Like almost every old fashioned newspaper, major cable news networks have a news side and an opinion side.
But periodically the opinion side provides information to an audience that may run counter or even come as a surprise to the news side of the house, as happened with Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano last week.
Napolitano offered that then-President Obama used a British intelligence and security organization called GCHQ, which has access to the U.S. NSA database.
Here's what Napolitano should have said:
"Three intelligence sources have informed me."
By doing so, that removed the news division — which reported nothing of the kind until that point — from being brought into the equation.
“Judge Andrew Napolitano made the following statement, quote, ‘Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command,’” Spicer noted during a daily press briefing last week.
"'He didn’t use the [National Security Agency], he didn’t use the CIA ... he used GCHQ.'”
GCHQ also staunchly rejected Napolitano's claim that it helped surveil Trump on behalf of the Obama administration in 2016.
"That was a statement made by a very talented lawyer on Fox [News]. And so you shouldn't be talking to me, you should be talking to Fox."
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