Mike Cernovich, a journalist who has promoted conspiracy theories and was deemed “fake news” by “60 Minutes,” was the first to break the news that Obama’s former national security advisor Susan Rice made requests to unmask the identities of Trump associates.
Cernovich said in his report Sunday that New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman knew about the Rice requests, and “has chosen to sit on it in an effort to protect the reputation of former President Barack Obama.” A New York Times spokeswoman told The Daily Caller, “Cernovich’s claim regarding Maggie Haberman is 100 percent false.”
Bloomberg’s Eli Lake confirmed Cernovich’s report Monday, but did not include any details about Haberman sitting on the story. Cernovich told TheDC in an interview that Lake also sat on the story over the weekend. Lake tweeted Tuesday, “Reports that I sat on the Susan Rice story are false.”
The Bloomberg story didn’t give Cernovich any credit for his scoop and he said he wasn’t upset as he has more influence than Bloomberg.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway also tweeted out a transcript Monday of Cernovich’s recent interview on “60 minutes,” in which he battled Scott Pelley.
Pelley confronted Cernovich about a story that said Hillary Clinton had Parkinson’s disease. Cernovich stood by the report and Pelley said, “It isn’t true.” Cernovich asked, “How do you know?”
Pelley replied, “Well, the campaign told us that.”
Cernovich told TheDC that “a lot of things other people consider fake, perhaps they need to reexamine what they think about the world.” He said that Maggie Haberman “works for the Democratic National Committee,” and that people “want to see a check on media excesses, right now few people are keeping the fake news media like The New York Times accountable.”