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Jake Tapper Corrects Ex-CIA Analyst For Claiming Media Ignored Obama Press Crackdown: ‘So Sick of the Lying’

CNN’s Jake Tapper is sparring with Fox News guest Buck Sexton over the conservative radio host’s claim that the media gave former President Barack Obama a pass for targeting journalists.

The commotion began when Sexton brought up the news that the Justice Department seized New York Times reporter Ali Watkins‘ phone and email records. The move was part of an investigation into government leaks, and federal agents are apparently looking at the three-year relationship Watkins had with James Wolfe, the Senate Intelligence Committee’s former director of security who was indicted for making false statements to the FBI.

The seizure of Watkins’ records is drawing parallels with the government’s actions during Obama’s presidency, such as when the DOJ surveilled Fox News reporter James Rosen. As such, Sexton circulated the Watkins story while saying that the media forgave Obama, but won’t overlook this practice now that its happening under President Donald Trump.

Tapper noticed that tweet, so he pointed to his old coverage on Obama to refute Sexton’s talking point.

Sexton countered that he was making a point about the “intensity” of the media’s coverage, and he accused Tapper of using “obtuse literalism” to paint him as a liar.

And that led to this:

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