It’s a pattern Americans have become all too familiar with— anti-Trump media use unverified sources to create fake news stories that unfairly paint a picture of an untrustworthy President Trump, as a way to harm his chances of re-election in 2020. Resist Trump Democrat lawmakers leak the untrue news to the media.  This time, it’s the rabidly anti-Trump New York Times and CNN who put out bombshell stories from unverified sources about how the Russians plan to help President Trump win in 2020 by interfering in our elections, and how they plan to help Bernie Sanders win the Democratic Party primaries.

This morning, President Trump shot back at the unverified claims about Russia helping Bernie Sanders to win the Democratic Party presidential nomination, blaming Rep Adam Schiff “and his group for leaking the information to his groups.” Trump said that Rep. Schiff should be investigated for leaking information to the media.

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Here’s the CNN headline from February 21, 20202: “Russia is looking to help Trump win in 2020. an election security official told lawmakers” (The article is co-written by Jim Acosta, one of CNN’s most rabidly anti-Trump reporters.)

From the CNNarticle – The intelligence community’s top election security official delivered a briefing to lawmakers last week warning them that the intelligence community believes Russia is already taking steps to interfere in the 2020 election with the goal of helping President Donald Trump win, three sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.

Last week’s briefing, led by election security official Shelby Pierson andfirst reported by The New York Times, addressed the overall picture of Russia’s efforts, including hacking, weaponizing social media and attacks on election infrastructure, one of the sources said.

The briefers said Russia does favor Trump, but that helping Trump wasn’t the only thing they were trying to do as it was also designed to raise questions about the integrity of the elections process, the source added.

In their article, CNN claims that an unidentified White House official told them, “Trump became irate in a meeting with outgoing acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire last week for allowing the information about Russia’s meddling efforts to be included in the briefing.”

Fox News is now reporting that there is NO evidence to support the claims made by CNN or the New York Times’ unverified sources.

Contrary to numerous recent media reports, there is no evidence to suggest that Russia is making a specific “play” to boost President Trump’s reelection bid, a U.S. intelligence official told Fox News on Sunday.

In addition, top U.S. election official Shelby Pierson, who briefed Congress on Russian election interference efforts, may have overstated intelligence regarding the issue when speaking to the House Intelligence Committee earlier this month, the source added.

The Wall Street Journal reported last week, citing people familiar with her work, that Pierson “has a reputation for being injudicious with her words and not appreciating the delicate work of corralling federal agencies, technology firms and state election officials to collaborate on election security.”

U.S. intelligence officials have publicly testified only that the Russians have been using “information warfare” ahead of the election. Fox News is told Democrats pressed Pierson on whether Russia was trying to help Trump, and accurate context or perspective to her responses failed to emerge.

Intelligence agencies have made great strides in preventing Russian interference this year, Fox News also was told.

Republican lawmakers who were in the Pierson briefing noted that Trump has taken on Russia in numerous ways, one official present told The Associated Press. The White House has opposed Russia’s major proposed pipeline in Germany, provided deadly arms to Ukraine and accused Russia of violating key arms treaties, among other measures.

Will CNN or the New York Times pay a price for misreporting about Russian election interference aimed at helping Trump to win, when it was not at all the case? Will Facebook hide their content from their newsfeed, as they do to us when one of their “fact-checkers” wrongly identifies an article we published as “false” or “misleading?” Will Twitter prevent followers of CNN or NYT’s from viewing their tweets, because they’re considered an unreliable source of news?

What are the consequences for CNN or the New York Times when they falsely report news intended to harm President Trump and his chances of being re-elected?

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