Russiagate has fallen apart, with special counsel John Durham exposing the notorious Steele Dossier as a collection of lies and made-up stories. But you wouldn’t know it by reading most of the media, which have mostly ignored the story.

More importantly, they haven’t faced up to their own part in pushing this witch hunt. Relying on one anonymous source — ex-British spy Christopher Steele — they spun a supposed conspiracy between Donald Trump and Russia. But they never revealed the fact that Steele was being paid by Hillary Clinton’s campaign for opposition research, and they never examined Steele’s sources, who were unreliable or nonexistent.

Here’s how the media amplified Steele’s baseless claims to create hysteria. None of these stories have been updated, no corrections have been made.

The players

Hillary Clinton: Pays law firm Perkins Coie for campaign services, which hires research group Fusion GPS to do opposition reporting on Donald Trump. They in turn hire . . .

US former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers her speech during an international conference aims to fast-track the road to gender equality and mobilize millions of dollars to achieve the long-sought goal quickly, at the Louvre Carrousel in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 30, 2021.
Hillary Clinton and her team hired Perkins Coie for her 2016 campaign for president.
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Christopher Steele: Beginning in March 2016, the former British spy collects rumor and innuendo supposedly from “inside sources.” But his primary source really is . . .

Igor Danchenko: A former Brookings Institution analyst who worked closely with foreign affairs specialist Fiona Hill. Danchenko claims to hear from Sergei Millian, a real estate broker with ties to Russia, of cooperation between the Trump campaign and Vladimir Putin. But special counsel John Durham says the phone calls with Millian never happened, Danchenko just made it up. Danchenko has been charged with lying to investigators. Another Danchenko source was . . .

Charles Dolan Jr.: A longtime Democratic operative for the Clintons, he passes on idle chatter and even admits to the FBI that he made up a conversation with a GOP operative that he passes along to…



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