Accuracy in Media

What started out last year as an investigation by the Obama administration into Russian interference in our presidential elections has turned into the latest scandal involving both former President Barack Obama and his national security adviser, Susan Rice. The media are in full panic mode, attempting to keep the focus of the investigation on President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans, while trying to shield Obama and Rice from the consequences of their actions.

What has become clear during the past week is that the focus of the investigation should clearly be shifting from alleged collusion between President Trump’s associates and the Russian government, in order to influence the election—for which no evidence has emerged—to the role of the Obama administration in surveilling, incidental or otherwise, unmasking and leaking information about the Trump campaign and transition teams, for which all sorts of evidence has emerged.

The question for the Republicans, who control every congressional committee as well as the executive branch, is whether or not they have the fortitude and integrity to ignore the pressure from the corrupt, liberal media and to expand or re-direct the investigation wherever the new evidence compels them to go.

The latest development is the unmasking of former national security adviser Susan Rice. Rice was outed this week as someone who requested the unmasking of people associated with Trump’s campaign and transition team.

As Accuracy in Media reported in a recent special report, “Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice has now been implicated in illegally unmasking Trump campaign and post-election Trump transition officials in monitored conversations, according to Bloomberg News and Fox News. The story was originally broken by Mike Cernovich, who has more of the details including the cover-up of Rice’s role by New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, who was trying to protect Rice and Obama.”

In fact, Cernovich later revealed that his sources were people inside both Bloomberg and The New York Times “who revealed that both Eli Lake (Bloomberg) and Maggie Haberman (NYT) were sitting on the Susan Rice story in order to protect the Obama administration.”

The media went into full protection mode. A panel on CNN’s 360 With Anderson Cooper was confident that Rice had done nothing “improper.” Why? Jim Sciutto, CNN’s chief national security correspondent, who worked at the Obama State Department when Susan Rice was UN Ambassador, defended Rice, saying that this story was “largely ginned up, partly as a distraction.” CNN’s Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo also dismissed the story, with Lemon saying that the Susan Rice story is a “fake scandal ginned up by right-wing media and Trump,” and that he wasn’t going to be baited into covering it. What little coverage it received on the three broadcast networks’ evening news shows was focused on Rice’s claim that she had done nothing “improper.”

Comments made in February and March by former Obama administration official Evelyn Farkas, but only noticed and highlighted last week, did a lot to shift the narrative. But the establishment media refuse to acknowledge that shift, and are determined to keep Trump, House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Russia as the villains of what everyone agrees is an enormous scandal, if only they could agree on what that scandal is.

“It was more actually aimed at telling the Hill people, get as much information as you can, get as much intelligence as you can before President Obama leaves the administration,” said Farkas on MSNBC on March 2. She also said that “The Trump folks, if they found out how we knew what we knew about the Trump’s staff’s dealings with Russians that they would try to compromise those sources and methods, meaning we would no longer have access to that intelligence” (emphasis added).

Farkas’ comments appear to serve as confirmation that the Obama administration was spying on Trump’s staff during the 2016 election. That was reinforced through the reporting of Fox News’ Adam Housley, who wrote that “Susan Rice, former national security adviser under then-President Barack Obama, requested to unmask the names of Trump transition officials caught up in surveillance.” He added that “The unmasked names, of people associated with Donald Trump, were then sent to all those at the National Security Council, some at the Defense Department, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and then-CIA Director John Brennan—essentially, the officials at the top, including former Rice deputy Ben Rhodes.” According to Housley, “The names were part of incidental electronic surveillance of candidate and President-elect Trump and people close to him, including family members, for up to a year before he took office.”

Note that Farkas said “we” when referring to intelligence issues, and the Trump staff’s Russian contacts. As the former deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, she left the Obama administration in 2015, yet she was boldly talking about intelligence matters and informing the Hill while out of office.

As for leaks, she told MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski, “That’s why you have the leaking: people are worried.”

