It would be nice if CNN could put facts first

CNN’s Jake Tapper apparently woke up Tuesday ready to look ridiculous on live national television. He actually said with a straight face that morning that “this country needs a strong, thriving, healthy, fact-based Republican Party.”

That’s interesting, because this country could also use a strong, thriving, healthy, fact-based CNN. Where does anyone at that network get off on lecturing anyone else about facts?

It’s as if Jeff Zucker and his entire staff are engaged in one long piece of performance art, running self-promotional ads that say “facts first,” wearing knitted sweaters that say “facts first,” and repeatedly pledging their commitment to “facts first,” all while producing obvious lies and fabrications.

In January, CNN said it had “confirmed” reporting by the Washington Post that Trump had “urged Georgia’s lead elections investigator to ‘find the fraud'” in a phone call the previous month. Audio of the call surfaced later to show that the report that CNN had “confirmed” was wrong[1]. So, on what basis exactly do they claim to have “confirmed” it? They were caught in a lie.

In late 2018, CNN reported that Michael Cohen, who had formerly worked as President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, would end up testifying to Congress that Trump knew “in advance about the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower in which Russians were expected to offer his campaign dirt on Hillary Clinton.” It wasn’t true[2], and Cohen testified to no such thing.

In December 2017, CNN, along with MSNBC and CBS, claimed to have emails that would definitively prove that Trump’s son knew in advance that WikiLeaks would be publishing hacked emails from Democratic Party officials. It wasn’t true[3], and CNN had to attach a hefty amendment to its report.

There is plenty more where that came from, I assure you.

When CNN fixes its routine habit of spreading false information, maybe then Tapper can lecture other people about honesty.


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  2. ^ It wasn’t true (
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