Lemon Refuses to Report on Susan Rice Unmasking: We Won't 'Aid & Abet' a Diversion
CNN's Don Lemon slammed President Donald Trump for seizing on the Susan Rice "unmasking" story to support his claim that Trump Tower was surveilled by the Obama administration.
He declared to his viewers that he would not be covering the story, as other mainstream outlets also refused to mention it last night.
"There is no evidence whatsoever that the Trump team was spied on illegally," Lemon said on "CNN Tonight." "There is no evidence that backs up the president’s original claim."
"And on this program tonight, we will not insult your intelligence by pretending otherwise, nor will we aid and abet the people who are trying to misinform you, the American people, by creating a diversion," he added.
ABC and NBC did not cover the Rice story in their evening newscasts, while CBS spent 45 seconds on it, but defended Rice against the claims.
On "America's Newsroom" today, Guy Benson acknowledged that the "unmasking" revelations don't prove Trump's wiretapping claim, but he said the media is downplaying the significance of the Rice reports.
"It seems like there's a lot of people in the media who are heavily invested in this storyline that they've been spoon-fed by Democrats for months," Benson said.
He explained that many pundits are only focusing on Russian meddling in the election, while they're ignoring intelligence leaks and the abuse of "incidental surveillance" of American citizens.
"They can pretend it doesn't exist. That doesn't shape reality, however," Benson said.
Watch more above, and see Sen. Lindsey Graham explain how Rice has a history of "political manipulation."