FBI Director Chris Wray: We Still Have ‘Grave Concerns’ About Nunes FISA Memo

During his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, FBI director Christopher Wray confirmed the reports about his apprehension over Devin Nunes‘ FISA memo. For the last few weeks, it was believed that Wray opposed President Trump‘s decision to release the memo, saying that it would give a partisan-charged “false narrative” about malpractice within his bureau. The memo came up during today’s hearing on global threats to the United States, and Wray expressed his “grave concerns about the accuracy of the memorandum.” Wray cited “omissions” as his top concern, explaining that he wasn’t sure how thousands of sensitive documents and bits of intelligence could be sufficiently condensed into Nunes’ brief memo. For the last Continue reading "FBI Director Chris Wray: We Still Have ‘Grave Concerns’ About Nunes FISA Memo"

MediaShift Podcast #257: Billionaire Owner for the LA Times; Twitter Bots Push #ReleasetheMemo; Next Generation Radio’s Doug Mitchell

In the news this week, there’s another billionaire owner of a major metro newspaper, this time Patrick Soon-Shiong buying the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune in a fire sale from Tronc. The #releasethememo hashtag had a big groundswell of support on Twitter, but a researcher found that Russian bots were helping it go viral. And Facebook’s Instant Articles feature has lost nearly half of its original partner publishers, but has gained 29 publishers who are pushing fake news, and making money from – and for – Facebook. Our Metric of the Week is the Invisible Audience, and we go one-on-one with Doug Mitchell, founder of NPR’s Next Generation Radio, who’s launching a mentoring program for newsrooms to increase diversity. Don’t have a lot of time to spare, but still want to get a roundup of the week’s top news? Then check out our Digital Media Brief below!

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House Intel Committee Votes Unanimously to Send Democratic Rebuttal Memo to White House

House Intelligence Committee Ranking Democrat Adam Schiff addressed reporters on Monday night, announcing that they have voted to release a new memo that will supposedly rebuke the controversial memo Republicans released last week. Earlier tonight, the committee cast a unanimous vote to send their memo to the White House with a request to be publicly disclosed in the next few days. Congressional Democrats insist that this memo will offer context and information which will contradict the findings from Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) about alleged FBI malpractice and FISA abuses against President Trump‘s team. As Schiff addressed the media, he said that his fellow committee members felt compelled to release their counter-memo in order to address all of the commotion caused by Continue reading "House Intel Committee Votes Unanimously to Send Democratic Rebuttal Memo to White House"

CNN’s Erin Burnett to Dem Rep.: Weren’t Democrats Being a Little Hyperbolic About the Memo Too?

On Friday night, CNN host Erin Burnett confronted Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) about her party’s handing of the GOP memo’s release. Burnett mentioned to Speier, who sits on the House Intel Committee, how Democrats were “sounding the alarm” in the days leading up the controversial disclosure, saying that it would be “reckless” and “incredibly dangerous” if such information was made public. She also quoted House Intel Committee Ranking Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), who warned the release of the memo could spark a “constitutional crisis” and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who claimed that President Trump “surrendered his constitutional responsibilities” for green lighting the “fake” and “horrible” release. “Was there just a little bit of hyperbole coming from Democrats on this?” Burnett asked. “I mean, all the names in there knew they were going to be in there.” Let’s just say Speier didn’t exactly answer the question. At Continue reading "CNN’s Erin Burnett to Dem Rep.: Weren’t Democrats Being a Little Hyperbolic About the Memo Too?"

Hmm…The First to Have Nunes Memo Were All Conservative, Pro-Trump Media Outlets

We all knew it was coming and now it’s here. President Donald Trump authorized the release of the Rep. Devin Nunes memo — which alleges the FBI was purposefully misleading regarding the Christopher Steele dossier, among other accusations — and it was made public just minutes later. As we waited with bated breath for the memo to finally, finally be released, news of its exact contents was clear to several media outlets, long before mainstream media stalwarts such as CNN and MSNBC filed their reports. So who got the memo first? Curiously enough, the first to have it were Trump-friendly Fox News and Trump-amorous Bryon York of the Washington Examiner. That might not come as a surprise — Fox News’ opinion arm has been amping up the memo for weeks, with Sean Hannity leading the charge with his #ReleaseTheMemo hashtag. As a matter fact, Hannity knew, almost within minutes, when Continue reading "Hmm…The First to Have Nunes Memo Were All Conservative, Pro-Trump Media Outlets"

White House on FISA Memo Release: Raises ‘Serious Concerns’ About FBI, DOJ Integrity

The White House has made an announcement addressing the massive intrigue over President Trump‘s decision to release the House Intelligence Committee’s GOP memo on alleged FBI investigative malpractice. In the statement, Sarah Huckabee Sanders expresses “serious concerns” about what the memo says about how the Justice Department and FBI acquire FISA warrants. The Press Secretary says Trump gives thanks to the intelligence and law enforcement communities, and he is “especially grateful” to the “rank and file” members in both arenas who labor to protect American citizens and their constitutional rights.
“Minority members of the Committee have reportedly drafted a separate memorandum. The Administration stands ready to work with Congress to accommodate oversight requests consistent with applicable standards.”
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Outnumbered Gets Heated Over Nunes Memo: ‘That’s Horrifying!’

Outnumbered was of many minds on Friday as its hosts on Fox News poured through the revelations from Devin Nunes‘s newly released memo detailing alleged FISA abuses against the Trump 2016 campaign. Lisa Boothe analyzed the memo with Howard Kurtz, today’s #OneLuckyGuy, and she determined that it proves the investigations into Trump have been “poisoned by politics.” When she received pushback from Jessica Tarlov, Boothe persisted by arguing that Michael Flynn wouldn’t have gotten in trouble if not for the Trump-collusion narrative, and the president has good reason to accuse his investigators of partisan bias. Melissa Francis focused on the part of the memo which stated that Andrew McCabe wouldn’t have sought a FISA warrant had it not been for Christopher Steele‘s salacious dossier. When asked if this development on the FBI’s integrity will increase pressure to fire Robert Mueller, Kurtz wasn’t sure since Continue reading "Outnumbered Gets Heated Over Nunes Memo: ‘That’s Horrifying!’"