Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Sunday news-break on the Susan Rice story was by Mike Cernovich --- A ‘fake news” villain according to “60-Minutes”

One of the biggest news items yet in the “Obama ‘wiretapped’ Trump” scandal  ---  National Security Adviser Susan Rice’s hand in “unmasking” Trump,  and/or others associated with him  ---  was broken wide open by a  “journalist, documentary filmmaker and bestselling author” that CBS’  Scott Pelley on  “60-Minutes”  had recently called a “conspiracy theorist” who peddled “fake news”


Cernovich  also says that Maggie Haberman at the NY Times already had the story for about two whole days prior to his breaking it himself  ---  but that Haberman and the Times sat on it to protect Obama


Right now, the Alt-Right media is bashing the hell out of the real “fake news” purveyors,  the mainstream media,  like Maggie Haberman and the NY Times, and “60-Minutes” and CBS News



Here’s how the Daily Caller is reporting on this very complex story,  with more nooks and crevices than a properly parted English muffin:   “Mike Cernovich, a journalist who has promoted conspiracy theories and was deemed ‘fake news’ by ‘60 Minutes,’ was the first to break the news that Obama’s former national security advisor Susan Rice made requests to unmask the identities of Trump associates….   Cernovich said in his ’report Sunday that New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman knew about the Rice requests, and ‘has chosen to sit on it in an effort to protect the reputation of former President Barack Obama.’ A New York Times spokeswoman told The Daily Caller, ‘Cernovich’s claim regarding Maggie Haberman is 100 percent false.’…   Bloomberg’s Eli Lake confirmed Cernovich’s report Monday, but did not include any details about Haberman sitting on the story. Cernovich told TheDC in an interview that Lake also sat on the story over the weekend. Lake did not immediately respond to a request for comment….”  (See  “Trump Supporter Labeled ‘Fake News’ By ’60 Minutes’ Beats Everyone To Susan Rice Scoop”  by  Alex Pfeiffer, 4/3/17,  The Daily Caller/  US   [http://dailycaller.com/2017/04/03/trump-supporter-called-fake-news-by-60-minutes-beats-everyone-to-susan-rice-scoop/]).

[Please note: This blog's initial comment on this story on an earlier thread was based on an Eli Lake article which appeared in Newsmax.]


That’s enough for now,  but this “Obama ‘Wiretapped’ Trump” story is getting more interesting day by day…..

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Don Lemon on CNN has vowed not to cover story of Obama WH spying on Trump because it will distract from the real story. I thought that was the real story.

Galewyn Massey said...

RESPONSE & UPDATE: THE "DAY THAT THE MSM OFFICIALLY BECAME THE PROPAGANDA MINISTRY" EDITION

TO: THE "ANONYMOUS" COMMENTER ABOVE

THANKS FOR BELLING THAT CAT [CNN'S DON LEMON] --- A FOX NEWS COMMENTER CALLED THAT PARTICULAR REMARK BY MR. LEMON --- "... PATRONIZING..." --- HOWEVER, IT'S REALLY SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT; DON LEMON IS ALWAYS PATRONIZING

THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS NOW OBVIOUSLY TRYING TO CONTROL THE FLOW OF A STORY BY SPIKING IT --- TODAY, THEY CROSSED THE RUBICON; THEY HAVE COMPLETELY ABANDONED JOURNALISM AND HAVE OPENLY EMBRACED THEIR ROLE AS PROPAGANDISTS AND KEEPERS OF THE "OBAMA LEGACY" FLAME

CBS REPORT: PELLEY CALLS IT ALL "ALLEGATIONS" AND CBS REPORT INDICATED "RICE DID NOT SPREAD THE INFORMATION...[AND]... THERE WAS NOTHING IMPROPER OR POLITICAL INVOLVED [IN WHAT SUSAN RICE DID]" --- ON TUESDAY, NBC NEWS IMMEDIATELY CONTRADICTED IT'S "MORNING JOE" INTERVIEWEE SENATOR RAND PAUL AND DEFENDED WHAT SUSAN RICE DID


