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The journalists at CBS This Morning on Friday threw softball after softball at fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. The co-hosts even invited McCabe, who was dismissed due to lack of candor, to weigh in on the reliability of witness Michael Cohen. Guest co-host Alex Wagner wondered, “Mr. McCabe, the country watched Michael Cohen testify to Congress... this week. Did you find him a credible witness?”
Co-host John Dickerson prompted McCabe to repeat his attacks: “You write in the book that the President is a threat to the nation. Part of what you identify as his lack of candor. What do you mean by that?”
Co-host - Bianna - Golodryga - President - Lack
Co-host Bianna Golodryga blamed the President for a lack of recruitment at the FBI:
Recruitment is down at the FBI over the past ten years, specifically over the past few years for top special agents. How much of any of that do you attribute to the President constantly attacking the FBI?
Profile - Gaffes - Hillary - Clinton - Problems
Perhaps high profile gaffes, like mishandling Hillary Clinton’s e-mails, or other problems might have been a cause? Instead, Wagner gossiped, wondering if Trump will be impeached or resign: “Really quickly, do you think the President is going to finish his term?”
The only time anyone on the show even attempted a hard question came when Wagner got around to the elephant in the room, McCabe’s own dishonesty:
Reliability - Narrators - Inspector - General - Report
As we talk about reliability and reliable narrators, it is important to bring up that the Inspector General report that justified your firing from the FBI says you, quote, “lacked candor on four separate occasions.” What does that mean? Did you lie? And should the American public believe what you have to say in terms of your assessment of the landscape?
Most of McCabe’s media appearances to promote his book have been free of tough queries. It...
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