When CNN omitted to air the opening statements of the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman before Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s testimony on misconduct by the FBI during the Trump campaign for the 2016 presidential election, their omission certainly didn’t go unnoticed. With such a display of bias, the network showed its true colors. And politicians pulled no punches in their response.
Republican National Committee (RNC) Rapid Response Director Steve Guest made the point that CNN had covered the Democrat’s impeachment inquiries over the past several weeks in their entirety, reported the Daily Wire.
On Wednesday morning, Dec. 11, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) was shown by the network speaking to reporters about the impeachment proceedings, but no comments from Sen. Graham (R-S.C.) were broadcast. Graham’s speech preceded the testimony of Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department inspector general for the Russia probe into the Trump campaign. The probe, named Crossfire Hurricane, identified as many as 17 “significant inaccuracies and omissions.”
Graham said, “What’s been described as a few irregularities becomes a massive criminal conspiracy over time to defraud the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] FISA court, to illegally surveil an American citizen and to keep an operation open against a sitting president of the United States, violating every norm known to the rule of law.”
RNC Chairman Ronna McDaniel harshly criticized CNN, tweeting:, “CNN aired everything Schiff & Nadler had to say. Why aren’t they showing [Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)]? Is it because the facts of how the FBI mistreated [President Trump] contradict[s] their coverage over the last 3 years?
“Anxiously awaiting an explanation from [CNN] about their bias here,” McDaniel added.
President Trump weighed in on the criticism, tweeting:
The News Media in our Country is FAKE and in many cases, totally CORRUPT! https://t.co/hj9plf0GMC
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 11, 2019
Ari Fleischer tweeted, “CNN is not taking the Senate Horowitz hearing live. Unbelievable. A perfect example of how bias works. It’s not just what they cover. It’s what they don’t cover. CNN, after covering weeks of opening statements by Adam Schiff (D) and Jerry Nadler (D), doesn’t cover the opening statement of Lindsey Graham (R) at the Horowitz hearing. I can’t figure out what the difference is. Unless it has something to do with the item in parentheses.”
Federalist co-founder Sean Davis responded to Fleischer’s tweet, writing, “CNN was an active participant in the hoax. Comey/Clapper used CNN to take the hoax public. CNN’s own contributors are being criminally investigated for their actions perpetrating the hoax. Accountability is an existential threat to CNN.”
Devin Nunes responded to Davis, writing: “They are too busy looking for me and my staff in VIENNA… @CNN needs to be reigned in by @ATT … Are there any adults left on the board of @ATT ? #goodnightVienna”
— Devin Nunes (@DevinNunes) December 11, 2019
And there was plenty more outrage on Twitter.
Washington Post media reporter Erik Wemple tweeted, “Fox News, MSNBC are broadcasting the Horowitz hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee, while CNN is doing other stuff.”
Wemple later added, “Strange that CNN is doing a panel right now on Horowitz while the other main cable news networks are carrying live his own testimony on Capitol Hill.”
Townhall Political Editor Guy Benson tweeted, “Currently — Fox: IG hearing MSNBC: IG hearing CNN: Anonymous sources claim POTUS is ‘privately agitated’ by impeachment.”
Fox News host Howard Kurtz tweeted, “Major misstep by CNN, after blanketing Democratic hearings, to blow off Lindsey Graham’s opening statement (and Feinstein’s) at IG hearing. And MSNBC dipped in and out of Graham. Fuels the criticism that they’ve taken sides.”
NewsBusters Managing Editor Curtis Houck tweeted, “[CNN] and @BrookeBCNN bailout of #HorowitzIGReport hearing to trot out liberal former assistant U.S. Attorney @ElieHonig and former Comey flack @JoshSCampbell to ‘fact-check’ the Republicans, decrying partisanship (even though they only attack the GOP).”
In a statement to the Daily Wire, the Trump campaign said, Vladimir Putin has the Internet Research Agency to spread hoaxes and misinformation. The Democrat Party has CNN. After airing every last second of Democrats’ opening statements plus Democrat staffers talking to each other throughout six extremely boring impeachment hearings, CNN refused to air Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham’s opening statement in the hearing on the IG report today. Instead of informing viewers of the incredibly damning facts regarding the Obama-Biden FBI’s spying on the Trump Campaign in furtherance of the Russia Collusion Hoax that CNN spread for years, CNN turned to the same ‘experts’ who spread the hoax for their takes on the IG report. They also broadcast segments on impeachment, airplane safety, and a low-profile murder case.
The IG report confirms that the FBI falsified evidence and lied to the FISA court in order to spy on the Trump campaign while burying real evidence that undermined the Russia Collusion Hoax, which CNN played an active role in spreading.
No wonder they weren’t eager to let their viewers know the truth. This is Putin-style propaganda at its finest!