Regardless of CNN’s assertion this week that it “doesn’t lie,” the community has an in depth historical past of bungled reporting — a few of which has gone uncorrected.
President Donald Trump referred to as out CNN for its questionable report on his son’s 2016 Trump Tower assembly with the Russians, insisting that “CNN is being torn other than inside based mostly on their being caught in a significant lie and refusing to confess the error.”
“Make no mistake, Mr. President, CNN doesn’t lie,” the community responded. “We report the information. And we report when folks in energy inform lies. CNN stands by our reporting and our reporters.”
Make no mistake, Mr. President, CNN doesn’t lie. We report the information. And we report when folks in energy inform lies. CNN stands by our reporting and our reporters. There could also be many fools on this story however @carlbernstein is just not one among them.
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) August 29, 2018
Whereas CNN is standing by its July 27 report claiming Michael Cohen was ready to inform particular counsel Robert Mueller that Trump knew in regards to the Trump Tower assembly prematurely, quite a few components have referred to as their reporting into query. (RELATED: CNN’s Quadruple Down On Doubtful Trump Tower Story Leaves Out Key Particulars)
Sadly for CNN, the Trump Tower story isn’t their first fling with doubtful or simply flat-out unsuitable reporting.
The next listing particulars 20 further tales that CNN has bungled following the rise of Trump.
1. Scaramucci Slip
CNN retracted a narrative in June of 2017 claiming that former Trump adviser Anthony Scaramucci was underneath investigation by Congress for his alleged ties to Russia. (RELATED: CNN Retracts Story About Trump Adviser Being Below Investigation)
The story relied on one nameless congressional supply and CNN apologized to Scaramucci for the error. Three CNN reporters ended up resigning from the corporate over the botched report.
2. Trump Jr. Collusion
CNN reported in December of 2017 that Donald Trump Jr. obtained particular entry to paperwork stolen by WikiLeaks on Sept. 4, 2016. Nonetheless, Donald Trump Jr. really was emailed in regards to the paperwork on Sept. 14, 2016 — a day after they have been already obtainable to most people. (RELATED: CNN Botches Main ‘Bombshell’ Alleging Contacts Between Don Jr. And WikiLeaks)
CNN up to date the report however nonetheless has not defined how two sources managed to present them the unsuitable date on the e-mail.
3. 17 Intel Companies Lie
Former Director of Nationwide Intelligence James Clapper mentioned throughout a congressional listening to in Might that three intelligence businesses — the CIA, NSA and the FBI — concluded that Russia interfered with the 2016 election.
Nonetheless, CNN has repeatedly claimed that every one 17 intelligence businesses got here to the identical conclusion about Russian meddling. CNN’s declare is pure nonsense, because the Division of Power, Division of the Treasury, and Drug Enforcement Company, amongst others, would don’t have any authority to make any assertions about Russian meddling in elections.
4. Comey Testimony Crumbles
On June 6, 2017, CNN reported that former FBI director James Comey would contradict President Donald Trump’s declare that he was not underneath investigation.
When the time got here for Comey to launch his opening assertion for his congressional testimony, he really ended up confirming Trump’s account. (RELATED: Comey Confirms: Trump Wasn’t Below FBI Investigation)
“This text was revealed earlier than Comey launched his ready opening assertion. The article and headline have been corrected to replicate that Comey doesn’t instantly dispute that Trump was advised a number of instances he was not underneath investigation in his ready testimony launched after this story was revealed,” CNN corrected.
5. Trump’s Fish Meals
When President Trump met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe final November, the pair took half in a koi fish feeding ceremony. A video posted by CNN appeared to indicate Trump dumping his complete field of meals into the koi pond unprompted. (RELATED: Journalists Slam Trump For Copying Fish Meals Dump)
An unedited video revealed that Trump was merely following the lead of Abe, who emptied his field of meals first.
6. A Clear Invoice Of Well being
In Might of 2017 when Republicans have been authoring a brand new well being care invoice, CNN claimed that GOP adjustments to Obamacare might make rape and sexual assault pre-existing situations.
PolitiFact rated that declare “principally false,” explaining that “the invoice doesn’t change what’s or is just not a pre-existing situation; the medical health insurance corporations write these definitions for themselves.”
7. Officer Cuomo
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo inexplicably mentioned in October of 2016 that possessing WikiLeaks stolen paperwork is “unlawful,” however insisted it’s “completely different for the media.”
