This is a post written by David Satter on Hot Air.
In three paragraphs Satter describes how he is struck by the way the sources in the Steele report comport with Russian propaganda techniques.
1) A senior financial official, "source C," says the Trump operation (say what?) must be viewed in the context of Putin's desire to return to 19th-century power politics, a regular feature of Kremlin propaganda that frames Russian behavior as something other than straight up aggression.
2) The obviously fictional story about Trump hiring prostitutes to pollute the bed slept in by Obama. Satter's own Wikipedia page is altered in a similar fashion.
3) The report saying that Putin is motivated by "fear and hatred of Hillary Clinton" is typical of Russian propaganda to reduce international tensions to personality conflicts. It also distracts from the real goal of undermining American institutions.
Observation: The Steele report resembles Russian propaganda in various way.
Conclusion: The Steele report is Russian propaganda.
David Satter is familiar with these common Russian propaganda techniques but nobody who's not David Satter could possibly convincingly imitate them. No, David Satter apparently imagines that he possesses unique observations.
Why does David Satter need so desperately for the bogus report to be produced by Russians? Why is this so important to him? Man, all this penetrating political opinion and political motivation from Trump detractors, from Democrats, from Republicans, from British, from Germans, from Chinese, from Never Trumpers, from actors and singers and from activist groups is wearisome. So much easier to simply block them all out, disregard them, discard them. So much easier for David Satter to say simply, "The authors of the Steele report have Russian propaganda techniques down quite convincingly. Top trolling."
But it's not top. It's ridiculous on its face. And it's not worth the discussion it's given. And that's why media is forfeiting its authority, its validity, at light speed.