In light of Sally Yates giving testimony this afternoon, the big news of the day has been that Obama supposedly warned Trump about hiring Flynn. Notice how NBC News is even calling it an “exclusive”:
EXCLUSIVE: Obama warned Trump against hiring Flynn as national security adviser, three former Obama administration officials tell NBC News
— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 8, 2017
Interesting. Except there appears to be an issue with the story that Katie Pavlich points out:
Why are all three of the Obama officials unnamed and not quoted? https://t.co/3QSxJuuo17
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) May 8, 2017
Hrm, excellent question.
From NBC News:
According to all three former officials, Obama warned Trump against hiring Flynn. The Obama administration fired Flynn in 2014 from his position as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, largely because of mismanagement and temperament issues.
Ok. Name them. Hey, it’s totally possible that Obama warned Trump, but why wouldn’t an outlet like NBC News name them? And where are the quotes? Clearly the journo writing this had enough information from them to make a generalized statement, why not just quote them?
@KatiePavlich Because it's the same three unnamed sources that MSM uses in every story.
— Greg Lower (@GregLower3) May 8, 2017
And there’s the issue. Honestly we could say something along the lines of, “According to sources, unicorns do indeed exist,” because this editor’s daughter insists they do.
Obama may well have warned Trump, but this is their proof? Three unnamed officials who aren’t quoted anywhere in the article?
Makes ya’ wonder.
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— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) May 8, 2017