You almost have to feel sorry for the hopeful, confused, battered liberals who get their news from once-respected-but-now-utterly-fake sources like Newsweek. Of all the iconic media outlets that have thrown away their reputation in search of the clickbait cash that bashing President Trump brings in, Newsweek has to be one of the worst. They even give CNN a run for their money when it comes to abandoning principles of journalism in the interest of furthering their leftist agenda. There is no low to which they will not sink, no liberal nutball to whom they will not pander.
Just take a look at this headline: Hillary Clinton Could Still Become President if Russia Probe Finds Conspiracy Evidence.
If this were printed in the New York Times, we would actually be angry, if not a little worried. But even the Times has some standards. Newsweek? Not so much. So this headline doesn’t even get our blood pressure boiling. If anything, it’s hard to hold back the guffaws. It was one thing to peddle the “Hillary could still win it” nonsense when the Electoral College had yet to vote – there was, indeed, a one-in-a-million chance that they could overturn the rightful results of the election. No one with any sense thought it would happen, but you could at least see where the desperate “I’m With Her” voters were getting their sense of hope from.
This, though. This is just sad.
Newsweek spoke to Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig, who has been shopping his pet theory about how exactly Clinton could still ascend to the presidency. In an essay last year, Lessig said it would go something like this: The Mueller probe would uncover evidence that Trump conspired with Russia to steal the election, Congress would impeach him and Mike Pence or they would resign, Paul Ryan would assume the presidency, Ryan would nominate Hillary to be his Vice President, Ryan would step aside, presto-chango, Hillary Clinton becomes the President of the United States!
Got all that?
The remarkable thing is that, even with a few months with which to recognize the absurdity of his science fiction scenario, Lessig still stands behind it. Well, sort of.
“This is one way it could happen,” Lessig told Newsweek. “But that’s very different from saying I think it will happen, or should happen, or [that] the evidence is there for it to happen.”
He conceded that there has not been “any evidence that’s come out that’s resolved the question of whether there was some conspiracy to steal the election.”
Which, we assume, is just one of the many inconvenient facts standing in the way of Lessig’s theory. Thankfully, though, none of them stopped Newsweek from running with that headline. We needed the laugh.