Their narrative was first a non-narrative. They ignored the story, until they were able to concoct a response behind the scenes to what people were saying about Susan Rice.
Then, they acknowledged the reports finally, but said that it was a non-story, because none of it was true. It didn’t happen. Republicans were making stuff up. It’s all conspiracy theory based on Trump’s lying tweet about being ‘wiretapped.’ They’re just desperately trying to make his lie the truth.
Now, they’re acknowledging the reports that were publicized in conservative media circles, and they’re acknowledging that Susan Rice did in fact ‘unmask’ members of the Trump team during surveillance operations. But their narrative is now that Rice did nothing illegal. She was just doing her job.
Wouldn’t you know it, they’re now saying that this ‘war on Susan Rice’ is racist and sexist. Check out this conversation on MSNBC with host Chris Matthews, David Corn of Mother Jones, and Simon Marks:
CHRIS MATTHEWS: Okay, Bates Motel. Anyway, Mike Huckabee tweeted yesterday: “[Donald Trump] will await apology from the media now that revealed that Susan Rice unmasked names. Orange jumpsuit in her size?”
MATTHEWS: I mean, Huckabee has no shame. These guys are trooping along, like camp followers of Trump.
SIMON MARKS: They’re looking for a pinata? They found one in Susan Rice. I do think —
MATTHEWS: Notice it’s always a female? Just a thought.
MARKS: — well, that’s true. That’s also true. But I do think she slightly played into her hand — into their hands.
MATTHEWS: Typhoid Mary?
MARKS: No. Clearly not. But the best things Susan Rice could do is not —
MATTHEWS: Susan Rice’s job is to watch national security. As she told Andrea today, our colleague, she made it very clear what she was doing was when she saw an American name show up in a surveillance of a foreign perhaps agent, she wanted to know who that was. What’s wrong with that?
CORN: There’s nothing wrong.
MATTHEWS: What’s wrong with that?
MARKS: I don’t think there’s necessarily anything wrong with it. I think, unfortunately for Susan Rice, she’s given two contradictory interviews, an interview to PBS a couple weeks ago where she said nothing to see here and then this interview.
MATTHEWS: She said there was no surveillance. She wasn’t saying she didn’t pick up some names by asking through proper authorities who’s are they talking about.
CORN: You know and at —
MATTHEWS: By the way, this is all after the election. This wasn’t politics. Go ahead.
CORN: — at the end of the day, we need some element of decency. When Rand Paul gets out there and says she’s abused this right, there is not an iota of evidence that she’s abused anything. Calling her Typhoid Mary? She — all we know now is that she did her job. Did she do something wrong? There is no information indicating that. So they are making her, you know, basically they’re defaming her without any reason to do so because she’s a woman. Maybe because she’s a black woman. Maybe because they didn’t like her during Benghazi. This is all about the —
MATTHEWS: A little British commentary from me right now. Remember that scene in Man for All Seasons where Henry the Eighth, Robert Shaw, steps ento the muddy water when he gets off the boat and all the courtiers jump into the water with him. That’s what we’re watching, led by Huckabee.
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