CNN’s Chris Cillizza, along with most of his peers in the mainstream media, are rapidly losing their credibility. 

They are ignoring the real story at their peril. 

CNN’s Chris Cillizza is absolutely outraged that President Trump would not allow himself to fall into Adam Schiff’s obvious trap. The rebuttal memo, intentionally filled with highly sensitive, classified material, was written to provide Adam Schiff with a new opportunity to attack Trump.

Schiff and his fellow Democrats were well aware that the rebuttal memo would not be able to be declassified without major redactions to protect sensitive information. He knew that Trump would have to either heavily redact the memo, or not release it. Either scenario would provide Schiff with ammunition.

Instead of his administration making the redactions and igniting a political firestorm, Trump chose a third option, the least bad option. He essentially told Schiff to make the necessary changes himself, remove the sources and methods that Schiff railed about prior to the release of the Nunes (which the Nunes memo did not contain, and yes, Schiff had read the document and was very well aware of this fact) and then we can release it.

“The White House included a letter signed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray that says they have identified portions of the Democratic memo that would raise national security or law enforcement concerns if released publicly.”

(Please note that once the Nunes memo was released, and it was clear that there was nothing in it that would compromise our national security as Schiff had falsely and emphatically warned, no one in the mainstream media called him out over his grandstanding. Where was your outrage then, Chris?)

Cillizza: “Trump okayed the release of the Nunes memo last week. Late Friday, he vetoed the release of the Democratic memo, sending it back to the Intelligence Committee for revisions.”

“The hypocrisy and cynicism in those twin decisions is roughly the size of Mount Everest. (Nota bene: That the memo is "long" seems entirely immaterial to whether it should be released or not.)”

Note to Chris: Trump intends to release the memo and will do so after Schiff himself removes the sensitive information. He was obviously and rightly counseled against making the necessary redactions himself.

Schiff’s attempt to deceive Trump was deliberate and unmistakable.

The President is allowed to change his mind. You’re just angry that he avoided Schiff’s trap.

Regarding the “hypocrisy and cynicism in those twin decisions being the size of Mount Everest,” honestly, the hypocrisy and cynicism of you and your peers is the size of Mount Everest.

Furthermore, Schiff has likely leaked his memo to the press anyway, so it’s probably out there unofficially already.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, of course, could not resist joining the fray.

"The President's double standard when it comes to transparency is appalling. The rationale for releasing the Nunes memo, transparency, vanishes when it could show information that's harmful to him. Millions of Americans are asking one simple question: what is he hiding?"

The absurdity of that statement speaks for itself.

The utter contempt for Trump by Cillizza and his peers is mind-blowing. He even mocked the President yesterday for his reaction to a woman who appeared on Fox and Friends to discuss her son’s drug overdose. Yes, with all of the monumental abuses of power and corruption that have taken place at the highest levels of our nation’s most respected institutions, the mainstream media, that elite, highly educated group of men and women, chose to focus on this petty nonsense. National Review’s Victor Davis Hansen lists some of what they are missing below.

“The wrongdoing probably includes attempting to warp a U.S. election, Russian collusion, repeatedly misleading and lying before the FISA courts, improperly surveilling American citizens, unmasking the names of citizens swept up in unlawful surveillance and then illegally leaking them to the press, disseminating and authenticating opposition smears during a political campaign, lying under oath to Congress, obstructing ongoing investigations, using federal funds to purchase ad hominem gossip against a presidential candidate, blatant conflicts of interests, weaponizing federal investigations, trafficking in and leaking classified information . . . The list goes on and on.”

National Review: Five Takeaways From the Nunes Memo

Conservatives are weary of all of the manufactured outrage coming from the left. As Republicans get closer and closer to the truth, the left becomes more and more vehement. The reality is that the release of Schiff’s rebuttal memo will not make much of a difference one way or the other. Americans are not stupid. Schiff has told so many lies that he is losing his credibility.

Victor Davis Hanson says it best. “Adam Schiff, after months of leaking, making grandiose false statements on cable TV, and getting punked by Russian comedians, is now a caricature.”

Because the Grassley-Graham referral letter corroborated all of the allegations of the Nunes memo, the facts about the corruption and the abuse of power involving Hillary Clinton and senior officials of the Obama Administration are beginning to reach the American people. As one revelation leads to another, the left has become terrified and has gone into attack mode because this just wasn’t supposed to happen.

The more damaging the revelations, the more intense and angry the rhetoric from the left grows. Democrats and the mainstream media can criticize and deride all they want, but the wheels of justice are now in motion. The truth is being exposed albeit slowly. Those who refuse to acknowledge this will one day regret it. Victor Davis Hanson’s perspective follows.

“Those who still persist in denying the extent of clear wrongdoing will suffer the tragicomic fate of Watergate-era Representative Charles Sandman (an authentic World War II hero) and Rabbi Baruch Korff (who as a child fled Ukrainian pogroms). The last diehard supporters of Richard Nixon as he faced impeachment, they both ended up widely discredited because of their political inability or personal unwillingness to see what was right before their eyes.”

“After all, professed civil libertarians, hard-hitting investigative reporters, and skeptics of nontransparent and overreaching federal agencies are now insidiously defending not the just the indefensible, but what they have claimed to have fought against their entire lives. Woodward and Bernstein in their sunset years have missed the far greater scandal and in their dotage will likely nullify what they once did in their salad days.”

Nota bene: CNN’s Chris Cillizza is rapidly losing credibility along with many of his peers in the mainstream media.

A word of caution: Save your outrage for issues that truly matter.

Open up your eyes mainstream media, you are missing the story of a lifetime.

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