Politics without mainstream dissent got America into this new and more perilous Cold War with Russia, Cohen points out, and only real politics, which means struggle over policy, can diminish it. The mainstream American media still banishes real dissent, but politics often takes on a life of its own.
Read up on the author before judgment. "Russiagate" means different things to different people - and to different media outlets. Everyone's running fast-and-loose with facts, using them like convenient Legos to construct all kinds of fantasies. All of it playing into the 'fake news' meme. Filing under 'Idiocy'.