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    The probe into the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 is being conducted by "idiots," American journalist and analyst Phil Butler said in response to the latest report on the tragedy issued by the Dutch Safety Board and its misrepresentation in the mainstream Western media.

    "Either the Dutch Safety Board (DSB) and the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) are incompetent fools, or sellout cover up artists," he stated in an opinion piece titled Dutch Safety Board & JIT On Pot. "The 'facts' have been continually leveraged, to 'insinuate' a final result, since day one of the crash," he added.

    Butler takes issue with the report itself and the media frenzy it caused. The main area of concern boils down to the following: the investigators who are supposed to be impartial seem to be bending the facts towards a specific narrative – that Russia was involved in the tragedy which claimed 298 lives.

    Butler is convinced that Russia or the self-defense forces in eastern Ukraine had nothing to do with the crash. "If either had, Obama's PR goons would have already leaked the crucial evidence by now. He needs a PR boost, just that bad," he noted.

    The mainstream media has been all too eager to jump on the "blame Russia" bandwagon.

    According to the latest DSB and JIT report, the investigators were probing several objects which could have originated from a BUK surface-to-air missile system. According to one theory mainly pushed by the West, the plane was downed by a missile launched from a BUK system.

    They also explicitly stated that "at present the conclusion cannot be drawn that there is a causal connection between the discovered parts and the crash of flight MH17."

    This is not what the mainstream media heard. The report was cited in as many as "50,000 articles proclaiming a specific type of missile system downed this airliner," Butler noted. "As was the case initially, Western media is following an agenda, and agenda determined to implicate Russia in some way," he added.

    Once again, at present the investigators are not sure what the abovementioned parts are. Even if they did come from a BUK they do not know how exactly the objects ended up on the plane crash site.

    "The only really credible report I've seen came from the Russian Defense Ministry, when they showed military aircraft in the vicinity at the time of the downing. And there was NO credibility given this candid account. Instead, we have US presidents and UK Prime Ministers, German Chancellors and French presidents, the world's biggest news names, transforming supposition and rumor into truth," Butler asserted.

    Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was heading to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed in Ukraine's southeastern Donetsk region on July 17, 2014. A final report on the cause of the tragedy is due in October. Its preliminary findings said the passenger jet broke up in mid-air after being hit by high-energy objects.

    Moscow has repeatedly called on all parties involved in the investigation to disclose data on the MH17 tragedy.

    Ukrainian government forces and independence supporters in the east of the country have repeatedly accuse each other of shooting down the Boeing 777 aircraft.

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