See update below: Scarborough rips ‘hallelujah chorus’ dismissing Rice controversy

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Move over, Democrats. There’s a new opposition party in town. And its name is CNN.

Opening his show this morning with a discussion of the emerging controversy over the unmasking of the names of Trump associates in intelligence intercepts, Chris Cuomo said, “so President Trump wants you to believe that he is the victim of a ‘crooked scheme.’ Those are his words. And here are our words: there is no evidence of any wrongdoing.”

So it’s Trump’s words vs. “our words.” As if Trump and CNN are two opposing political movements.

Which they evidently are. Cuomo then blithely dismissed the entire matter as a “fake scandal being peddled by right-wing media.”

It is particularly absurd to so quickly dismiss a controversy when the people at the center of it are the highly-politicized Susan “the video did it” Rice, and her deputy, Ben Rhodes.

Note: you have to view the video to hear how Cuomo bites off each word of “there is no evidence of any wrongdoing.” CNN really, really wants you to ignore this story.

Note segundo: check out the chyron in the screencap. CNN helpfully informs viewers that the allegations of wrongdoing are “false.”

CHRIS CUOMO: So President Trump wants you to believe that he is the victim of a ‘crooked scheme.’ Those are his words. And here are our words: there is no evidence of any wrongdoing. And in fact, if anything the NSA asking for identities was a reflection of exactly how much traffic there was involving Trump people and foreign players. The White House blasting the press for not reporting on another fake scandal being peddled by right-wing media.

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Update: Scarborough Rips ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ Dismissing Susan Rice Controversy

Did Joe Scarborough have Chris Cuomo in mind when he ripped the “hallelujah chorus” that is dismissing the controversy over Susan Rice’s unmasking of the names of Trump associates caught up in intelligence intercepts?

Whereas Cuomo blithely dismissed the matter as a “fake scandal being peddled by right-wing media,” Scarborough took Rice’s actions much more seriously on today’s Morning Joe.

After reading from a Bloomberg story reporting that the intercepts unmasked by Rice contained valuable “political” information on the incoming Trump administration, Scarborough posed  this killer question: “what if Dick Cheney had asked for the unmasking of names for Barack Obama’s incoming administration?”

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Mark Halperin, this Bloomberg report says that one official familiar with reports say they contained valuable political information, not Intel, but valuable political information on what the Trump transition team was doing, including who Trump was meeting, who the Trump team was meeting, what the views were of Trump associates on foreign policy matters and plans for the incoming administration. I don’t understand —

MARK HALPERIN: If that report is accurate, it begs a lot of questions about what was going on. And people who want to dismiss it as routine I think are uncurious.

JOE: Well, what if Dick Cheney had asked for the unmasking of names for Barack Obama’s incoming administration? I mean, it’s a very simple question to ask the next time anybody says this is much ado about nothing.

Again, we don’t — there are a lot of things we don’t know, a lot of questions we don’t know. I do know this, though, I heard the hallelujah chorus come immediately on queue last night saying, and Richard [Haass] is laughing because he saw it too: nothing to see here, move along, move along. Let’s just replace Susan Rice’s name with Dick Cheney’s name, the incoming Trump administration’s name with the incoming Obama administration’s name and then Willie, let’s go from there.