As Release of the IG Report Grows Imminent, NBC Narrative Engineers Shift to Deflecting Attention From DOJ/FBI Coup Conspirators

There are two things to keep in mind as we consider the shift to a defensive posture in the current reporting about the investigations being conducted by the DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz and US Attorney John Durham.

First, the IG Report has already been reviewed, either directly by those involved in the attempted coup, or by those aligned with the coup plotters.  They know what’s coming and are now building a narrative to put the least damaging possible face on it.

Second, different media outlets are tasked with creating explanations (propaganda) for different departments they are aligned with within government.  These are the narrative engineers.

The media aligns thusly:

  • DOJ/FBI with the New York Times and NBC
  • CIA/ODNI with the Washington Post and ABC
  • State Department with CNN and CBS

Leaks from these departments are then engineered into “news” stories used to either attack a threatening target (Donald Trump) or to create a defensive position to minimize fallout to the particular department.

In usual times we see the reporting from any aligned news outlets picked up and circulated by the others.  

Essentially, it becomes a reporting echo chamber similar to the circular reporting we witnessed when multiple sources reported the same allegations contained within the Steele dossier as though it was flowing from multiple, unaffiliated sources.

These are not usual times, however, and it appears the rats are scurrying for cover.  

With the DOJ IG Report now having been reviewed by all parties, we are witnessing the Times and NBC narrative engineers attempting to frame the coming report in the best possible light for the DOJ/FBI.

The Times and NBC became the first to defend their aligned department having been alerted by their assigned leakers as to what’s in the DOJ IG Report.

(NBC News)  A review launched by Attorney General William Barr into the origins of the Russia investigation has expanded significantly amid concerns about whether the probe has any legal or factual basis, multiple current and former officials told NBC News.

The prosecutor conducting the review, Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham, has expressed his intent to interview a number of current and former intelligence officials involved in examining Russia’s effort to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, including former CIA Director John Brennan and former director of national intelligence James Clapper, Brennan told NBC News.

Durham has also requested to talk to CIA analysts involved in the intelligence assessment of Russia’s activities, prompting some of them to hire lawyers, according to three former CIA officials familiar with the matter. And there is tension between the CIA and the Justice Department over what classified documents Durham can examine, two people familiar with the matter said.

The article is an exercise in obfuscation.  

Over more than 1200 words, narrative engineers Ken Dilanian, Julia Ainsley, and Tom Winter mention corrupt former FBI Director James Comey once.  Former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe once. Both, only in passing. And, Peter Stzrok twice.  

The three are mentioned together in the 21st paragraph of their article. Strzok is mentioned again in the 23rd paragraph.  That’s it. Read it for yourself.

The narrative NBC is attempting to plant bypasses the DOJ IG Report and goes straight to the much broader Durham investigation.

NBC is attempting to implicate the CIA and its former Director John Brennan to take the spotlight off of the DOJ/FBI conspirators prior to the release of, what’s been characterized as a damning IG Report.

(Read on) A review launched by Attorney General William Barr into the origins of the Russia investigation has expanded significantly amid concerns about whether the probe has any legal or factual basis, multiple current and former officials told NBC News.

The prosecutor conducting the review, Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham, has expressed his intent to interview a number of current and former intelligence officials involved in examining Russia’s effort to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, including former CIA Director John Brennan and former director of national intelligence James Clapper, Brennan told NBC News.

Durham has also requested to talk to CIA analysts involved in the intelligence assessment of Russia’s activities, prompting some of them to hire lawyers, according to three former CIA officials familiar with the matter. And there is tension between the CIA and the Justice Department over what classified documents Durham can examine, two people familiar with the matter said.

Pretty sure that the narrative engineers at the Washington Post and ABC are waiting for the IG Report to drop before returning fire on Comey.

It may be time to pop the corn.