Profile image
By RedState (Reporter)
Contributor profile | More stories
Story Views

Last Hour:
Last 24 Hours:

Not Fake News: CNN’s Original Report On Unsubstantiated Claims About Trump Now Backed Up By Vice President Biden

Thursday, January 12, 2017 17:17
% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.

CNN has taken quite a bit of grief the last two days with Donald Trump, Sean Spicer, and others on the Trump team, bashing the news network over a report they deemed to be “fake news.” CNN (unlike Buzzfeed) said Trump was briefed on unsubstantiated claims put forward in a report that was not put together by the intelligence community, but nonetheless, they revealed as what kind of information can quickly circulate.

Trump supporters were livid, accusing CNN of “opening the door” for Buzzfeed to publish the memos themselves. CNN said they were merely reporting what they were told by their sources. The next morning NBC ran a story that contradicted the CNN story and naturally, Trump supporters were all over it, claiming (with zero knowledge)  the NBC report was correct and CNN was wrong. Earlier today in a press released, DNI chief, James Clapper confirmed the CNN report by saying Trump was in fact, made aware of the information in a two-page addendum to the report the IC put together.

Now, Vice President Joe Biden has given more weight to CNN’s original report as he confirms he and President Obama were also briefed on the two-page addendum:

Vice President Joe Biden confirmed Thursday that he and President Barack Obama were briefed last week by intelligence officials on unsubstantiated claims that Russia may have compromising information on President-elect Donald Trump.

CNN first reported that the nation’s top intelligence chiefs provided both the President and President-elect a two-page written synopsis of the claims, which came from a 35-page report compiled by a former British intelligence operative based on Russian sources. Intelligence agencies appended a two-page summary of the unverified allegations to documents prepared for the briefing on Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

Biden’s office confirmed that the vice president said he and Obama were briefed about the claims but said that neither Biden nor Obama asked for more information about them. Biden’s office also said the vice president told reporters that intelligence leaders felt obligated to tell Obama because they were planning on informing Trump. Biden also said he read the entire 35-page report.

The NBC report did nothing to help but merely confirmed the biases of others. It’s the reason why the believed the NBC report and not the CNN report. I didn’t give weight to either story except to say that what CNN reported and what Buzzfeed reported were two entirely separate things.

In cases like this, the truth eventually comes out.

Will all the of the Trump people were screaming at Jake Tapper now call out NBC for reporting “fake news?” They shouldn’t. NBC merely got the story wrong. CNN got the story right. That sometimes happens in journalism. Don’t be so quick to accuse reporters of bad faith.

Sometimes, they just get it wrong.

The post Not Fake News: CNN’s Original Report On Unsubstantiated Claims About Trump Now Backed Up By Vice President Biden appeared first on RedState.


We encourage you to Share our Reports, Analyses, Breaking News and Videos. Simply Click your Favorite Social Media Button and Share.

Report abuse


Your Comments
Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

Total 1 comment
  • b4

    your a fake and phony redstatan–move to china or venazula–they are short a few commies,liars–sorry might have to give up your DNC membership you maggot

Top Stories
Recent Stories



Top Global

Top Alternative



Email this story
Email this story

If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.