A few days ago, we reported that CNN had officially lost its designation as “the world’s most trusted news source,” but we didn’t realize how low the network had sunk ’til now.Yesterday, CNN and BuzzFeed dropped a salacious fake news story about Donald Trump, perfectly timed to take over the news cycle just hours before his first scheduled press conference.
There’s no need to go over the details of the allegations here. As one journalist said, you can Google it. And we certainly don’t want to give oxygen to this.
Damn, Steve from ABC15 is a savage. pic.twitter.com/Pw8GTVJTnT— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) January 11, 2017
But it’s just another part of the absolutely insane meltdown the left is undergoing with the thought of a Trump presidency.As John Nolte at the Daily Wire writes, Despite the fact that these documents are unsubstantiated, despite the fact that — and this is important — the rabidly anti-Trump media has had almost a year to substantiate them and could not, by pretending it had a legitimate news story about the documents, CNN laid the groundwork for BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith to violate every code of ethics in the world of journalism.
Using CNN’s Potemkin report as cover, Smith released page after page of unverified, unchecked, unsubstantiated rumors, some of them personally embarrassing, about Trump and his campaign team.
This breach of ethics is so breathtaking that even David Corn of the hard-left Mother Jones threw a penalty flag.
3. I accurately characterized the memos-this is important stuff-but didn't publish details. Even Donald Trump deserves journalistic fairness— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) January 11, 2017
CNN and BuzzFeed know exactly what they are doing. Now that the sleazy rumors are out, they are out. Now all of the media will feel they simply must talk about them. Tomorrow, just nine days before he is set to be sworn in, this unprecedented smear-job, hatched and launched by two major news organizations that pose as objective, will dominate straight through to Inauguration Day.…Here are CNN and BuzzFeed, embarrassed by the election results, made impotent by a public well aware of their lies and biases; willfully and eagerly tossing away every single ethic of their profession just to wound and embarrass the man who defeated and exposed them.
Trump of course continues to hit back mightily on this one.
Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to "leak" into the public. One last shot at me.Are we living in Nazi Germany?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
So the genie is forever out of the bottle. The toothpaste is out of the tube. We know the liberal media is corrupt, and as Sean Hannity often says “journalism is dead.”
Americans voted with their brains and hearts in November, and now we must vote with our wallets. Media outlets like CNN, BuzzFeed, MSNBC, The New York Times and Washington Post exist only because they can generate revenue from eyeballs. We’re fairly certain few in our audience actually tune into them. Let’s hope the intellectual boycott spreads.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]