ABC, NBC cover up revelation Susan Rice ordered unmasking of Trump team members, CBS gives cover

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On Monday, news broke that former National Security Adviser Susan Rice ordered the unmasking of Trump team members.  While Fox News, Bloomberg and the conservative blogosphere reported on the revelation first made public by Mike Cernovich, notable outlets in the so-called “mainstream media,” known here as the Democrat-media complex, either ignored the blockbuster news or defended Rice.

According to Newsbusters, ABC and NBC both chose to ignore it, while CBS defended Rice:

We learned more today about the President’s allegation that he and his aides were caught up in Obama-era surveillance,CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley said, teeing up reporter Margaret Brennan. Strangely, Pelley stayed away from flinging the fiery insults which drew him much praise from the left. Instead of calling Trump’s claims “baseless,” he kept it neutral, only referring to them as “allegations.” He also described what the concern was as “Obama-era surveillance,” something he had not done in the past.

Brennan played defense for Rice, stating: “Well, Scott, as national security adviser to the president, Susan Rice could and did request the names of individuals who were picked up during legal surveillance of foreign nationals.” She then cited unnamed sources who told her there was nothing wrong with what Rice did:

Now, according to a former national security official, Trump associates were not the sole focus of Rice’s request, but they may have been revealed when she asked to understand why they were appearing in intelligence reports. However, Rice did not spread the information according to this former official, who insisted that there was nothing improper or political involved.

Here’s video from the CBS report, courtesy of MRC:

Fox News, however, led their broadcast with the story of Rice’s involvement, Nicholas Fondacaro said, adding:

The Fox News reporter noted that when it came to statements from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes about Trump aides being swept up in incidental collection, Rice claimed she didn’t know anything. “I know nothing about this. I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that count today,” she claimed on PBS NewsHour on March 22. That is now exposed as a lie, just like then she lied about what caused the Benghazi attack.

All of that and more went unreported on the Big Three networks. Ironically during Monday’s White House press briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer called the media out for doing just that. “I think that it is interesting the level or lack of interest that I’ve seen in these developments when it goes in one direction,” he declared, referencing when the press rushed to wrongly finger NSC Director Ezra Cohen-Watnik as the source of Nunes’ information. But he, in fact, was the one who discovered Rice’s order during a review of the unmasking process. A noticeable double standard indeed.

Now we learn that Rice also ordered detailed spreadsheets covering legal phone calls involving members of the Trump team.

It’s no wonder so many no longer trust the dinosaur anti-Trump media…


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