A lot of people owe Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) an apology today. For the past eight months, Rep. Gaetz has been viciously smeared in a story that was completely fabricated by the FBI and the New York Times. Everything that the mainstream media – including Fox News – said about Gaetz was a lie, and everything that Gaetz said about the alleged “federal investigation” of him was true. Gaetz was not under investigation for “child sex trafficking;” his family was being extorted for money. And on Monday, the head of the extortion scheme pleaded guilty in federal court.
When will Matt Gaetz be getting an apology for this?
A lot of people on the right threw Matt Gaetz under the bus when this obviously false story was planted in the New York Times back in March. Gaetz was accused by the media (not by the FBI) of transporting a child across state lines and passing her around for sex. Child sex trafficking – the worst possible crime that a grown man can be accused of. I was furious at the time that so many on the right distanced themselves from Matt Gaetz because this story was so obviously false.
What were people thinking? We don’t have the same “media” in this country as we had 20 years ago. The media today is not prone to liberal bias, while making occasional fact errors and boo-boos in their reporting. The media we have today makes s**t up out of thin air, often with the help of the Trump-hating intelligence agencies.
Do you think I’m exaggerating?
Russian collusion! The media was all-in for nearly four years on a completely fabricated-out-of-thin-air story that Putin stole the election from Hillary. There were never any Russians. There was never any collusion. There was no tape of incontinent hookers in a Moscow hotel room. It was FAKE NEWS from top to bottom.
Brian Sicknick! Remember that time when Trump insurrectionists beat Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick to death with a fire extinguisher on the worst day in history, January 6? Oh, except that blood libel was a total lie and Sicknick died of a stroke.
Kyle Rittenhouse! The white supremacist Kyle Rittenhouse murdered three black people during a peaceful protest in Kenosha, WI. Lie after lie after lie.
Hunter’s laptop! The laptop was totally Russian misinformation, right?
Oh, I can keep going! In 2016, the media reported that Russia had hacked the US electrical grid and shut off the power in Vermont during the winter. Total lie. Starting in 2017, the media reported that Russia was attacking US diplomats in Cuba and other places with a secret microwave weapon. The “Havana syndrome” fake news story persists to this day, even though Tucker Carlson handily debunked it in September of this year.
Remember that time when Donald Trump created a secret internet server to communicate with a bank in Russia? Fake news. Or the time when Don Jr. was offered advance access to the Wikileaks files? Except it turned out that the files had been released two days prior to that.
The media completely fabricates stories out of thin air to advance the Democrat Party’s power and to hurt people on the right. But all of a sudden, when a story about Matt Gaetz being a child sex trafficker shows up in the New York Times, that must be true? What were people on the right thinking when they tossed Gaetz under the bus? “Oh, well, the New York Times must have it right on this story!”
An attorney was trying to extort $25 million from Matt Gaetz’s family. Gaetz and his father had text messages and emails proving this, and Gaetz’s father recorded the extortionists on a wiretap. When an unnamed FBI agent who was friends with the extortionists found out that the extortionist group was about to be busted – by a different group of FBI agents – that first agent leaked the fake child sex trafficking story to the New York Times, which the paper immediately reported to smear Matt Gaetz.
It was all a lie from the very beginning. The leader of the extortion group, Florida attorney Stephen Alford, changed his plea to guilty in federal court on Monday. He now admits that it was an extortion scheme against Matt Gaetz’s family. Alford faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. And everyone who believed this story for one second now owes Matt Gaetz an apology.