CNN has gone above and beyond its moniker of Clinton News Network this election cycle. Even before the 2016 presidential election was officially underway — all the way back in 2014 — the network’s Chris Cuomo acknowledged:
“We couldn’t help her [Hillary Clinton] any more than we have, she’s got just a free ride so far from the media, we’re the biggest ones promoting her campaign, so it had better happen.”
Of course, as we’ve reported here, CNN did indeed “help her more” — lots more, in fact — and even has gone beyond giving Hillary a free ride to actually actively slanting its coverage to favor her, while discrediting her opponent.
And here they go again. As if it wasn’t bad enough that the lamestream media was minimizing coverage of the Wikileaks releases damaging to Hillary Clinton, now CNN is trying to scare people away from them altogether. Last week, none other than CNN’s Chris Cuomo — yeah, that guy again! –warned viewers that it’s “illegal” to possess the Wikileaks documents — and suggested that Americans must rely solely on news media like CNN to get their information about this.
As The Daily Caller writes:
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 16, 2016
Cuomo’s comments were made early Wednesday morning, but they attracted no attention until a clip was uploaded to YouTube Sunday morning.
In the clip, Cuomo opens a segment on leaked emails from Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s inbox by warning viewers they have to get all their information about the emails from the media, and nowhere else. If they try to check out the emails themselves, Cuomo warns, they’re breaking the law.
”Also interesting is, remember, it’s illegal to possess these stolen documents,” Cuomo says. “It’s different for the media, so everything you’re learning about this, you’re learning from us.”
And here’s a real shocker: with this statement, CNN is reporting false information to its viewers.
Cuomo’s claim is faulty on a few counts. While the government might potentially prosecute somebody purely for the act of downloading stolen documents, legal experts are divided on whether such a prosecution would be constitutional. Even if downloading the emails were illegal, that is totally irrelevant in this case, because nobody has to download the WikiLeaks emails in order to read them. They’re all freely available to read on a website anybody can access.
Whatever the legal status of downloading the emails, there is absolutely no restriction on simply reading them, despite what Cuomo implies.
It’s almost as if the network is just warming up to become official state media, should Hillary Clinton become president. Not only will there be a ruling class — where our leaders are above the laws the rest of us must respect, as Hillary has already demonstrated — apparently the official state media will have special privileges to which us average Americans aren’t privy. Like viewing content on a a website, apparently? Disturbing, to say the least.
Chris Cuomo’s suggestion not only demonstrates a laughable new level of effort to prop up Hillary Clinton and distract us from anything damaging to her, it also demonstrates a disdain for its viewers and dismissal of their intelligence — not unlike that Hillary Clinton and her team express about everyday Americans again and again in the same Wikileaks emails CNN doesn’t want you to see.
[This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]