In case you missed it — and if you watch mainstream cable network news like CNN, you likely did — Politico recently published a piece on how the Obama administration deliberately undercut the DEA’s efforts to bring down a massive drug cartel linked to Hezbollah. Why? To grease the wheels of the Iran nuclear deal, of course.
Politico even put together a 43-second “movie trailer” for its exclusive report.
NOW LIVE: The secret backstory of how the Obama administration let Hezbollah off the hook https://t.co/TZN2LVv1Bm pic.twitter.com/wrBkSXVpjA
— POLITICO (@politico) December 17, 2017
Seeing as the story was critical of the Obama administration, it didn’t take long for Ben “Iran Deal” Rhodes to classify Politico as part of the right-wing echo chamber — and that was about as far as his rebuttal went.
Twitchy favorite Ace of Spaces approached CNN’s Jake Tapper to see if CNN might work up a segment on the scandal.
.@jaketapper, you pose as a brave defender of the holy press. Do you have anything to say about the Obama echo chamber hacks going after @JoshMeyerDC for a well-reported story, or are you gonna sit this one out?
— TheOne&OnlyExpert (@AceofSpadesHQ) December 21, 2017
And you don't pose as a brave anything, anonymous person.
Not sure Josh needs my help, he seems to be handling himself just fine defending his fascinating report.
Congrats on the scoop, Josh. Don't let the partisans get you down.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) December 21, 2017
OK, so Ace posts anonymously, as does Allahpundit of Twitchy sister site Hot Air — but if you’ve been blogging for more than a decade under a pseudonym and amassing a huge and influential following doing so, doesn’t that count for something? Honorary status?
Exactly how are you not aware of who Ace is?
— Mortis (@WitchyDruss) December 21, 2017
I know he's a blogger cloaked in anonymity, which makes me question his qualifications regarding bravery assessments.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) December 21, 2017
A blogger “cloaked in anonymity” — just like so many mainstream news sources? We get why Tapper took offense at Ace’s original tweet, but he doesn’t seem in any rush to push the Hezbollah story at CNN.
Josh Meyer, the writer of the Hezbollah scoop, is NOT anonymous and let Tapper know he’d be happy to come on TV and discuss it.
Happy to discuss my @politico stry on TV, especially given the orchestrated smear campaign, which STILL hasn’t contested a single fact in it https://t.co/0tgoGhpwWu
— Josh Meyer (@JoshMeyerDC) December 21, 2017
So, first, will CNN bring on Meyer to talk about his story, and second, will CNN stop using anonymous sources in its stories?
Nice, i guess CNN will no longer be using anonymous sources https://t.co/bYlqxErimw
— DemonKnyte (@Demon_Knyte) December 21, 2017
I'll remember you said that the next time @CNN says "unnamed sources say" followed by some hit on a Republican. https://t.co/hadKufjXUo
— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) December 21, 2017
Says guy that trades in anonymous sources daily. https://t.co/Q6ezcGQwgd
— eric (@eriContrarian) December 21, 2017
CNN's sources cloaked in anonymity make me question qualifications regarding your reporting… particularly given their propensity for being completely wrong. https://t.co/SiDW7y9Jx9
— Dani The Girl (@NewYearsDani) December 21, 2017
Tapper doesn’t like anonymity anymore which would eliminate all of CNN’s reporting https://t.co/5QEwkLCeT8
— Eddie ? (@eddiecarl4468) December 21, 2017
Is that how you also felt about “Deep Throat”?? https://t.co/9et7XtV3JB
— Really FUBAR❤️?? (@Really_FUBAR) December 21, 2017
Considering that you’ve threatened to dox people, I question your qualifications regarding criticism of anonymity. https://t.co/WVQrsNDdSl
— Covpepe ? (@bjworthy69) December 21, 2017
Of course, it was Jake's network who threatened to dox a rando over a fucking gif. That was very brave. https://t.co/V4ihjbIGdp
— ☠Problematic AF™, Laughing at the U.N.☠ (@EF517_V2) December 21, 2017
Yes, threatening to dox some guy who made a CNN vs. Trump animated GIF — that was a particularly ugly episode.
Jake doesn't realize that many of us have chosen to remain anonymous because of death threats caused by lunatics who have been incited by @CNN #FakeNews ? https://t.co/yTBe0OXl6W
— Imperator_Rex (@Imperator_Rex3) December 21, 2017
Tapper’s a good reporter — he should know who Ace is. Maybe he really does?
You know he’s a big voice, and you know he rips you a new one about every three days, which is, I’m guessing, why the animus is turned to 11. https://t.co/UaqdACRqoY
— Magna Cart Horse ® ???? (@Bagehot99) December 21, 2017
CYA fail! Ben Rhodes counter-punches Politico’s Obama bombshell & knocks HIMSELF out
OOF! Twitter lights Brian Stelter UP for sharing ‘truth’ about HOW CNN doxxed Trump gif-maker
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