CNN: Every thing however the Information

CNN: Every thing however the Information

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Viewers are noticing — and leaving.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE F or a while, we thought MSNBC had temporarily usurped CNN as the font of fake news — although both networks had tied for the most negative coverage (93 percent of all their news reports) of President Trump’s first 100 days in office.

A cynic would argue that CNN had deliberately given Trump undue coverage during the Republican primary on the theory that he would be the weakest Republican in the general election and would therefore be the weakest challenger to Hillary Clinton. CNN president Jeffrey Zucker at one point had bragged that in the primaries, Trump made CNN money. Only later,

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A cynic would argue that CNN had deliberately given Trump undue coverage during the Republican primary on the theory that he would be the weakest Republican in the general election and would therefore be the weakest challenger to Hillary Clinton. CNN president Jeffrey Zucker at one point had bragged that in the primaries, Trump made CNN money. Only later, after Trumpu2019s nomination, did Zucker regret giving so much airtime tou00a0Trump and his boisterous rallies.nnAdvertisement nnnnnn

u201cIf we made any mistake last year, itu2019s that we probably did put too many of his campaign rallies in those early months and let them run,u201d the contrite Zucker conceded in October 2016, at a talk at Harvardu2019s Kennedy School. Yet Zucker admitted that Trump had been a u201cpublicity magnetu201d as a primary candidate, and, more important, u201cTrump delivered on PR; he delivered on big ratings.u201dn

So CNNu2019s Zucker gave copious coverage to Apprentice-star Trump both to win ratings and to ensure the nomination of a candidate who was polling anemically against Hillary Clinton u2014 with the intention of then reversing course and destroying Trump in the general election.n

The ratings gambit worked; the second aim, of aiding a Clinton victory, did not. And now CNN is focused on another strategy: to destroy the perceived Frankenstein monster that Dr. Zucker helped to create.nnAdvertisement nnnnnn

Just recently, MSNBC anchor Lawrence O’Donnell broke a story based on a single unnamed source who said that Deutsche Bank documents (which the source had not seen) would soon prove that Russian oligarchs had co-signed a loan application for Donald Trump u2014 Ou2019Donnell was apparently trying to resurrect the Russian-collusion zombie. The story was discredited within 24 hours by denials from the bank u2014 as Ou2019Donnell did his part to destroy what was left of the credibility of progressive cable news.nn

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However quickly after, CNN got here by, because it all the time does, with an ever extra egregious lie u2014 one which, like Ou2019Donnellu2019s, was supposed to be the magic collusion poison to eventually abort the presidency of Donald Trump.n

CNNu2019s Jim Sciutto, a former Obama-administration factotum who had earlier been caught spreading lies about Trumpu2019s supposed prior information of a gathering between his son and Russians, claimed, based mostly on his supposed CIA and administration sources, that the CIA had precipitously pulled a high-level spy out of Moscow primarily due to President Trumpu2019s recklessness in dealing with categorized data. With a wink and a nod, Sciutto implied that the CIA needed the spy out as a result of Trumpu2019s supposed collaboration with the Kremlin would possibly endanger the manu2019s life. In essence, Sciutto was claiming that Trump was a traitor or at the least a nau00eff utilized by Russians to hurt his personal nation:n

An individual immediately concerned within the discussions stated that the elimination of the Russian was pushed, partly, by issues that President Donald Trump and his administration repeatedly mishandled categorized intelligence and will contribute to exposing the covert supply as a spy. . . . The choice to hold out the extraction occurred quickly after a Could 2017 assembly within the Oval Workplace through which Trump mentioned extremely categorized intelligence with Russian Overseas Minister Sergey Lavrov and then-Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak.n

The disclosure to the Russians by the President, although not concerning the Russian spy particularly, prompted intelligence officers to resume earlier discussions concerning the potential danger of publicity, based on the supply immediately concerned within the matter.n

Sciutto has not apologized for his untruth though even the New York Occasions — together with the U.S. State Division and the CIA itself — debunked the key claims of his anonymously sourced allegations. The Times, in fact, directly contradicted CNN:n

