CNN has once again been caught publishing a story with no basis in fact meant to make President Donald Trump look bad.
It sounds like something from a Tom Clancy novel: A U.S. mole high up in the Russian government has to be spirited out of the country before the Kremlin finds his identity and kills him – or worse yet turns him into a double agent.
The unique plot twist in this story, according to CNN, is that "President Donald Trump and his administration repeatedly mishandled classified intelligence” that contributed to exposing the spy. There is only one problem with the claim: the CIA had been trying to get this source out of Russia since the Obama administration.
Kyle Drennen of Media Research Center says here we go again.
“How many times have we been through this now in the Trump administration,” he asks, “where the media come out with some story and they hype it like crazy, and then within hours it's disproven or it's found to be wildly inaccurate?"
In a plot twist of its own, Trump-hating newspaper The New York Times exposed CNN's sloppy reporting, stating in its own story "there was no public evidence that Mr. Trump directly endangered the source."
The CIA also adamantly refuted CNN's anti-Trump bias.
Drennen says the anti-Trump goal of the mainstream media has moved far beyond just left-wing bias to journalistic malpractice.
The media’s obsession over bringing down Trump, he says, “has gotten so bad that it's not just that they are biased, it's that they are getting basic facts wrong.”
Regarding the Times calling out CNN, Drennen says even Trump-hating media outlets are competitors at the end of the day.
"And so if you can scoop one of your competitors, or get facts that they may have missed," he says, "they still want to do that."
Regarding information about a CIA spy reaching the media, that kind of leak puts people's lives in real danger, says Bob Maginnis, national security analyst for the Family Research Council. A big example, he says, is the famous Wikileaks release.
"I know personally people that were named and that had an impact on them," he warns. "So we need to understand there are consequences, and a lot of our enemies don't play games. They play for keeps."
Editor's Note: This story has been updated with comments from Bob Maginnis.