(National Sentinel)Â Media Scandal: On his Monday program, talk radio legend Rush Limbaugh spent some time dissecting the anti-Trump “hate-fest” that was the White House Correspondent’s Dinner held on Saturday.
Most news from the event covered the foul-mouthed ‘comedy’ of Michelle Wolf, who was extremely disrespectful to Trump administration women — White House spokeswoman Sara Huckabee Sanders and senior political advisor Kellyanne Conway.
But Limbaugh said the “real scandal” of the evening was an award given toÂ CNN and some of its correspondents regarding reporting on the fake “Russia dossier” that is at the heart of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and Obama-era FISA court abuse.
“The real news of the evening is that the White House Correspondentsâ€™ Dinner Association gave reporters Jake Tapper, Jim Sciutto, Evan Perez, and Carl Bernstein an award for their January 10th, 2017, report on the Steele dossier,â€ Limbaugh said.
â€œYou know the story. Hillary Clinton, as in a work of art, commissions this thing as opposition research. She hires Fusion GPS, which then hires a law firm to make the payment to wash the money so that itâ€™s not traceable back to Clinton,” he continued.
“And they hire this Christopher Steele guy to go out and make up a bunch of garbage about Trump for the express purpose of using it as so-called legitimate intelligence on Trump that is designed to drive down public opinion on Trump so as to make it easy to get rid of him!â€ he said.
â€œSo the White House Correspondentsâ€™ Dinner Association gave Jake Tapper, Jim Sciutto, Evan Perez… and Carl Bernstein an award for their January 10th report on the dossier, 2017. Now, we now know, folks, that their report was nothing but dictation from James Clapper.â€
Clapper, you may recall, was President Obama’s director of national intelligence. Some in Congress suspect he was the one who leaked to CNNÂ details of a meeting then-FBI Director James Comey had with then-President-elect Donald J. Trump to “brief” him about the dossier.
Clapper is now a paid consultant for the network.
The reporters â€œknew what they thought they knewâ€ simply because Clapper leaked it to them, Limbaugh continued.
â€œWorse than that, it was all part of a calculated setup to give CNN a news hook so that they could start reporting on the Steele dossier and make it public. The Steele dossier had been known for months. It was floating around Washington, and everybody knew what it was,” he said.
“And everybody knew that it was unverified, uncorroborated. Everybody in the media knew that none of it could be established to have happened, none of it could be proved, none of it could be verified. But the media wanted it in the public domain,â€ Limbaugh explained.
â€œHow to do that? CNN needed a news hook. A news hook is a reason to report on it aside from its contents. You couldnâ€™t report on the details â€™cause none of it was verified. So they needed a way to get this thing known by the American people. The way this happened, James Clapper essentially told Comey to go brief Trump on the existence of the dossier.â€
He said Comey did Clapper’s “bidding” so Clapper could then leak details of the meeting to his future employer.
â€œThis is like giving an award to a stenographer taking dictation, because thatâ€™s exactly what these reporters did,â€ LimbaughÂ said.
He also noted that the House Intelligence Committee’s recently released report concluded that “ClapperÂ not only leaked information about the infamous Steele dossier and high-level government briefings about it to CNN â€¦ he also may have lied to Congress about the matter.â€