Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The media's dance around the impeachment whistleblower's identity is laughable and embarrassing

With straight faces, the senior editorial staff of major media organizations are futilely trying to wear a cloak of respectability and pretending to struggle over the decision to say the name of someone whose identity has been known for weeks.

These alleged journalists would have you believe they are deeply troubled; exquisitely torn over this heart-pounding decision: Do they name a name, or not?

What a joke. Everyone already knows who he is.

The name Eric Ciaramella was finally and formally revealed last week by RealClearInvestigations, a branch of the RealClear media family.
More than two months after the official filed his complaint, pretty much all that’s known publicly about him is that he is a CIA analyst who at one point was detailed to the White House and is now back working at the CIA.

But the name of a government official fitting that description — Eric Ciaramella — has been raised privately in impeachment depositions, according to officials with direct knowledge of the proceedings, as well as in at least one open hearing held by a House committee not involved in the impeachment inquiry. Fearing their anonymous witness could be exposed, Democrats this week blocked Republicans from asking more questions about him and intend to redact his name from all deposition transcripts.

Federal documents reveal that the 33-year-old Ciaramella, a registered Democrat held over from the Obama White House, previously worked with former Vice President Joe Biden and former CIA Director John Brennan, a vocal critic of Trump who helped initiate the Russia “collusion” investigation of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.

RealClear is so highly respected that every major media outlet has used their objective polling and political analyses in their own coverage of politics inside and outside the Beltway. It's been a reliable source for years and everyone should agree that RCI is a credible and creditable source. If RealClear material is good enough for USAToday--and Gannett is no friend of Republicans--it should be good enough for say, NBC News. Oh, wait. RealClear is good enough for the Peacock.

The reason why CNN, NyTimes, WashPo, et al are "agonizing" tonight is that Ciaramella's second- and third-hand whistleblower complaint has handed them and their Democrat allies in the swamp their most recent desperate attempt to be rid of President Donald Trump. They don't really want him to be known or known about. The less you know about Eric Ciaramella, the less likely you are to believe that this is just another fruitless fishing expedition. The more you learn about him, the more likely you are to realize that he's just a tool. He's a loyal, albeit disgruntled millennial pawn. Ciaramella is obsequiously playing a bit part in a purely partisan play to nullify an election.

Stormy Daniels couldn't do it. Creepy porn lawyer Michael Avenetti couldn't  hang. Robert Mueller fumbled and mumbled and bumbled and failed, too. But this lowly GS-13 bagel fetcher at the CIA might get him impeached, by Jove!

Wait, what? He's a prep school, Ivy League trust-funder? A millennial whose toughest decision is between the frappe and the espresso? How embarrassing to admit that the last chance you get to take down Trump hinges on a millennial's gossip memo.

If this scenario had played out eight years ago and a whistleblower had filed a complaint against Barack Obama's regime, who do you think would have named name(s) first? My money's on Rachel Maddow at MSNBC.

Ciaramella's name will eventually and officially come out on the air, in print or through the 'net. One of the alleged grownups in the media will soften the ground by naming him and citing RCI. Then the rest of the media mob will publish their own bits, citing their own sources who are "close to the whistleblower but granted anonymity to protect" something no one cares about protecting. Trust wrecked.

Ironically, it will be that wrecked trust that all but guarantees to help a landslide win for Donald Trump a year from now.

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