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Ex-FBI Agent Orders Media To Stop Calling Mar-a-Lago Incident a ‘Raid’, MSNBC, NYT, Twitter Oblige

A former top FBI official instructed the media to stop referring to the law enforcement action at Trump’s home as a “raid.” Major outlets complied.

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Following an appearance from a former top FBI agent on MSNBC that noted the agency does not like to use the term “raid” when describing their actions taken at Mar-A-Lago on Monday, multiple media outlets, such as the New York Times and Twitter, have obliged.

FBI agents conducted a raid on Mar-A-Lago, the Palm Beach home of 45th President Donald Trump on Monday, which media reports claimed was down to the agency searching for allegedly classified documents that he took home after his first term ended.

Sources reported that the matter had been referred to the Justice Department by the National Archives and Records Administration, who had allegedly noted 15 boxes of classified material. However, in May, former White House official Kash Patel claimed those documents were declassified by the time Trump left office.

With Trump describing Mar-A-Lago as being subject to a “siege,” and that the FBI had “raided” his house, many news outlets used that language when describing the operation, until former FBI Assistant Director Frank Figliuzzi spoke to MSNBC.

“Agents, by the way, don’t like the word raid, they don’t like it,” Figliuzzi said. “It sounds like it’s some kind of, you know, extra judicial non legal thing. It’s the execution of a search warrant. It’s a court authorized search warrant.”

Following further complaints that conservatives would be “ranting and raving,” about what Trump described as “prosecutorial misconduct,” Figliuzzi reiterated that the FBI would want the raid described as them having “executed a search warrant.”

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Immediately after Figliuzzi dictated the FBI’s wishes for a second time, MSNBC changed their chyron, from “FBI Raids Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Home,” to “FBI Executes Search Warrant At Trump’s Mar-A-Lago,” exactly as the former Assistant Director asked.

MSNBC were not the only outlet to engage in headline manipulation.

The New York Times replaced the term with “search” in an analysis piece about Trump, noting that the FBI action took place as he was “weighing another run for the presidency.”

Twitter, which curates a trending tab with news topics selected by their staff, also had a far different description of what happened at Mar-A-Lago on Monday night and on Tuesday morning.

The Big Tech company’s initial news headline read, “Former President Donald Trump says FBI raided his Florida home.”

This was switched on Tuesday to read, “Former President Donald Trump’s Florida home searched by FBI.”

Valiant News reported on Tuesday that Judge Reinhart, who signed off on the FBI search warrant for the Mar-A-Lago raid, had represented “employees” of convicted human trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

His Epstein-associated clients received immunity in the wide scale sex-trafficking investigation of the high-profile late pedophile.

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Jack Hadfield
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Jack Hadfield is the Associate Editor at Valiant News. An investigative reporter from the UK, and the director and presenter of "Destination Dover: Migrants in the Channel, his work has appeared in such sites as Breitbart and The Political Insider. You can follow him on Gab @JH, on Telegram @JackHadders, or see his other social media by visiting jackhadfield.co.uk.

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    JOHN MAYOR

    August 10, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    Nettrollian Exo-clogicide: the murder of the Comment Log of a Net stranger’s “Clog (see, “Blog”… and “Blog Comment” – Wiktionary)” by a Net Troll and cyber-bully… a phenomenon endemic to/ systemic with, the “sniper censorship”/ “assassin censorship” “cyber-thug-community”. “Nettrollian terrorism”… if you will!
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    BTW, Valiant!… the “night-mood format” is OK!… but, the black lettering needs a window with a lighter shade! It’s relaxing… but, it’s hard to see the lettering!

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    JOHN MAYOR

    August 10, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    P.S.:…
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    I’m referring to the “composition window”!… and one shade lighter should do it! I don’t want to go blind!

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    Hcatguy

    August 11, 2022 at 7:49 am

    Merriam Webster definition of raid: “a sudden invasion by officers of the law” says it all.

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    WDS

    August 12, 2022 at 5:34 am

    Has Wikipedia changed the definition of “Raid” 30 times and
    locked the page yet?

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