Networks keep giving shady intelligence officials airtime, despite credibility crush over Hunter, Trump hoaxes

The establishment media keeps platforming former intelligence officials who lack credibility because of their past behavior and/or rhetoric.

Take former Obama-era Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. His history is full of misinformation and, at times, straight-up lies.

The guy fully embraced the since-debunked Russian collusion delusion hoax and conspiracy theory. Conversely, he smeared the since-confirmed Hunter Biden laptop story as so-called “Russian disinformation.”

After reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop emerged in October of 2020, Clapper joined 50 other intelligence “experts” in signing a letter accusing the story of bearing “the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.”

Most famously, Clapper lied to Congress by testifying in March of 2013 that the government doesn’t “wittingly” collect data on American citizens.

“However, following former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s decision to leak top-secret information in 2013, it was revealed that the federal government does indeed collect data from the phone calls and internet communications of the American public,” Fox News notes.

“Clapper subsequently apologized in a letter to Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, stating his answer was ‘clearly erroneous,'” according to Fox News.

But it wasn’t merely “erroneous.” It was a straight-up lie.

Despite this history, CNN eagerly scooped him up in 2017.

And now, years later, he continues to offer his dubious analysis on live TV.

On Monday, he said the public should automatically assume that the classified documents obtained during the FBI’s raid earlier this month of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home have all been compromised.

“To me, yes, you always have to make a worst-case assumption once these documents are out of government custody, where the government is not protected, is not in the position of protecting these documents, there are areas that don’t meet storage requirements for the protection of highly sensitive, classified information,” he said.

“So, that is the worst-case assumption that you have to make. What is the potential damage that could be done to U.S. Intelligence capabilities? That is, were sources, methods, tradecraft compromised?”

Listen:

Next up is former FBI special agent Peter Strzok, who was fired from the agency in 2018 for sending anti-Trump text messages to a colleague while overseeing an investigation into Trump.

“Despite Strzok’s partisan reputation, he has been put in a position to defend the bureau on a near-daily basis. … Instead of being shunned from mainstream media, Strzok appeared on CNN or MSNBC at least 15 times in the first 15 days following the raid,” according to Fox News.

It’s a remarkable turn of events, according to founder Tom Elliott of Grabien, a site that aggregates news clips.

“Peter Strzok enjoys the rare distinction of being one of the only people to ever be fired from the federal government for performance. That alone should disqualify him from ever appearing in the media as some kind of expert,” he told Fox News.

Yet apparently, it hasn’t. Indeed, just two weeks ago Strzok appeared on MSNBC, where he proceeded to defend the FBI’s widely criticized raid of Trump’s home and slam Republicans over their alleged hypocrisy.

“The American public should trust what the FBI is doing. You know, what’s funny is I think back [to] the year and a half that I spent with a team looking at Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. There was no concern,”  he said.

“There was no outrage on behalf of any Republican as we used search warrants, as we went out and did a very invasive investigation to try and get to the bottom of what she did or didn’t do. So, it’s not that the FBI is targeting any one side or the other. What you see is the FBI going out on a day in, day out basis, objectively investigating allegations of law.”

Except the FBI never raided former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s home. Moreover, the agency looked the other way as she destroyed evidence.

Last up is former Obama-era CIA chief of staff turned MSNBC national security analyst Jeremy Bash. He, too, signed off the infamous Hunter Biden laptop story. But as of last Friday, he’s now a nominee for the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board.

“[President Joe] Biden on Friday appointed MSNBC pundit Jeremy Bash to serve on the president’s Intelligence Advisory Board, a 16-member panel that advises the president on the quality of the United States’ intelligence collection and provides analysis of the government’s counterintelligence and intelligence activities,” according to the Washington Free Beacon.

The appointment has drawn widespread complaints not only because of his smear of the Hunter Biden story but also his involvement in the Russian collusion hoax.

“[D]uring the height of the Trump-Russia probe, Bash asserted that the FBI and a federal judge found ‘people in Trump’s organization were colluding with the Russians.’ Bash also claimed in April 2017 that the FBI had verified ‘at least some elements of the [Steele] dossier’ and that Trump aide Carter Page had ‘knowingly engaged in foreign intelligence clandestine collection’ with Russia,” the Beacon notes.

All three claims were blatant lies. Yet this liar now works for both the media and the Biden administration …

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