Last week, CBS’s 60 Minutes profiled conservative political reporter Mike Cernovich in a segment on so-called “fake news,” portraying him as one of the internet’s chief proponents of it.
Cernovich was interviewed by 60 Minutes’ Scott Pelley for over an hour, but only a few minutes actually made it on air. Understandably given the left-wing narrative 60 Minutes wanted to portray, Cernovich’s comments blasting all the examples of liberal fake news didn’t make it on air.
The big story today is that Susan Rice had requested unmasking names of Trump transition officials during monitored conversations they had with Russian officials – and if 60 Minutes is to be believed, fake news beat them, and everyone else to the story.
As the Daily Caller reported: Cernovich was the first to break the news that Obama’s former national security advisor Susan Rice made requests to unmask the identities of Trump associates.
Cernovich said in his report Sunday that New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman knew about the Rice requests, and “has chosen to sit on it in an effort to protect the reputation of former President Barack Obama.” A New York Times spokeswoman told The Daily Caller, “Cernovich’s claim regarding Maggie Haberman is 100 percent false.”Bloomberg’s Eli Lake confirmed Cernovich’s report Monday, but did not include any details about Haberman sitting on the story. Cernovich told TheDC in an interview that Lake also sat on the story over the weekend. Lake did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Bloomberg story didn’t give Cernovich any credit for his scoop and he said he wasn’t upset as he has more influence than Bloomberg.
Hilariously, if Bloomberg didn’t pick up the story today, it’s without a doubt that Cernovich’s story would be labeled “fake news,” and the subject of a number of “exposes” from garbage sites like Media Matters.
Funny how that works…
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]