After the Director of National Intelligence and CIA chief Gina Haspel backed the White House's claim that President Trump was never briefed on unvetted, raw intelligence over an alleged Russian bounty plot against US soldiers, outrage erupted after the 'paper of record' shamelessly used a photo of a slain marine in a follow-up report to their heavily-disputed story.
Reactions to a heavily-ratio'd tweet by author Jennifer Steinhauer have ranged from shock to disgust, with few if any supporting the decision to use a photo of Cpl. Robert Hendricks, who was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in April, 2019.
As we noted earlier Tuesday, several pundits took the DNI and CIA statements as a clear denial that there was anything significant or worthy of briefing the president on regarding alleged "Russian bounties" — meaning it was likely deemed "chatter" or unsubstantiated rumor picked up either by US or British intelligence — and subsequently leaked to the press to revive the pretty much dead Russiagate narrative of some level of "Trump-Putin collusion".
In short, when your 'unsubstantiated chatter' hit-piece loses steam, prop it up with a slain Marine.