The Real Reason the Media Still Believe Susan Rice’s Lies

There is one undeniable truth within the D.C. press corps. If an ally of the Left says something, it is believed until proven false; deference which is decidedly not given to conservatives or even more liberal members of the GOP. The latest case in point is Susan Rice, the former Obama national security adviser and ambassador to the United Nations. Rice, a habitual liar, is believed time and time again by the media, so much so that it is embarrassing. Especially in light of her whopper regarding Syrian chemical weapons.

When Bloomberg’s Eli Lake dropped the bombshell that it was Susan Rice who had the names of Trump associates unmasked in foreign communications intercepts, the media fell in line to protect Rice and former President Barack Obama. CNN led the charge, using another former Obama administration political appointee, Jim Sciutto — who is now a CNN employee — to forcefully downplay the allegations. CNN’s Don Lemon told his audience that he wouldn’t “aid and abet” those trying to blame Rice.

Of course, Lemon and the rest of the MSM have no problem with aiding and abetting Rice, or any other leftist if it pushes their agenda.

The Daily Caller News Foundation followed up on the story with a claim that Rice ordered the preparation of “detailed spreadsheets” regarding Trump associates’ foreign communications. The MSM downplayed those allegations as well. Andrea Mitchell, stenographer to the Clintons and Obama, had Rice on MSNBC to profess her innocence.

There would be no problem with the mainstream media doing this if, in fact, Rice had proven herself in the past to be trustworthy.

Time and time again, however, she hasn’t.

After the terrorist assault on the Benghazi consulate on September 11, 2012, Rice went on the weekend news shows to blame the assault on a reportedly anti-Islamic video. The producer of that video was later arrested by the Obama administration. It has since been proven that it was never a video that was the reason for the attack.

Rice lied.

Then there was the fact that Rice said earlier this year that she knew nothing about the unmasking of names of Trump associates. A claim she contradicted in the interview with Mitchell. To his credit, CNN’s John King played both clips and said it was troubling, and asked “will the real Susan Rice please stand up?” It was a rare moment of truth seeking, regarding Rice, on the network.

Paul Waldman, writing in the Washington Post, said the Rice affair was a “fake scandal” that was “ginned up by right-wing media.” Yes, that bastion of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy … Bloomberg News, allied with Trump.

This week, Waldman’s colleague Glenn Kessler somewhat begrudgingly wrote about another Rice whopper. Her statement in January that “Obama got Syria to ‘verifiably give up its chemical weapons stockpile.’” After Syria launched a chemical weapons attack this week, that notion was proven to be verifiably false.

Here’s what Rice said to NPR on January 16, 2017.

“We were able to find a solution that didn’t necessitate the use of force that actually removed the chemical weapons that were known from Syria, in a way that the use of force would never have accomplished. Our aim in contemplating the use of force following the use of chemical weapons in August of 2013 was not to intervene in the civil war, not to become involved in the combat between Assad and the opposition, but to deal with the threat of chemical weapons by virtue of the diplomacy that we did with Russia and with the Security Council. We were able to get the Syrian government to voluntarily and verifiably give up its chemical weapons stockpile.”

— Susan E. Rice, then-national security adviser, in an interview with NPR’s “Morning Edition,” Jan. 16, 2017

Kessler gave Rice the Post’s worst rating for those comments: four Pinocchios. That rating denotes “a whopper” according to the Post.

Given Rice’s long tortuous history with the truth, it is perplexing to understand why the media would continue to believe her. Shouldn’t the default position of anyone in the press dealing with Rice be that she is lying?

If the media operated with that level of skepticism regarding Rice and other members of the Obama administration, it would become harder to carry their water. That is why they don’t. (For more from the author of ” (For more from the author of “The Real Reason the Media Still Believe Susan Rice’s Lies” please click HERE)

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