We've documented how WorldNetDaily has been trying to paint corrupt ex-congressman (and close WND buddy) Steve Stockman as a victim of the "Deep State" through his conviction on 23 counts of financial crimes. Now Stockman has been sentenced, and WND is still clinging to its conspiracy theory.
An anonymously written Nov. 8 article states:
Former Texas Congressman Steve Stockman, a conservative whose criminal charges, trial and conviction on financial crimes have been characterized by supporters as a “Deep State” attack, has been given 10 years in prison by a federal judge.
WND reported last summer the congressman was convicted of using money from mega-donors for personal and campaign expenses.
His supporters have promised multiple appeals claiming that his campaign against the “Deep State” in Washington prompted the attack on him.
Stockman’s family said in a statement he also was ordered to pay more than $1 million in restitution, to be divided among three defendants.
WND censored the prosection's case against Stockman, instead suggesting that his prosecution was retaliation for his trying to have then-Internal Revenue Service chief Lois Lerner arrested in the midst of a controversy over alleged extra scrutiny of nonprofit applications for right-wing special interest groups.
This was followed on Nov. 12 by another rant from Rachel Alexander, whom we last saw perpetuating those "Deep State" conspiracy theories and laughably insisting that "almost anyone" could get charged with mail fraud and money laundering like Stockman did. She's still conspiratorial:
The U.S. Department of Justice is full of deep state operatives. They have continued conducting political witch hunts against vocal conservatives under the Trump administration. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions did nothing to stop it. The deep state went after Stockman hard because he was a threat. They wanted to silence him and make an example out of him, so others would be hesitant to follow in his footsteps.
Sadly, most of the conservative media haven’t reported on this corruption. They are running articles that rubber stamp the press releases from the DOJ.
Pushing a conspiracy is much easier than reporting facts, but it also means nobody takes you seriously as a "news" organization and you start facing extinction-level events. WND still hasn't figured that out.