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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Three Fake News scalps

CNN throws three employees under the bus, hopes that you'll believe they're totally reporting the truth now:
Three CNN employees have handed in their resignations over a retracted story linking President Trump to Russia, the network announced Monday. The article was removed from CNN.com on Friday after the network decided it could no longer stand by its reporting.

“In the aftermath of the retraction of a story published on CNN.com, CNN has accepted the resignation of the employees involved in the story’s publication,” a network spokesperson told TheWrap in a statement.

On Thursday, CNN investigative reporter Thomas Frank published a story involving an investigation into a Russian investment fund with possible ties to several Trump associates.

According to the network, an internal investigation found that “some standard editorial processes were not followed when the article was published.”

Citing a single unnamed source, the story reported that Congress was investigating a “Russian investment fund with ties to Trump officials.” The story, which only appeared on the network’s site, was quickly disputed on Friday, as one Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci — who was mentioned in the story — pushed back on  Frank’s reporting, insisting he “did nothing wrong.”

“Once it was determined that editorial processes were not followed, CNN deleted the story from CNN.com,” the network said Friday on its site. “Soon thereafter, the story was officially retracted and replaced with an editor’s note.” The piece “did not meet CNN’s editorial standards and has been retracted,” the note said. “Links to the story have been disabled.”

CNN blamed the mistake on a “breakdown in editorial workflow,” explaining that that “these types of stories” did not go through the usual departments such as fact-checkers, journalism standards experts and lawyers.

The gaffe cost three employees their jobs: Frank, who wrote the story, Eric Lichtblau, a unit editor, and the person in charge of the unit, Lex Haris.

The network’s investigative unit was told during a meeting on Monday that the retraction did not necessarily mean the facts of the story were wrong. But, rather, “the story wasn’t solid enough to publish as-is,” according CNN.com.

Haris, Lichtblau and Frank had solid reputations among their colleagues.

Frank worked as reporter for USA Today and Newsday before joining CNN. Lichtblau is a former New York Times Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter. And Haris was a former executive editor of CNNMoney.
This is what happens when you put your trust in the reliability of Team NeverTrump. The problem is that if this newfound sense of journalistic integrity caused CNN to force the resignation of three employees every time they published Fake News, they'd soon have none left. Of course, they have learned nothing.
CNN boss Jeff Zucker says despite Donald Trump’s war on the network and what the president says is “fake news,” he is certain that CNN maintains the trust of its viewers, as it extends into digital brands to attract a younger audience.

Speaking at Cannes Lions, he said, “CNN has been around for 37 years, our trustworthiness today is the same as it was a year ago, before people in high offices started questioning it. We know that through our own brand research. Just because somebody says you are not trustworthy, that doesn’t mean it is so … CNN’s brand equity is built over 37 years doing hard work in very dangerous places … those who rely on CNN trust CNN more than ever.”
CNN is dying. No one watches it. Because it is Fake News posing as real news.

Primetime viewers in millions: FNC: 2.346 | CNN: 827 | MSNBC: 1.705

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55 Comments:

Blogger bobby June 27, 2017 5:02 AM  

The Project Veritas release yesterday with the CNN producer on tape saying that the Trump-Russia story was bullshit designed to pump the ratings can't have helped.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdP8TiKY8dE

Blogger Phillip George June 27, 2017 5:17 AM  

Vox, right now CNN's no 1 headline is Assad is preparing possible barrel bombs full of WMD chemical weapons to take out kindergartens and hospitals and there could be a massive back lash from moral fiber and courage deep state friends they got the news from.

ie. Fake news took slightly less than 24 hours to regain it's form.

Assad is in the war room personally writing Mwwahh Haa Haa Harrr one barrel bombs. He really is. CNN have sources that confirm it.

Anonymous It's always fake news June 27, 2017 5:37 AM  

IS THIS REAL NEWS? DON'T TELL ME THAT THIS IS FAKE NEWS.

Blogger Lovekraft June 27, 2017 5:49 AM  

There needs to be some type of litmus test for these 'reformed' marxists. My suggestion for Laci Green, for example, was to send her to the woods for a couple weeks to flush out the bile. If she comes back, she can relate to us, if she loses ...

Win win.

Blogger Lovekraft June 27, 2017 5:51 AM  

@2: I am wondering if Assad/Putin have been talking to the US/Israelis demanding that the latter explicitely state what is needed to ensure false ops aren't pinned on the former.

Or I could be wrong and both sides are playing the Deception Game.

Blogger #7139 June 27, 2017 5:51 AM  

It will be a major coup for the GE when CNN boss Jeff Zucker is forced to resign. I will look forward to that day with great hope.

