CNN's Blinders Cause More Fake News

It's a cycle — false reporting only leads to more mistrust of the mainstream media.

Thomas Gallatin · Dec. 11, 2017

The mainstream media does it again! On Friday, CNN reported that Donald Trump Jr. had received an email purporting to give him access to hacked DNC documents that WikiLeaks had obtained but had yet to make public. Ah ha! Another apparent smoking gun for the Leftmedia’s long-running Trump/Russian collusion narrative … except for one tiny little detail. CNN erroneously reported the date of the email to have been Sept. 4 rather than the actual date of Sept. 14, which meant the email was merely alerting Trump Jr. to the already-public WikiLeaks document dump; it wasn’t an inside collusion job. CNN was later forced to admit its error after both The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal noted the mistaken date. Is it any wonder that the vast majority of America doesn’t trust the mainstream media?

Donald Trump took to Twitter Saturday to call out his favorite MSM whipping boy for dispensing more “fake news.” Trump tweeted, “Fake News CNN made a vicious and purposeful mistake yesterday. They were caught red handed, just like lonely Brian Ross at ABC News (who should be immediately fired for his ‘mistake’). Watch to see if @CNN fires those responsible, or was it just gross incompetence?” (Recall that ABC’s Ross likewise made a serious chronology error in his zeal to nail the president.) Trump continued, “CNN’s slogan is CNN, THE MOST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS. Everyone knows this is not true, that this could, in fact, be a fraud on the American Public. There are many outlets that are far more trusted than Fake News CNN. Their slogan should be CNN, THE LEAST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS!”

The truth is that CNN stepped right into this mess. Its Trump Derangement Syndrome has so affected the news agency that it has become blinded to its own bias. The subjective and absolutely unsubstantiated belief that Trump must have cheated to win the election hampers much of the MSM’s ability to objectively and faithfully report the news. Until journalists understand that their job is not to form public opinion but merely to report events, the problem of bias and blinders will continue.

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