The folks at CNN and MSNBC are working overtime to splash cold water all over the startling disclosure that President Barack Obama’s national-security adviser, Susan Rice, was behind the “unmasking” of Trumpites in transcripts of calls with Russian officials.
“Another fake scandal being peddled by right-wing media” is what CNN anchor Chris Cuomo (brother of New York’s Democratic governor) called it.
National-security correspondent Jim Sciutto (who joined the network straight from the Obama administration) labeled it “a ginned-up scandal” and President Trump’s “latest attempt” to “divert attention from his team’s contacts with Russia.”
Over at the even harder-left MSNBC, anchor Chris Matthews and analyst David Corn tried to outdo each other in implying base motives for the Rice coverage. “Notice it’s always a female” who’s attacked by conservatives, snarked Matthews. Added Corn: “Maybe because she’s a black woman.”
Or maybe it’s not sexism or racism, but the fact that Rice — with her clear history of dishonest public statements — has totally altered her story.