(NationalSentinel) Media: Exposing the discredited Washington establishment media’s hypocrisy and blatant double standards, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer launched into an epic defense of President Donald J. Trump’s claim his campaign was put under electronic surveillance by the previous administration.
After being asked the same question repeatedly by multiple reporters from multiple media outlets about Trump’s justification for making his claim, Spicer explained in a lengthy, pointed response that the president got his information from the very same media accusing him of making false claims.
During an extensive and heated give-and-take on President Trump’s claim his campaign was surveilled by the Obama administration, the press secretary accused network reporters of “cherry picking” quotes, practicing a “double standard” in citing sources and continuing “to perpetuate a false narrative.”
“False narrative” would be media-speak for what the president has called “fake news.”
Time and again, reporters asked: Where is the evidence for the president’s claim, and would he apologize if he turned out to be wrong?
After telling ABC’s Jonathan Karl, “I am trying to answer your question, Jonathan, if you can calm down,” Spicer launched into what might have been the longest answer ever given at a White House press briefing, coming in just a few seconds short of eight minutes.
Spicer turned the tables on the media with an epic-length answer that underscored a fact WND has reported repeatedly: The evidence the media keeps asking him to provide has already been published – by that very same media.
He then went on to read, at length, passages from previously published news reports that provided details – details that were supposedly based on intelligence sources – claiming that indeed Trump Tower and Trump associates were being watched by U.S. intelligence, perhaps as part of surveillance being conducted against foreign officials.
Spicer read verbatim from four stories by the New York Times, as well as stories from CIRCA, Fox News, Heat Street and National Review. He also mentioned reporting by the BBC, the Guardian and McClatchy.
Perhaps the most salient excerpts came from a Jan. 19 online story in the New York Times with the Jan. 20 print-version headline of: “Wiretapped Data Used in Inquiry of Trump Aides.”
The opening paragraph states:
“American law enforcement and intelligence agencies are examining intercepted communication and financial transactions as part of a broad investigation of possible links between Russian officials and associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump.”
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In the next sentence, the Times itself appeared to confirm Trump’s allegation that President Obama saw information on the Trump campaign obtained by spying:
“One official said intelligence reports based on some of the wiretapped communications have been provided to the White House.”
So, why are some of the same mainstream reporters now questioning the president’s allegations, which were made based on their reports? (RELATED: Flat out: Someone in government or the media is lying about ‘wiretapping’ Trump Tower story)
That’s what Spicer wanted to know. But he never really got an answer, which is telling in and of itself.
The ‘mainstream media’ has completely lost any semblance of credibility in the Trump era. So perverse and pervasive is the media hate for this president, the fake news critics of fake news are twisting themselves into pretzels to discredit, undermine and subvert him.
As this example proves.