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CNN Unrepentant about Fake News

Written by Joe Scudder

Despite botching a “bombshell report” their words show CNN unrepentant and still blaming Donald Trump.

Why is CNN unrepentant after being caught in a major fake story? The only answer is that they are so arrogant they can’t admit or explain their mistakes. Either that, or maybe they are enraged because the Trump Administration, in an effort to finds links, passed on false information that they knew could be easily disproven. Either way, CNN is just campaigning for Trump 2020.

The Daily Caller reports, “CNN’s ‘Reliable Sources’ Turns Network’s Colossal Screwup Into An Attack On Trump.

CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” hosted by Brian Stelter, bills itself as a show that provides “the story behind the story, how the media really works, and how the news really gets made.”


Stelter addressed CNN’s blunder for a couple of minutes, offering up a brief review of the reporting of the story. The media reporter then quoted the network’s public relations department, which downplayed the scandal.

Stelter then trotted out Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein and anti-Trump pundit David Frum, both of whom avoided discussing how CNN got its story wrong. Instead, they focused on President Trump, calling him a “serial liar.”


“Look, reporters, journalists make mistakes,” said Bernstein, a paid CNN analyst and veteran of Watergate. “Our record as journalists in covering this Trump story and the Russian story is pretty good, especially compared to the record of Donald Trump and his serial lying.”

“Attacking the press is the basic element that too many demagogues in our culture have used to whip up this cold civil war, and especially to appeal to the base of the President of the United States,” he added.

Frum, a former George W. Bush speechwriter who frequently criticizes Trump, offered up a contorted take on the CNN correction.

“The mistakes are precisely the reason the people should trust the media,” he said.

Read the entire Daily Caller story.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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