On Tuesday, former National Security Adviser went on the record during an MSNBC to deny claims that she improperly unmasked the identities of Trump associates who were incidentally surveilled. Meanwhile, rival network CNN was doing its darnedest to make the scandalous story go away by editorializing to the point of lunacy.
CNN’s lineup this week has featured a slew of Obama administration sycophants showing their stripes as they scrambled over each other to defend Rice.
Anchor Chris Cuomo prefaced an interview with Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) with an emphatic declaration of Rice’s innocence.
“Alright. President Trump, right-wing media types – peddling a fake scandal,” he opined. “What is it? Well, this suggestion that former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice improperly unmasked the identity of Trump associates is part of what the president calls a ‘crooked scheme.’ An associate of Rice says it’s just plain false.”
Later, “CNN Tonight” host Don Lemon blasted the story as a “fake scandal ginned up by right-wing media and Trump” in his opening remarks.
“On this program tonight, we will not insult your intelligence by pretending” that Rice did anything wrong, he deadpanned. “Nor will we aid and abet the people trying to misinform you, the American people, by creating a diversion. Not going to do it.”
So, months of breathless coverage about Russia’s supposed election meddling is totally acceptable, but even touching on the details of a red-hot story is verboten. CNN logic in action, folks.
Rounding out Rice’s PR squad was “New Day” host Alisyn Camerota, who desperately attempted to steer Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) toward speaking out against the allegations, but he did no such thing.
“I think the circumstances indicate that there’s a possibility that that request could have been politically motivated,” McCain said.
Camerota pressed him on the matter, pushing the narrative that Rice was merely doing her job and trying to tie Trump’s associates to Russia, but McCain conceded, “I don’t know enough to erach a conclusion except to say this is another aspect of this multi-dimensional scandal.”