CNN has been caught once again peddling lies as if they were real, Trump-shattering facts. This is far from the first time, of course, but it has been happening so much that even left-wing Intercept writer Glenn Greenwald has been forced to slam the U.S. legacy media for its constant stream of lies. Greenwald says the U.S. old media establishment has earned the title “fake news.”
The latest CNN cockup occurred on Friday, December 8 when the cable “news” network pushed out a story insisting that Donald Trump, Jr., was colluding with Wikleaks — an Internet site that many say works with the Russians — with the leaker site giving Trump secret info about the Democrat Party’s “hacked” emails giving the Trump campaign a decided advantage toward the end of the 2016 campaign for president.
But, not long after the release of the big splash story that CNN sold as a “bombshell” that “proved” that Trump was colluding with the Russians… well, the truth came out. It turns out that Wikileaks was not giving team Trump a secret heads up on damaging information leaked from the Democrats. It turns out all the info had already been made public, so no advantage at all was extant for Trump.
CNN was forced to admit that it’s “bombshell” was more like a dud.
This was a final straw for liberal columnist Glenn Greenwald who took to his Intercept column to slam the U.S. media for being so slipshod that it ends up giving its enemies so much ammunition to call the news “fake news.”
Greenwald, who has been at the forefront of supporting Internet whistleblowers — in particular Edward Snowden — is a columnist for the far left Salon.com. So, it is clear he is no Trump supporter.
Yet, Greenwald excoriated CNN calling the latest screw up “one of the most embarrassing days for the U.S. media in quite a long time.”
Greenwald set up CNN’s idiocy this way”
The spectacle began on Friday morning at 11:00 am EST, when the Most Trusted Name in News™ [CNN] spent 12 straight minutes on air flamboyantly hyping an exclusive bombshell report that seemed to prove that WikiLeaks, last September, had secretly offered the Trump campaign, even Donald Trump himself, special access to the DNC emails before they were published on the internet. As CNN sees the world, this would prove collusion between the Trump family and WikiLeaks and, more importantly, between Trump and Russia, since the U.S. intelligence community regards WikiLeaks as an “arm of Russian intelligence,” and therefore, so does the U.S. media.
He went on to wonder how in the heck this could have happened?
It is, of course, completely plausible that one source might innocently misread a date on a document. But how is it remotely plausible that multiple sources could all innocently and in good faith misread the date in exactly the same way, all to cause to be disseminated a blockbuster revelation about Trump/Russia/WikiLeaks collusion? This is the critical question that CNN simply refuses to answer. In other words, CNN refuses to provide the most minimal transparency to enable the public to understand what happened here.
“How did CNN end up aggressively hyping such a spectacularly false story?” Greenwald asked.
Is that what happened here? Did these “multiple sources” who fed not just CNN but also MSNBC and CBS completely false information do so deliberately and in bad faith? Until these news outlets provide an accounting of what happened – what one might call “minimal journalistic transparency” – it’s impossible to say for certain. But right now, it’s very difficult to imagine a scenario where multiple sources all fed the wrong date to multiple media outlets innocently and in good faith.
Greenwald went on to slam CNN for its failed response to its own fake news and for the fact that its fake story almost immediately filtered through America’s left-wing causing dozens of highly placed leftists to tout CNN lies as fact (and making all of the look like fools). He also decried the bad effect CNN’s fake news had on Americans.
It’s hard to quantify exactly how many people were deceived — filled with false news and propaganda — by the CNN story. But thanks to Democratic-loyal journalists and operatives who decree every Trump/Russia claim to be true without seeing any evidence, it’s certainly safe to say that many hundreds of thousands of people, almost certainly millions, were exposed to these false claims.
Greenwald ends with some harsh finger pointing:
But what it means most of all is that when media outlets are responsible for such grave and consequential errors as the spectacle we witnessed yesterday, they have to take responsibility for it by offering transparency and accountability. In this case, that can’t mean hiding behind PR and lawyer silence and waiting for this to just all blow away.
At minimum, these networks – CNN, MSNBC and CBS – have to either identify who purposely fed them this blatantly false information, or explain how it’s possible that “multiple sources” all got the same information wrong in innocence and good faith. Until they do that, their cries and protests the next time they’re attacked as “Fake News” should fall on deaf ears, since the real author of those attacks – the reason those attacks resonate – is themselves and their own conduct.
His column is very long and filled with some great information, some harsh assessments, and some useful examples of other fake news from the sold out, left-wing U.S. media.
The upshot of all this, though, is that if even a left-winger like Greenwald is warning the U.S. media establishment to get hold of itself, cure itself of its Trump derangement syndrome, and get back to reporting REAL news, then the U.S. media really has gone off the deep end of partisanship and destroyed its reputation, perhaps permanently.
As if we didn’t know that!