CNN’s president went to work spinning his network’s embarrassing coverage of the RussiaGate conspiracy theory, and offered up a surprisingly candid excuse for the cable titan’s failures.
“We are not investigators. We are journalists, and our role is to report the facts as we know them, which is exactly what we did,” Jeff Zucker told New York Times.
What exactly are “the facts as we know them?” Is that the new standard for reporting the news? Facts are facts. Determining whether something is a fact takes investigation. Splitting the two – reporting and investigating – is impossible.
This obvious truth was not lost on many of CNN’s critics.
“Wow. Good on CNN for just coming right out and admitting it. They don’t investigate. This is what I have been saying, they basically just read press releases and tweets,” reporter Tim Pool said on Twitter.
Wow. Good on CNN for just coming right out and admitting it.
They don't investigate.
This is what I have been saying, they basically just read press releases and tweets https://t.co/qhBgq1xALU
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) March 26, 2019
Pool, for the record, is not exactly a right-winger.
Donald Trump Jr. had some thoughts on CNN’s bogus excuse-making, too.
@CNN had low standards after watching multiple #RussiaHoax stories blow up in their face, but now journalists don’t have an obligation to investigate news before they report? Hate to break it to Zucker’s propaganda czar @brianstelter, but CNN is a national embarrassment,” he said.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 26, 2019
Investigation and verification of facts are inseparable from reporting and journalism. CNN cannot wriggle its way out of the fact – so to speak – that the network took Trump’s guilt in its made up conspiracy theory as a foregone conclusion.
For that, it lost what little credibility it had left, and deservedly so.
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Reuters Calls Louisville Riots Where Cops Were Shot by Black Lives Matter Terrorists ‘Mostly Peaceful’
After cops were shot in Louisville during widespread Black Lives Matter rioting on Wednesday night, Reuters had the audacity to claim that the demonstrations were “mostly peaceful.”
Demonstrations in Louisville wore on past nightfall in defiance of a 9 p.m. curfew and remained mostly peaceful until several gunshots rang out in the midst of a skirmish between protesters and heavily armed police https://t.co/lvEd2XalpJ pic.twitter.com/L8GrPNrwCg
— Reuters (@Reuters) September 24, 2020
In the Reuters article linked in the tweet, the shooting of the police officers was buried in the article. Instead, editors focused on the race of the cops who returned fire to Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend after he shot at them while they were carrying out a lawful warrant at his home.
“Two white policemen who fired into the apartment of Breonna Taylor, a Black medical worker, will not be prosecuted for her death because their use of force was justified, and a third was charged with endangering her neighbors, Kentucky’s attorney general said on Wednesday,” they wrote.
Reuters buried the lead, opting to demonize the “heavily armed police” who sent the “crowd scurrying for cover,” even though it was the Black Lives Matter/ANTIFA terrorists who shot the law enforcement officers.
Big League Politics reported on the decision by Kentucky officials to charge one of the three officers involved in the shooting death of Taylor:
On September 23, 2020, Jefferson County Judge Annie O’Connell announced that fired detective Brett Hankinson will be indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment for his actions on the night of Breonna Taylor’s death.
Hankison had previously admitted to shooting blindly. Some of those shots were fired into neighboring apartments not into Breonna Taylor’s where her boyfriend had opened fire onto police.
Myles Cosgrove and Jonathan Mattingly, the other two officers involved in a serving a search warrant on the night that Taylor was killed, did not receive any charges.
The city of Louisville was placed under a state of emergency on September 22, when city officials shutdown a significant portion of the city perimeter to traffic. The majority of administrative building and other businesses were boarded up prior to the decision. Louisville has been rocked by riots related to Taylor’s death in March. These riots have been occurring for over 100 days and have resulted in a number of deaths and heated confrontations with law enforcement.
Starting on the night of September 23, there will be a 72-hour curfew in Louisville. The curfew will not apply to people partaking in essential travel, which includes work-related purposes or medical attention. Kentucky National Guard members will be deployed to the city for the purpose of maintaining public order…
Conservatives and nationalists should make it a point to promote healthy debate, while establishing a baseline of public security, to ensure that the country does not spiral further out of control in such times of instability.
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