The decision to extract the informant was driven u201cin partu201d because of concerns that Mr. Trump and his administration had mishandled delicate intelligence, CNN reported. But former intelligence officials said there was no public evidence that Mr. Trump directly endangered the source, and other current American officials insisted that media scrutiny of the agencyu2019s sources alone was the impetus for the extraction. [Emphasis added.]n

The Times also notes that the CIA had tried to exfiltrate the informant in late 2016 u2013 for reasons that had nothing to do with Trumpu2019s handling of classified info, since Trump was not yet in office.n

CNN has now lost so much of its prior viewership and its reputation for global reportage that it would be wise for the network to shut down, fire its entire management and most of its journalists, and reboot in a year or so with an entirely new name, team, and a code of ethics.n

After all, it is now a rule of thumb that when the public hears of a completely fake news story, or of resignations and firings for journalistic malpractice, when we learn of an anchorpersonu2019s acting crudely or obscenely, when we hear profanity or witness unhinged behavior on screen, or see televised Trump-deranged syndrome, CNN is usually at the center of the story.n

Since 2016, CNN apparently has dropped all codes of journalistic prudence and replaced them with a simple directive: The ends of destroying the hated Trump campaign, disrupting his transition, or aborting his presidency justify any means necessary to achieve them.n

Consider a sampling of the bizarre, obscene, or utterly unprofessional on-air behavior of CNN anchors, hosts, and marquee reporters. CNN New Yearu2019s Eve host Kathy Griffin in a nowu00a0infamous photo held a bloody facsimile of Trumpu2019s severed head u2014 and then whined when she discovered that no one wished to listen to or watch such a ghoulish has-been celebrity. Anderson Cooperu00a0attacked a pro-Trump panelist by saying, u201cIf he [Trump] took a dump on his desk, you would defend it!u201dn

CNN religious u201cexpertu201du00a0Reza Aslanu00a0called Trump u201cthis piece of sh**.u201d The late CNN cooking host Anthony Bourdain joked in an interview with TMZ that heu2019d like to poison Trump by serving him hemlock. These obscenities do not constitute news reporting; theyu2019re just casual editorializing from a self-absorbed generation that has confused its own affluence, influence, and well-being with some sort of unique moral insight.n

CNNu2019s Candy Crowley, the u201cmoderatoru201d during the second 2012 presidential debate, abandoned even the pretense of nonpartisanship to argue with candidate Romney and defend Barack Obama. At least Crowley was honest: She did overtly what most CNNers do covertly. The CNN producer of correspondent Suzanne Malveaux, for example, during the 2016 campaign got caught on a hot mic joking that she wished Trumpu2019s personal plane would crash. In contrast, remember that a Missouri rodeo clown once got banned for life from the Missouri State Fair for wearing an Obama mask as part of his routine during a rodeo show.n

CNN security analyst James Clapper was hired despite previous admissions that he had lied under oath to Congress. Predictably, then, he asserted falsely on the air that President Trump was a veritable Russian asset. Former CIA directoru00a0Michael Hayden, also a CNN analyst, claimed that Trump and his immigration policies resembled those of Nazi Germany under Hitler. CNN apparently could not decide whether the ogre Trump was a right-wing Nazi or enthralled to ex-KGB agent Putin and his post-Soviet Russia.n

Apparently, CNNu2019s strategy was to hire former top-ranking intelligence officials to lie about the sitting president, on the theory that disgracing themselves and their former agencies was a small price to pay for ridding the country of the Trump presidency. Recently, CNN trumped the Clapper and Hayden hires by bringing on air Andrew McCabe, the disgraced and fired FBI deputy director, who has been under criminal referrals for lying to federal investigators concerning FBI leaks and who is still under investigation for his role in surveilling Trump-campaign officials and misleading a FISA court. His qualifications to provide CNN with accurate, unbiased, and truthful commentary? A near-pathological hatred of Donald Trump, such that at one point he tried to stage a veritable coup and remove Trump from office, under the 25th Amendment.n

CNN commentator Donna Brazile, a rank partisan, leaked a key primary-debate question to candidate Hillary Clinton, and then repeatedly lied to various news agencies that she had not done so. Julia Ioffeu00a0was asked to appear on CNN after Politicou00a0fired her for tweeting that the president and his daughter Ivanka might have had an incestuous sexual relationship. Apparently writing such ugliness was a plus for any would-be CNN analyst. It was no surprise that soon an emboldened Ioffe was u00a0falsely claiming on CNN that Trump had radicalized more people than had ISIS.n

