The co-founders of the conservative Daily Caller called on American mass media to retract on its coverage of the plot of false collusion with Russia.
On Dec. 9, Justice Department Inspector General [IG] Michael Horowitz presented his report where he found several “significant” errors and omissions in the FBI’s efforts, under the Obama administration, to obtain Foreign Intelligence Act (FISA) warrants that would allow it to investigate Carter Page, a campaign member of then presidential candidate Donald Trump, whom they accused of being a Russian spy.
It should be noted that since the case of the Russian false collusion was reported in the media, Donald Trump denied the accusations and they were later refuted by the extensive and costly investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller.
The FBI investigation was largely based on information provided by former British spy Christopher Steele, who cited Page’s alleged links with Russia. The FBI assured the FISA court that the media independently corroborated Steele’s claims, but it later became clear that Steele had previously leaked that data to the media.
Steele worked for a company hired by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
Much of the Steele dossier has been discredited or unfounded.
“Thanks to the Department of Justice inspector general’s report, we now know for certain what has been, for those paying attention, fairly obvious,” Carlson and Patel said, explaining that, in effect, the Steele dossier played a “central role in the genesis of the Russia hoax.”
In their column, Carlson and Patel stress that the report represents a “disaster for the credibility” of top leaders of Barack Obama’s FBI and also “a big problem” for the U.S. media, which throughout this time sustained the narrative of Russian collusion.
They cite several cases as examples.
-In early 2018, Shane Harris, intelligence and national security correspondent for The Washington Post, stated, “The [Steele] dossier was not used as the basis for a FISA warrant on Carter Page.”
But “that’s false,” the Daily Caller pointed out. “And yet, Harris hasn’t apologized or even acknowledged his incompetence,” they said.
– Another case is that of NBC News intelligence correspondent Ken Dilanian, who in the summer of 2018 tweeted, “Trump is wrong about Carter Page, the dossier and the FISA warrant.”
“But it looks like Trump was right, and he was wrong,” Carlson and Patel said.
– CNN Newsroom presenter and senior national security correspondent Jim Sciutto noted that while the Steele dossier might have been used for the warrant, “The FBI would corroborate information in the dossier on its own before using such intel to justify the FISA warrant.”
“Of course, that didn’t happen. In fact, the FBI hid information showing the dossier was false. Did Sciutto issue a correction? Of course not,” the columnists pointed out.
The CNN news network, which is openly critical of the current White House administration, has James Clapper as a national security analyst, who stated, “Even the earlier version of the redacted FISA authorization to me had enough information in it to indicate that the dossier was certainly not used as the primary source.”
“Everything you just read turned out to be wrong,” said the analysts. “Has CNN retracted the comments or apologized?”
In the same vein, Don Lemon indicated that even Horowitz’s report showed that “the launch of the Russia investigation was legally sound, unbiased and that no spying occurred.”
Lemon’s controversial sayings were shared by popular CNN presenter Chris Cuomo.
“We can surmise that, unless he’s a pathological liar, Chris Cuomo didn’t read the IG report himself. Otherwise, he wouldn’t be able to sit in a TV studio, stare into the camera and pretend that the Justice Department’s inspector general just confirmed what CNN has been telling you for three years. Because that is absolutely not what happened. Not even close,” Carlson and Patel pointed out.