You have to give him credit. That’s not easy to do. Not when you supposedly have at least some shred of journalistic neutrality, but are so overtly biased in favor of one side.
Yet the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank has squared this circle, with his latest commentary.
Here is its beginning – but be assured that if you use the link and read on, the rest is every bit as snarky and every bit as obnoxious:
It began, as these things generally do, with Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-Benghazi).
The voluble congressman, who speaks as if he is arguing the trial of the century even if he is ordering breakfast, went on Fox News on Tuesday to divulge a secret.
“There’s a text exchange between these two FBI agents” — Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who had originally been on Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia probe — “saying that perhaps this is the first meeting of the ‘secret society,’ ” Gowdy announced. “I’m going to want to know what secret society are you talking about.”
A secret society! The Illuminati? The Carbonari? Or perhaps the dreaded Rigatoni? Or, um, maybe, given that Strzok and Page were lovers, their text was actually a joke or a flirtation.
Gowdy’s sidekick, Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Tex.), allowed that “there may have been a secret society,” but “I’m not saying that actually happened.”
What is Milbank talking about? He’s talking about a text exchange between two Trump-hating FBI operatives, one – Strzok – way, way up the food chain, which cite a “secret society”.
Is that reference a sarcastic joke, or is it real? Dana Milbank seems to think he knows the answer.
I guess he also knows what is in the thousands of text messages over a half year period that were magically, mystically “lost” by the FBI…but which, it now turns out, may still be retrieved.
What will this genius say if there are other, more serious references to a “secret society” in those texts? “Oopsie”?
Look, I don’t know whether there was or wasn’t a real “secret society”. But I do know that there were people in the FBI – Strzok and Page clearly among them – who intended to take down the Trump presidency/subvert the will of the electorate. So until we get the rest of the information, I am holding judgment one way or the other.
If Dana Milbank had even the slightest scintilla of integrity left he’d have done the same. But he doesn’t, so he didn’t. Instead, this is the kind of childish garbage we get from him.
I wonder what some of the folks at the Washington Post, who used to take pride in their product before Jeff Bezos turned it into a left wing propaganda sheet, say about Bezos and Milbank when they’re not within hearing distance.