CNN host Sally Kohn and her roundtable panel raised theiru00a0hands on air to emulate the u201chands up, donu2019t shootu201d fake narrative that had followed the Ferguson shootings. However, an Obama Department of Justice investigation later found that Michael Brown neither stopped and put his hands up in the air, nor cried out u201chands up, donu2019t shootu201d but instead charged the Ferguson police officer with an intent to renew their earlier struggle. The CNN newsroom was perpetrating an inflammatory lie on the air u2014 again with no consequences for their cheap street theater.n

CNN anchoru00a0Don Lemon, currently being sued for allegedly making an obscene sexual advance to a bar patron, claimed on the airu00a0that u201cthe biggest terror threat in this country is white menu201d u2014 a false assertion given that Lemon conceded that more Americans have been killed in ideologically driven terrorist attacks by Islamists since 2001 than by u201cwhite men.u201d Note that African-American males, currently about 6 percent of the population, are arrested and charged as responsible for 52 percent of homicides each year.n

Often anti-Trump CNN reporters offered blatantly false reports that were designed to destroy Trumpu2019s candidacy, transition, or presidency. Thomas Frank,u00a0Eric Lichtblau, and Lex Harris were more or less forced to resign for the fake news story that the flamboyant and now Trump-hating Anthony Scaramucci was directly connected to a $10 billion Russian investment fund u2014 and therefore by implication part of the vast, right-wing Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy.n

CNNu2019s Julian Zelizer flat-out lied when he reported that Donald Trump never reiterated Americau2019s commitment to honor NATOu2019s critical Article 5 guarantee to come to the aid of any member under attack. Jim Sciutto, Carl Bernstein, and Marshall Cohen were all caught peddling falsehoods, fed by Lanny Davis (their supposedly ironclad source) that Davisu2019s client Michael Cohen knew that Trump had foreknowledge of an upcoming meeting between his son and Russian interests. Both Davis and CNN were soon trading accusations over who was responsible for airing a complete lie.n

CNNu2019s Gloria Borger, Eric Lichtblau, Jake Tapper, and Brian Rokus got caught erroneously reportingu00a0that former FBI director James Comey in his impending congressional testimony would flatly contradict President Trumpu2019s prior assertion that Comey had told him he wasu00a0notu00a0under investigation. Their story, of course, proved false. But no matter, since it too had incited more Trump hatred.n

CNN reporteru00a0Manu Rajuu00a0in December 2017 also had spread fake news stories that Donald Trump Jr. supposedly had prior access to the hacked WikiLeaks documents, a lie that fed other fables that Trump Jr. was about to be indicted by Muelleru2019s special-counsel investigation.n

An increasingly puerile Chris Cuomo u2014 recently caught on tape in public screaming obscenities at a questioner, likewise lied on the air when he assured a CNN audience in 2016 that it was illegal for citizens to examine the just-released WikiLeaks emails, while the media like CNN enjoyed an extra-legal right to view them as they pleased: u201cItu2019s different for the media,u201d Cuomo explained. u201cSo everything you learn about this, youu2019re learning from us.u201dn

Again, the CNN kamikaze modus operandi: Report outright lies, calculate the likelihood that they will have to be later retracted or apologized for, and consider the gambit a worthwhile short-term effort to destroy Trump, even as it helps ensure CNNu2019s long-term demise.n

What is strange about CNN is neither the incompetence nor the bias, but its sanctimoniousness and cluelessness about its own suicidal trajectory into oblivion. When Donald Trump at his rallies points to the media cameras and hoots, u201cFake news,u201d often directly referencing CNN, many claim that his antics are a crude attack on the press that has repeatedly lied to destroy Trump, his family, and his presidency.n

Perhaps. But the better question is whether CNN u2014 which has ruined its reputation and profits in an Ahab-esque effort to destroy the Trump white whale u2014 is any longer a media organization at all, or a failing entertainment channel, or a boring Orwellian Ministry of u201cTruth.u201dnnn

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