When Roger Stone was arrested by the FBI at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., early Friday morning, CNN was the only news outlet there to capture it. Some viewers, including political commentator Greta Van Susteren, think that the FBI “obviously tipped off CNN.” CNN producer David Shortell, who was on the scene, explained how he got the scoop on CNN’s New Day.
“It’s reporter’s instinct. The whole Russia team thought maybe something was happening. There was unusual grand jury activity in Washington, D.C., yesterday. The grand jury, Robert Mueller’s grand jury, typically meets on Fridays. Yesterday, a Thursday, there was grand jury activity,” Shortell said. “We also had some other signs that maybe something was going on this angle, the Roger Stone angle. So we showed up at his house this morning, we were the only ones there, and lo and behold the FBI agents did come and arrest him.”
Many on Twitter, including President Trump, don’t seem to be buying his reasoning.
Greatest Witch Hunt in the History of our Country! NO COLLUSION! Border Coyotes, Drug Dealers and Human Traffickers are treated better. Who alerted CNN to be there?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2019
A @CNN crew just happened be ready in Ft. Lauderdale at 5AM to cover Roger Stone’s arrest?
The Special Counsel’s office cleary tipped off CNN. This is beyond wrong.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) January 25, 2019
I have no opinion of Roger Stone.
I’m horrified yet unsurprised that our deeply politicized FBI colluded with CNN for maximum publicity.
This is what a modern police state looks like. https://t.co/iAFkYgcZHn
— Dr. Milton Wolf (@MiltonWolfMD) January 25, 2019
CNN cameras were at the raid of Roger Stone…so FBI obviously tipped off CNN…even if you don’t like Stone, it is curious why Mueller’s office tipped off CNN instead of trying to quietly arrest Stone;quiet arrests are more likely to be safe to the FBI and the person arrested
— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) January 25, 2019
— Abuelo1932 (@Abuelo1932) January 25, 2019
Lights, Camera, Action!!! #Mueller’s SWAT team takes @CNN along to arrest Roger Stone in a predawn raid. Looked like they were going after El Chapo. If it were anyone else, they would have had his attorney surrender him. https://t.co/jyCQ5kMnLx
— Bernard B. Kerik (@BernardKerik) January 25, 2019
— Tony Fracisco (@tonyfracisco) January 25, 2019
And then there are those who are just glad someone was there to capture it.
This is the most entertaining video footage of 2019.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) January 25, 2019
Best morning since anytime before 2016!
— monet hampson (@monethampson) January 25, 2019
I want to hear this with “Bad Boys” playing in the background
— Null (@NullAzor06) January 25, 2019
Watch Rep. Dan Crenshaw discuss why he thinks the media is being “anti-Christian” with its coverage:
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