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Sharyl Attkisson @SharylAttkisson
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Stand by for an instructive example of how false narratives and talking points are amplified by inaccurate media coverage. I will chain the tweest as replies to this one for those who are interested. #Wray #Horowitz #NoBias
It’s more reason you cannot necessarily believe what’s reported and repeated, no matter how many are reporting and repeating it. Make up your own mind. You can see for yourself.
Here’s a link to today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. I’ll include time code notes on the subsequent tweets.
c-span.org/video/?446804-…
#1 IG Horowitz was asked whether he indeed found “no bias” among FBI officials in their decision making, as widely claimed. Horowitz: (1:13:34) We were not saying that for every single decision…there are hundreds of decisions being made.
#2 (read carefully): Horowitz: (1:13:34) We did not find no bias with regards to the October events.
#3 (read carefully): Horowitz: (02:25:30) What we say here is not that there was no bias...
#4: Horowitz (referring to FBI head of counterespionage Peter Strzok focusing more attention and energy on Trump-Russia collusion and away from Clinton email probe):(1:18:56) We were not convinced that was not a biased decision.
#5: (3:00:09) Sen. Chris Coons (D-Delaware): …your investigation found fault in an exchange of text messages that you identified that demonstrated some political bias. Is that right?
Horowitz: Correct.
#6: Horowitz: (3:02:12) The one area where we were concerned about bias was in the Oct. time period, and the weighing of Agent Strzok between focusing on the Russia investigation versus the Weiner laptop [Clinton emails] and our concern about his decision given the text messages.
#7 (2:05:15) Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) What you’re telling us is you found bias…those who you found the bias among said ‘well, we didn’t let it bleed into our work performance and you don’t have evidence to disprove that.’
Horowitz: Correct.
#8: (2:02:46) Horowitz: When we got October we had concerns that there may be bias impacting the decision to prioritize the Russia investigation…
#9: (2:02:46) Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho): You’re not saying you didn’t find bias…
Horowitz: …I think it’s clear… Strzok had, as we say here, a biased state of mind.
And yet--FBI Director Christopher Wray: “The [DOJ IG} report did not find any evidence of political bias or improper considerations.”
All of that aside, there's nothing magical about somebody--even Horowitz-- stating certain words that makes it true or untrue. The IG report is rife with examples of bias even Horowitz hadn't explicitly said so. (But he did.)
Also curious that Horowitz settled on repeated use of confusing double negatives rather than clearer direct statements.
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