The story of how CNN benefited from a special relationship and became the Clapper News Network. Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has been identified as the source of numerous leaks that compromised ongoing investigations. This is also the story of how being the source of leaks can turn into a lucrative paying job with the same network.
As Written and Reported By Tim Graham for Newsbusters:
George Neumayr at The American Spectator made hay with the new House Intelligence Committee report that accuses former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper of leaking to CNN in January as CNN’s Jake Tapper broke the story that senior intelligence officials briefed President Obama and President-elect Trump on the Christopher Steele “dossier.” That would make sense…considering CNN is now paying Clapper to be a yapper to Tapper on TV.
The late pundit Robert Novak used to say that government officials can choose to be either “a source or a target.” In other words, leak information to reporters and you can count on flattering coverage and protection from them. An added bonus to leaking, as former Intelligence Director Jim Clapper discovered, is that the network to which you are leaking will turn you into a paid contributor.
According to Congressman Jim Jordan, speaking to Fox News, “Clapper was actually the guy leaking information” to CNN about the presidential briefing on the Steele dossier that served as the pretext for the media feeding frenzy over possible Russian blackmail of Trump.
One can only laugh at the utter fraudulence of CNN: it pads its panels with government officials who leak to it, then presents them to its audience as “nonpartisan” experts commenting on the aftershocks of the very stories they leaked……
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