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Thursday, March 02, 2017

Caught pushing Fake News, CNN blames Trump

Hours before President Trump's first address to Congress on Tuesday night, CNN promoted a world exclusive by anchors Jake Tapper and Wolf Blitzer, along with ace reporter, Tal Kopan:
Trump envisions bill allowing many immigrants to stay in U.S.
The idea was to divide and conquer Trump's base of supporters. But after more than a year of media head games, Trump supporters no longer believe CNN.

And after President Trump made his speech, the whole wide world saw CNN's scoop for what it was: a pile of puerile Fake News.

Rather than man up and admit that their story was wronger than mixing plaid with stripes, CNN blamed the victim of its shenanigans.

Trump administration officials fed news outlets misinformation ahead of President Trump's address to Congress Tuesday night, hoping to get more positive press coverage, CNN reported Wednesday afternoon.
Ahead of Trump's speech, he told numerous news outlets, “The time is right for an immigration bill, as long as there is compromise on both sides,” hinting that he may call for immigration reform, including a possible path to legal status for undocumented immigrants, in his speech to Congress.
But he made no such remarks Tuesday night, and CNN's Sara Murray called it a "bait-and-switch."
“Basically they fed [news outlets] things that they thought these anchors would like, that they thought would give them positive press coverage for the next few hours. A senior administration official admitted that it was a misdirection play," Murray said.
"You will note that when the president was actually out there speaking to the American public, he didn't talk about a path to legal status, he talked about reforming the legal immigration system so it's merit-based," Murray continued. "That means fewer lower-skill workers, fewer people coming on family ties, more people coming on high-skilled visas. That's still closer to a Stephen Miller and Steve Bannon framework of the world than the 'Gang of Eight' who pushed comprehensive immigration reform.
Of course, whatever President Trump said to the news outlets was off the record because he had the various TV anchors in for a pre-speech get together. And likely someone asked him a question, he gave a vague answer, and CNN leaped to an anti-Trump conclusion.

Had CNN played it straight and kept its word, then CNN would not have been faked.

As W.C. Fields and any real con man would say, you cannot cheat an honest man.

Rather than let President Trump unveil his plan on his own terms, CNN reported: "President Donald Trump wants to pass an immigration reform bill that could grant legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S."



And if a news story is wrong, it is not a news story. It is Fake News.

Instead of tripping up the president, CNN tripped itself. Again.

And the Trump administration made them pay.

It is time for the Wile E. Coyotes at Time-Warner's Fake News outlet to give up shopping at Acme for Lent.

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  1. Summary: That anonymous source scoop we got from an off-the-record lunch was bullshit, but we got a new anonymous source scoop that you should totally believe because we're so credible.

    The unwitten message from the administration that the media is too stupid to get: look, guys, we've been criticizing you for using anonymous sources. Used to be a rare thing, remember? So you keep doing it. So we start planting fake stories with your reporters to make you look like fools and destroy your credibility. And you keep doing it. So we're going to keep doing it. Got it?

  2. The last time I seriously watched CNN was during the first Gulf War. No more, no way, no how.

  3. And they screwed that up. A dozen years later we learned CNN was in cahoots with Hussein to keep the Baghdad bureau open

    1. There is actually an article that concludes CNN is not really a news organization. It is actually a political organization that promotes its agenda by using biased and fraud stories.

  4. CNN takes some vague statement and delivers specific fake news from it.

    It blows up in their face ala Wiley E. Coyote.

    Now, on to destroy Jeff Sessions. Tick tick tick.

  5. Whipsnade: As my dear old grandfather Litvak said (just before they swung the trap), he said "You can't cheat an honest man. Never give a sucker an even break or smarten up a chump."

    President Trump is playing the MSM for the chumps they are. Hmm. An alternative title? "Trump the Chumps." - Elric

  6. Last night on Fox panel the idea pitched was that Trump was going to do something like amnesty without citizenship. I certainly don't know what he will do but in the end it probably won't be more than the wall and deporting criminals. If he cuts illegal immigration by say 30% he can claim present victory with yet more to do. CNN and the other fake newsers like the NYT and WaPo will move on to other territory to keep their liberal cryin readers interested. Now it is Sessions and Russia. Next a parallel government run by Obama from the Black House. After Trump gets the Republicans he needs for real changes in the law though,they waiver now, Obama and the media will become guerilla fighters hoping He will eventually arrive in a sealed Amtrak at the Finland Station and retake the country. He wants revolution, really, and so do they.

    1. "Next a parallel government run by Obama from the Black House."

      Does anyone know whether this article posted on-line by the Daily Mail is real or fake news?

      DM On-Line:
      EXCLUSIVE: Barack Obama's close confidante Valerie Jarrett has moved into his new DC home, which is now the nerve center for their plan to mastermind the insurgency against President Trump. Obama's goal is to oust Trump from the presidency either by forcing his resignation or through his impeachment, a family friend tells Jarrett has moved into the 8,200-square-foot, $5.3-million Kaloroma mansion to work closely with the former president and Michelle Obama. Jarrett lived in the White House, dined with the Obamas, and helped shape his domestic and foreign policies.

      How many of you knew that over the past 8 years ValJar lived with the Obamas in the White House? I had no idea, and I never saw anything in the media revealing that. It's one thing for her to be a close political advisor to BHO, but to LIVE with the Obamas is pretty darn weird. Not sayin' she's Barry's secret second wife, but she's his secret second wife.

    2. Obama never did anything at all without the approval of either V or M. The degree to which this occurred was amazing to those who saw it.

    3. She had to be that close to pull Obungler's strings. We have already had our first woman president.

    4. Considering that her hand was stuffed up his rear 24/7 what would you expect her to do, Take him to the Watergate at night?

  7. Trump may have made himself personally bulletproof with the SOTU. Look for this stuff about Sessions to reach scream level, and be repeated over and over again. Getting Flynn let them smell blood. If I'm the Trump insiders, I'm looking for a way to tie in a news anchor to something big and pull out the rug, Dan Rather style. This can go both ways.

    1. I agree completely. They will be set up again for a major fall/fail.

    2. I wish I could agree with you. The GOPe has been looking for a reason to take Trump down a peg or two ever since the election. Congressional GOPers positively yearn to join the calls of the Democrats for the resignation of Sessions and their demands for a Special Prosecutor. The implosion of Congressional Republicans so soon after the stunning victory of last November is, I'd say, running at about the 50% plus level. There's no loyalty to Trump, to Republican principles, or to the country that will hold the line. It will be every man for himself, women and children be damned, in the rush of the GOPers to the microphones to call for Sessions' scalp.

    3. To our dear friends at the GOPe. Elections have consequences and yours will be soon enough. Think about it.

  8. When I fly (increasingly rare these days) and they've got CNN on the terminal TV, I head for the bar. They've got sports on.

    1. Ever wonder if the sports bars aren't paying to have CNN on in the waiting areas?

  9. Trump's head games with CNN remind me of the con man who gets a brainwave for the state fair.

    Instead of pulling the con on the country folk, he disguises himself as a hayseed to lurk among the big city numbnuts.