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Susan Rice Unmasking Scandal - A Real Story? Partisan Media Reactions

Apr 4, 2017
Susan Rice unmasking scandal story has some media taking sides.

The partisan reactions from the Susan Rice unmasking scandal are quite remarkable, depending on which media you subscribe, the story flips one hundred eighty degrees. is this even a real story?

It depends on who you ask and who is reporting.

Eli Lake, the national security columnist for Bloomberg View has a story published that reports that President Barack Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign.

Check out his report here, right now Susan Rice is taking an approach of no comment.

From Bloomberg:

“Rice herself has not spoken directly on the issue of unmasking. Last month when she was asked on the "PBS NewsHour" about reports that Trump transition officials, including Trump himself, were swept up in incidental intelligence collection, Rice said: "I know nothing about this," adding, "I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that account today.”

Partisan media reactions are polar opposite:

Slate says even if the claim that Rice unmasked US persons connected to the Donald Trump campaign it’s no big deal.

Specifically - it’s total BS.

"That means that even if Lake’s reporting, which relies on two anonymous sources, is completely correct, Rice did nothing wrong. There is no “unmasking” scandal. The whole thing is bullshit, a reality TV storyline jointly spun by Republicans and the right-wing media. It’s a clever bit of misdirection and mystification meant to do two things. First, it’s supposed to validate the president’s March 4 tweet claiming that Obama put a “tapp” on his phone during the presidential campaign, though it does no such thing. Second, the “unmasking” drama is meant to make it seem as if the real scandal lies in the investigation into the Trump team’s foreign contacts—which Trump would have us believe was politically motivated—and not the contacts themselves."

The media on the right believes that this report is a bombshell scandal and deserves investigating.

Fox News teed up Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and he wants Rice to answer some questions.

From Fox Insider:

“I see no legitimate reason for her to be searching a database and unmasking people," Paul said on "America's Newsroom" today.

Watch the video.

Does the story lead to Rice testyfying?

 

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