December 8th, 2017

CNN with more fake news

It’s hard to keep up with this sort of thing:

Correction: This story has been corrected to say the date of the email was September 14, 2016, not September 4, 2016. The story also changed the headline and removed a tweet from Donald Trump Jr., who posted a message about WikiLeaks on September 4, 2016.

This is not a minor correction. The date (incorrectly alleged to have been before the Wikileaks news dump) was the entire story. Interestingly, it was the WaPo that pointed out the problem with CNN’s reporting.

Brian Ross doesn’t work for CNN, so he can’t be re-suspended. But Emily Litella has something to say:

[ADDENDUM: Ace points out that the correction left out the significance of the change, and that it took five hours for the correction to be issued:

[CNN’s] correction does not seem to alert the reader that, with the correction, there is literally nothing left to this story. A rando sent Donald Trump, Jr. a link that millions of people were sending — that’s it.

In their eagerness to get the goods on Trump and his aides, several news organizations are only making Trump’s Fake News accusations seem more apropos rather than less.]

15 Responses to “CNN with more fake news”

  1. T Says:

    “In their eagerness to get the goods on Trump and his aides . . . .” [Neo]

    Neo,

    IMO this is precisely what happened with Dan Rather and the Bush document. In his (their) exuberance to delegitimize a person that they viscerally hate, they look past obvious and readily available contradictory evidence.

    This is not simply the error of “fake news” as Trump might call it, it is malpractice by a profession that wants us to believe that it follows professional standards. Fat chance! All they have demonstrated, again and again, is that they have all graduated from the Josef Goebbel’s School of Journalism.

  2. Stephen Ippolito Says:

    Excellent post on an important topic, Neo.

    On the subject of CNN and the other jumbles of letters that make up the rest of fake news networks, I noticed that Pres Trump, during a speech yesterday, experienced a moment of cotton mouth or else had a problem with his tongue catching on bridgework or something equally innocuous.

    Immediately, and based on this triviality alone, the fake news networks have rushed into “Trump is senile and/or physically decrepit” mode with a view to undermining him.

    The narrative put out by CNN and MSNBC, et al, is that “Oh, the president’s health is just too important an issue to ignore.” They are being good corporate citizens in making a big deal of this don’t you know.

    Surely such behaviour does more to further diminish respect for the networks in the minds of the people than even such examples of bad faith as that highlighted in your post.

    The people, I suspect, have not forgotten either the footage of Hillary taken on 9/11 during the campaign when she staggered, swooned and would have fallen to the ground had she not been caught – or the outraged dismissals of the public’s concerns over her health these same networks broadcast: “Nothing to see here, move on, sexists!”

    Hypocrisy. Yuuge hypocrisy. Biggly so.

  3. AesopFan Says:

    Stephen Ippolito Says:
    December 8th, 2017 at 9:26 pm
    * *
    Trump is not the only Republican held to a different health standard: remember when Marco Rubio drinking water on stage during a debate or speech signaled The End of His Career?

  4. Stephen Ippolito Says:

    AesopFan,

    Quite so. Good point.

  5. TBlakely Says:

    I’ve known for decades that the media has it’s own agenda and can’t be trusted but I never imagined they were this frikken stupid.

    It makes you wonder what crap they’ve gotten away with.

  6. Col. Harrumph Says:

    I learned from this that our trusted 4th estate had its own agenda:

    http://www.nytimes.com/1975/09/05/archives/tv-guns-of-autumn-draws-a-bead-on-hunting.html

  7. John P Says:

    Has anybody noticed that the meaning of cnn’s article hinged on a 1-character change in some text? How easy it would be to completely change the meaning by eliding or whiting out that single “1”. Oops, cnn did not mean to put their thumb on the scale.

    I think this was no mistake. It was intentional and somebody should be fired. Until the perpetrators are held to account, always, these shenanigans will continue and get more desperate.

  8. MollyNH Says:

    CNN in particular is the * sworn enemy* of the president, it is so silly CNN went to all the kindergarten antics of announcing “they will not be attending the WH Xmas party” guess cnn’s daddy can beat Prez too. ROFLOL
    Hope Prez & Melania give the space to some worthy attendees, like service people, disadvantaged kids or even journalism groups from worthy colleges like Hillsdale etc.

  9. MollyNH Says:

    CNN in particular is the * sworn enemy* of the president, it is so silly CNN went to all the kindergarten antics of announcing “they will not be attending the WH Xmas party” guess cnn’s daddy can beat Prez too. ROFLOL
    Hope Prez & Melania give the space to some worthy attendees, like service people, disadvantaged kids or even journalism groups from worthy colleges like Hillsdale etc.

  10. MollyNH Says:

    sorry that snuck in twice. Must be that trick I perfected at Hogwarts.

  11. Helpful word definitions for CNN/MSM Editors: “Newsworthy” – Da Tech Guy Blog Says:

    […] they were released pub­licly and pro­mot­ing this false nar­ra­tive for hours on the air is a very news­wor­thy […]

  12. Thomas Hazlewood Says:

    This just in ! Donald Trump receives E-MAILS!

    (No, that’s all of it. Why do you ask?)

  13. John Guilfoyle Says:

    I sure hope someone who really likes research & digging for the kernels of truth & has a demonstrated ability to generate thousands of words per day (hint hint) is keeping track of all this fake news and perhaps is planning to write a book cataloguing & analyzing the trajectory of media deception from say Viet Nam through the Civil Rights era, Cold War & into the Trump presidency.

    We know about Cronkhite & Rather…and now CNN etc…but I’ve lost count & track of so many others…but I bet I know someone who hasn’t 😉

  14. neo-neocon Says:

    John Guilfoyle:

    If I write a book, it will be on political change. Media deception is often part of that.

    But the stories are so many that I lose track of them, too.

  15. MollyNH Says:

    Of course Prez is an idiot he watches THEIR shows just like intellectual giant Obama did, when not on ESPN.

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