objectives and they have now weaponized the term to attack their enemies without holding themselves accountable by the same standards.
The dossier, which was funded by opponents of President Donald Trump, was force fed to the public during the 2016 presidential race. It was a collection of damaging and unfounded rumors about then candidate Trump, paid for by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign, and conducted by the opposition research firm Fusion GPS.
The accusations in the dossier fueled calls for a special counsel probe which led to the appointment of Robert Mueller III. After an exhaustive two-year investigation his report dismissed the key claims of the dossier. Mueller “identified numerous links between the Russian government and the Trump campaign” but “did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”
A newly declassified FBI report also revealed that Igor Danchenko, a Ukrainian-born, Russian-educated researcher and resident of the United States was Steele’s vaunted “primary subsource.” He worked as a senior research analyst for the Washington, D.C. liberal think tank, Brookings Institution. Apparently the heavy drinker’s gossip and bar talk were fed to Steele who dumped them into the dossier. Steele also testified to a British High Court earlier this year that a lawyer close to the Clinton campaign supplied him with misinformation.
The most salacious of the debunked stories was the claim that Russia had been cultivating Trump for years with financial enticements and blackmailing him with sex tapes. It accused Trump of watching prostitutes perform a kinky sex act in a Moscow hotel room in 2013 while on a business trip as Russian spy cameras were recording.
The dossier also claimed that former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort used low-level foreign policy adviser Carter Page as an intermediary to the Russians in a plot to weaken Clinton. It stated that during a July 2016 trip to Moscow, Page met with Igor Sechin, head of the Russian energy giant Rosneft and a close associate of Vladimir Putin. Sechin attempted to bribe Page with a multibillion-dollar brokerage interest, to persuade Trump to end U.S. sanctions if he became president.
Another key conspiracy theory in the dossier concluded that an Alfa Bank server was a mode of communication for the Trump campaign to collude with top Russian officials, including Putin. Steele testified to a British court in mid-March that he met with Michael Sussman, a lawyer tied to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 presidential election. Sussman gave Steele phony information that Alfa Bank was tied to Putin during a late July meeting.
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz ripped the last leg out from under the dossier in December when his report revealed that the FBI was to blame for at least 17 “significant errors and omissions” related to the FISA warrants against Page in 2016 and 2017.
He also blamed the bureau for relying on Steele’s unverified dossier and accused the former FBI director James Comey of insubordination and violating standard departmental procedures.