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9/18/20 Peter Van Buren on ‘Election Meddling’ and the Shameful State of American Journalism

9/18/20 Peter Van Buren on ‘Election Meddling’ and the Shameful State of American Journalism
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Peter Van Buren discusses yet another development in the “Russiagate” story, one that he says exposes the whole thing for what it really is. He describes the way “media watchdog” groups will discover small, insignificant websites, come up with an excuse for why they seem to be connected to Russia and then get large platforms like Facebook and Twitter to ban those sites in the name of truth and accuracy. Then mainstream publications like the New York Times will run stories about the bans, and Democrats who want to keep the narrative alive can point to the mainstream media coverage as evidence that Russia is in fact interfering in America’s elections. Van Buren says that all of this nonsense simply reveals how out of touch the party and media elites are these days, since they think stories like this will greatly move regular people.

Discussed on the show:

“Election Meddlers Find a Scapegoat” (The American Conservative)
“2/28/20 Peter Van Buren on Russiagate II and the Coronavirus Panic” (The Libertarian Institute)
“9/18/20 Nasser Arrabyee on the Continued Horrors of the War in Yemen” (The Libertarian Institute)
“Dark web voter database report casts new doubts on Russian election hack narrative” (The Grayzone)
Yesterday’s Man: The Case Against Joe Biden
“Wag the Dog (1997)” (IMDb)
“Anne Applebaum Interviews Peter Strzok” (The Atlantic)
“Trump: Americans Who Died in War Are ‘Losers’ and ‘Suckers’” (The Atlantic)
“U.S. commander: Intel still hasn’t established Russia paid Taliban ‘bounties’ to kill U.S. troops” (NBC News)
“Trump’s popularity slips in latest Military Times poll — and more troops say they’ll vote for Biden” (Military Times)
“Wholesale Slaughter of Japanese Civilians in WWII Was Evil” (The American Conservative)
“Trump Nobel Nomination: End the Peace Prize” (The Atlantic)

Peter Van Buren worked for 24 years at the Department of State including a year in Iraq. He is the author of We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People and the novel Hooper’s War. He is now a contributing editor at The American Conservative magazine.

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Scott Horton

Scott Horton is director of the Libertarian Institute, editorial director of, host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles, California and podcasts the Scott Horton Show from this website. He’s the author of the 2017 book, Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan. Visit

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