October 22, 2019

CNN: A Case Study in Hypocrisy

Jeffrey Toobin apologizes for covering Hillary Clinton’s email scandal in 2016.

Project Veritas recently exposed the fact that the gross anti-Trump bias espoused by CNN on a 24/7 basis stems from directives issued by CEO Jeff Zucker. However, CNN’s bias problem doesn’t merely stem from the management. On Monday, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin apologized for his part in covering Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. Following the news Friday that the Justice Department had concluded its investigation into Clinton’s mishandling of classified emails while she was secretary of state, determining that there was no “deliberate” mishandling of classified information, Toobin blamed the mainstream media and himself for making a story out of “a big nothing.” Toobin opined, “I think I paid too much attention to them, and I regret that.”

Furthermore, Toobin lamented, “Hillary Clinton likely lost the election because of it, and I think I should have been talking about other issues, not about emails.” It appears Toobin has an outsized view of his own political influence, but more significant is Toobin’s ridiculous assertion that Clinton’s email scandal was “a big nothing.” While the State Department couldn’t seem to find a deliberate intention to mishandle classified information (give us a break), that didn’t mean the investigation found no wrongdoing. In fact, the investigation found more than 600 security violations by 38 State Department employees during Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state. Moreover, the entire point of her email secrecy was to hide the way she used the State Department as a pay-to-play arm of the Clinton Foundation.

This was a massive story as the evidence of violations demonstrates, and Toobin’s notion that the story should have been ignored by the news media only highlights the fact that he’s committed not to practicing good journalism but to political activism. The Washington Examiner’s Becket Adams observes, “A real journalist would not apologize for covering a legitimate news story, including one that involves an FBI investigation and a secretary of state-turned-presidential candidate who had been ‘extremely careless’ with classified intelligence.”

So, does Toobin offer a similar apology for CNN’s fake news on the Trump/Russia collusion hoax? Nope. In fact, Toobin claims, “Comparing Donald Trump’s record of ethical problems with Hillary’s emails lent a misleading impression. And I have to say, I am determined not to do that again to the extent that I can. I am going to try to look at corruption and ethics issues each on their own rather than trying to create some sort of equivalence that isn’t there.” Toobin’s statements serve to cement the fact that CNN has become the de facto propaganda wing of the Democrat Party.

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