The director of rapid response for former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenJan. 6 panel lays out criminal contempt case against Bannon Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Democrats address reports that clean energy program will be axed Two House Democrats to retire ahead of challenging midterms MORE's presidential campaign called CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge a "right-wing hack" in a tweet that was later deleted.Andrew Bates criticized Herridge in the deleted tweet for her exclusive reporting obtaining acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell's notification to Congress. The notification contained a list of dozens of former Obama administration officials who reportedly asked for documents that led to the identity of former national security adviser Michael Flynn being "unmasked" from intelligence reports between the 2016 election and President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump goes after Cassidy after saying he wouldn't support him for president in 2024 Jan. 6 panel lays out criminal contempt case against Bannon Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Agencies sound alarm over ransomware targeting agriculture groups MORE’s inauguration.A copy of the list, later obtained by The Hill, includes Biden and former White House chief of staff Denis McDonoughDenis Richard McDonoughExpats plead with US to deliver COVID-19 vaccines Veteran suicides dropped to lowest level in 12 years Veterans grapple with new Afghanistan: 'Was my service worth it?' MORE.
SCOOP @CBSNews obtains @RichardGrenell notification to congress declassified “unmasking list” Flynn between late 2016 and January 2017 - Read 3 pages provided by NSA here pic.twitter.com/NozVpQlRn2— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) May 13, 2020
Bates reacted to the CBS report with a tweet saying, "SCOOP: Catherine Herridge is a partisan, rightwing hack who is a regular conduit for conservative media manipulation ploys because she agrees to publicize things before contacting the target to ask for comment," which was later deleted. The Biden campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment. “Attacking the press and attempting to intimidate independent media is a standard part of the authoritarian playbook," Biden said in a statement earlier this month. "Efforts to undermine public confidence in the integrity of fact-based reporting violate our core American values and threaten our very system of government." "Journalists hold those in positions of authority accountable, investigate and document abuses of power, and expose the truth for everyone to see. In a Biden White House, there will be no bullying of the media by tweet," the presumptive Democratic nominee said. "That is why attacking the press and attempting to intimidate independent media is a standard part of the authoritarian playbook," Biden added. Some members of the media defended Herridge.
Gross. Personal attacks on journalists for sharing facts is obnoxious and indecent. @JoeBiden approves this message? https://t.co/G6jVxWuxMF— Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperJon Stewart: It's a 'mistake' to focus all on Trump Buttigieg says delay in climate action will cost lives amid reports of Manchin roadblock Buttigieg says supply chain troubles could last into next year MORE (@jaketapper) May 13, 2020
Trump has frequently railed against the news media, calling outlets like The New York Times and CNN "enemy of the people." Herridge joined CBS News in Oct. 2019 after 23 years at Fox News. --This report was updated on May 14 at 10:35 a.m.