Most MSM outlets conveniently ignore whistleblower revealing ‘threat tag’ targeting parents

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As the explosive news erupted following the revelation from a whistleblower that the FBI was indeed targeting outraged parents, despite the testimony from Attorney General Merrick Garland to the contrary, the mainstream media remained notably silent.

Earlier this week a whistleblower came forward exposing the FBI for creating a “threat tag” to assist them in targeting and tracking parents they view as threatening toward school board officials, teachers, and staff. It was part of the implementation of a hotly contested memo that was issued by Garland in October. The attorney general insisted that parents were not being targeted in his testimony over the matter.

Outrage ensued after an Oct. 20 internal email from the FBI’s criminal and counterterrorism divisions instructed FBI agents across the nation to attach the threat tag “EDUOFFICIALS” to all investigations and assessments of threats directed specifically at education officials. The eye-opening communication was released by House Republicans.

That same email also ordered FBI agents to determine whether the “criminal activity” that is being investigated is in violation of federal law and what the potential “motivation” is that spurred it.

“The purpose of the threat tag is to help scope this threat on a national level, and provide an opportunity for comprehensive analysis of the threat picture for effective engagement with law enforcement partners at all levels,” the email alarmingly stated.

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Following the leak of the sensitive email, the FBI issued a lame statement in an effort to defend the indefensible.

“A tag is merely a statistical tool to track information for review and reporting. The creation of a threat tag in no way changes the long-standing requirements for opening an investigation, nor does it represent a shift in how the FBI prioritizes threats. The FBI has used tags to track everything from drug trafficking to human trafficking,” the intelligence agency claimed.

“The Five” co-host Greg Gutfeld pointed out the FBI’s statement made its critics’ point.

“That really cleared things up: ‘We only use this [tag system] on drug traffickers and human slave drivers’ — and parents,” he quipped.

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There was only silence from ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN over the obvious abuse of power and the violation of constitutional free speech. They have basically not covered the whistleblower story, according to Fox News which referred to transcripts.

CNN finally reported on Thursday in connection to the tag but when they did so they spun it sympathetically toward the DOJ”s position that basically shrugs off the whistleblower’s part in the matter, headlining it as, “FBI gauges threats against educators and school board members.”

MSNBC only reported on it once and that was when “Deadline: White House” anchor Nicolle Wallace mocked the GOP outrage over the matter.

“Debates over things like mask mandates and what topics are being taught to children now turning into fiery and at times violent clashes. They’ve reached such a critical level, the FBI is now taking steps to protect anyone who could be in danger,” Wallace noted before getting into the FBI’s “threat tag” on parents.

“Now Republicans seized on that directive. They used it to rile up their base by falsely claiming that the Biden administration is targeting parents,” Wallace told her viewers on Wednesday.

She denied that Garland’s memo was “targeting” or “censoring” parents and asserted that regardless of the truth, conservatives have “found their newest flashpoint.”

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While the major media outlets didn’t cover the tag issue, they certainly defended the National School Board Association’s letter that was sent to the Biden administration. The letter asserted that outraged parents were akin to “domestic terrorists.”

Republican lawmakers want answers from Garland since it appears that he lied under oath during his Oct. 21 testimony about targeting concerned parents. They want him back on Capitol Hill to answer questions but it is unlikely that Democrats will facilitate that demand.

“I can’t imagine in which the Patriot Act would be used in the circumstances of parents complaining about their children nor can I imagine a circumstance where they would be labeled as domestic terrorism,” Garland stated in front of the House Judiciary Committee.

After a massive uproar, the NSBA rescinded its letter and issued a public apology. Garland is still defending his memo.


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