According to Alt-Right fact-checkers, Newsbusters --- "A massive revelation in the alleged surveillance of President Trump’s aides broke Monday morning when Bloomberg reported that '[f]ormer National Security Adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign.” With their identities unmasked, it allowed for someone to freely and illegally leak their names to the press. [Actually, as my post above indicated, the story broke Sunday with Mike Cernovich's report]...." (See "ABC, NBC Cover-Up Revelation Susan Rice Ordered Trump Aides Unmasked, CBS Defends [it]" by Nicholas Fondacaro, 4/3/17, MRC Newbusters [http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/nicholas-fondacaro/2017/04/03/abc-nbc-cover-revelation-susan-rice-ordered-trump-aides]).

Here's the money shot from the Newsbuster report: "It’s controversial news but ABC and NBC both chose to ignore it that night, while CBS defended Rice...."

This morning NBC News joined CBS in defending what Susan Rice did.

After libertarian Republican Senator Rand Paul appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program here's how the folks at MSNBC "reported" on all of it: "It doesn't have the ring of 'Benghazi,' or 'Whitewater,' but Republicans are seizing upon what they see as a new scandal: 'Improper unmasking.'... The issue: Did President Obama's national security adviser, Susan Rice, do something wrong when she requested that the identities of some Trump aides be 'unmasked,' or revealed to a small group of cleared government officials, after those names turned up in surveillance reports of foreigners in the waning days of the last administration?... 'Now we know that someone in the Obama administration was eavesdropping and specifically searching a databank looking for the Trump (people),' Sen. Rand Paul proclaimed Tuesday on MSNBC's Morning Joe.... IN FACT, THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF THAT. [CAPS ADDED BY ME]... Senior Obama administration officials don't dispute that Rice requested the 'unmasking' of certain Americans whose names appeared in intelligence reports resulting from eavesdropping on foreigners — meaning the foreigners were discussing the Americans or talking to them. Usually, those names are blacked out. But the blackout can be lifted if doing so is necessary to help understand the intelligence.... Requesting that is a routine thing for national security advisers to do, according to former senior officials, including Keith Alexander, who directed the National Security Agency.... (See "What Is Unmasking, and Did Susan Rice Do Anything Wrong?" by Ken Dilanian, 4/4/17, NBC News [http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/what-unmasking-did-susan-rice-do-anything-wrong-n742476]).

Anonymous said...

Facts are facts. The fact is the Obama White House did have trump operatives under surveillance. NSA director Susan Rice was in charge of it.

Galewyn Massey said...

RESPONSE & UPDATE: THE "LYIN' SUE IS LYIN' AGAIN --- BUT, STILL, SHE IMPLICATES THE FORMER PRESIDENT" EDITION

TO: "ANONYMOUS SAID... 10:39 AM"

IT'S "NSA SUSAN RICE" --- NOT "NSA DIRECTOR SUSAN RICE"; SHE WAS OBAMA'S NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER NOT THE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY UNDER OBAMA

TODAY IN HER INTERVIEW WITH NBC'S ANDREA MITCHELL, SUSAN RICE DID HER IMITATION HALF THE COMICAL SERGEANT SCHULTZ AND HALF A DEADLY SERIOUS NUREMBURG DEFENDANT --- BUT, WHAT SHE DID SAY TO ANDREA MITCHELL DOES PUT OBAMA RIGHT INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE TRUMP SURVEILLANCE MESS

Here are eleven (11) highlights of Mitchell’s interview with Rice, according to a report in Breitbart News [that interview took up the first quarter-hour of Mitchell’s show]:

