As we reported here, here and here, federal authorities arrested 25-year-old federal contractor Reality Leigh Winner for allegedly leaking classified NSA information to the media. As we noted, she has quite the history of radicalism, including a pledge to side with Iran in the event of war — something that would be seen as an act of treason in saner times. But you’d never know that if you relied on the anti-Trump propaganda machine known as the mainstream media. On Tuesday, Newsbusters reported that the so-called “Big Three” — ABC, NBC and CBS — basically ignored her history while trying to portray her as apolitical.
According to Nicholas Fondacaro (Edited for graphic language):
During his report on NBC Nightly News, Justice Correspondent Pete Williams passed along her family’s claim that “she wasn’t highly political,” and Anchor Lester Holt claimed her “motive is a mystery.” But in reality, Winner was anything but silent about her political views.
***Caution, Winner’s social media posts contain very strong language***
In a tweet she wrote earlier this year, she smeared Trump saying: “the most dangerous entry to this country was the orange fascist we let into the white house.” She had tweeted profanities targeting Trump, such as #F**kingWall, #TrumpIsAC**t, and she tweeted the anti-Trump rallying cry of #notmypresident. Winners was also a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement and had said on Twitter that “being white is terrorism.”
And in a response to Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who said “We will never use our weapons against anyone, except in self-defense,” Winner proclaimed her support for Iran, writing: “There are many Americans protesting US govt aggression towards Iran. If our Tangerine in Chief declares war, we stand with you!”
@kanyewest you should make a shirt that says, "being white is terrorism"
— Sara Winners (@Reezlie) February 26, 2017
“The closest Williams came to reporting Winner’s left wing ideology was mention how ‘on Twitter, she’s no fan of Donald Trump, once calling him an ‘orange fascist.’’ But he played a clip of her mother, Billie Winner-Davis defending her daughter. ‘She is a good person. She volunteers, she does whatever she can to make the community and the world better,’ she told the press,” Fondacaro added.
On CBS Evening News, Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett merely brushed over her anti-Trump hatred. “Winner, whose social media postings sharply criticized President Trump, faces up to 10 years in prison,” he said. Garrett followed that up with a clip of her step-father, saying: “She’s dedicated, you know, to trying to make the world a better place.” CBS framed the story as Trump cracking down on government leaks. “Well, President Trump promised to crackdown and now a government contractor has been charged with leaking about Russian interference with the U.S. election,” bemoaned Anchor Scott Pelley with the headline “Leak Crackdown” behind him.
ABC’s World News Tonight ignored Winner’s political leanings all together, but on four different times, they mentioned that she was a veteran. “Reality Leigh Winner, an NSA linguist trained in Farsi and Pashto, who received an Air Force commendation medal, described by family as a patriot,” reported Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas.
Thomas couldn’t be bothered to report on Winner’s radicalism, Fondacaro said. Instead, he seemed more interested in her workout and yoga videos on Facebook. “A young woman into fitness, seen here on Facebook discussing yoga instruction and competing in weightlifting,” Thomas said.
No mention of her pledge to align with Iran, no mention of her Trump-hatred and no mention of her calling whiteness “terrorism.”
In short, the typical propaganda from the usual suspects.
Univision also ignored her radicalism while Telemundo refused to report on the incident at all, Newsbusters said.
“Winner’s political philosophy should have been a major part of the story because it can explain why she leaked classified secrets. But by omitting it from their reports, or playing it down, they falsely painted her as an apolitical person doing it for a just cause when she was likely doing it to hurt Trump. And that makes us all Loser,” Fondacaro concluded, before posting transcripts of the media coverage.
- NSA leaker Reality Winner a Bernie supporter who said she’d side with Iran in case of war
- Liberals on Twitter dub NSA leaker Reality Winner a ‘hero’
- Federal contractor Reality L. Winner arrested for leaking classified NSA intel to news outlet
- Do liberals really want a second bloody civil war over Donald Trump?
- President Trump: CBS buries report that White House leakers identified
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