Anonymous Michael Dean Miller June 27, 2017 5:52 AM  

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CNN :

Chattering
Naybobs of
Negativism

Thanks Mister Agnew!
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Anonymous Goodnight June 27, 2017 6:02 AM  

Zucker is the guy who took NBC from first to fourth place and created the whole Leno/Conan war. The book "The War for Late Night" makes him look like an ignorant jackass who's main skill is threatening people and trying to sound like a tough guy. Funny enough, during that debacle a NY Times editorial about him said his main skill is kissing the asses of those above him. I'm completely not shocked he's destroying CNN.

Anonymous Rocklea June 27, 2017 6:02 AM  

"CNN has been around for 37 years, our trustworthiness today is the same as it was a year ago"

They don't always lie, but 'trust me, we're still lying', doesn't really work for me.

@ bobby, kudos to Project Veritas, if that is an example of whats to come, the medias in for a fun ride.

"There needs to be some type of litmus test for these 'reformed' marxists."

Where are exorcists?

Anonymous 5343 Kinds of Deplorable June 27, 2017 6:04 AM  

Just because somebody says you are not trustworthy, that doesn’t mean it is so.

Ah, but when EVERYONE says you're not trustworthy ...

Anonymous Watching June 27, 2017 6:07 AM  

Why, I'm sure that their trustworthiness being the same as it was a year ago is true. The fact that they weren't trustworthy then either is something that they wouldn't want to admit.

As for who relies on CNN, would that be their employees? I can see how they would trust CNN. Maybe not trust their news to be factual, but some sort of trust in them.

Blogger Tatooine Sharpshooters' Club June 27, 2017 6:34 AM  

CNN's numbers are terrible:

http://www.adweek.com/tvnewser/scoreboard-friday-june-23/333362

Anonymous Aeoli Pera June 27, 2017 6:43 AM  

Live by the clintons die by the clintons.

Anonymous One Deplorable DT June 27, 2017 6:48 AM  

CNN's trustworthiness is indeed the same today as it was a year ago, before people in high offices started questioning it.

Problem is, it was zero then just like it is today.

Blogger Max Lybbert June 27, 2017 6:57 AM  

I find it interesting that the retracted story apparently claimed that one of President Trump's lawyers had committed some kind of fraud. I assume the lawyer wasn't a public figure (i.e., would have had an easier time winning a libel suit than the President).

Blogger Johnny June 27, 2017 7:05 AM  

Every ideology movement has to make a choice between purity and the number of followers. The more are excluded, the easier it is to have a core of zealous followers. Maybe that is what is going on. Only the zealous stay with them. That is, assuming what he says is true.

Anonymous Rien June 27, 2017 7:17 AM  

Trust takes years to build, but only seconds to destroy.

Any media big shot who does not know that needs to be fired immediately.

Blogger Krul June 27, 2017 7:30 AM  

"CNN boss Jeff Zucker says despite Donald Trump’s war on the network and what the president says is “fake news"..."

Who started that war, again? Who created the "Fake News" label to smear alternative, right-wing news sources? Even now, they can't resist the urge to use misleading phrasing to frame CNN as the victim and Trump the aggressor.

Blogger 4499 June 27, 2017 7:52 AM  

Next on the chopping block - Rosa, the cleaning lady on Jeff Zucker's floor. Apparently she had the nerve to not fully appreciate the sponge cake each of the cleaning staff got at the CNN Christmas party last year.

Blogger Cataline Sergius June 27, 2017 8:00 AM  

Lichtblau is a former New York Times Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter.

Is there a single reporter for the NYT that hasn't won a Pulitzer? Do they give those out with the key to the restroom?

Blogger Cleveland Screamer June 27, 2017 8:10 AM  

Jonathan Langdale (@langdaleca) on Twitter has interesting theory that CNN knew Project Veritas tapes were coming and purposely wrote and retracted this story for the "see, we totally police ourselves" optics.

Blogger Cail Corishev June 27, 2017 8:14 AM  

"Just because somebody says you are not trustworthy, that doesn’t mean it is so"

And yet that's exactly what CNN's success is based on: people thinking things are so just because CNN says they are. It's what they're banking on to save their bacon now.

"CNN’s brand equity is built over 37 years doing hard work in very dangerous places"

Uh huh. How often were they perfectly safe in those dangerous places because the dangerous people in charge there knew they could count on CNN to toe the local party line and spread their propaganda for them?

Anonymous Will June 27, 2017 8:17 AM  

Going to be another bad day for CNN today - Drudge has picked up the James O'Keefe video

link:
http://www.veritaslive.com/06-26-2017/americanpravdacnn.html

link:
https://twitter.com/JamesOKeefeIII/status/879566389828308992

Summary - BREAKING VIDEO: #FakeNews CNN Producer admits the CNN Russia narrative is "bullshit." #AmericanPravda

Blogger Cataline Sergius June 27, 2017 8:19 AM  

What the hell was in this story?

