After hailing Steele dossier, CNN ignores testimony that destroyed it

Thursday, December 12, 2019
Billy Davis, Steve Jordahl (

CNN logoAfter airing hours and hours of Democratic-led impeachment hearings in past weeks, Trump-hating CNN ignored Wednesday’s all-day testimony of Inspector General Michael Horowitz and his long-awaited report on the FBI’s Russia investigation.

The other shoe finally dropped on Capitol Hill, allowing the Republican-led Senate to tear into the FBI’s spying of the Trump campaign and the secretive FISA court that was asked by the FBI to continue its surveillance of Carter Page, who was suspected to be a Russian spy but was actually a one-time source for the CIA. That fact was cited in an email from the CIA to the FBI.  

By the time the hearing was over, after learning for example that an FBI attorney was caught lying about Page in a FISA application, even liberal news outlet MSNBC was reporting the FBI committed “pretty egregious” errors in its application process to the top-secret court.

"I have not seen an alteration of an email end up impacting a court document like this," Horowitz told the senate committee. 

“I can assure you,” thundered Sen. Lindsey Graham, “if this had been a Democratic president going through what President Trump has gone through, the headline would be 'The FBI takes law into its own hands,' 'Biased agents cut corners, lie to court, ignore exoneration.'”

Rachel Maddow Trump-Russia showYet MSNBC talked over much of Graham’s pointed words and CNN ignored most of the hearing itself.   

According to media analysis by Curtis Houck of the Media Research Center, CNN covered 33 percent of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, and ignored Sen. Graham’s entire opening statement, after covering 99 percent of the House Judiciary Committee hearings.

Houck tells OneNewsNow it was “weird” to witness MSNBC drop from Sen. Graham’s opening statement only to come back to air the opening statement of Democratic Sen. Diane Feinstein.

Houck wrote in his analysis that MSNBC turned to its left-wing panel to discuss the hearing after Graham has spoken for about 20 minutes. He tells OneNewsNow that MSNBC, over all, deserves credit for doing a “moderately good job” of covering most of the hearing unlike CNN.

Most ridicule since Wednesday has been pointed at CNN, which has aired hours of speculation for two years about the so-called Steele dossier only to ignore an inspector general criticizing it and Republican senators ripping it apart.

Critics of CNN are also pointing out the news network has given prime coverage to the very same FBI officials who had defended the Steele dossier and now stand accused of hiding exculpatory evidence, such as the altered application, from the FISA court. 


The Federalist writer Mollie Hemingway, who has reported for two years about the Steele dossier and the “Deep State” push behind it at the FBI, summarized the hearing as long-awaited vindication for President Trump and Republican lawmakers, and for reporters such as herself who endured ridicule from mainstream news outlets. 

“There needs to be accountability,” she wrote, “for the years of dangerously false reporting on this major issue.”


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