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Nunes Slams Media For Acting As ‘Democrat Puppets’ During Impeachment

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) slammed the mainstream media today during the House Intelligence Committee impeachment hearing, saying they were acting as “Democrat puppets,” and compared their impeachment coverage to false reporting about investigations around Trump and Russia.

“If you watched the impeachment hearings last week, you may have noticed a disconnect between what you actually saw and the mainstream media accounts describing it,” Nunes said. “What you saw were three diplomats, who dislike the President’s Ukraine policy, discussing second-hand and third-hand conversations about their objections. Meanwhile, they admitted they had not talked to the President about these matters, and they were unable to identify any crime or impeachable offense the President committed. But what you read in the press were accounts of shocking, damning, and explosive testimony that fully supports the Democrats’ accusations. If these accounts have a familiar ring, it’s because this is the same preposterous reporting the media offered for three years on the Russia hoax.”\

Nunes then listed some false media headlines around the Russia investigation:

  • From CNN: “Congress investigating Russian investment fund with ties to Trump officials.” That was false.

  • From the New York Times: “Trump Campaign aides had repeated contacts with Russian intelligence.” That was false.

  • From Slate: “Was a Trump server communicating with Russia?” That was false.

  • From New York Magazine: “Will Trump be meeting with his counterpart or his handler?” That was false.

  • From the Guardian: “Manafort held secret talks with Assange in Ecuadorian Embassy, sources say.” That was false.

  • From Buzzfeed: “President Trump directed his attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the Moscow Tower project.” That was false.

“The media, of course, are free to act as Democrat puppets, and they’re free to lurch from the Russia hoax to the Ukraine hoax at the direction of their puppet masters,” Nunes continued. “But they cannot reasonably expect to do so without alienating half the country who voted for the President they’re trying to expel. Americans have learned to recognize fake news when they see it, and if the mainstream press won’t give it to them straight, they’ll go elsewhere to find it—which is exactly what the American people are doing.”