Former longtime CBS News anchor Dan Rather took to Facebook on Wednesday to implore his fellow Americans to ignore the “trained monkey dancing in the corner” and remain focused on potential collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign team.
A flurry of unfounded allegations clutter our news feeds. Susan Rice. Wiretapping of the Trump team by President Obama. The latest Fox News induced Twitter rant.
The smoke machine is turned on. There’s a trained monkey dancing in the corner. The magician is buckling his cufflinks. The misdirection meter is turned up full. We cannot let ourselves be distracted.
It is baseball season so perhaps the age-old admonition of youth coaches across the country is warranted. “Keep your eyes on the ball.”
We know that Russia – led by a former KGB agent – actively worked to undermine our election. We know that there are serious investigations into collision between Trump associates and Russian operatives. That is the story. Everything else is just noise and dust until proven otherwise.