The press has always been huffy about not paying for interviews, as the tabloid press admits it does. But as the Russia collusion scandal carries on without results, and the initial Steele dossier that triggered the probe and the special counsel increasingly becomes obvious as just partisan politics, maybe only the currency has changed.
Lee Smith of Tablet magazine has investigated how many of the initial leakers to the press on these fake stories have wound up with paying jobs as commentators on big media stations, particularly NBC and CNN. He writes:
For example, the House Intelligence Committee report found that James Clapper “flatly denied ‘discussing[ing] the dossier [compiled by Steele] or any other intelligence related to Russia hacking of the 2016 election with journalists.'” Yet while Clapper may now find himself in trouble for lying to Congress – which he has done […]