The “Access Hollywood” tape that landed then-candidate Donald Trump in a world of trouble a month before the November election for making controversial comments about women was reportedly an inside job, according to the New York Post’s Page Six.
The video was leaked by an NBC News staffer on the “Today” show, the column reported.
“NBC News knew for a while about the existence of the tape. Billy himself had told them about it. People in the news division became frustrated that ‘Access Hollywood’ was taking too long to air it and decided it had to come out,” a source told Page Six.
The source said the release of the tape, which was more than 10 years old, served a “dual purpose.”
“It helped get Bush out of the way — (‘Today’ host) Matt Lauer didn’t like him and felt he was a liability — and NBC thought it would derail Trump,” says the source. “But all it did was crush Billy, and, ironically, his own network was behind it.”
The source said Lauer “felt threatened” by Bush and was not happy about how Bush covered the supposed robbery of Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte story over the summer.
Not surprisingly, the person who leaked the tape is reportedly still employed at NBC and has not been disciplined, the source told Page Six: “There was no investigation, no internal witch hunt by NBC into who leaked the tape. It served their purposes.”
Incredible. NBC wants viewers to believe it has credibility, yet these sources say the network intentionally tried to derail a presidential candidate and get rid of one of their own. NBC, MSNBC, CNN and most of the other mainstream media outlets have provided viewers with ample reason why they should never be taken seriously again.
They have traded their journalistic integrity for political gain and become an arm of the Democrat Party.
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