CNN? “The most trusted name in news”? The above video is but a couple short weeks old and was meant to counter Donald Trump’s, his administration’s and the American people’s claims of #FakeNews against CNN and other MSM/ news outlets. Oh, how that has blown-up in their faces as well…
We realize the agenda-driven, leftist MSM is still in a state of shock one full year after their empress Hillary Clinton was denied what had been Barack Obama’s throne. And even far worse the MSM has had to deal with the fact only a small percentage of still willfully ignorant people still trust them. The politicians have lost power over the people. The MSM has lost even more power over them as well.
As soon as the 2016 election was concluded and Donald Trump was verified as the 45th POTUS the MSM and news agencies began putting out oath-like statements that from that moment on they would be doing heroic duty to ask the tough questions, be a watchdog on this new POTUS and his administration, and make it their one and only priority to report it all to the American people.
Really? Well, I guess after the previous eight years of picking lint out of their orifices when they weren’t acting like a rock star’s naked groupie and/ or head cheerleader for Barack Obama and all those who surrounded him and his celestial halo they were well-rested and looking for some action. The problem is more than ever the MSM has become the news, and mostly for hyping non-stories and spinning #FakeNews (if not making it up themselves.)
The problem is that as irresponsible as we determined the MSM was during Obama’s eight years in office, they have gotten far-far worse over this last year with Pres. Trump in office. They have thrown away any perception of real honest and responsible journalism and reporting, and have accepted the banner of complete propagandists jumping in their newsrooms around each others’ desks and computer screens over every vague and inaccurate crumb thrown their way. They have, if possible, become even more lazy, shiftless and deceptive, intentionally so (via …
Friday was one of the most embarrassing days for the U.S. media in quite a long time. The humiliation orgy was kicked off by CNN, with MSNBC and CBS close behind, with countless pundits, commentators and operatives joining the party throughout the day. By the end of the day, it was clear that several of the nation’s largest and most influential news outlets had spread an explosive but completely false news story to millions of people, while refusing to provide any explanation of how it happened.
How did CNN end up aggressively hyping such a spectacularly false story? They refuse to say. Many hours after their story got exposed as false, the journalist who originally presented it, Congressional reporter Manu Raju, finally posted a tweet noting the correction. CNN’s PR Department then claimed that “multiple sources” had provided CNN with the false date. And Raju went on CNN, in muted tones, to note the correction, explicitly claiming that “two sources” had each given him the false date on the email, while also making clear that CNN did not ever even see the email, but only had sources describe its purported contents…
All of this prompts the glaring, obvious, and critical question – one which CNN refuses to address: how did “multiple sources” all misread the date on this document, in exactly the same way, and toward the same end, and then feed this false information to CNN?
It is, of course, completely plausible that one source might innocently misread a date on a document. But how is it remotely plausible that multiple sources could all innocently and in good faith misread the date in exactly the same way, all to cause to be disseminated a blockbuster revelation about Trump/Russia/WikiLeaks collusion? This is the critical question that CNN simply refuses to answer. In other words, CNN refuses to provide the most minimal transparency to enable the public to understand what happened here…
They have embraced the obvious irresponsibility and are now either in denial or are intentionally deceiving the American public that they claim to be serving. No, that’s just a throwaway promotional tool now. CNN and the other MSM outlets have declared war on Trump and the American people who voted for him, and will stop at nothing to regain manipulation power and control over the American people who have told them to go pound sand….
It’s hard to quantify exactly how many people were deceived – filled with false news and propaganda – by the CNN story. But thanks to Democratic-loyal journalists and operatives who decree every Trump/Russia claim to be true without seeing any evidence, it’s certainly safe to say that many hundreds of thousands of people, almost certainly millions, were exposed to these false claims.
Surely anyone who has any minimal concerns about journalistic accuracy – which would presumably include all the people who have spent the last year lamenting Fake News, propaganda, Twitter bots and the like – would demand an accounting as to how a major U.S. media outlet ended up filling so many people’s brains with totally false news. That alone should prompt demands from CNN for an explanation about what happened here. No Russian Facebook ad or Twitter bot could possibly have anywhere near the impact as this CNN story had when it comes to deceiving people with blatantly inaccurate information.
There is so much more in the above column by Glenn Greenwald. Read the whole thing.
What is very undeniable right now is that the MSM is infected with a self-inflicted disease and they are dying right before our eyes…
It is becoming clear the MSM has no intentions of healing themselves of this sickness.
Here’s Michael Walsh @ PJM: The End of Media History and the Last Honest Man
Ever since postwar American journalism sacrificed its soul on the altar of celebrity sometime in the mid-’80s, a terrible day of reckoning for the craft has been in the works. The “gets” and the gotchas, the “how do you respond to” questions, the how-do-you-feels; the unseemly scrums, the willingness to endure any humiliation from their betters in the hopes of basking, however fleetingly, in reflected glory — that day finally arrived this week with a series of unforced errors that has stripped bare the profession’s pretenses to objectivity and truth-seeking, and exposed them for the tawdry, politicized whores they really are.
Harsh words, perhaps, but the truth hurts.
The most recent spate of self-inflicted media disasters is not the end but the beginning — of the media’s end. Brian Ross should have not been taken off the Trump beat by ABC, but should have been fired outright for incompetence in his eagerness to further tarnish Michael Flynn. News reports that the Grand Inquisitor, Robert Mueller, had subpoenaed Trump family records from Deutsche Bank turned out to be false. Most egregious of all was the CNN cock-up in which one of its reporters rushed on the air with an anonymously sourced “scoop” that turned out to be the biggest nothingburger yet served up by Jeff Zucker’s hell’s kitchen of mis- and disinformation:
In fact, it was fake news, as fake as it gets, and CNN has nobody to blame but itself — its zeal to take down the president, its eagerness to swallow any horse manure fed to it by unknown, and very possibly imaginary, “sources,” its unconscionable decision not to name and shame the “sources,” and its own sheer lack of professionalism.
To anyone over the age of 50 in journalism, this was simply astounding. One of any reporter’s first principles is to be skeptical of freely proffered skinny, especially from sources who demand anonymity in exchange for your possible career advancement. Not every disembodied voice on the phone is a “whistle blower” nor is every random email a Pulitzer-in-waiting — such “sources” are in fact as self-interested, and sometimes malevolent, as anybody else with an axe to grind. That today’s doe-eyed reporters fall for this ruse time and again speaks not only to the hiring practices of these crumbling journalistic edifices, but of the mind-set of those doing the hiring. Personnel, as the saying goes, is policy…
It’s not just CNN. For over a year now most all the print news publications and TV media outlets have presented their ‘news’ offerings as having been based in “unnamed source(s) … someone high up in the administration … anonymous source(s), etc.”. And here we see CNN allegedly relied on such propaganda players to fuel this latest and very damaging bombshell that has blown-up right in their smug faces. But they will not learn from this. They will only forge onward with their self-appointed mission to help delegitimize and finally have a hand in the coup to take down a duly elected and sitting POTUS.
Big Media is circling the bowl.
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