CNN needed a “news hook” … The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway and the Daily Caller’s Chuck Rosseach noticed something jaw-dropping in the Comey memos released yesterday. James Comey’s meeting with Donald Trump to discuss the existence of the Fusion GPS Russian dossier was held at the insistence of former Obama administration director of national intelligence James Clapper. Why did Clapper suggest that Comey hold the meeting? Because CNN – which months later would become his employer – needed a “news hook” to talk about the dossier, already in the news organization’s possession. No, this is not a joke.
In mid-March, we learned that Clapper was reportedly CNN’s source for the meeting. Yesterday we found out that the meeting took place at Clapper’s urging, according to Comey, who wrote, “I said there was something that Clapper wanted me to speak to the [president-elect] about alone or in a very small group.”
Not only is CNN selectively reporting facts, it is apparently conspiring to manufacture news events with people the company later rewards with contributor contracts. Is it any wonder why people don’t trust the media?
Of course no “big surprises” … After the Comey memos were released yesterday, the aforementioned Mr. Clapper went on CNN and said he didn’t think “there were any big surprises” in the memos. Of course there were no big surprises to him, because he already knew that he suggested Comey brief Trump so that news organization could report on the salacious and unverified dossier. Watch the interview here. It is a master class in obfuscation.
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