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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Sorry, CNN, but Trump is absolutely right about you liars

President Donald Trump called CNN out on Saturday, and the butt hurt was felt in Atlanta, Washington and New York City.

Really?

CNN's "job is to report the news"?

That's news because for a dozen years, CNN thought its job was to cover-up the news in Iraq.

From the end of the Gulf War to the start of the Iraq War, CNN was an admitted PR agency for Saddam Hussein as it refused to report his war crimes to the world.

Only when US troops near CNN's favorite dictator and torturer did the network own up to its years of lies. Eason Jordan, then the chief news executive at CNN, finally went public with CNN's scam.

From the New York Times on April 11, 2003:
The News We Kept To Ourselves
Over the last dozen years I made 13 trips to Baghdad to lobby the government to keep CNN's Baghdad bureau open and to arrange interviews with Iraqi leaders. Each time I visited, I became more distressed by what I saw and heard -- awful things that could not be reported because doing so would have jeopardized the lives of Iraqis, particularly those on our Baghdad staff.
For example, in the mid-1990's one of our Iraqi cameramen was abducted. For weeks he was beaten and subjected to electroshock torture in the basement of a secret police headquarters because he refused to confirm the government's ludicrous suspicion that I was the Central Intelligence Agency's Iraq station chief. CNN had been in Baghdad long enough to know that telling the world about the torture of one of its employees would almost certainly have gotten him killed and put his family and co-workers at grave risk.
Working for a foreign news organization provided Iraqi citizens no protection. The secret police terrorized Iraqis working for international press services who were courageous enough to try to provide accurate reporting. Some vanished, never to be heard from again. Others disappeared and then surfaced later with whispered tales of being hauled off and tortured in unimaginable ways. Obviously, other news organizations were in the same bind we were when it came to reporting on their own workers.
We also had to worry that our reporting might endanger Iraqis not on our payroll. I knew that CNN could not report that Saddam Hussein's eldest son, Uday, told me in 1995 that he intended to assassinate two of his brothers-in-law who had defected and also the man giving them asylum, King Hussein of Jordan. If we had gone with the story, I was sure he would have responded by killing the Iraqi translator who was the only other participant in the meeting. After all, secret police thugs brutalized even senior officials of the Information Ministry, just to keep them in line (one such official has long been missing all his fingernails).
What kind of monsters knowingly do that?

Jordan should have packed CNN's bags and closed the bureau.

I imagine that had CNN been around in World War II, it would have had an Auschwitz bureau telling us about the wonderful Hanukkah celebration at the nearby camp.

Now for the punchline -- Eason Jordan lost his job a couple of years later when he falsely accused U.S. soldiers of targeting journalists and other war crimes.

Jordan shows a mindset of helping America's enemies while hating American troops.

I wonder what deals CNN made with Putin to keep its Moscow bureau open.

What war crimes does it hide to keep its Beijing bureau open?

The world leader in news seems more like a trollop for Time-Warner. Sure, open your market to Time-Warner and get CNN free.

That's what happened in Iraq.

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11 comments:

  1. Woo! Big D be fired up on a Sunday morning!

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  2. I hate, Hate, HATE being forced to listen to CNN in airports.
    Is there some way to complain?
    In a hotel you can go to the front desk, or walk away from the lobby area but there are no options at an airport.
    JimNorCal

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    1. My solution is marketed by Chevrolet.

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    2. "...See the USA..."
      "...in yer Chevrolet..."

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    3. I haven't personally tried it (long time since I last flew anywhere,) but a friend got one of those cheap wristwatch TV remotes and told me he'd had some success.

      If he couldn't change the channel then often he could at least turn the damn thing off!

      No news is better than twisted, lying CNN!

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  3. PDJT is so right about this; when I lived in Japan they accepted CNN as the Gospel when it came to news from and about the US. It was the one English-language network you could get everywhere over there, and it was depressing as hell how much the Japanese believed it.
    ---Fred

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  4. Funny you mention the Gray Lady. They have a similar history.

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  5. Both Trump and CNN are right. It is not their job to "represent" the US to the world, but it is their job to "present" it in a fair manner, which they rarely choose to do. Trump chose his word poorly; CNN lies badly.

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  6. Trump isn't on TV in all the airports and hotels world wide 24/7. CNN is. They are full of shit.

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  7. Clearly, CNN's job is to LIE about the "news".

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  8. CNN has never represented the US only their profit margin, which is why the lied about Iraq for a decade. You can find only limited truth, well buried in any CNN broadcast.

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