"1. Rice admitted asking for the names of U.S. citizens in intelligence reports to be “unmasked.”... 2. Rice admitted asking specifically for the names of members of Donald Trump’s transition team.... 3. Rice denied leaking the name of former General Michael Flynn.... 4. Rice denied reports that she prepared a 'spreadsheet' of Trump transition staff under surveillance. 5. Rice said that even if she did request the names of citizens to be unmasked, that did not mean she leaked them.... 6. Rice admitted that the pace of intelligence reports accelerated throughout the election.... 7. Rice implied that President Obama himself ordered the compilation of intelligence reports on Trump officials. saying that '…the president requested the compilation of the intelligence, which was ultimately provided in January [2017].'... 8. Rice said that she was unaware, even while working with Flynn during the transition, that he was working for the Turkish government... 9. Rice reiterated that President Obama never tapped Trump’s phone.... 10. Rice seemed aggrieved by Trump’s claims.... 11. Rice would not say whether she would be willing to testify on Capitol Hill before Congress...." (See "11 Highlights of Susan Rice’s MSNBC Interview with Andrea Mitchell" by Joel B. Pollak, 4/4/17, Breitbart News/ Big Government [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/04/susan-rice-msnbc-interview-andrea-mitchell/]).

Anonymous said...

OMG, Rice actually said, "…the president requested the compilation of the intelligence, which was ultimately provided in January [2017]."

Anonymous said...

The only thing Rice is denying is "leaking" the spy data.

As each detail rolls out Loretta Lynch just looks like a bigger asshole each day.

Galewyn Massey said...

VERY IMPORTANT BACKFILL: THE “WHAT LYIN’ SUE SAID LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AGO” EDITION

SHE PRETENDED THAT SHE KNEW NOTHING ABOUT ANYTHING THAT HOUSE INTELLIGENCE CHAIRMAN NUNES SAID HE HAD SEEN AT THE WHITE HOUSE ABOUT INCIDENTAL INTELLIGENCE THAT INVOLVED TRUMP AND/OR HIS CAMPAIGN TEAM

According to PBS, “Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice pushed back Wednesday against President Donald Trump’s claim that he was wiretapped by the Obama administration during the 2016 election…. ‘Nothing of the sort occurred,’ Rice told PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff, in her first interview since stepping down as national security adviser when President Barack Obama left office…. Rice also took aim at the Trump White House in a Washington Post op-ed Wednesday. ‘False statements from the White House are part of a disturbing pattern of behavior that poses real and potentially profound dangers to U.S. national security,’ Rice wrote….” (See “Susan Rice on Trump’s wiretapping claim: ‘Nothing of the sort occurred.’ “ by Jessica Yarvin, 3/22/17, PBS Newshour/ Nation [http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/susan-rice-trumps-wiretapping-claim-nothing-sort-occurred/]).

More importantly, PBS noted that “…. [Rice’s] remarks came shortly after House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) met with Trump at the White House to discuss the panel’s investigation into Russia’s influence on last year’s presidential race…. Nunes told reporters after the meeting that Trump and some of his campaign officials were the subjects of ‘incidental collection’ during legal U.S. surveillance efforts of foreign targets in the months following the election….”

According to a more recent Fox News report, there were additional exculpatory remarks uttered by Rice during her PBS interview, as follows: “… Rice told PBS on March 22 that she ‘was not aware of any orders given to disseminate that information.’ She did skirt the issues of whether she herself unmasked or disseminated information outright. Rice also limited her remarks to Trump’s debunked early March tweet claiming a wiretap of Trump Tower and vague remarks made by House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes…. ‘“I know nothing about this,’ Rice said at the time. ‘I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that count today … So today, I really don’t know to what Chairman Nunes was referring. But he said that whatever he was referring to was a legal, lawful surveillance and that it was potentially incidental collection on American citizens.’...” (See “Susan Rice claimed ignorance on Trump team surveillance, before role in unmasking revealed” by Cody Derespina, 4/4/17, Fox News/ White House [http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/04/susan-rice-claimed-ignorance-on-trump-team-surveillance-before-role-in-unmasking-revealed.html]).

Anonymous said...

Nixon could only dream about doing 10% of the domestic spying Obama has.

Anonymous said...

Rice, Farkas, and others have said surveillance on Trump went on for a year. But CNN claims its all Napolitanos fault.

I'm going back to the Onion for my news

Anonymous said...

Why is Max Boot defending Rice?

Anonymous said...

When you are going to make the tens of millions of dollars in stock that Rice will be making off the Alaska pipeline you have friends in lots of places.

Anonymous said...

Remember you heard it here first. Rice will take the 5th

Galewyn Massey said...

