You can sometimes tell a lot about a company by the reporters it keeps. Take CNN. Long been bandied as a liberal bastion, CNN has come under fire since Donald Trump ran for president for its “fake news”, or making up news stories that aren’t true, hoping that the public will accept them as fact. I like to call it the Bill Clinton Effect; lie enough and people will start to believe you.
Well, that didn’t happen with CNN. They’ve been relegated to the bottom of the cable news heap as far as integrity goes, and it doesn’t seem to matter to them that people are catching on that you can’t believe anything they say. The latest foray into this mess came Wednesday afternoon when CNN reporter Chris Cillizza reported that at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin sat down for a second, “secret” meeting. He went on to say on the CNN website that the meeting wasn’t publicized, and nobody has said anything about what was discussed. There was a very good reason for that.
Cillizza made the whole thing up.
The White House came out with statements immediately saying this was yet another example of fake news by CNN in order to discredit the Trump White House. In fact, it got so bad for Cillizza, that two of his own network’s anchors had to correct him on the air. There wasn’t any secret meeting. There wasn’t any second meeting. Nothing was discussed at it because it only took place in Chris Cillizza’s mind. And therein lies the problem. CNN makes up news.
And they should be shut down because of it.
Advertisers that continue to support this are part of the problem. The reporters that have the journalistic integrity of a used car salesman trying to deal lemons are certainly part of the problem. And the viewing public (mostly liberal) that continue to tune in to listen to the made-up tripe that spews forth on that network are also part of the problem. Let’s face it; if advertisers refuse to support this type of journalism, if journalists that are unethical and immoral are banned from the network, and if the viewing public tunes to some other news channel to get their news, one of two things has to happen. Either CNN changes its ways, fires those offending journalists and gets back to reporting the news and not trying to make the news up; or they go out of business.
The problem isn’t with the reporters. The problem is at the top. When leadership in any company allows unethical and immoral acts to permeate their company, they are the real problem. And they need to be fired as well. That will help solve the problem.
What I find funny is that for decades Fox News has been derided by the left as a right-wing mouthpiece. Now, I’ll admit, they are much more conservative in their views (even today with Roger Ailes dead and buried) than the other media, but no one has ever accused them of airing fake news.
It’s only too bad the same can never be said about CNN!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!