CNN, the bastion of Fake News, has lived up to its reputation once again.
Their hatred of Trump has clouded their editorial judgment. The network—which claims to be unbiased—will publish any story that reflects badly on President Trump.
Their latest hit job on the president was so bad that even The New York Times contradicted their reporting.
And The Times isn’t known for being friendly to Trump either.
CNN erroneously reported that the CIA removed an intelligence asset from Russia because of the intelligence community’s concern over Trump’s handling of classified information.
The source, currently unnamed, was a valuable informant due to his proximity to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The exfiltration of the source is a big loss for the American intelligence community. The source provided the CIA with a treasure-trove of information regarding the inner workings of the Kremlin.
Everything Wrong With The Report
However, CNN’s report was full of holes.
CNN originally reported that “in a previously undisclosed secret mission in 2017, the United States successfully extracted from Russia one of its highest-level covert sources inside the Russian government, multiple Trump administration officials with direct knowledge told CNN.
A person directly involved in the discussions said that the removal of the Russian was driven, in part, by concerns that President Donald Trump and his administration repeatedly mishandled classified intelligence and could contribute to exposing the covert source as a spy.
The decision to carry out the extraction occurred soon after a May 2017 meeting in the Oval Office in which Trump discussed highly classified intelligence with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and then-Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. The intelligence, concerning ISIS in Syria, had been provided by Israel.
The disclosure to the Russians by the President, though not about the Russian spy specifically, prompted intelligence officials to renew earlier discussions about the potential risk of exposure, according to the source directly involved in the matter.”
Sounds bad for the president, doesn’t it?
It would be…if the story was true.
The CIA vehemently denied CNN’s report. The agency released a statement that said the following:
“CNN’s narrative that the Central Intelligence Agency makes life-or-death decisions based on anything other than objective analysis and sound collection is simply false. Misguided speculation that the President’s handling of our nation’s most sensitive intelligence—which he has access to each and every day—drove an alleged exfiltration operation is inaccurate.”
The CIA’s statement is even more damning because the agency rarely speaks about intelligence operations publicly.
It wasn’t Trump’s mishandling of intelligence that caused the undercover agent to be removed from Russia; it was the mainstream media!
That’s right. CNN neglected to share that fact in their report. How convenient.
Even The NYT Says They’re Wrong
But don’t take my word for it. Read the following from The New York Times:
“The decision to extract the informant was driven ‘in part’ because of concerns that Mr. Trump and his administration had mishandled delicate intelligence, CNN reported. But former intelligence officials said there was no public evidence that Mr. Trump directly endangered the source, and other current American officials insisted that media scrutiny of the agency’s sources alone was the impetus for the extraction.”
You know CNN did a terrible job reporting when they’re being contradicted by The New York Times.
Multiple stories they reported during the Trump-Russia hoax proved, in the end, to be false, most famously that Donald Trump Jr. received an early look at the Wiki-Leaks emails that were stolen from the DNC, and that Michael Cohen had knowledge that Donald Trump knew about the meeting between Don Jr. and Russian operatives at Trump Tower.
This isn’t the first time that CNN has reported inaccurately about President Trump, and it likely won’t be the last.