CNNs Doubleplusungood, Really Terrible Week

I don’t give stock tips as a general rule, but I will give you one at the end of this article. Whether you should follow it is your business, I neither know nor care. In any case, have you been reading about CNN this week? Yeah, hard to avoid isn’t it? You know something is very wrong when suddenly the messenger, and that is all the press is, the people who tell us what is going on, becomes the story. From John Hinderaker.

It’s been a tough couple of days for CNN. Yesterday, the network announced the resignation (firing, I assume) of three journalists–Eric Lichtblau, recently hired away from the New York Times, Thomas Frank, and the head of the network’s new investigative unit, Lex Haris. They published a Russia/Trump story that turned out to be false (embarrassingly so, the quality of the reporting was abysmal) and had to be retracted by CNN.

It is no coincidence that CNN’s fake news story had to do with Russia. CNN’s CEO told the network’s reporters that it was nice to cover climate change, but it’s time to get back to Russia. How do we know this?

Because today, an even worse shoe dropped. James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas has infiltrated CNN, and he has video of a CNN producer admitting that the network’s Russia fixation is “mostly bullshit,” but they do it because it brings in the money. Paul wrote about O’Keefe’s dynamite video this morning; if you missed it then you should watch it now. The CNN producer says things like “it’s mostly bulls**t right now.” And “I think the president is probably right to say, like, look you are witch hunting me.”

Here is the video:

Later in the day, Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders let CNN have it:

Notable quotes:

It’s the barrage of fake news directed at the president that has garnered his frustration. … We have gone to a place where if the media can’t be trusted to report the news, then that’s a dangerous place for America.
There are multiple instances when that outlet [CNN] has been wrong—there’s a video circulating now, whether it’s accurate or not, I’m not sure—but I encourage everyone to take a look at it. If it is accurate, I think it’s a disgrace to all of media, to all of journalism.
The media has been going on [the] Russia, Trump-hoax for the better part of a year now, and America is looking for something more.

Indeed. You don’t see a lot about it here because I’m bored with it, the media’s slobbering love affair with Obama cured me for a lifetime of believing anything at all they said. If they tell me it’s raining, I look out the window, usually at the sun.

Then there is this, from the New York Post

The retracted story [about Anthony Saramucci] was based on a single, anonymous source who claimed the Senate Intelligence Committee was probing ties between the Trump administration and a Russian government-owned investment fund. The story, posted on on Thursday, also claimed the Treasury Department was believed to be investigating Scaramucci over a purported Jan. 16 meeting with the fund’s director general.In an Editor’s Note posted late Friday, CNN said the story had been deleted for not meeting “editorial standards,” with the network later revealing a “breakdown” in pre-publication vetting that typically involves “fact-checkers, journalism standards experts and lawyers.”

But wait, there’s more!

They retracted the story all right, they also apologized and fired the three reporters (or should that be fiction writers?) responsible.

The specter of a $100 million libel suit scared CNN into retracting a poorly reported story that slimed an ally of President Trump’s — and forcing out the staffers responsible for it, The Post has learned. CNN immediately caved after Scaramucci, a financier and frequent network guest, cried foul and threatened to take legal action, sources said Tuesday. Sources also said the three journalists responsible for the retracted story — reporter Tom Frank, editor Eric Lichtblau and Lex Harris, who headed the CNN Investigates unit — were urged to resign.

But wait, there is still more!

Well, maybe they were scared, and with cause, or maybe it was something else.

Zucker was afraid of facing a high-profile suit from Scaramucci while the US Justice Department weighs the proposed $85.4 billion media merger. At last week’s Cannes Lions festival in France — where Zucker boasted that viewers “trusted CNN even more than ever”— rumors were rife that he’d be out of a job if the AT&T deal goes through. “It’s not just Jeff Zucker, all Time Warner executives are anxious about if they will survive the merger. One thing’s for sure, there will be a re-organization,” one top executive told The Post.

True? False? Fake News, itself? Damned if I know, but it fits the parameters better than anything CNN is pushing in the last year. You see, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson and AT&T Entertainment Group CEO John Stankey, both have a very good relationship with the current administration. And that is who is buying Time Warner. Interesting, Huh?

Oh, that stock tip, Buy Kraft, the owner of Orville Redenbacher, we’re gonna need lots of popcorn. The rest of these organizations, you’re on your own.


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7 Responses to CNNs Doubleplusungood, Really Terrible Week

  1. the unit says:

    Meanwhile, have a jelly bean.
    ”You can tell a lot about a fellow’s character,” Mr. Reagan said, by his way of eating jellybeans.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Yes sadly, true honest journalism and news reporting is very rare these days, i.e. the days of PC and Liberalism abound, especially in the West!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. the unit says:

    Like when I read signs sometimes my first thoughts are funny. When you said “I don’t give stock tips as a general rule…” Before I read further I thought… Nope! You don’t give banal, basic, commonplace, conventional, customary, formal, hackneyed, ordinary, overused, regular, routine, run-of-the-mill, set, standard, staple, stereotyped, traditional, trite, usual, worn-out tips at all and never fake. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • NEO says:

      Well, I try for that anyhow! Usually try to change it up a bit anyway! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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