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 adviser Susan Rice made requests to unmask the identities of Trump associates.
Cernovich said in his report Sunday that this was known to New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, who “has chosen to sit on it in an effort to protect the reputation of former President Barack Obama.” Neither Haberman nor the New York Times immediately returned requests for comment.
Bloomberg confirmed Cernovich’s report Monday, but did not include any details about Haberman sitting on the story. 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?,” and Pelley replied, “Well, the campaign told us that.”
Chris Megerian, a Los Angeles TImes reporter, responded with incredulity that Cernovich broke the Rice news, and tweeted, “The new media ecosystem — a Pizzagate conspiracy theorist appears to have high-level Trump administration sources.”
Cernovich has not responded to a request for comment. Daily Caller