CNN reporter leading coverage of anti-Trump dossier has deep connections to Fusion GPS founders


A CNN reporter who helps lead the network’s coverage of the infamous so-called “anti-Trump dossier” has connections to the leaders of the opposition research firm behind the dossier and has failed to disclose them in his reporting, according to an analysis by the Daily Caller.

CNN’s reporting on the dossier, led by justice correspondent Evan Perez, has been favorable to the firm, Fusion GPS, and hyped the dossier’s credibility. Left out of Perez’s reporting, which has relied largely on unnamed sources, is his personal closeness to Fusion GPS’ operatives. Fusion has repeatedly been described in Senate testimonies as a smear-for-hire operation that manufactures misleading or false media narratives for its clients.

According to the Daily Caller, Perez has worked with the three co-founders of Fusion, Glenn Simpson, Tom Catan and Peter Fritsch at the Wall Street Journal. Perez and Simpson co-authored stories at the Journal, while Fritsch worked above the duo as the newspaper’s senior national security editor. Catan was also a reporter at the Journal during at the time.

Though he reported extensively on the story while at CNN, Perez “at no point” disclosed his connections to the Fusion founders, the Daily Caller reported. The conservative news website also included many pictures of Perez with the Fusion founders depicting their close personal relationships. Many of the photos were from parties and vacations.

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