After the Director of National Intelligence and CIA chief Gina Haspel backed the White House's claim that President Trump was never briefed on unvetted, raw intelligence over an alleged Russian bounty plot against US soldiers, outrage erupted after the 'paper of record' shamelessly used a photo of a slain marine in a follow-up report to their heavily-disputed story.
Reactions to a heavily-ratio'd tweet by author Jennifer Steinhauer have ranged from shock to disgust, with few if any supporting the decision to use a photo of Cpl. Robert Hendricks, who was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in April, 2019.
This is another low for the NY Times to use a deceased Marine's photo to promote a unsubstantiated allegation against President Trump as truth.— Jessie Jane Duff - Text FIGHT to 88022 (@JessieJaneDuff) June 30, 2020
You all have no shame, Jennifer.
A Marine https://t.co/0AchBLpxcT
Just another way the left disrespect our service people....lies and innuendo. They know there is no truth to this rumor they started....and they knew it from the beginning. No consideration for the families of the fallen. This should offend all Americans!— Lee (@Lee904ldw) June 30, 2020
"Possible" and you print this, shame on you .#EnemyOfThePeople— DeplorableTrumpette (@MarathonerNYC) June 30, 2020
Absolutely disgusting, dishonest behavior. All in a day's work for the NY Times.— David (@thawildbunch) June 30, 2020
As we noted earlier Tuesday, several pundits took the DNI and CIA statements as a clear denial that there was anything significant or worthy of briefing the president on regarding alleged "Russian bounties" — meaning it was likely deemed "chatter" or unsubstantiated rumor picked up either by US or British intelligence — and subsequently leaked to the press to revive the pretty much dead Russiagate narrative of some level of "Trump-Putin collusion".
In short, when your 'unsubstantiated chatter' hit-piece loses steam, prop it up with a slain Marine.
this is gross— this is my burner (@this_burner_) June 30, 2020