As that story was swirling, accusations that Rice had been requesting the names of intelligence officials listed in an intelligence report began to emerge, including a Wall Street Journal report that said Ms. Rice “examined dozens of other intelligence summaries that technically masked Trump official identities but were written in such a way as to make obvious who those officials were,” making the masking essentially meaningless. “Unmasking does occur, but it is typically done by intelligence or law-enforcement officials engaged in antiterror or espionage investigations. Ms. Rice would have had no obvious need to unmask Trump campaign officials other than political curiosity.”

Former prosecutor and National Review contributor Andy McCarthy wrote that “the reported involvement of former national-security adviser Susan Rice in the unmasking of Trump officials appears to be a major scandal—it suggests that the Obama White House, of which she was a high-ranking staffer, abused the power to collect intelligence on foreign targets, by using it to spy on the opposition party and its presidential candidate.”

He said that while it may not have broken the law, “The issue is not technical legality, it is monumental abuse of power.”

Before Rice was outed for her involvement in the unmasking and possible distribution of the information obtained from the intelligence community, she had denied having any knowledge of “the intelligence community’s alleged incidental surveillance of Trump’s transition team” when she appeared with Judy Woodruff on the PBS Newshour on March 22.

After the articles appeared this week citing Rice’s role, she went to the friendly confines of an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. Rice acknowledged her role in requesting the unmasking of certain people picked up in the incidental surveillance, but claimed it was normal, and nothing improper or illegal was done. “Imagine if we saw something of grave significance that involved Russia or China or anybody else interfering in our political process and we needed to understand the significance of that, for us not to try to understand it would be dereliction of duty.”

But Rice has a history of making provably false statements to protect Obama. Her comment about a “dereliction of duty” reminded me of her role in the Obama administration’s cover-up following the terrorist attacks in Benghazi. Yes, she lied on five Sunday talk shows about what led to the attacks on September 11 and 12, 2012. But in addition, our Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi identified another dereliction of duty: the Obama administration’s failure to send in the military to attempt to rescue the Americans who were under attack at the CIA Annex near the Special Mission Compound. Four Americans died in the attacks, others were wounded.

Rice also lied for the Obama administration when she said that Bowe Bergdahl, a deserter in Afghanistan who the Obama administration traded for five high-ranking Taliban terrorists, had served in the military “with honor and distinction.” This latest controversy further highlights why I recently questioned Susan Rice as an appropriate person to criticize President Trump’s credibility, which she did in an op-ed in The Washington Post. Rice must be put under oath to explain what she did with the names that were unmasked, who she was communicating with about it, and what Obama knew and when he knew it.

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  • missieb2000

    Any day I expect to see that she has lawyered up. Faily McWorsethan Carter will leave her twisting in the wind. I doubt she will take one for the team as G. Gord did.
    My only question now is what kind of popcorn do I want as they implode.


    This illegal “Trump Surveillance Scandal” is much bigger than people realize.

  • jug

    Lock her up!
    She will squeal and implicate the criminal leader.
    So, when he next leaves that “expedite free” island that he fled to, pick him up as well!

  • ptsargent

    Just a guess but I suspect the dems will dissemble, obfuscate and misdirect their way out of this mess because of their MSM cover. There is no standard for truth among thieves, one must remember.

  • efred1

    I do fear, however, that the Republican Party is spineless and just about as worthless as a broke willy in a house of ill repute. They may very well just try to look the other way.

    We, the American People, must contact our Congressmen and urge, nay, DEMAND that they get some cojones and do their Constitutional duty, thoroughly investigate and then PUNISH ALL responsible for this egregious abuse of power, up to, and including Obama. Even Soros, if they can prove it.

    I wholeheartedly agree with one thing that Hillary has said, and it’s “No One is too Powerful or Important to go to Prison.” (Most likely the ONLY good thing she’s ever said, but I’m sure she expected to be exempt from it)

    Who else agrees?