Standard procedure for a bad story these days is just dig in your heels and back it.

Yes, Anthony Scaramucci has deep pockets but Time Warner's are deeper.

They can withstand a lawsuit, they do it everyday.

Unless the damages were going to be big enough that it would have to be mentioned on quarterly earnings.

Blogger Cataline Sergius June 27, 2017 8:21 AM  

CNN has been around for 37 years, our trustworthiness today is the same as it was a year ago...

The man never said a truer words. I trust CNN as much today as I did a year ago.

Anonymous AlanP June 27, 2017 8:29 AM  

Thomas Frank is the guy who wrote What's the Matter with Kansas, in which he attempted to figure out why Kansans vote Republican even though it's in their best interest to vote Democrat. Idiot.

Anonymous Reenay June 27, 2017 8:39 AM  

"See! We asked our regular viewers if they trusted us, and they did! See, we're trustworthy!"

Anonymous VFM #6306 June 27, 2017 8:45 AM  

Seth Rich was around for 27 years.

And then he wasn't.

Blogger Zaklog the Great June 27, 2017 8:47 AM  

Primetime viewers in millions: FNC: 2.346 | CNN: 827 | MSNBC: 1.705

Is CNN's missing a decimal point?

Anonymous Thales June 27, 2017 8:56 AM  

If CNN weren't blasted in so many public spaces, no one would know it exists.

Anonymous 5343 Kinds of Deplorable June 27, 2017 9:02 AM  

If CNN weren't blasted in so many public spaces, no one would know it exists.

This exactly. I've never once turned it on at home, but at work it's on all bloody day long.

Anonymous Tony Peene June 27, 2017 9:05 AM  

Actually CNN is the most trusted and popular news network among ascendant demographics: People of Color, women, homosexuals, Muslims, Jews, Blacks, Latinos, Asians

There are still a lot of old white people in America and that is why CNN is lagging behind on some metrics. Once the old racists die Fox and other conservative media will die as well

Blogger YIH June 27, 2017 9:09 AM  

From ZeroHedge:
"CNN Caught Cold" In Undercover Sting - Producer Admits Russia Fake News Story Pushed For Ratings
[Citation Needed] Network got caught with it's pants down... KEK

Blogger Student in Blue June 27, 2017 9:12 AM  

@29. Zaklog the Great
Primetime viewers in millions: FNC: 2.346 | CNN: 827 | MSNBC: 1.705

Is CNN's missing a decimal point?


Vox is likely using the European method of expressing numbers, where they swap , and .

So I'm guessing for the American reader it ought to look like "FNC: 2,346 | CNN: 827 | MSNBC: 1,705"

Blogger Ransom Smith June 27, 2017 9:17 AM  

There are still a lot of old white people in America and that is why CNN is lagging behind on some metrics. Once the old racists die Fox and other conservative media will die as well

Obvious troll is obvious.

Ditto on the CNN being in everywhere. It's on maybe ten screens at my gym. Including one particularly annoying one in the locker room.

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) June 27, 2017 9:24 AM  

Thomas Frank is the guy who wrote What's the Matter with Kansas, in which he attempted to figure out why Kansans vote Republican even though it's in their best interest to vote Democrat. Idiot.

Two different people

http://www.tcfrank.com/index.php


https://mobile.twitter.com/ByTomFrank

Anonymous Mernaise June 27, 2017 9:29 AM  

Nice to see three heads roll, but knowing how swamp creatures operate, it's important not to take our eyes off the ball. CNN isn't going to crawl back towards credibility, or even make the attempt. Either this story would lead to some big names in the deep state, or more likely, they've been careless internally and discovery relating to their Trump coverage would turn up documents that would gut CNN's highest levels.

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) June 27, 2017 9:48 AM  

Is there a single reporter for the NYT that hasn't won a Pulitzer? Do they give those out with the key to the restroom?

Per Google, he was one of the people who broke the 2006 NSA wiretapping story

Anonymous AlanP June 27, 2017 10:17 AM  

Josh (the gayest thing here) wrote:

Two different people

My apologies to the real Thomas Frank. Best not to be calling people idiots at 5 in the morning.

CNN has published dozens of fake news stories in the last two years. What is different about this one? The story was concocted out of whole cloth. By whom?

Anonymous daddynichol June 27, 2017 10:23 AM  

" “CNN has been around for 37 years, our trustworthiness today is the same as it was a year ago, before people in high offices started questioning it. We know that through our own brand research. "

That's like an ugly fat chick looking in a mirror and telling herself, "I so hot because I think so!"

Anonymous BBGKB June 27, 2017 10:33 AM  

Project Veritas release yesterday with the CNN producer on tape saying that the Trump-Russia story was bullshit

Did it have to be another queen that spilled the beans? OKeefe must have figured out all he has to do is bat his eyes at a post prime queen at CNN to get the full tour.

