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Published On: Sun, Feb 26th, 2017

Tom Cotton battles Chuck Todd over ‘anonymous sources’ during ‘fake news’ discussion

Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton spoke with NBC moderator Chuck Todd during Sunday’s Meet the Press, about “fake news” allegations and how the media can be more responsible.

Todd pressed the Senator on when the media could expect the Senate to call for a special prosecutor to investigate Russian ties to the Trump administration. “What point is it in the best interest of the country to sort of take it away from elected partisans at this point?”

“Anonymous sources said Steve Bannon drove from the White House to the Department of Homeland Security to confront John Kelly, which we now know is not the truth,” Cotton reminded Todd, “That’s not like the tone of a conversation, that’s someone’s physical whereabouts.”

Tom Cotton

According to Cotton, Todd was putting the cart way before the horse. “There are no allegations of any crime occurring,” he explained to Todd, “There’s not even indication that there’s criminal investigations under way by the FBI as opposed to counter intelligence investigations.”

He also tried to make it clear to Todd that as the FBI investigation progressed it would be up to Attorney General Jeff Sessions to make the call for a special prosecutor.
Todd interjected reminding the Senator that he once called for a special prosecutor to look into the IRS for politically motived actions against Tea Party organizations.
“That’s something that can be decided down the road, but right now there’s no credible evidence of these contacts beyond anonymous sources in the media,” Cotton clarified.
“And I’ve got to tell you, anonymous sources can’t always be trusted,” Cotton quipped at the end of that thought. That didn’t sit well with Told who defended the practice, noting,
“Anonymous sources are how we find out about a lot of scandal in this country.” It was then when Cotton reminded Todd of the false accusations made about Bannon’s interaction with Secretary Kelly.
“You cannot credit stories that are based on anonymous sources. You should look into them especially if you’re in a position of responsibility, but you can’t simply credit them.”

Full transcript on the next page via Newsbusters

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