CNN is in damage control mode attempting to explain how they had cameras present for the Roger Stone arrest.
The FBI conducted a pre-dawn raid in riot gear at Stone’s home on Friday and CNN had cameras rolling when no other media organization was present.
CNN reporters have said that they took a chance and placed cameras and a reporter outside of Stone’s house because of grand jury activity on Thursday.
But for some reason this thought did not occur to any other news organization.
A CNN source told The Federalist Papers’ Carmine Sabia that ” news outlets routinely stake people and places out when they expect news.”
“The networks stake out Mueller’s office every day to track comings and goings. Completely normal,” the source said.
CNN reporter David Shortell told the same story when he appeared on CNN’s “New Day.
CNN's @davidgshortell was on the ground when Roger Stone was arrested in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., this morning. He says he was monitoring the situation because of "unusual grand jury activity in Washington D.C. yesterday." https://t.co/Ljjyb8zTVN pic.twitter.com/O5rSFqbOcZ
— New Day (@NewDay) January 25, 2019
A source from another major media organization told Sabia that he believed “someone tipped off CNN,” though he had no first hand knowledge.
The reason CNN had to explain themselves is that many were wondering how they had cameras present for raid no one knew about.
“CNN cameras were at the raid of Roger Stone…so FBI obviously tipped off CNN…even if you don’t like Stone, it is curious why Mueller’s office tipped off CNN instead of trying to quietly arrest Stone;quiet arrests are more likely to be safe to the FBI and the person arrested,” former CNN and Fox News anchor Greta Van Sustren said.