Conservative commentator and author Ann Coulter is urging White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to ban CNN from the press briefings.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) October 17, 2018
Her call is coming in the wake of a fake claim made by CNN News anchor Ana Cabera meant to make a remark made by President Donald Trump seem racist.
During Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process, in the wake of the sexual assault allegations, President Trump said that ” it’s ‘a very scary time for young men in America.”
But when Cabera recounted the statement, she added “white” in place of “young.”
The next day she apologized, but because it was network television, it can’t truly be taken back.
Yesterday my show incorrectly quoted a statement attributed to the president and we regret the error. My goal is to always be as accurate as possible and I am sincerely sorry for the mistake.
— Ana Cabrera (@AnaCabrera) October 15, 2018
While Cabera is painting it as a simple mistake, Coulter contends it is a malicious attack on the president, intentionally invoking race.
“CNN intentionally told an ugly lie about the most incendiary issue roiling the nation: race. It wasn’t a lie about Trump’s position on tax policy, North Korea, or school vouchers. The network deliberately pushed a racism narrative calculated to incite racial hatred that could get someone killed.
Like a professional jewel thief swiping a Cartier watch so deftly that the guard doesn’t notice, Cabrera launched the lie during a segment that began: “People are talking about a string of recent incidents with racial undertones.”
“People are talking about” is how opinion journalism masquerades as news. What topics aren’t “people talking about”?
People are talking about CNN head Jeff Zucker’s split from his wife after 21 years.
People are talking about Chris Cuomo’s behavior at the CNN Christmas party.
People are talking about how Ana Cabrera got her job.
Cabrera then presented two stories about white people falsely accusing black people of doing things they hadn’t done — which was ironic, inasmuch as Cabrera was about to falsely accuse Trump of doing something he hadn’t done.”
While it is unlikely CNN will face an outright ban, they have faced consequences for actions the White House considered disruptive.
In July, CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins was banned from a White House press event after shouting questions at the President.
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