Read time: 1 minute

Samantha Bee Exposes Man Who Invented The Ukraine-Biden Conspiracy Theory

Peter Schweizer specializes in crafting bizarre and false conspiracy theories against Democrats, but this one may end up biting back.

I've written a lot about Peter Schweizer and his Bob-and-Becca-funded "Government Accountability Institute" in the past, but Samantha Bee lays him out in under 8 minutes.

First, she disposes with the whole stupid conspiracy theory: "It's bullshit. Explainer over."

"So who the hell is Peter Schweizer, and how does he keep Schweizing us?" Bee wonders aloud. I asked the same question in 2016 when Steve Bannon and Schweizer teamed up to not only release a book full of ridiculous conspiracy theories but also convinced The New York Times to mainstream them.

Samantha Bee explains it brilliantly: Schweizer "devised a clever way to use the mainstream media against liberal politicians: Just gather a bunch of provocative but unrelated facts about a Democrat and pretend they point to a nefarious plot that's completely unsupported by those facts, then, instead of feeding them into the right-wing media fever swamp, feed them to respectable mainstream outlets that, in their desperate quest for balance, will investigate, promote, and legitimize the story, allowing it to spew all over the news ecosystem."

Yep, that's it in a nutshell.

Schweizer did it with Hillary Clinton in 2016, "and now the media are falling for the same scam all over again," Bee explained. "The good news is that this time his scheme backfired and it may lead to Trump's impeachment."

But there is bad news, too. Schweizer almost certainly has further plans for 2020, Bee says, like "a book suggesting that Elizabeth Warren owns a condo in North Korea" or something.

Watch the entire segment above. She nails it.

Can you help us out?

For 17 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit, but now Facebook is drowning us in an ocean of right wing lies. Please give a one-time or recurring donation, or buy a year's subscription for an ad-free experience. Thank you.

More C&L Coverage

Discussion

New Commenting System

Our comments are now powered by Insticator. In order to comment you will need to create an Insticator account. The process is quick and simple. Please note that the ability to comment with a C&L site account is no longer available.

We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service (revised 3/17/2016) for information on our posting policy.

Please Do Not Use the Login Link at the Top of the Site.

In order to comment you must use an Insticator account. To register an account, enter your comment and click the post button. A dialog will then appear allowing you create your account.

We will be retiring our Crooks and Liars user account system in January, 2021.

Thank you.
C&L Team