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Tapper: ‘Russia Hacked The Election’

“Russia hacked the election,” asserted CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday’s State of the Union, framing the “election hacking” narrative as axiomatic.

Tapper framed 2016’s presidential election as having been meaningfully compromised by Russian state “interference” during an interview with newly-minted White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci.

“It’s the consensus of the intelligence community [that] Russia hacked the election, they tried to interfere in the election. … Every intelligence expert [asserts] Russia interfered in the U.S. election,” said Tapper. He did not qualify the nature or purpose of the Russian state’s alleged interference.

“Mainstream media,” said Scaramucci, “sought to to delegitimize” Donald Trump’s presidency by presenting last year’s presidential election as compromised by Russian state “interference.”

Rejection of narratives pushed by CNN regarding “election hacking” amounts to a fantastical denialism, suggested Tapper.

Watch the segment below.

CNN and similarly left-wing and Democrat-aligned news media outlets regularly assert that Putin developed a preference for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton during 2016’s presidential election season; a departure from a ubiquitous preference for Democrat politicians held by America’s adversaries.

Tapper denied that the aforementioned narrative’s purpose is the delegitimization of Donald Trump’s presidency.

“[Donald Trump is] siding with Putin over the overwhelming sentiment of the Republican-controlled U.S. Congress,” asserted Tapper during his introductory narration for State of the Union.

Tapper presents himself as a politically objective and non-partisan news media figure. CNN similarly presents itself as a politically objective and non-partisan news media outlet, marketing itself as “The Most Trusted Name In News.”

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