President Trump on Thursday asked why the Senate Intelligence Committee is not investigating “Fake News Networks.”
Why Isn't the Senate Intel Committee looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much of our news is just made up-FAKE!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2017
Some Twitter users on Thursday analyzed which media outlets Trump was labeling “fake news” and worthy of investigation.
There is a fake news industry but it's not the networks. Trump is pointing his finger at mainstream news to deflect from the fringe sites--4Chan, Breitbart, Alex Jones, & 100s of Russian propaganda-fueled fringe right storefronts.— Patricia Donworth (@patdonworth) October 5, 2017
If we get rid of all the fake news networks Trump will have nothing to watch on TV, so go for it.— Larry Clack (@vet2980) October 5, 2017
The Senate Intelligence Committee’s leaders on Wednesday said that the panel is still probing whether Russia and Trump’s election campaign colluded during the 2016 presidential race.
Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC), standing alongside ranking panel member Mark Warner (D-VA), added there there is no oncoming end in sight for the probe.
“The committee continues to look into all evidence to see if there was any hint of collusion,” Burr told reporters.
“I’m not even going to discuss initial findings because we haven’t any,” he continued while discussing the investigation.
“The issue of collusion is still open,” Burr added later of the probe, which began nine months ago.
Burr also noted that committee members and staff have reached a “general consensus” that they trust the intelligence community’s formal assessment of Russia’s role in the 2016 race.
The assessment – which came during former President Barack Obama’s tenure – concluded Russia engaged in a widespread disinformation campaign aimed at the presidential election.
Burr did not endorse the report’s finding Russia meddled to aid Trump, instead noting they only intended to create “chaos on every level.”
Trump and his administration’s officials have frequently labeled reports they find inaccurate or misleading “fake news.”
The president has also repeatedly called the ongoing investigations into Russia’s election meddling last year a “witch hunt” against him and his administration.