CNN is finding themselves in trouble after failing to disclose a conflict of interest when it came to their reporting on the Trump/Russia dossier published by Buzzfeed back in January. As it turns out, the network has close ties to Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm at the center of the dossier controversy.
As is to be expected on anything anti-Trump, CNN’s reporting on the dossier has been mostly favorable to Fusion GPS. The reporting on this particular matter has been led by the network’s justice correspondent, Evan Perez, who has largely relied on “unnamed sources” and has a connection with a number of Fusion’s operatives.
As the Daily Caller uncovered:
- Glenn Simpson, the Fusion co-founder most often associated with the dossier, is used to working on stories with Perez. As reporters at The Wall Street Journal, Perez and Simpson regularly co-authored stories on national security.
- Another Fusion founder, Tom Catan, worked as a reporter for the Journal at the same time as Perez and Simpson. The third Fusion co-founder, Peter Fritsch, worked above Perez and Simpson as the senior national security editor.
- Simpson and Fritsch left the WSJ in 2011 to launch Fusion. Perez jumped from the paper to CNN in 2013. Another longtime Journal reporter, Neil King, left the paper to join Fusion in December 2016.
Perhaps that’s why Fusion GPS, a firm that was described in Senate testimony as “a smear-for-hire operation that manufactures misleading or false media narratives for its clients,” can be portrayed so favorably on CNN. At no point during the course of his reporting has Perez disclosed any of his ties to the firm.
We now know that the Hillary campaign and DNC both funded Fusion’s propaganda.
And now we have a link between Fusion GPS and CNN.
Would a discredited dossier that only a publican with Buzzfeed’s reputation would dare initially release even be taken seriously by mainstream networks if it wasn’t anti-Trump in nature? I doubt it.
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