Are NBC and CNN paying off top spies who leaked info with on-air jobs?

Are NBC and CNN paying off top spies who leaked info with on-air jobs?
Michelle Wolf wows 'em at White House Correspondents' Dinner (Image: Politico video screen grab)

[Ed. – Not an optimistic picture of the current state — or future — of the so-called ‘free press’ in America.]

… [T]he WHCA’s prize committee presented the Merriman Smith Award for broadcast journalism to CNN’s Evan Perez, Jim Sciutto, Jake Tapper, and Carl Bernstein for their Jan. 10, 2017 story reporting that Barack Obama’s four intelligence chiefs briefed Donald Trump that Russia had compromising information on the President-elect.

The compromising information — ranging from allegations of the Trump team’s criminal activities to the sexual depravities of Trump himself — was sourced to a 35-page-long opposition research file allegedly authored by the ex-British spy Christopher Steele. …

CNN has never disclosed the close relationship between Evan Perez, one of the reporters on the Jan. 10, 2017 story, and his former Wall Street Journal colleagues who went on to start Fusion GPS, including the company’s founder Glenn Simpson. …

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That story is now coming into focus with the recent release of seven government documents that together detail a working partnership between spy agencies and the press that helped a political attack meme go viral, even though the evidence on which it was based was demonstrably false.

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