Politics

CNN’s War On Trump Is Going Swimmingly

from – The Federalist – by Ben Domenech

Back in February, I was riding on the New York to DC shuttle and CNN’s own Jeff Zucker was seated in the row behind me with a woman I took to be a colleague or personal assistant. She was yelling loudly into her phone, loudly enough that the other passengers took note of it, at one point escalating her voice to say: “If they want war with CNN, they got it.” When we landed, I noted the likely inspiration for the call: the administration had offered Mike Pence to every network except for CNN.

Since the new administration arrived in Washington, CNN has continued this war at a fever pitch. Daily they roll out eight-person panels where not one person defending the administration is represented. They have offered the most biased coverage of the Trump administration by far, to the point that Republicans on Capitol Hill openly mock their lack of balance. A network that once strove to be centrist in their approach is now openly antagonistic, and will run with the thinnest of scoops for hours at a time in order to make their case against President Trump.

This has led them to be sloppier journalists than we’ve ever seen before. Consider their worst performance this week: CNN didn’t get anywhere near enough flack for their ridiculous story that ran on Tuesday night, which they talked about for hours, saying that James Comey would refute Trump’s claim that he was cleared three times. The four-person byline included a major host and commentator: Gloria Borger, Eric Lichtblau, Jake Tapper, and Brian Rokus. They have since changed the headline on the piece from “Comey expected to refute Trump” to “Comey unlikely to judge on obstruction.”

For the entire evening, CNN ran with this story as their main discussion point.  They told viewers over and over again that Comey was set to utterly undermine what Trump had claimed, and that he would do it in front of Congress and the people, based on two anonymous sources who turned out to be totally wrong.

On air, Borger doubled down on the story she helped report:  “On CNN’s air, analyst Gloria Borger put matters more starkly, saying, ‘Comey is going to dispute the president on this point if he’s asked about it by senators, and we have to assume that he will be. He will say he never assured Donald Trump that he was not under investigation, that that would have been improper for him to do so.’”

Of course, none of that happened. In fact, Comey testified that he volunteered that information, and that contrary to Borger’s claims, he saw nothing inappropriate in doing so.  The correction and update CNN ran doesn’t come anywhere near what they should’ve done, which was a total retraction: “CORRECTION AND UPDATE: This article was published before Comey released his prepared opening statement. The article and headline have been corrected to reflect that Comey does not directly dispute that Trump was told multiple times he was not under investigation in his prepared testimony released after this story was published.”

“Does not directly dispute” should be read as “utterly and totally confirms.” At some point, CNN is going to have to decide what they are willing to do in this war on the president and his administration, and whether they are willing to sacrifice even a semblance of balance and centrism in their quest against him, transforming themselves from a news network to an agenda-driven propaganda unit, complete with their useful idiots, their organs of the past administration, and their collection of invented sources who pass along useful lies.

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SARGE
4 years ago

How are the Democrats going yo win any of their elections in 2018? They have obstructed President Trumps agenda in every way they can. Now, its getting worse, cnn, abc,nbc, all of them have painted themselves in a corner, now they have to continue this asinine behavior indefinitely. So come next spring, how are the libs going to flip this narrative of theirs. And all of a sudden they change their platform. They, the dems really believe the American people are stupid. The dems are going to lose more seats. I hope they just continue to do what they’re doing. Its going to work out great for America, and for President Donald J Trump.

Jim H.
4 years ago
Reply to  SARGE

Yes, Sarge. The Democrat leaders believe in the fickleness of the American voter, by and large. We should all be aware of that. Being bombarded daily by the mainstream media’s twisted and filtered information, who has a chance to think clearly about what is going on? And the leftist mindless supporters are liked trained seals. Just keep throwing fish from the public treasury to them, and they will come back for more and re-elect more seal trainers.

ZIGGY
4 years ago

JUST STOP WATCHING THOSE CHANNELS IE. CNN MSNBC NBC CBS AND ABC.. THEY ARE ALL IN THE SAME BAG, AND NOT ONE OF THEM REPORTS THE NEWS OF THE DAY. THEY ONLY GO INTO THEIR REHEARSED OBJECTIONS OF WHATEVER TRUMP SAYS OR DOES THAT DAY OR THE DAY BEFORE. IF YOU MUST WATCH THE NEWS WATCH FOX NEWS.

Jan
4 years ago
Reply to  ZIGGY

In addition to Fox News, OAN (one America news) is also excellent.

Don Short
4 years ago

CNN was called “fake news” by President Trump at the beginning of his term, and CNN has gone out of their way to prove just that,very sad.

Deborah Neal
4 years ago

CNN doesn’t even know what they are fighting for. They just react to things so that this dying news outlet group will have something to say so they can stay in business. They choke on good, and throw up when confronted by truth .Poking through things to falsify and criticize is still a sorrowful life. They only have one life and they have bought into wasting it.

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