Oh the irony of the former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden lamenting that we live in a “post fact world.” The media just isn’t telling the truth anymore. The CIA will set us straight.
But what does Hayden have to compare modern journalism to? He is probably just angry at all the media outlets that don’t work directly for the CIA.
It is a known fact that the CIA payed thousands of journalists from mainstream outlets to promote a CIA agenda. It was called Project Mockingbird which Bush Sr. “ended” (which really just means renamed and shuffled around).
And now Hayden is running around fear mongering about Trump and Breitbart. They are selling a phony world view, he says, and that’s only okay when the CIA does it!
Former CIA Director Michael Hayden on Monday criticized the pro-Donald Trump bloc of conservative media for advancing what he deemed to be an “illegitimate” world view.
“There are some outlets that have incredibly powerful lenses by which they view the facts they collect,” Hayden told Business Insider in a sit-down interview. “I think the Breitbart and the likes are off the chart in terms of shaping data to meet the preconceptions.”
It was under Michael Hayden that the NSA implemented it’s monitoring of email, search, and communications data. So if anyone should have an idea of the “true” worldview of Americans, I suppose it would be him. But that doesn’t mean he is going to tell it to us straight.
This is the same guy that had to obstruct investigations into the Operation PRISM and CIA waterboarding. He is the master of promoting a phony worldview. And now he thinks Trump is going over the top when he turns the tables and brings up the illegal doings of the United States government, and its propensity for corruption.
Hayden has also criticized the way Trump talks about the dangers of Islam, stating:
…we seem to be living the narrative of our jihadist enemies… We seem to be living the version of us that the jihadists are telling the broader world of Islam. “They hate us, they all hate us, there can be no peace.”
This should tell us something about Hayden’s true agenda.
He wants to take the focus away from the corruption of the intelligence community, and focus it on what Trump says. Hayden wants to promote the worldview that the Islam is not so scary, it’s just a few bad apples. And he wants to make sure that the “illegitimate worldview” that the government is the enemy of a free people doesn’t gain too much traction.
True, when Trump believes lies from the media, he could waste tax dollars investigating something that was all made up.
But it was the CIA’s lies on the intelligence about Saddam Hussein’s Weapons of Mass Destruction that dragged the U.S. into over a decade of war.
So who is likely to do more damage? I would rather Trump listen to Breitbart than the CIA if it means avoiding endless war, and instead turning the investigatory focus towards other government agencies.
But to literally have the same guy who started mass spying on Americans via the NSA criticize anyone’s claims about wiretapping, is just beyond ironic. Sorry Hayden, but you just aren’t a reliable source to comment on this issue.