CNN political analyst Carl Bernstein was on Anderson Cooper talking about the tabloid material that supposedly came from a former British intelligence official.
Bernstein defended the embarrassing information, saying that reporting is “the best obtainable version of the truth.” And if that report was the best obtainable version of the truth, then that’s why the intelligence community saw fit to present it to the President and the President-elect.
How far does this “journalistic” rule go? Now, all of a sudden, embarrassing material on any public official – as long as it’s from a “reputable” source like a former intelligence official – is fair game to publish? How about this? Blackwater founder and former Navy Seal Erik Prince alleged that the NYPD had all sorts of damning information on the Clintons that they were going to public with if the feds refused. Was that simply the “best obtainable version of the truth?”
Carl Bernstein also said that Donald Trump’s senior advisor Kellyanne Conway is a ‘propaganda minister’ after her interview with Anderson Cooper. Here’s what he said:
“Not in the least, and let’s talk about what reporting is. It’s the best obtainable version of the truth. That’s what that story is, the best obtainable version of the truth is that the chief intelligence officials of the United States of America saw this material, thought that it deserved investigation, thought that it ought to be brought to the attention of the president of the United States and to the president-elect. That is the best obtainable version of the truth.
“And another thing about anonymous sources, one of the great anonymous sources of our era is Kellyanne Conway. She does it every day, she has been an anonymous source for the last ten months particularly during this campaign when it suits her, and it’s time to talk about what we do as journalists, and what propaganda ministers do, and that is what she is, is a propaganda minister.
“And what we’ve seen here tonight is a deconstruction of the journalistic process. And we did our work and you can deconstruct it, and it comes down to, look, the chief officials of the United States intelligence community believed they had something urgent enough to bring to the attention of the president, and the president-elect of the United States. That is a story.”
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