Most legacy media outlets, including CNN, still refuse to fully air Donald Trump’s remarks and/or insist on characterizing them for their audience instead of letting the audience decide. However, in the last 24 hours they’ve completely changed their approach to covering Joe Biden.
We saw it first when the headlines from the Hur report started hitting Thursday afternoon.
Scathing special counsel report finds Biden willfully retained and disclosed classified information, but says he will not face charges https://t.co/JMde7Y69Pi
— CNN (@CNN) February 8, 2024
Then CNN’s White House correspondent was attacked by Joe Biden for asking a simple question after his ill-advised dumpster fire of a speech Thursday evening.
“[The] American people have been watching and they have expressed concerns about your age…”
BIDEN (confused and angry): “That is YOUR JUDGMENT!” pic.twitter.com/1Jd0R70uy8
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) February 9, 2024
Friday morning the network aired a four-minute fact check of Biden’s speech, emphasizing some of the most damning sections of Hur’s report.
Four minutes of CNN fact-checking Biden’s lies. Brutal. pic.twitter.com/vsWQwkMn49
— MAGA War Room (@MAGAIncWarRoom) February 9, 2024
Since CNN actually did a good job here, we’ll go through the claims Biden made that they fact-checked, and the CNN response.
Here’s the first claim:
And all the stuff that was in my home was in filing cabinets that were either locked or able to be locked.
The correspondent replies:
Just not true, John. This report from the special counsel includes photos. Those photos include shots of a box just sitting in President Biden’s Delaware garage. The special counsel described it as a badly-damaged box sitting amid household detritus. So there was some material that was in cabinets, locked or lockable, as the president said, but all of it, certainly not. And that open, unsealed, damaged box included, according to the Special Counsel, highly-sensitive top secret material about the war in Afghanistan.
The second excuse/claim that Biden made Thursday night is:
And none of it was high classified. Didn’t have any of that red stuff on it — you know what I mean? — around the corners. None of that.
And the fact-check:
That claim that he didn’t have any material that was quote, unquote, high classified is also not true, John. The Special Counsel’s report says that the president possessed multiple highly-classified documents that were indeed marked as being highly-classified documents, including some marked as top secret/SCI, sensitive compartmented information. That is a very high level of classification. For example, special counsel Hur discussed two top secret documents about Afghanistan found in that open, unsealed, damaged box in the garage, one of which Hur said contains highly sensitive info about military programs and another that contains info about sensitive intelligence sources and methods.
Now, it’s not clear, John, if any of those Biden documents had those colored borders we saw on classified docs that former President Trump had, which I think is what president Biden was referring to when he takled about red around the corners. But still, whatever coloring these documents had, the special counsel said they were clearly marked as highly classified.
And then I should add, Hur also said that investigators’ analysis of Biden’s own handwritten notes from his time as vice president show that these notebooks also contain highly classified info, though those were not marked.
And Hur said a sampling of 37 excerpts found that, quote, “eight are top secret with sensitive compartmented information, seven of which include information concerning human intelligence sources, plus six others that were top secret.”
And the third claim was:
I did not share classified information. I did not share it with my ghostwriter, I did not. Guarantee you, I did not. What the… Well, no, they [special counsel] did not say that.
Biden made that claim while he and the reporter were interrupting each other, but I just quoted Biden’s end of the conversation for simplicity’s sake.
Here’s what CNN found:
So he’s entitled to say he didn’t do it. He can defend himself. But he also said that the Special Counsel didn’t say that he did share that classified info with the ghostwriter, except, John, the Special Counsel did say that explicitly. Hur wrote, quote, “Mr. Biden shared information, including some classified information, from those notebooks with his ghostwriter.”
He did find that Biden, quote, “at times tried to avoid sharing classified info” by skipping over certain material as he was reading them to the ghostwriter, and Hur did write that the evidence does not show that Biden knew the info was classified.”
Well, the problem is when you take notes on classified briefings, including information you obtained in the situation room, in your own personal notebook and then read it to your ghostwriter, there’s a big chance that you’re going to share classified information either accidentally or on purpose.
CNN is also reporting on Biden’s alleged meltdown after the report went public Thursday, and generally not carrying his water anymore – at least for today. So where is this new energy coming from? It’s obvious that there are factions in the Democrat party that don’t want Joe around even until January 2025. But there could be other categories of government/military types who want him gone for various reasons – some reasons being somewhat respectable, others not.
Keep in mind is that the intelligence community is highly pissed at the type of information that was in these classified documents and now officially reported as being in the documents, and officially reported as being shared with a ghostwriter. While many of them are swamp creatures, they still don’t want to die as the result of the carelessness/treason of an old man who’s used his position as a profit center for decades.
Also, note what was being said when Biden’s post-speech press conference was abruptly ended Thursday night. From the official transcript:
There’s also negotiations — you may recall, in the very beginning, right after — right before Hamas attacked, I was in contact with the Saudis and others to work out a deal where they would recognize Israel’s right to exist, let them — make them part of the Middle East, recognize them fully, in return for certain things that the United States would commit to do.
And the commitment to — that we were proposing to do related to two — to two items. I’m not going to go in detail. But one of them was to deal with the protection against their arch enemy to the northwest — northeast, I should say. The second one, by providing ammunition and materiel for them to defend themselves.
Coincidentally, that’s the timeframe when this broke out. I have no proof for what I’m about to say, but it’s not unreasonable to suspect that the — Hamas understood what was about to take place and wanted to break it up before it happened.
Obviously, Biden had just made a big gaffe regarding the leaders of Mexico and Egypt, but it could also be that Biden was going way off-script and perhaps saying things that he wasn’t supposed to be sharing about the potential level of knowledge in the White House of Hamas’ plans before the October 7 attacks.