“Additionally fascinating is, keep in mind, it’s unlawful to own these stolen paperwork. It’s completely different for the media. So every little thing you study this, you’re studying from us,” Cuomo mentioned.
In response to The Washington Put up, it’s not unlawful to own or distribute illegally obtained materials as long as you weren’t concerned within the authentic hack.
8. Simply Faucet It In
CNN initially denounced Trump’s declare in March of 2017 that former President Barack Obama was wiretapping telephones in Trump Tower as a “flat-out lie.”
Then, in September of 2017, CNN reported that the FBI had a wiretap on former marketing campaign chairman Paul Manafort — who has a residence in Trump Tower.
Whereas it’s unclear if the FBI tapped Manafort’s telephones in Trump Tower or picked up his conversations with the president, it’s believable sufficient that CNN shouldn’t be dismissing Trump’s claims out of hand. (RELATED: CNN Reporter: Trump’s Wiretap Tweets Nonetheless Not Believable)
9. Zeleny’s Folly
CNN reporter Jeff Zeleny tweeted on July 31, 2018, that President Trump had not taken questions from reporters in no less than every week.
President Trump waves, however declines to reply questions on south garden of White Home as we speak as he heads to Florida for a marketing campaign rally tonight. It marks no less than every week that he’s gone with out answering questions on his Tweets or the rest within the information.
— Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) July 31, 2018
Simply in the future previous to Zeleny’s tweet, Trump answered questions throughout a joint information convention with the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
10. Republicans Did (NOT) Fund The File
The salacious and unverified Steele file was paid for by the Democratic Nationwide Committee and the Clinton marketing campaign, however that hasn’t stopped CNN from pinning the doc on the GOP. (RELATED: Media Nonetheless Pinning File On Republicans)
Former Obama official and present CNN reporter Jim Sciutto was only one community talking-head who claimed the file was “initially paid for by Republicans.”
Whereas Republicans purchased normal opposition analysis from Fusion GPS, they stopped paying the agency properly earlier than it ever contracted with Christopher Steele to compile the anti-Trump file.
11. If You Construct It, They Will Lie
CNN claimed that solely Democratic members of Congress gathered to wish earlier than the 2017 Congressional Baseball Recreation — the primary recreation after Home Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot and almost killed. (RELATED: CNN Incorrectly States Solely Dems Prayed At Congressional Baseball Recreation)
Shaking my head @CNN & @CNNPolitics. They actually did this. They lie like this with a goal. #CongressionalBaseballGame pic.twitter.com/3duycYw7qx
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) June 16, 2017
Footage of the prayer circle clearly present each Democrats and Republicans praying collectively, and CNN ultimately deleted their tweet claiming in any other case.
12. CNN Will get Hit With A Cruz Missile
After the college capturing in Parkland, Florida, CNN media reporter Brian Stelter accused Republican congressmen of being “scared” to come back on the community to debate gun management. Anchor Chris Cuomo particularly referred to as out Texas Senator Ted Cruz for not rising to the problem.
Because it seems, Sen. Cruz had achieved a 15 minute interview with CNN earlier that day. He blasted the community for airing “NONE” of his interview and famous that he had beforehand achieved three city corridor debates on CNN with Senator Bernie Sanders. (RELATED: Ted Cruz Did A 15 Minute Interview With CNN — They Aired None Of It, Then Attacked Him For Not Coming On Air)
13. Foolish Stelter!
CNN media reporter Brian Stelter accused the Republican Nationwide Committee of “misquoting” him in an advert attacking the credibility of Michael Wolff’s e-book “Hearth and Fury.”
“Actual factual errors … makes you marvel in regards to the general content material,” Stelter was quoted as saying.
Stelter did utter these phrases throughout a CNN Worldwide tv hit and shortly deleted his accusatory tweet.
“I stand corrected: I assumed this RNC advert misquoted me, however the quote got here from a @CNNI TV hit,” Stelter admitted.
I stand corrected: I assumed this RNC advert misquoted me, however the quote got here from a @CNNI TV hit. So I’ve deleted my earlier tweet about this. Huge image level: Wolff’s errors are sloppy, however many Trump consultants say the e-book “rings true” general. My recommendation: Learn it — skeptically https://t.co/VWXvjWpaYV
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) January 6, 2018
14. These Boots Had been Made For Correctin’
Nancy Sinatra made a fast joke about her late father’s tune, “My Manner,” getting used at Trump’s Inauguration in January 2017. She tweeted in response to the information to “simply keep in mind the primary line of the tune” — which is, “And now, the top is close to.”
