The media is about to give Devin Nunes exactly what he wants

The Republican's ridiculous "memo" about the Russia investigation needs to be handled with skepticism and respect for the truth — not "winners and losers" drivel

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes.
(Image credit: AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

It's safe to say that right at the moment, only people obsessed with politics know what the words "Nunes memo" mean. But very soon everyone else may learn, because the memo in question is likely to be publicly released. Prepared by Republican staffers of the House Intelligence Committee and championed by the chair, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), it makes a case that the FBI is at the heart of a conspiracy to destroy President Trump, and the entire Russia investigation is hopelessly compromised by this hideous anti-Trump bias. When the memo is released, there will be a burst of news coverage that could well end up misinforming the public and serving exactly the purposes of confusion and calumny that Nunes, his Republican colleagues, and President Trump intend.

Since I'm a low down dirty liberal pundit, I'm reasonably sure that the memo is going to be complete garbage. Given what a clown Nunes has shown himself to be, given how ludicrous the underlying theory is (that the FBI — the FBI! — is a den of liberal conspirators), given how crazily Republicans have been acting, and given what has been said about it by the few people who know what's in the memo and aren't desperately committed to protecting President Trump, I feel quite comfortable making that prediction.

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Paul Waldman

Paul Waldman is a senior writer with The American Prospect magazine and a blogger for The Washington Post. His writing has appeared in dozens of newspapers, magazines, and web sites, and he is the author or co-author of four books on media and politics.