Ep. 65 Did the Russians Hack the Election?

16 December 2016     |     Tom Woods     |     11

That sounds totally realistic and not at all like it was concocted by spooks.

Krugman Column

The Tainted Election” (December 12, 2016)

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Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House,” by By Adam Entous, Ellen Nakashima and Greg Miller

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  • Chris

    Funniest episode ever !!!
    Thanks, you guys !

  • Chris

    Funniest episode ever !!!
    Thanks !

  • Eric

    Nice episode. After listening I happened to watch the film “Batman V Superman.” One thing I found striking was that CNN logos were on all the TVs, and not only that but Soledad O’Brien and Anderson (Vanderbilt) Cooper (as well as Neil Degrasse Tyson, another media whore “expert” we’re all supposed to respect) all appeared as themselves, even to the point where O’Brien even signed off with her name and the lower third had Cooper’s name. With the episode discussion still fresh in my mind I realized that the whole Trump “phenomenon” was just another reality show, and the people playing the part of journalists were just acting.

    That, and because the media failed to predict the election, what with their science and computer models, they have to do a lot of navel gazing in the form of looking for a scapegoat. The Russians are convenient and always a great villain, so why not make Putin into a James Bond villain? And if they can’t accurately predict an election, what else might they be wrong about?

  • dyingalive

    Excellent episode!

  • tz1


    One member of the media he called out in particular was The New York Times’ Paul Krugman who, suggested yesterday that Trump was hoping for a 9/11-type terrorist attack to boost his popularity

    He did not refer to Krugman by name, but suggested the Times columnist was “demented.”

    “They said that I wanted to have another catastrophe like that
    because it is good for my base,” Trump said. “Anybody that says that —
    this guy is demented. He is a demented person. That is why the Times is failing.”

    • http://www.jamesbbkk.com/ jamesbbkk

      You know, not too sure about Trump’s economic ideas (having been reading Cafe Hayek among others and listening to these two for a while now – e.g. Bob’s references to high tariffs being a self-imposed blockade of sorts that usually one’s enemy would do against one’s will), but when he’s right, he’s right. That Krugman tweet was really mad.

  • http://www.jamesbbkk.com/ jamesbbkk

    Tom and Bob, could you add a segment about Krugman tweets? This one is so outrageous, and includes both economics (sort of by reference to “incentives”) and derangement in a two-fer. Thanks. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2a7fbcd637ce14129fff25e9348985ba38a6876c7a17530b62f1f9f0ff4532de.png

  • Slabby Rollerhead

    The “artifacts” referred to may have been deliberately left to cast suspicion on the Russians. The Russians know better than to leave clues.

  • ax123man

    “You know where you …”

    eh, it’s not working anymore.

    Decent episode. I wish you would have covered this on the Tom Woods show, brought in a tech guy and covered the supposed “Fancy Bear” stuff in more detail. It was a bit uncomfortable when Tom brought that up and Bob appeared a bit blindsided.

    Also, nice finish to the show. You can definitely milk that whole thing more 🙂

  • CharlesWT_TX
  • https://www.facebook.com/david.rogers.hunt David_Rogers_Hunt

    Why would Bob Murphy expect consistency from Krugman? Consistency is of value ONLY to NT Rationals, because only we care about truth and process and a trivial thing called REALITY!!!

    When has the media EVER called anyone out for inconsistency when it didn’t fit their narrative? It’s not that there is a vast left wing conspiracy, where everyone on the left is getting their instructions from on high…. it’s just that everyone understands how to act in their perceived self interest,… especially when they have never thought the whole thing through.

    Personally, I am amazed at how most everyone (including my father) are so quick to believe the Russian government did this, so let’s not discuss whatever we all learned as a result!?!? It’s not that the CIA is stupid,… it’s just lies whenever it’s told to, because that’s it’s JOB!!!

    We’re an empire now, Karl Rove nefariously asserted in 2004, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.

    For more see 2016: How Truth was Destroyed So You’d Buy the Government’s Propaganda.