Questionable former U.S. government bureaucrats are manipulating the press to create a “hybrid industry in which former national security bureaucrats are rebranded as ‘journalists,’” according to Tablet magazine, a prominent Jewish publication.
“The media is now openly entwined with the national security establishment in a manner that would have been unimaginable before the advent of the age of the dossier—the literary forgery the FBI used as evidence to spy on the Trump team,” wrote Tablet’s Lee Smith.
“In coordinating to perpetrate the Russiagate hoax on the American public, the media and intelligence officials have forged a relationship in which the two partners look out for the other’s professional and political interests. Not least of all, they target shared adversaries and protect mutual friends.”
Smith lists a roster of mainstream media contributors who have extensive platforms despite controversial pasts.
“Before becoming a national security analyst for CNN, former director of national intelligence, James Clapper, had previously been a news item himself after lying to Congress in 2013 when he testified that the NSA wasn’t collecting data on Americans,” Lee wrote.
“He later provided inconsistent testimony to Congress in 2017 — saying first that he had not spoken with the press about the Steele dossier while he was DNI, then that he told future CNN colleague Jake Tapper about it. According to Tapper, that never happened.
“What’s clear is that Clapper should not be offered up as any kind of expert by any legitimate outlet … CNN rival NBC/MSNBC features an even more formidable roster of spooks. At the top is John Brennan, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency. During his time at the helm of the CIA, the agency spied on Congress, lied about it and finally got outed by an internal report forcing Brennan to issue apologies to the senators who had been targets of the intelligence operation. ‘The C.I.A. unconstitutionally spied on Congress by hacking into the Senate Intelligence Committee computers,’ Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall wrote at the time.
“In a statement calling on Brennan to resign, Udall wrote: ‘This grave misconduct not only is illegal but it violates the U.S. Constitution’s requirement of separation of powers” and called the episode evidence of ‘a tremendous failure of leadership.’”