That is the message that was given to the press yesterday by the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr. Chairman Burr said that the investigating into Russia’s alleged tampering with the 2016 election has opened a can of worms for liberals and the media. He added that the investigation will ultimately show that “quite a few” news outlets ran stories that were not factual and intended to slant the election to Mrs. Clinton.
The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee told Politico that his committee will not be investigating news organizations because they are outside the committees scope. But the committee will make public their findings along with the information needed to hold the guilty outlets responsible for what they reported.
“We’re not going to investigate news organizations, but we will use the findings of our report to let the American people hold every news organization accountable for what they portrayed as fact, in many cases without sources — at least, no sources that would admit to it,” Burr told Politico. “And I think, when we finish our report, we will find that quite a few news organizations ran stories that were not factual,” he added.
Senator Burr then went on to say that some outlets were already running incorrect news stories about the committees findings. They started running the stories shortly after Wednesday’s news conference held by himself and Senator Mark Warner. The purpose of which was to provide an update on the status of the investigation into alleged Russian meddling.
Burr’s comments came following President Donald Trump’s recent questions as to why the Senate Intelligence Committee fails to investigate so-called “fake news.” The President often criticizes the mainstream media for its reporting of alleged Russian meddling in the presidential election. He has also referred to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into the matter as a “hoax” and a “witch hunt.”
As for Russia, its government has consistently denied any attempts to interfere or influence the 2016 election which saw Hillary Clinton soundly defeated by Mr. Trump.