On the news side, they’re breaking stories on the Russia investigation. On the opinion page? Insanity!
The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board called this week for a full Russia investigation – not into President Donald Trump, but into the Democratic party, the FBI, and special counsel Robert Mueller.
“It turns out that Russia has sown distrust in the U.S. political system-aided and abetted by the Democratic Party, and perhaps the FBI,” the editorial began. “This is an about-face from the dominant media narrative of the last year, and it requires a full investigation.”
The editorial argued that a Washington Post report published Tuesday “revealed” that Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee hired the Perkins Coie law firm, which in turn retained the opposition-research firm Fusion GPS and funded a now-infamous dossier containing salacious allegations about Trump’s ties to Russia. The dossier was compiled by ex-British spy, Christopher Steele, who has several deep Russian sources.
“Strip out the middlemen, and it appears that Democrats paid for Russians to compile wild allegations about a US presidential candidate,” the editorial said. “Did someone say ‘collusion’?”
It had been previously reported that Democrats took over funding for the opposition research from anti-Trump Republicans after Trump won the GOP nomination. On Friday, lawyers for The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative publication, told the House Intelligence Committee that the outlet originally funded the dossier’s production.
Of course, like Fox News, the Journal is now opened by Rupert Murdoch. So this is relatively tame compared to them.