Brian Stelter

CNN Show Called ‘Reliable Sources’ Ignores Reliable Sources Discrediting CNN Story

The Times and Post did not back up CNN's story, as Stelter claimed

I called attention last week to a CNN story in which chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto reported that the United States chose to extract a highly-placed Kremlin spy due to concerns that "President Donald Trump and his administration repeatedly mishandled classified intelligence," including during a May 2017 meeting with Vladimir Putin. That would have been a major scoop, but The Washington Post and The New York Times followed with their own stories and neither confirmed the most incendiary part of Sciutto's reporting. In their telling, the decision to extract the spy was firmly made before Trump was even president, and solely in response to media speculation about a U.S. source close to Putin.