Thursday, February 22, 2018

CNN: The Counterfeit News Network

Breaking news: CNN is a sad, dangerous joke:

CNN has gone to great lengths to politicize the tragic mass murder at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Despite the fact that the FBI and other officials were repeatedly, repeatedly, repeatedly warned that the killer was a grave threat, and that the tragedy could have been averted or minimized if the officer on duty had actually gone in to stop the violence or if anyone else had had a firearm at the time, the network blamed the debacle on guns.
                Worse yet, CNN allegedly fed at least one student survivor a scripted question to ask at a town hall meeting about the violence. Inarguably, it’s reporters emphasized the incomprehensible heinousness of this “child murder,” and rightly so. However, if anyone appearing on any CNN platform talked of “child murder” in the context of abortion, they’d be indignant and look down their noses at that person and demand that his or her mic be turned off.
                The network also added to the rapidly growing list of its egregious breaks with journalistic integrity by running a “Breaking News” chyron during Wolf Blitzer’s Situation Room reading, “WHITE HOUSE REPEATS TRUMP’S FALSE CLAIM THAT HE’S TOUGHER ON RUSSIA THAN OBAMA.” Technically, this is a subjective statement/issue, and as such is not something properly subject to denial in absolute terms. In this sense, it would be like stating: “WHITE HOUSE REPEATS TRUMP’S FALSE CLAIM THAT HE LIKES BIG MACS MORE THAN BILL CLINTON DID.”
                Yet, on the other hand, any sentient being knows that the statement itself is obviously false, for reasons that should be abundantly clear to anyone who hasn’t been in a coma for the past few years, and that are too numerous to cover here.
                If CNN had been around in the Civil War Era, we would have been treated to this chyron, circa 1865: “CNN BREAKING NEWS: WHITE HOUSE REPEATS LINCOLN’S FALSE CLAIM THAT HE’S TOUGHER ON SLAVERY THAN PIERCE.”
                CNN has become- literally- the Counterfeit News Network. It is now akin to Pravda or the Korean Central News Agency. CNN is to journalism as Crayola’s® Spin Art is to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel paintings.  

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