CNN spun Sinatra’s tweet into an article claiming she was “not completely happy” about Trump utilizing her father’s tune on the Inauguration.
“That’s not true. I by no means mentioned that. Why do you lie, CNN?” Sinatra asserted. “What a rotten spin to placed on a innocent joke.”
15. Faculty Capturing Slip-Up
After a Might capturing at Santa Fe Excessive Faculty in Texas, CNN reporters instantly started claiming that there have been 22 college shootings on the yr. (RELATED: CNN Re-Ups False 22 Faculty Shootings Stat)
Nonetheless, CNN wildly exaggerates the variety of college shootings through the use of methodology that features unintentional firearm discharges on college property, home disputes, and different non-active shooter occasions.
For instance, one listed capturing at Savannah State College in Georgia concerned simply two folks, neither of whom have been college students.
16. The place’s Melania?
A number of CNN reporters speculated in regards to the whereabouts of Melania Trump after a scheduled kidney surgical procedure after which denied accountability for any conspiracy theories in regards to the first girl. (RELATED: CNN Reporters Shirk Accountability For Melania Conspiracies)
Media reporter Brian Stelter led his “Dependable Sources” e-newsletter on June third with the headline “Melania M.I.A,” and insisted the primary girl’s whereabouts have been a “thriller” as a result of she had not been seen in public since Might 10.
Whereas Stelter blamed random web commenters for particular conspiracy theories about cosmetic surgery or a transfer again to NYC, CNN repeated such theories in an article and even requested Melania’s spokesperson to touch upon them.
17. Pretend Information About Pretend Information
CNN cited a examine from the Oxford Web Institute to assert that faux information focused swing states throughout the 2016 presidential election.
Nonetheless, as The Day by day Caller first reported, the examine says nothing of the kind. (RELATED: Mainstream Media Reporting About Twitter ‘Pretend Information’ Is 100% False)
The researchers within the examine have been speaking about “junk information,” not “faux information” — and their definition of junk information consists of mainstream conservative websites like The Washington Examiner and Breitbart Information. A deep dive into the examine thus reveals that Twitter customers didn’t obtain almost as a lot “faux information” as CNN initially claimed to readers.
18. Trump (Not) Ignorant About Japanese Automobiles
CNN Cash’s Daniel Shane accused President Trump of not understanding that Japan makes automobiles in the US, writing, “Trump asks Japan to construct automobiles within the U.S. It already does.”
Throughout the president’s November go to to Japan, he advised Japan Inc, “Attempt constructing your automobiles in the US as an alternative of transport them over. Is that doable to ask?”
Nonetheless, when studying his full remarks — which Shane not noted — it’s clear that the president was making a joke and is aware of that Japanese producers make automobiles within the U.S. (RELATED: CNN Spreads Two Pretend Narratives Throughout Trump Go to To Japan)
Shane ended up issuing a correction on his article.
19. Palms Up, Pretend Information
A CNN panel consisting of Margaret Hoover, Sally Kohn, Sunny Hostin and Mel Robbins displayed the “palms up, don’t shoot” gesture in 2014 whereas speaking about marches in opposition to police violence.
The gesture appeared to be a reference to the deadly police capturing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
Whereas preliminary reviews speculated that Brown had his palms up when he was shot by Darren Wilson, the DOJ concluded in a report in 2015 that bodily and forensic proof confirmed Brown’s palms couldn’t have been above his waist.
20. Peace Be With You
CNN deceptively edited a video of Sherelle Smith and Kimberly Neal, the sisters of an unarmed black man who was shot by police. The community claimed the 2 sisters have been “calling for peace” amidst riots of their neighborhood.
“Don’t carry that violence right here,’ [Kimberly] Neal, his different sister, mentioned whereas sobbing,” CNN’s report mentioned.
Nonetheless, in an extended video, Sherelle says, “Y’all burning down s—t we want in our neighborhood. Take that s—t to the suburbs. Burn that s—t down. We’d like our s—t. We’d like our weaves. I don’t put on it. However we want it.”
CNN eliminated the portion of their report about Sherelle and owned as much as their error.
“An earlier model of this story mischaracterized what the sufferer’s sister was attempting to convey. She was calling for peace in her neighborhood, urging the protesters to go elsewhere,” CNN advised The Washington Examiner.
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