As Twitchy told you Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence announced an agreement with Turkey that would lead to at least a temporary ceasefire in Syria. NBC News’ national security reporter Ken Dilanian then presented this “fact check” based on what he said he’s been told:
Fact check: Experts are already saying the US just granted Ergogan everything he wanted, all along, including exclusive rights to patrol the safe zone by air. They are calling this a total capitulation.
— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) October 17, 2019
U.S. Ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, has previously not been shy about calling out the media, and he did so again when it came to Dilanian’s claim:
Sometimes it’s necessary to call out BS. This is one of those times:
Dilanian regularly makes stuff up. Most everyone knows this. His political agenda means he uses anonymous sources regularly – and they are fake. He is an opinion writer and should be labeled as such. https://t.co/YqVqU74Gjm
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) October 18, 2019
Well, there it is!
CIA Ken! https://t.co/XdirjasLLQ
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) October 18, 2019
It’s weird how the same people who bashed Trump as a warmonger are now bashing him for not being a warmonger.
— Nathan Acreman (@NateAcreman1) October 18, 2019
He works for NBC. Nothing more to say.
— Pamela Scott (@PamelaS99694909) October 18, 2019
"Experts say …"
First, the argument is lost when you reference anonymous "experts". Second, anyone with first-hand experience knows that "the experts" aren't.
— Radical Radials (@EchelonRight) October 18, 2019
The media hasn’t exactly had a banner month covering the Syria story so it’s no wonder their reports are often met with skepticism.