It’s here, at thehill.com.
It’s written by the great Sharyl Atkisson, so it’s understandable that it would be as extraordinary as it is.
Here are some salient passages:
With the conclusions of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe now known to a significant degree, it seems apologies are in order.
However, judging by the recent past, apologies are not likely forthcoming from the responsible parties.
Whatever his supposed flaws, the rampant accusations and speculation that shrouded Trump’s presidency, even before it began, ultimately have proven unfounded. Just as Trump said all along.
Yet, each time Trump said so, some of us in the media lampooned him. We treated any words he spoke in his own defense as if they were automatically to be disbelieved because he had uttered them. Some even declared his words to be “lies,” although they had no evidence to back up their claims.
We in the media allowed unproven charges and false accusations to dominate the news landscape for more than two years, in a way that was wildly unbalanced and disproportionate to the evidence.
The Left stole two years from the country. Two years in which the will of the electorate was willfully stolen from that same electorate.
The Democrats — who actually did collude with the Russians in an attempt to rig the election — had to settle for crippling the Trump Presidency, which they succeeded in doing.
…we reported a tremendous amount of false information, always to Trump’s detriment.
In other words: the media lied, and they lied… always to Trump’s detriment. This is the very definition of a thoroughly corrupt media corps.
And when we corrected our mistakes, we often doubled down more than we apologized. We may have been technically wrong on that tiny point, we would acknowledge. But, in the same breath, we would insist that Trump was so obviously guilty of being Russian President Vladimir Putin’s puppet that the technical details hardly mattered.
Atkisson then lists the people who are owed apologies:
- Trump himself
- Carter Page
- Jerome Corsi
- Donald Trump Jr.
- A catchall: other citizens whose rights were violated or who were unfairly caught up in surveillance or the heated pursuit of charges based on little more than false, unproven opposition research paid for by Democrats and the Hillary Clinton campaign.
- To the American people who did not receive the full attention of their government while political points were being scored.
And, she lists those who need to do the apologizing:
- Those in the U.S. intelligence community, including the Department of Justice and the FBI, which allowed the weaponization of sensitive, intrusive intelligence tools against innocent citizens such as Carter Page,
- Democrats and the Hillary Clinton campaign.
- Those in the intelligence community who leaked true information out of context to make Trump look guilty, and who sometimes leaked false information to try to implicate or frame him.
- Those in the chain of command at the FBI and the Department of Justice who were supposed to make sure all information presented to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) is verified but did not do so.
- The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court judges who are supposed to serve as one of the few checks and balances to prevent the FBI from wiretapping innocent Americans
I agree with all that. It would be good to hear sincere apologies from dirtbags like Ilhan Omar or Rashida Tlaib.
Sharyl Atkisson then asks the obvious question:
Will anyone be held accountable?
And here’s the brief bio that TheHill.com published about Sharyl Atkisson:
Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) is an Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist, author of The New York Times best-sellers “The Smear” and “Stonewalled,” and host of Sinclair’s Sunday TV program, “Full Measure.”