Let me start with a bit of necessary disclosure: Matt Taibbi, who writes for Rolling Stone, absolutely despises Donald Trump.
Now, knowing that Mr. Taibbi is a Trump hater of the first order, please read the beginning of his latest commentary:, titled “The ‘Whistleblower’ Probably Isn’t“:
Start with the initial headline, in the story the Washington Post “broke” on September 18th:
TRUMP’S COMMUNICATIONS WITH FOREIGN LEADER ARE PART OF WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINT THAT SPURRED STANDOFF BETWEEN SPY CHIEF AND CONGRESS, FORMER OFFICIALS SAY
The unnamed person at the center of this story sure didn’t sound like a whistleblower. Our intelligence community wouldn’t wipe its ass with a real whistleblower.
Americans who’ve blown the whistle over serious offenses by the federal government either spend the rest of their lives overseas, like Edward Snowden, end up in jail, like Chelsea Manning, get arrested and ruined financially, like former NSA official Thomas Drake, have their homes raided by FBI like disabled NSA vet William Binney, or get charged with espionage like ex-CIA exposer-of-torture John Kiriakou. It’s an insult to all of these people, and the suffering they’ve weathered, to frame the ballcarrier in the Beltway’s latest partisan power contest as a whistleblower.
Mr. Taibbi goes on to make it clear, in his blunt, angry, often profane way – replete with condemnation of Donald Trump, in case anyone thought he had a change of heart – that the “whistleblower” routine Nancy Pelosi, adam schiff and other Democrats are trying to sell the public is nothing but a prescribed, phoney-baloney- political set-up.
I’ll end by putting up Mr. Taibbi’s last two paragraphs, which – whether you agree with him or not (in my case, there’s a lot of both) are just as noteworthy. I hope they get you to use the link I’ve provided and read his entire piece):
The argument that’s supposed to be galvanizing everyone right now is the idea that we need to “stand up and be counted,” because failing to rally to the cause is effectively advocacy for Trump. This line of thinking is based on the presumption that Trump is clearly worse than the people opposing him.
That might prove to be true, but if we’re talking about the treatment of whistleblowers, Trump has a long way to go before he approaches the brutal record of the CIA, the NSA, the FBI, as well as the cheerleading Washington political establishment. Forgetting this is likely just the first in what will prove to be many deceptions about a hardcore insider political battle whose subtext is a lot more shadowy and ambiguous than news audiences are being led to believe.