The latest in a series of scandals rocked the Obama administration Thursday, when it was reported that the National Security Agency has been collecting hoards of Verizon phone records. Most people learned about that one, first reported by The Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald, and other scandals by way of the news media.
But Breitbart News‘s John Nolte has other means of intercepting this type of intelligence, it seems.
“Media didn’t break IRS, AP, Libya, or Verizon stories — But we did learn Romney cut some kid’s hair a half-century ago!” Nolte tweeted Thursday, referencing a 2012 WaPo report on former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
We’ve requested comment from Nolte on how he learned about any of the scandals, if not for the news media. After all… AP reported its own story about the Justice Department secretly seizing its staffers’ phone records, Verizon was broken by Guardian and Fox News broke much of the news on Libya. The IRS story did, however, emerged only after one of its directors publicly outed the agency for unfairly scrutinizing conservative groups.
Even so, Nolte continued on with tweets targeting the news media for not breaking the stories they actually broke.
- “Media didn’t break IRS, AP, Libya, or Verizon stories –but we do know Michele Bachmann once flubbed a Shakespeare quote!”
- “Media didn’t break IRS, AP, Libya, or Verizon stories but we do know … Rick Perry‘s father painted a rock.”
Nolte responded to our request by directing us to a blog post he wrote Thursday. In the post, Nolte makes some curious claims, though apparently when he says “media” he means “American media.”
On who broke the Verizon story, Nolte wrote, “Nope, not our guys. That was the Brits over at The Guardian.” Even though the story was first reported by Greenwald, an American.
On who broke the AP-DOJ story, Nolte wrote, “Nope, not our guys. Believe it or not, the Associated Press didn’t even break that story. Like the IRS, we only found out because the Justice Department outed itself in a letter notifying the AP of what it had done.” That link included by Nolte directs readers to an AP story, the first one to report the news.
And on Libya, Nolte wrote that most in “the media” tried silencing anyone who brought it up, rather than chasing the facts. Nolte’s own exceptions to this rule: CNN’s Jake Tapper and CBS News’ Sharyl Attkisson. And all of Fox News, which is, according to Nolte, not the “media.” (By the way, how high do Fox News’ ratings have to be for conservatives to finally recognize it as part of “the media”?)
“I’m really confused about this,” one D.C. journalist who was following along with Nolte’s tweets remarked to FishbowlDC. “It’s just… not true. What the hell is he talking about?”