CNN’s Chris Cuomo joined his network and colleagues in sticking his head in the sand over the “fake scandal” surrounding Susan Rice.
Cuomo dismissed the controversy around the former national security adviser, claiming the reports that Rice requested to unmask the identities of President Trump’s transition team members named in classified documents are being “peddled by right-wing media.”
“So President Trump wants you to believe that he is the victim of a ‘crooked scheme,’ ” Cuomo began the segment on CNN’s “New Day” Tuesday.
“Those are his words. And here are our words: There is no evidence of any wrongdoing,” he continued. “And, in fact, if anything the NSA asking for identities was a reflection of exactly how much traffic there was involving Trump people and foreign players,”
“The White House blasting the press for not reporting on another fake scandal being peddled by right-wing media,” he said.
This is how CNN opened its Susan Rice segment this morning. What an embarrassment. pic.twitter.com/LpVN9iIjqu
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) April 4, 2017
“That Susan Rice story is fake. We know this because Susan Rice’s friend says so.”
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) April 4, 2017
Cuomo’s words echoed those of CNN host Don Lemon and the network’s national security correspondent, Jim Sciutto, on Monday. Lemon slammed the Trump administration and announced CNN would not “aid and abet” anyone trying to “misinform” viewers with the Rice story, which he called a “diversion.”
Sciutto claimed the story was “largely ginned up, partly as a distraction from this larger investigation.”
On the Susan Rice unmasking story:
Don Lemon: A “diversion”
Jim Sciutto: “Distraction”
Chris Cuomo: “Fake scandal”https://t.co/w5VuzwebnJ
— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) April 4, 2017
CNN’s sudden journalistic grandstanding came in spite of reports by multiple media outlets that the former Obama aide had asked to know the names in the intelligence briefings and had ordered “detailed spreadsheets” to be made of legal phone calls involving Trump and his aides during the election campaign.
Cuomo and his CNN team seem to really want viewers to ignore the story as they barrel ahead in their attack of all things-Trump, even if it defies national security.
Twitter users, many of them journalists, condemned Cuomo and his network.
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Oh @ChrisCuomo …
Just when I think you can’t embarrass yourself any more thoroughly, you go and re-set the bar.
cc @johncardillo https://t.co/HA8ceVRJFM
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) April 4, 2017
@BecketAdams They’re as sure of Rice’s innocence as they’re sure of Trump’s wrongdoing.
— GregEsq (@GregEsq) April 4, 2017
@KurtSchlichter @ChrisCuomo @johncardillo When does CNN get declared an organ of the DNC and lose its journalistic privileges?
— GRAND IMPERIAL (@Orangwutang) April 4, 2017
@jaketapper Curious your reaction to Chris Cuomo this morning calling Susan Rice story “fake news”. And Don Lemon saying same last night. ?
— Cville-ian (@Lalvahoo) April 4, 2017
So @CNN @donlemon and @ChrisCuomo air a fake dossier on @realDonaldTrump but tell viewers to ignore real news on Susan Rice. @CNN #fakenews pic.twitter.com/elwiSsvoAX
— Subdivided MAGA (@IrishMaga) April 4, 2017
@ChrisCuomo unbelievable! You gave Susan Rice a defense! Why not just report the news!
— Ron. Lybrand (@RonLybrand) April 4, 2017
That was a courtesy never extended to Bush (that I recall), and will almost certainly never be extended to Trump.
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) April 4, 201
@BecketAdams Is anybody other than CNN pushing back this hard? If not… Why are they choosing this moment to fall on their sword?
— Timothy Buktu (@IBeatDeadHorses) April 4, 2017
@HashtagGriswold @davidharsanyi Well, if “an associate of Rice” says that evidence against her is actually no big deal, I guess that settles it. Good journalisming, @CNN ?
— Brian D Brown (@briandb03) April 4, 2017
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