Lara Logan: I Am "Ashamed" For Journalists, Accountability Begins With Us For Not Stopping Fake News

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Award-winning journalist Lara Logan and Fox News contributor Sara Carter reacted to the media's treatment of Trump during the Russia probe on Monday's broadcast of 'The Ingraham Angle.' Logan said President Trump was lampooned by the media when he claimed he was wiretapped as a candidate for president and it turned out that intelligence agencies were listening and surveilling Trump Tower.

Logan said intel agencies used their power to protect the U.S. against foreign enemies to surveil American citizens, calling it a "crime" when that power is misused.





"This is a terrible moment for us as journalists and I've been saying for several years now that accountability begins with us," Logan told FNC's Laura Ingraham on Monday. "People across this country ask me all the time about fake news and how we got to this point where there's so little trust in the media. And you see it. It's playing right in front of you, right here."

Transcript, via FOX News:

LAURA INGRAHAM, FOX NEWS HOST: Joining me now is Lara Logan, award winning journalist. Sarah Carter, Fox News contributor, it's great to have both you on. Lara, you recently made headlines for basically admitting the mainstream media has an overwhelming liberal bias.

What's your take on this Mueller obsession and the Russian collusion obsession even after the two years of investigation of 500 witnesses called, etcetera, etcetera.

LARA LOGAN, AWARD WINNING JOURNALIST: Laura, I've been a journalist for more than three decades and I have to say that I feel ashamed when I was listening to those clips that you are playing, it made me feel ashamed, this is a terrible moment for us as journalists and I've been saying for several years now that accountability begins with us.

People across this country ask me all the time about fake news and how we got to this point where there's so little trust in the media. And you see it. It's playing right in front of you, right here. And I'll give you one of -- one of the most frustrating examples for me from the beginning is, do you remember when everyone was making fun of the president for saying he was wiretapped during the campaign, that the Trump Tower was being wiretapped? And we got lost in a conversation about semantics, and he was lampooned by the media. But later it emerged that the president's campaign and Trump Tower were being surveilled by the intelligence agencies, which is obvious that's exactly what he meant. And no one stood up then and said, the president was right. The intelligence agencies were listening to his campaign.

So it didn't surprise me that journalists weren't ready to stand up and say we were wrong and the president was right, that is not surprising. But it doesn't make it any better. It's not a fine moment for journalists, and journalism is all I've done all my life...

INGRAHAM: Lara, also BuzzFeed ran the dossier, remember, on January 10th before Trump comes, so 10 days before he takes the oath of office, they dropped that. Unsubstantiated, uncorroborated, turns out the Clinton campaign paid for its assembly, and that got this whole thing going. Comey ran with it, and there was this aggressive lack of curiosity, Lara, on the part of the media. What were the motivations?

LOGAN: Go me, Laura, as a journalist, I think you are being kind when you say it's a lack of curiosity because curiosity is the more fundamental quality for any real journalist. We are all nosy, right? So to me any time reporters are not being nosy, that's willful. And it doesn't take a genius to figure out that the first thing you have got to ask about the BuzzFeed dossier, all the things we know about this dossier now, for example, that one candidate in their presidential election paid millions of dollars to American citizens to travel to Russia and meet with serving agents of Putin's FSB, his intelligence services, who gave them information, misinformation as it turns out, about the opposition candidate in the election, which was fed to the intelligence agencies, it was fed to the Department of Justice, and it was fed to the media. And of course, it was then leaked.

And this was used by the courts and the intelligence agencies to use the power of our intelligence agencies against American citizens. This is a power that is meant to be used to protect this country against foreign enemies, not against its own citizens. That's actually a crime when that power is misused. And no one has been held accountable for that. And that's why Mike Flynn was the first casualty of this, because he was the man who was going to expose it.

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