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Following the reports alleging former National Security Advisor Susan Rice was behind the unmasking of , many journalists and political pundits are willfully choosing to ignore the empirical evidence in front of them, and push a narrative of racism.
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The situation all started when conservative journalist Mike Cernovich, reported that Rice was responsible for requesting the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign teams. And that the intelligence was found by searching the White House Counsel’s document log requests which belong to Rice. Cernovich’s accusations were then backed up by Bloomberg News’ Eli Lake, who has been characterized by many as an “Obama guy.”
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In response to the accusations, and alleged evidence, Rice made an appearance on MSNBC for an exclusive interview where she admitted that she has unmasked names before, however she stated that in those instances they were “absolutely not for any political purposes.” When she was asked directly about having been the potential leak of former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn name, she responded that she “leaked nothing to nobody, and never have and never would.”
Her comments and awareness of some details regarding the situation come mere weeks after stating to PBS that she knew “nothing” about the unmasking of names which were mentioned by House intelligence committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) around the same time.
THE NARRATIVE FLIP
Following the reports, and even after Rice’s admitting that she has unmasked names while working for the Obama Administration, the liberal media decided to go into full fledged protection mode. Deflecting any evidence that seemed to be too coincidental to be ignored, and attempting to change the narrative as to why Susan Rice had been stamped as the culprit, journalist quickly began hurling accusations of racism.
On Twitter, political commentator and professor of politics at Dartmouth University, Keith Boykin appeared to try to connect Rice, to White House reporter April Ryan, who often has a contentious relationship with Press Secretary Sean Spicer, and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) who has called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump on multiple occasions. All three of which are African American women.
The people who attacked April Ryan and Maxine Waters last week have now turned their attention to Susan Rice. Notice a pattern?
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) April 4, 2017
Jason Johnson, a professor at Morgan State University and a journalist whose work has appeared on The Root, CNN and MSBNC, looked to try to paint the same narrative, reported the Daily Caller.
In a Tuesday post for The Root entitled, “April Ryan, Maxine Waters and Now Susan Rice: Black Women Are Natural Enemies of Trump Administration,” Johnson writes, “[w]hen you know who your enemy is; when you know you’re just prey pretending to be a predator, you attack without hesitation.”
“Which explains why Trump-era Republicans are lashing out at any black woman they can find, whether it’s White House reporter April Ryan, Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California or, now, former national security adviser Susan Rice,” Johnson continues, “Trump-era Republicans hate and fear black women, and they’re convinced that their downfall will be at the hands of a black woman’s pen, policy or protest.”
— Jason Johnson (@DrJasonJohnson) April 4, 2017
MSNBC’s “Hardball With Chris Matthews” pundit David Corn also fell inline with the narrative twist stating:
So they are making her, you know, basically they’re defaming her without any reason to do so because she’s a woman. Maybe because she’s a black woman. Maybe because they didn’t like her during Benghazi.
The wave of narrative gymnastics continued on Twitter:
Black women scare the shit out of Trump admin & Republicans. re: Maxine Waters, April Ryan, Susan Rice…
— Nicholas 🕊 (@nikroybal) April 4, 2017
When you cannot fight the the evidence, cover it with smoke.