By: Mike McDaniel CNN, the Clinton News Network, has been having a very bad, no good, awful, terrible week. Not only has the White House resorted to conducting only off-camera daily press briefings–that keeps people like CNN’s Jim Acosta from grandstanding on camera–they’ve been repeatedly caught in behavior that violates every possible standard of journalistic integrity and professionalism–not that they give a damn. The New York Post reports:
CNN is cracking down on its Russia coverage — imposing strict new rules for online articles — after they were forced to scrub a story from the web and issue a retraction, a report says.
An internal email obtained by BuzzFeed News outlines the publishing restrictions that the network has laid out in the wake of the controversy.
It was sent out Saturday morning by CNNMoney executive editor Rich Barbieri.
‘No one should publish any content involving Russia without coming to me and Jason,’ he wrote, in reference to a CNN vice president.
‘This applies to social, video, editorial, and MoneyStream. No exceptions,’ Barbieri added. ‘I will lay out a workflow Monday. Thanks.’
The new rules reportedly apply to other areas of CNN, and not just CNNMoney.
What?! CNN’s coverage has been so focused on the false Russia collusion narrative, Barbieri’s new rule will nearly strip CNN of any “news” coverage. What could have caused such a drastic, and non-progressive change?
On June 22, 2017, CNN.com published a story connecting Anthony Scaramucci with investigations into the Russian Direct Investment Fund,’ it read. ‘That story did not meet CNN’s editorial standards and has been retracted. Links to the story have been disabled. CNN apologizes to Mr. Scaramucci.
Scaramucci threatened to sue, and CNN apparently discovered, rather quickly, their story was as false and unsupportable as Scaramucci said it was. I’m old enough, gentle readers, to remember a time when no story was printed without at least two highly credible sources confirming its veracity. This CNN story used the contemporary standard: a single, anonymous source.
The article cited a single, unnamed source — claiming the Senate Intelligence committee was interested in a ‘$10-billion Russian investment fund whose chief executive met with a member of President Donald Trump’s transition team four days before Trump’s inauguration.’ [skip]
The report cited a meeting in January between RDIF head Kirill Dmitriev and Scaramucci, founder of SkyBridge Capital and a noted Trump supporter.
Scaramucci explained the “meeting” consisted of Dmitriev approaching him as he sat at dinner in a restaurant, and briefly engaging him in conversation. Surprisingly, three CNN staffers involved in the story actually resigned. Translation: were allowed to resign before being fired:
Reporter Thomas Frank, editor Eric Lichtblau and Lex Haris, the executive editor for CNN’s investigative unit, all left the company over the article, which was published on CNN.com Thursday but removed a day later after the network concluded that it did not meet its editorial standards.
Lichtblau is a former New York Times reporter who recently went to work for CNN. But that’s not the worst news for CNN this week. The day after the resignations of the three CNN staffers were announced, Project Veritas struck again with underground video of John Bonifield, CNN Supervising Producer.
Bonifield admitted that the Russia collusion story was “bullshit,” and the network had no “big giant proof.”
Even better, Bonifield told an anecdote about CNN’s coverage of President Trump’s abandonment of the Paris Climate deal. CNN News Chief Jeff Zucker praised their coverage, which lasted barely a day and a half, but immediately directed them to get back to the Russia narrative. Bonifield also, apparently spontaneously, admitted CNNs’ double standard regarding coverage of Barack Obama and Donald Trump. He also admitted President Trump was right in claiming CNN was pursuing a “witch hunt” against him.
Bonifield also expressed, honestly, CNN’s take on journalistic ethics, making fun of the standards taught in journalism schools, calling them “adorable.” He cynically drew a line between honesty and business–getting ratings and making money. White Press Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders (courtesy of Powerline) let the fake news distributers at a White House press briefing have it:
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 where 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.
Project Veritas said it very well:
CNN is actively plotting a fake news campaign, aimed squarely at Trump–and Project Veritas just caught them red-handed.
Reports that CNN is planning to change its motto from “The most trusted name in news,” to “Tell Bonifield to keep his damn mouth shut” have not been confirmed.
Fox News’ Sean Hannity helped expose CNN’s–“the most trusted name in news”–intentional and deceptive bias:
Hannnity presented the results of a Harvard media study of media coverage of President Trump from January 20 through April 29. CNN and NBC’s coverage was negative 93% of the time. CBS was negative 91% of the time. The New York Times, 87%; The Washington Post, 83%; The Wall Street Journal, 70%, and Fox News, 52%. It would appear Fox’s motto: “fair, balanced and unafraid,” is far more accurate than CNN’s.
Hannity also produced the results of a Media Research Center Study of media coverage of significant issues on network flagship evening newscasts from May 17 through June 20. The Russia/Comey investigation was given 353 minutes of air time. Climate change, 47 minutes. Fighting terrorism, 29 minutes. Keep in mind the several terror attacks during that time frame, or there would have likely been virtually no coverage of this topic. Obamacare received only 17 minutes; the economy and jobs, the new Cuba policy and new trade policies received only five minutes each. The war in Afghanistan received only 4 minutes, infrastructure spending only 3 minutes, and tax reform, less than a minute.
America’s primary network and cable news outlets, with the exception of Fox, are clearly no longer trustworthy. They don’t lie all the time and in every story, but when they do, it is invariably to the benefit of Democrats and the detriment of President Trump. The press should be reasonably skeptical of all politicians, but they have become little more than propaganda arms of the Democrat Party.
The Department of Justice should be vigorously investigating all leaks to the media, particularly those with national security implications, or those that clearly violate federal law. Reporters should be taken before a grand jury and made to give up their “anonymous” sources, and if they refuse to answer, jailed until they do, and prosecuted, along with the leakers. The First Amendment does not provide immunity from prosecution for crimes, nor is there a federal press shield law to protect journalists betraying America to get at President Trump. It’s hard to imagine why Mr. Trump hasn’t done this already.
I’ll let Mr. Trump have the last word. After all, he’s been right all along: