Monday, March 6, 2017

Bloomberg Falsely Claims Breitbart Did Not Cite Independent Sources

Bloomberg Falsely Claims Breitbart Did Not Cite Independent Sources
by Joel B. Pollak 5 Mar 2017
Bloomberg News claimed Sunday that Breitbart News and conservative radio host Mark Levin had not cited “independent” evidence to back up the claim that the Obama administration had conducted surveillance on Donald Trump’s aides in the 2016 campaign.

Bloomberg claimed:

Breitbart, the media outlet previously run by White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, published a story Friday outlining actions supposedly taken by the Obama administration to monitor Trump Tower in New York during the campaign. The story, which claimed the moves were aimed at undermining Trump’s candidacy, referenced commentary by radio host Mark Levin that made similar claims.

Neither Breitbart News nor Levin cited independent reporting to back up the assertions.

However, Levin cited several independent news sources in his Mar. 2 broadcast. Several of these, plus others, were also cited by Breitbart, including:

·        Heat Street, “EXCLUSIVE: FBI Granted FISA Warrant Covering Trump Camp’s Ties To Russia,” Nov. 7, 2016
·        New York Times: “N.S.A. Gets More Latitude to Share Intercepted Communications,” Jan. 12, 2017 (via PJMedia)
·        New York Times: “Intercepted Russian Communications Part of Inquiry Into Trump Associates,” Jan. 19, 2017
·        New York Times: “Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence,” Feb. 14, 2017
·        New York Times: “Obama Administration Rushed to Preserve Intelligence of Russian Election Hacking,” Mar. 1, 2017

In a subsequent report on Sunday morning, Breitbart News cited additional independent, mainstream sources, including:

·        Guardian, “John McCain passes dossier alleging secret Trump-Russia contacts to FBI,” Jan. 11, 2017
·        BBC, “Trump ‘compromising’ claims: How and why did we get here?” Jan. 12, 2017

The “without evidence” talking point has been ubiquitous this weekend, repeated by mainstream media outlets and Democratic Party representatives alike, though the evidence has been in plain sight for weeks — and was duly cited.

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Note: Michael R. Bloomberg is the founder of Bloomberg LP, was a benefactor for the Harlem Children's Zone, a donor for the Robin Hood Foundation, and Josh Isay was his political consultant.
George Soros was a benefactor for the Harlem Children's Zone, and the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society.
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the Harlem Children's Zone, and the Robin Hood Foundation.
Nicholas Johnston was a managing editor for Bloomberg LP, and is an editor for Axios.
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