CNN Obsesses over Pee

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

Pee, urine, golden showers, and other terms are repeated by CNN anchors, using a baseless story to disgust viewers with Donald Trump.

CNN loves to talk about pee, recently. In fact, for a while they were talking about it incessantly repeating urination terms in reference to an unconfirmed story about Donald Trump.

The trigger for all the pee talk was the release of James Comey’s book, which recounts (Comey’s version of) how the dossier impacted the Trump Presidency.

That excuse was all they needed to sprinkle their talk with bathroom terminology.

Comey himself pioneered the script in his first interview:

Newsbuster reports, “Yellow Journalism: CNN Spouts Off About ‘Pee Tapes’ 77 Times in Five Days.

Intrepid NewsBusters analysts examined transcripts of all CNN broadcasts that aired between April 12 and April 16, finding 77 separate mentions of the absurd claim. The cable network feverishly replayed a clip of Comey repeating the allegation to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, which constituted 28 of those instances. April 13 featured a particularly steady stream of mentions: 48 in one day, for an average of one every 30 minutes.

For the purpose of this study, a mention was defined as any allusion to the most graphic aspect of the rumor. Thus a clip in which James Comey merely mentioned Russian prostitutes would not have factored into the study.

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This is reminiscent of what happened in January when, as Newsbusters put it, “CNN Leaps Into The Toilet: Network Aired 195 Uses of ‘S***hole’ on Friday.” Toilet talk seems to fascinate the people at CNN:

In the contest for Most Offended News Network after President Trump reportedly referred to African nations as “s***hole” countries, CNN wins hands down. NewsBusters staff combed through CNN transcripts on Nexis for the S-hole word in the 24 hours of January 12 – the first full day after The Washington Post reported the controversy – and found CNN staffers and CNN guests uncorked the profanity 195 times in one day. ABC, CBS, and the PBS NewsHour were also zero, and the NBC Nightly News uncorked one on January 11. FCC obscenity regulations apply only to broadcast TV stations between 6 am and 10 pm, so cable networks can let it fly without any fear of fines.

MSNBC’s prime-time shows (the only ones in Nexis) used 14 S-words from 5 pm to 11 pm on Friday.

That doesn’t count Saturday, Sunday or Monday. They could be headed for 1,000 by now.

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Joe Scudder

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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