The FBI Investigation… well, the Russian colllusion investigation… wait, there was no “collusion“, it was apparently “meddling“…
Let’s start over.
The big news over the last few days has been the indictments of some Russians. The U.K. Film Awards managed to garner more passionate commentary… same reasons as with other awards.
Not making our list, but still relevant:
- Benjamin Netanyahu arrested on corruption charges in the Bezeq probe.
- Interesting, but primarily an Israel affair, and not highly in debate in the U.S.
- The Florida school shooter fall-out, including:
- The Associate Press falling for a prank and claiming Nikolas Cruz was a white supremacist
- ABC News claiming they’d confirmed that he was a member of the “Republic of Florida”
- The FBI having failed to investigate multiple warnings and calls about Nikolas Cruz
- But the debates currently do not focus on the known facts.
So on to today’s Fast Dispatch!
The Russian Indictments… were old news
That indictment of Russians by Robert Mueller we reported on… Mueller apparently didn’t even do an investigation. The Russian business magazine RBC reported on almost all of this… in October 2017! The Daily Beast and the usually-left Washington Post have more on this.
Indictments can take a while to prepare… but not four months with such detailed data. (On the flip side, Russia is denying everything via Tass.)
As we reported last week, the media is having a field day with this, analogous to a Rorschach test… whatever you believed before, you believe more now. Mueller stated that Trump and his team were not involved and didn’t know… so you may view this as proof that the Democrats are on a witch hunt. But Russians did try to get Trump elected (and then damage him… but no point really in reading that far)… which proves that Russians sided with Trump, probably based on his business dealings… if you revile Trump.
Why You Care
So far Mueller has been less than impressive. Not only has he failed to find any damning evidence in his Trump investigations but his failure to investigate other laxities, including by the FBI, aren’t looking so great.
This makes him look even less competent.
The UK Film Awards… Who Cares?
Same story, new awards show. The #metoo movement is the dominant theme at the U.K. Film Awards, AKA the “British Academy Film Awards in London,” or the BAFTAs.
The big winners were:
- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
- The Shape of Water
In an amazingly risky move given the cultural tides, , Kate Winslet, Emma Thompson, Naomie Harris, Emma Watson and Gemma Arterton signed a letter saying that 2018 should be “the year that time was up on sexual harassment and abuse.”
Oh… perhaps that wasn’t so risky on their part. Not signing would have been riskier.
The media is fawning over the letter, and over Emma Watson ( Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies) donating $1.4 million to a fund to help victims of sexual harassment. (This link has a picture of Harvey Weinstein grabbing and restraining Emma Watson… quite relevant.)
Why You Care
The media cares. If you’re passionate about #metoo or about film awards, you probably care. Otherwise, you’ll care when it comes up in Jeopardy.