GOP reps want to know why Dems reportedly leaking ‘misinterpreted’ intel to NYT isn’t a ‘bigger story’

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According to a report published Tuesday, congressional Democrats misinterpreted information provided to them by U.S. intelligence officials earlier this month and then fed that misinterpreted information — or misinformation — to The New York Times.

The Times then published that misinformation in a “bombshell” report last week that falsely claimed Russia has been actively seeking to boost President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign. After the report’s publication, it soon spread to all corners of the Net, including the one inhabited by House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff:

Speaking with NBC this week, however, unnamed U.S. intelligence officials confirmed that the misinformation provided to the Times by congressional Democrats was bullschiff.

Moreover, NBC revealed that the Democrats responsible for funneling misinformation to the Times were the same ones on Schiff’s House Intelligence Committee.

“At issue is the secret analysis presented to the House Intelligence Committee Feb. 13 by the top intelligence official in charge of election security, Shelby Pierson,” NBC reported.

Current and former officials who spoke to NBC News this week say the misinformation and controversy surrounding that briefing have left them on the defensive.”

According to NBC, these officials have pinned the blame for this information specifically on “misinterpretation by some Democratic lawmakers.”

“Two intelligence officials told NBC News this week that Pierson did not tell lawmakers that intelligence showed Russia was actively working to help the president’s re-election campaign,” network revealed.

What’s unclear is whether the original information was genuinely misinterpreted, or whether congressional Democrats purposefully fed disinformation to the Times.

That being said, the very fact that congressional Democrats leaked misinformation or disinformation to the press seems like it ought to be a “bigger story,” according to House Oversight Committee ranking member Mark Meadows and other critics.


What’s known is that, as a member of the left-wing establishment media, NBC tried to downplay the Democrats’ culpability by citing “nuance.”

“As with most intelligence, there is nuance,” its report continued. “Weeks before the briefing, Pierson said publicly that the Russians were continuing to interfere in American politics through disinformation on social media and other means. And the intelligence officials who spoke to NBC News did not dispute that she told the House the analysis suggests the Russians favor Trump — a preference the Russians displayed during the 2016 election, the U.S. intelligence community publicly concluded.”

But none of this negates the fact that misinformation was spread.

NBC also tried to downplay the actual information itself by claiming that this “was also true in the 2016 election … the Russians at first sought to sow chaos, then moved to actively supporting Trump.”

The clear-cut anti-Trump bias is stunning …

It’s also ironic given that Russia’s true goal is to use misinformation and disinformation to “cloud the truth and erode our ability to find it,” according to David Porter, the assistant section chief of the FBI’s Foreign Influence Task Force.

“The primary objective is not to create a particular version of the truth but rather to cloud the truth and erode our ability to find it, creating a sentiment that no narrative or news source can be trusted at all,” he said during a recent election security conference.

But instead of holding either the Democrats (particularly Schiff) or themselves accountable for sharing misinformation and/or disinformation, the media have been busy attacking the president over his coronavirus response.

And this despite, ironically enough again, the misinformation and disinformation they’ve been caught sharing about this virus:


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