Blogger praetorian June 27, 2017 10:40 AM  

Ever wonder what 1920's Germany felt like?

Anonymous VFM #7916 June 27, 2017 10:41 AM  

Even in this story about a retraction, the SJWs can't help but SJW:

"did not necessarily mean the facts of the story were wrong"

SJW's always double down, even in the "admission" of an error.

Blogger swiftfoxmark2 June 27, 2017 10:44 AM  

Primetime viewers in millions: FNC: 2.346 | CNN: 0.827 | MSNBC: 1.705

Fixed it for you. I don't think they have 827 million viewers.

Blogger bosscauser June 27, 2017 11:10 AM  

Fools embarrassed the boss! Now back to business as usual!

Gab.ai/GaryCauser

Blogger Silly but True June 27, 2017 11:11 AM  

There is a lot - and by that, a metric crapton - of Flynn counter signaling today.

NYP says FBI investigation determined no problem.
Drudge has report that FBI retaliated over his opposition to FBI's McCabe in sexual harrassment allegation against McCabe by an intel officer who worked with Flynn on military side.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash June 27, 2017 11:19 AM  

CNN’s brand equity is built over 37 years doing hard work in very dangerous places … those who rely on CNN trust CNN more than ever.”
"The steadily decreasing number of people who watch our channel are increasingly the sort of people who are dumb enough to trust us." To quote Tony Hendra's character in This Is Spinal Tap, "We're not less popular, our audience is more selective"

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) June 27, 2017 11:44 AM  

NYP says FBI investigation determined no problem.
Drudge has report that FBI retaliated over his opposition to FBI's McCabe in sexual harrassment allegation against McCabe by an intel officer who worked with Flynn on military side.


Links? I don't see either of those on nypost or drudge

Anonymous fop June 27, 2017 12:11 PM  

That was not very Judeo-Christian of Mr. Jeff Zucker. Thankfully, there is forgiveness in Judeo-Christ.

Anonymous liljoe June 27, 2017 12:12 PM  

The Zucker photo says it all, to the point of self-parody. A balding, nebbishy exec complete with spray tan, a blazer and unbuttoned shirt, because tough. hilarious

Blogger Silly but True June 27, 2017 12:18 PM  

Flynn's payback one got shunted from headline by Veritas; still there above Lynch's mug: http://circa.com/politics/accountability/did-the-fbi-retaliate-against-michael-flynn-by-launching-russia-probe

NYP
Flynn Cleared by FBI
http://nypost.com/2017/01/24/fbi-clears-michael-flynn-in-probe-linking-him-to-russia/amp/

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) June 27, 2017 12:57 PM  

Your post link is from January.

Blogger Joseph Gore Jr. June 27, 2017 1:14 PM  

Don't worry, Uncle Schmuel will get them jobs at another network or infotainment outlet by the end of the day.

Anonymous JAG June 27, 2017 1:46 PM  

Mark Dice has a bigger audience than CNN does in the current year.

Blogger David Power June 27, 2017 3:37 PM  




To elaborate on one of the President's election speeches....


Let’s be clear on one thing, CNN is no longer involved in journalism.

They are a political special interest, no different than any lobbyist or other financial entity with a totally political agenda, and their agenda is not for me and not for you. It's for themselves and their pay-masters.

Their agenda in 2016 was to elect Bill Clinton's wife, at any cost, at any price. No matter how many lies they had to tell or how many phoney stories they had to contrive.

But they failed. They failed abysmally. They failed because they grossly under-estimated Donald Trump and the effectiveness of his campaign.

And worse still, they failed to understand that the American public can now see their selective reporting, their bogus polls, their fatuous narratives and their loaded panel shows, for what they are - Fake News.

But they are not about to let the small matter of a democratic election stop them or stand in their way.

And so their agenda in 2017 is to use all the means at their disposal, to nullify or even reverse the election result and to un-seat the democratically elected President of the United States.

Their method is to ridicule or vilify, anyone who dares to challenge the anti-Trump narrative they are constantly pushing. Instantly branding them sexist, racist, xenophobic, morally deformed or any number of other contrived mental abnormalities.

And so we now see them regularly slandering the innocent, destroying careers and reputations of anyone who expresses even the slightest support for the President.

We have seen them viciously attack his friends, his family, including his wife and even his eleven year old son.

We see them lie, lie, lie, and we see them do even worse than that. These People will do whatever is necessary to impose their will over the will of the electorate. Including the active incitement to violence and even the pernicious encouragement of any Leftist loons out there to mount an assassination attempt on the President of the United States of America.

Because for them, this is a war, and for them nothing at all is out of bounds.

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