Nets Bury: Prisoner Swap Will Release Brutal Terrorist Who Plotted to Kill Americans

Scott Whitlock | August 5, 2022
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[See NewsBusters for more.] With the oppressive conviction on Thursday of Brittney Griner by Russia, talks are underway for a prisoner swap. And while Americans want to see the WNBA star freed, the network morning and evening newscasts don’t seem particularly interested in just who Joe Biden would be trading in order to free Griner. Instead, ABC, CBS and NBC are simply referring the man offered by the U.S. in exchange as Viktor Bout, describing the ex-Soviet military officer as an “arms dealer.” In reality, he is a vicious terrorist-backer who has been convicted for conspiring to murder Americans. On Friday’s CBS Mornings, Nancy Cordes blandly described it this way: “The U.S. proposal reportedly involved Russia releasing Griner and another detained American, Paul Whelan, in exchange for the U.S. giving up convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout.” 

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