RESPONSE & BACKFILL: THE "SUSAN RICE DOES HER MUGGSY MC GINNIS IMITATION -- OR IS IT BILL CLINTON ?" EDITION

TO: "ANONYMOUS SAID... AT 3:21 PM"

YOU SAID THAT "... THE ONLY THING RICE IS DENYING IS 'LEAKING' THE SPY DATA...." --- ACTUALLY, SUSAN RICE DID NO SUCH THING.....

AS A FORMAL MATTER, RICE'S SENTENCE, "... I LEAKED NOTHING TO NOBODY AND NEVER HAVE AND NEVER WOULD...." NOT ONLY VIOLATES PROPER SYNTAX, IT DOES NOT READILY COMMUNICATE A COHERENT OR LOGICAL THOUGHT, WITH OR WITHOUT PROPER SYNTAX


According to NBC News, Susan Rice's formulation during the part of Andrea Mitchell's interview as to whether National Security Adviser Rice was a source of leaks about General Flynn was this: ".... 'I leaked nothing to nobody and never have and never would,' Rice said...." (See "Susan Rice Speaks Out on ‘Unmasking’ Accusations: ‘I Leaked Nothing to Nobody' " by Ken Dilanian & Corky Siemaszko, 4/4/17, NBC News/ Politics> Politics News [http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/susan-rice-speaks-out-unmasking-accusations-i-leaked-nothing-nobody-n742486]).

Now, that particular formulation by Susan Rice, which has been described by many critics like Fox News' Bill O'Reilly as being "a double negative," is actually a triple negative.
However, formalistically and lingusitically much more complicated than just that.

Yes, that answer does contain a "double negative" within it together the two "never" phrases; equally important, stylistically that tortured sentence is completely different than the rest of her idiom and phraseology during the rest of the interview she had with Andrea Mitchell.

It is as if for one sentence only, Ms. Rice chose to speak like Muggsy McGinnis of the Dead End Kids or the Bowery Boys, and not the Oxford and Stanford alum that she is. But, don't for a second think that she was channeling Leo Gorsey; no, it was Bill Clinton that she was mimicking, with all of his over-nuanced Lewinsky-era double-talk and gobbledygook.

On the other hand, I would choose to take her at her word or words..... "I leaked nothing to nobody and never have and never would" implicitly means that Susan Rice always leaked something to somebody, and she always will more than it means anything else.

Anonymous said...

Why is the Democratic National Committee, the DNC, not cooperating with the FBI's investigation of alleged Russian hacking that was supposed to influence our elections and destroy our democracy?

Anonymous said...

Remember you heard it here first. Gale will drink a 5th

Galewyn Massey said...

RESPONSE: THE "PEOPLE THAT WANT TO KNOW AND OTHERS THAT THINK THEY KNOW" EDITION

TO: "ANONYMOUS SAID... AT 8:02 AM" & "ANONYMOUS SAID... AT 8:28 AM"

8:02 AM, that's a very good question, I'll look into it ASAP.....

8:28 AM, that's a very important insight --- a quart a day will kill yuh... but a 5th a day will keep yuh alive forever.....

Galewyn Massey said...

UPDATE: THE "LET'S BRING THE CLINTONS INTO THE RUSSIA ELECTION HACKING MESS" EDITION

IT LARGELY FOLLOWS PARTY LINES, BUT 52% IS MUCH MORE THAN TRUMP SUPPORTERS


According to the Rasmussen folks --- "Voters are closely divided on the importance of Congress investigating whether Russia interfered with the last election, but if it does, they think the Clintons’ ties to the Russians should be part of the probe.... A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters think Congress should expand its investigation of any possible ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.... 52% believe Bill and Hillary Clinton’s private dealings with Russian officials should be included in the FBI and congressional investigation of the Trump campaign. Thirty-five percent (35%) disagree, but 13% are not sure...." (See "52% Say Clintons Should Be Part of Russia Probe" by Rasmussen Staff, 4/5/17, Rasmussen Reports [http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/russia/52_say_clintons_should_be_part_of_russia_probe]).

BTW, this report headline was picked up on today's Drudge Report.....