  • Frank de Varona

    Rice, who lies constlantly, should be brought before the House and the Senate Intel Committees to testify.This latest scandal could end in Obamagate, if it can be proven that Obama and his people in the White House were illegally spying on Trump and his team. Obama created a police state during his eight years in office with the NSA spying in Congress, Supreme Court. Whistleblower Dennis Montgomery, who worked as a contrator for the CIA and the NSA, stole 600 million pages of information with 47 hard drives. Represented by lawyer Larry Klayman, Montgomery received immunity and turned the information to FBI Director James Comey who then did nothing. Frank de Varona

  • missieb2000

    Watergate comes to mind

  • grnjllybn

    democrat dirtbags

  • biilyjoe

    I’m sitting here trying to figure out which one of these 2 demons looks more like an obamafied Lizard. Someone should drop a few cockroaches on the desk equidistant between the two and see which one’s tongue comes out fastest to lap them up.

  • Robert Green

    And they call Trump names? What they will do to take the center of attention off of themselves! When you see and hear from the various news media (all left leaning) and the efforts to discredit Trump and his team, is like fighting in a mud laden batch of quicksand to mask their sinking in the truth pond. No matter what Trump does, those on the left will apply crap to make it look as President Trump is going in the wrong direction in his actions to date. As the Left likes to promote, He can do no right. We need to drain the swamp of the toothless alligators on the left who have nothing better to do than try to second guess him before they can even consider the first guess. Why do we even have a media? It sometimes reminds me of the kind of media the Soviet Union, and Germany had in their times. China too, when communism was rampant.

    If one really looks at the whole picture, President Trump did something that took them by surprise….He won the election! He, in my opinion, broke the line that was intended to be tied around us in preparation of what I believe was the taking down of America; not only as free people, but as a nation! Why? Because we stand in the way of the creation of a One World Government!

    I, again, bring up the fact that Washington DC does NOT belong to America! It is a British property, thanks to the Congress of 1871. Also the creation of a private corporation known as (IN ALL CAPS): THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CORPORATION, a private corporation. And I, again, say to you all, don’t take my word for it. Look it up for yourselves. The People lost their voice of a nation that once was “Of, By, and For the People”! My belief also is that the billionaires like George Soros, the Rocefellers, Rothschilds and others were (or are) members of the “Board of Directors” and/or the COB.
    If anyone expects those who are pushing their way through this past election to tell the truth, forget it!

    Those of you who are blind followers, better get new eyes and better glasses. You may find yourselves cutting your own throats to benefit your leadership’s position. That applies to both sides of the aisle.
    No government has ever worked in the direction of private agendas as did that of Barack Obama. Some presidents before him as well….from both Parties. We may even have to consider firing all those in Congress in the next election and get a new fresh set of eye, ears, and noses. Brains too.

  • Robert Green

    I agree with most of what you say. But, they don’t have a prison big enough to house all those who want the destruction of America to take place. And not all are from here to begin with.

  • Robert Green

    Had Hillary been elected, that police state would have grown and taken out those of us who see the light at the end of the tunnel and run us over by that “train” without flinching a muscle.

  • Curtis Mamzic

    FAKE NEWS and deflection by Trump and the AIM enablers!

  • Curtis Mamzic

    Hey what’s the status on this FAKE NEWS report, how about an update?
    You know, how Devin Nunes, just like Sessions, is no longer involved with the Trump Russian scandal due to his actions and involvement?
    And how the House and Senate members who finally saw the transcripts now say there is no “there there,” and that this is just another Trump lie and YUGE FAKE NEWS?

  • Curtis Mamzic

    Oh, and maybe you could cover the real news that besides Sessions and Nunes no longer able to cover up the Trump-Russian Scandal, Trump’s hand-picked NSA Mike Flynn is in really serious deep deep doodoo, but not Obama’s NSA, Susan Rice?
    And then maybe an update on Benghazi and Clinton’s emails to make the rubes happy?