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Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume called out much of the mainstream media for essentially joining the anti-Trump "resistance" and promoting a "distorted" narrative about Russia's impact on the 2016 election.

Hume and Tucker Carlson noted that the attacks on House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) have amounted to "character assassination," including the claim by MSNBC's John Heilemann that Nunes is a Russian agent.

"Nunes has had to put up with unbelievable assaults on him," said Hume, adding that there has been a "leak-fest" from Democrats on the committee to the media.

Carlson said such a comment by Heilemann would be a fireable offense in years past if the person did not have supporting evidence.

"It borders on hysteria," said Hume.

"You don't have to be a Trump admirer to realize that the things being said are just wildly out of proportion to anything real beneath them."

Hume said many reporters and pundits have "clearly joined the resistance," viewing Trump's presidency as "illegitimate" due to Russian interference.

He said many journalists are on a "crusade" and see it as their job to to uncover "scandals" behind his election that will bring down Trump.

"What you're watching is one side wage a partisan battle against the other," Carlson responded.

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