The media is reacting exactly the way we thought they would when confronted with the Susan Rice news. Any time something like pops up that comes very close to corroborating what Trump said in his March 4th tweet – which the media immediately had sloughed off as a conspiracy theory – their first response is to ignore it.
But they can’t ignore it forever. While they were ignoring it, you know what they were actually doing? Behind the scenes they were busy crafting their own response to it, creating another narrative.
Their go-to narrative always starts out as claiming that this was a ‘non-story’ that’s been ‘ginned up’ by the vast right-wing conspiracy. That’s their excuse for ignoring it for days after it broke.
While interviewing a Democratic congressman, CNN’s Chris Cuomo claimed it was “demonstrably untrue” Rice sought surveillance of the Trump team, even as that’s exactly what yesterday’s reports prove.
Over the last 24 hours, the network has also repeatedly called on its chief national security correspondent, Jim Sciutto, to dismiss the reports as a non-story; Sciutto has even excused Rice claiming ignorance of the unmasking scandal two weeks ago, arguing Rice “wasn’t aware” what unmasking Rep. Devin Nunes (D-Calif.) was referring to.
And on Tuesday’s “New Day,” anchor Alisyn Camerota openly pleaded with Sen. John McCain to write-off the news as unimportant.
One month later, the White House and the president are still trying to make a lie true. And they’re using the president’s Twitter account, the White House press briefing podium, and right wing media to do it.
Today it’s a claim that President Obama’s former security adviser Susan Rice unmasked the names of Trump’s associates. We will talk about that in detail in just a moment on this very program.
And last week, it was the debunked talking point that former Obama administration official Evelyn Farkas admitted spying on the Trump team. She did no such thing.
The week before that it was Representative Devin Nunes’ clumsy effort to give the president cover for wiretapping claims. The president said he was vindicated by Nunes. He was not. The Washington Post today calls the latest claims about Susan Rice ‘anatomy of a fake scandal, ginned up by right-wing media and Trump.’
So let us be very clear about this. There is no evidence whatsoever that the Trump team surveilled or spied on — was spied on illegally. There is no evidence that backs up the president’s original claim.
And on this program tonight, we will not insult your intelligence by pretending otherwise, nor will we aid and abet the people who were trying to misinform you the American people by creating a diversion. We’re not going to do it.
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