Late yesterday, a New York Times report indicated FBI Director James Comey asked that a statement be made from the DOJ to repudiate President Trump’s claims that Mr. Trump’s home and offices were under surveillance by the Obama government during the 2016 Election. The NYT claim was then quickly repeated by other Mainstream Media outlets in order to turn a claim into a fact.
That’s how fake news works, because guess what? As of this writing, James Comey has actually said no such thing. At least not publicly.
The NYT piece cited “senior U.S. officials” as the source for their quickly assembled story to provide push-back against the president’s claims of Obama wiretapping.
There was no actual statement or quote from Director Comey himself. In fact, both the FBI and the DOJ refused to comment.
What the New York Times did was cite anonymous sources, create a headline that made it appear Comey had said his comments publicly, and then push it out to its fellow leftist news organizations so that by Monday morning, the “Comey denies Trump claims of wiretapping” becomes fact in the minds of the people.
That is NOT fact. That is fake news courtesy of the New York Times and all others who repeated the misrepresentation of comments Mr. Comey never actually said. (certainly not publicly/officially)
The Trump White House is now actually encouraging Mr. Comey to come forward to share what he knows regarding the Obama surveillance of then-candidate Donald Trump:
Additionally, The Hill reports that Trump aide Kellyanne Conway also called for Comey to share any information he might have on Trump’s allegations.
“If Mr. Comey has something he’d like to say I’m sure we’re all willing to hear it,” Conway said on Fox News. “All I saw was a published news report. I didn’t see a statement from him. I don’t know what Mr. Comey knows.
“If he knows, of course he can issue a statement,” Conway said. “We know he’s not shy.”