Fox & Friends cites “one of the online blogs” to claim James Comey might be behind "deep-state leaks”
Steve Doocy, citing The Gateway Pundit: "You've got to wonder whether or not Jim Comey was actually the source of" the leaks
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Following former FBI Director James Comey's testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy cited "one of the online blogs" to claim that, "Out of the 39 deep state leaks, I think I think it was about ten of them related to Jim Comey, so you've got to wonder whether or not Jim Comey was actually the source of" the leaks. Doocy's source appears to be the serially incorrect right-wing blog The Gateway Pundit, which, following Comey's testimony, wrote that "Many of these 'leaks' are now proven fabrications and the probability that many remaining ‘leaks’ are completely inaccurate is very high." The Gateway Pundit is a conspiracy-theory peddling right-wing blog with ties to the “alt-right” that is regularly propped up by Fox News, and that in the Trump administration has participated in daily White House press briefings. From the June 9 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
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STEVE DOOCY (HOST): So, [former FBI Director James Comey] revealed that he leaked this stuff through the guy at Columbia University, the law professor, in hopes that they would come up with a special counsel, and a couple of weeks later they absolutely did. What's interesting, on May third, Mr. Comey was up on Capitol Hill, he told Chuck Grassley -- Charles Grassley, the senator from Iowa, "oh, I've never leaked anything secret in my life." But, what's curious is, and to your earlier point, Brian, one of the online blogs went back and looked at the deep-state leaks that have come that have damaged the Trump administration. Out of the 39 deep-state leaks, I think it was about ten of them related to Jim Comey, so you've got to wonder whether or not Jim Comey was actually the source of it. We don't know for sure, only Jim Comey and the reporter knows for sure. But after he revealed yesterday in public, you got to wonder, why would he reveal that suddenly yesterday? Is it the fact that it's about to be unveiled?
HARRIS FAULKNER (CO-HOST): Yeah, I don't believe anybody in this scenario is doing anything coincidental. Two things for you, because I know we're going to talk about Loretta Lynch, you just mentioned her. But you actually forecast -- I was reading about you online -- you actually forecast that this is where we would be with James Comey, that maybe that information that we have learned about those conversations inside the Oval Office might have been coming directly from him.