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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Fake News scandal at CNN

Breitbart caught CNN investigative reporter Thomas Frank reporting Fake News.

Frank's story said the Treasury Department and Senate Intelligence Committee were investigating Anthony Scaramucci, an adviser to President Trump during the presidential campaign..

That is a lie.

Frank did such a lousy, slipshod job that CNN retracted the Fake News, and burned the URL for the story the next day.

The day after Frank of CNN reported the story, Breitbart reported: "One anonymous source told him both the Treasury Department and Senate Intelligence Committee are probing a Russian investment fund with ties to several senior finance world leaders close to President Trump. Only problem? Both Trump administration officials and those close to Senate GOP leadership say it’s simply untrue."

That's some investigation.

One source.

From CNN (via Breitbart):
The source said the Senate intelligence committee is investigating the Russian fund in connection with its examination of discussions between White House adviser Jared Kushner and the head of a prominent Russian bank. The bank, Vnesheconombank, or VEB, oversees the fund, which has ties to several Trump advisers. Both the bank and the fund have been covered since 2014 by sanctions restricting U.S. business dealings.
However, Breitbart said, "The supposed Senate probe seems to exist only in the minds of Senate Democrats on the Intelligence Committee, not the full committee. Such vehemently anti-Trump voices as Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) are on the Senate committee.

"CNN did not specify if its sole source for its story was a Democrat or Republican staffer, but most with familiarity on this matter assume that it was a Senate Democrat staffer without knowledge of the committee’s true intent or actions who made these inaccurate claims to CNN."

OK, a source lied to Frank. I get that. But what I don't get is this next paragraph from his story:
Scaramucci, the founder of SkyBridge Capital, minimized his January meeting with [Kirill] Dmitriev in the resort town of Davos, Switzerland, at the celebrated annual gathering of the World Economic Forum. Scaramucci had met Dmitriev at previous Davos meetings, although at the gathering in January, Scaramucci was expecting to be named White House liaison to the business community.
So, if you are at a party and you say hi to a fellow -- or heck, spend 15 minutes talking with him -- the Senate should investigate?

And a fellow who is a liaison to the business community is not supposed to attend a World Economic Forum for fear of rubbing elbows with a ROOSH-SHAN?

Even Joe McCarthy was not this weirded out about Russia.

Small wonder the public does not trust the news.

A new Rasmussen Reports poll published on Thursday found 76 percent of Republicans and 51 percent of voters not affiliated with either major political party believe most reporters are biased against the president, a view shared by only 24 percent of Democrats.
You lost half your credibility, media.

But wait. There's more:
New YouGov research shows that most Americans (70%) agree that news organizations report stories in a light that’s partial to who owns them. It’s interesting to note that the two prevailing political parties perceive media bias to varying degrees. About one in two Democrats (52%) believe that news media is influenced by funding while a drastically greater number of Republicans (85%) hold the same to be true.
As for this Fake News scandal, questions remain.

Judi McLeod of Canada Free Press noted the retraction: "That story did not meet CNN’s editorial standards and has been retracted. “Links to the story have been disabled."

McLeod asked, "Surely that statement begs the question: If the story did not meet CNN’s 'editorial standards,' why was it posted in the first place?” 

Bigger question: who got fired?

For until CNN starts firing someone for all this Fake News it peddles, CNN will continue to peddle Fake News.

Maybe that is Jeff Zucker's intention. To just lie. 

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  1. "One source." An anonymous source.

    " For until CNN starts firing someone for all this Fake News it peddles, CNN will continue to peddle Fake News.

    Maybe that is Jeff Zucker's intention. To just lie." It's certainly CNN's, but Zucker's not putting a stop to it, or even a brake.

    1. Exactly. He'll probably get a raise and be made a bureau chief.

  2. Possible the CNN lawyers told Zucker that if they were wrong about the principle of the story they could be sued with some likelihood of plaintiff success. Also Russia is getting old, no longer the ratings producer it once was.
    Two days ago Comey was seen at the NYT building in broad daylight with his wife. It is therefore possible CNN has found out that some other cannonade of lies is in preparation to shortly open a new front in the war on Trump and so wants to clear its own decks for Zero Hour. In such a new phase of propaganda for the Cause it's fakley sincere apology to a Trumper might be seen as improving it own credibility a nanometer.
    All of these rats eat in the same dumpster and share their vomiting fleas in common.
    Media delenda est

    1. Conservative Treehouse indicated Comey's lawyer is in that building. The failing NYT is not much of a presence in their building and lease a lot of space out to stay afloat.

    2. Another conspiracy unplugged I guess.

  3. CNN seems to be circling the bowl but it taking a long time for the flush to complete. Maybe if/when ATT takes over, things will change.

  4. Ahem...

    I see a little silhouetto of a man
    Scaramouch, scaramouch will you do the fandango
    Thunderbolt and lightning very very frightening me
    Gallileo, Gallileo,
    Gallileo, Gallileo,
    Gallileo Figaro - magnifico

    - Mikey NTH

    1. Freddie lives!! I was moved, Mikey...

  5. Yes, he's only been living with that for 40 years...

    Heh. His problem, not mine

  6. How much does one's journalism have to suck to get an anti-conservative story pulled by CNN?

  7. Isn't Frank the moron that wrote "What's The Matter With Kansas"?

  8. I might start believing unsourced stories if when a reporter is lied to, they burn the source. Not likely to happen, but when I was a manager and one of my people lied and set me up, he/she was GONE. Sort of what was reported about what Flynn did to the VP. Unacceptable and he was a known source.
    Don, is burning a lying source practical in the media world? Would sources dry up and that is why it is not done?

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  10. Wait! CNN has "editorial standards"? When did that happen? GOC