Donald Trump has taken to Twitter this morning to once again attack the “FAKE News Media”, which in his mind is every media outlet other than Fox News and Breitbart. Today though, he is specifically attacking CNN for what he calls getting “caught falsely pushing their phony Russian stories”. In fact, his two tweets this morning read as follows:
“Fake News CNN is looking at big management changes now that they got caught falsely pushing their phony Russian stories. Ratings way down! So they caught Fake News CNN cold, but what about NBC, CBS & ABC? What about the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost? They are all Fake News!”
There is a major problem with these statements. Number one, CNN didn’t get caught doing anything wrong. It was rather a decision made by management to remove a story that their editorial team reported on, simply because management didn’t believe the sources providing the information were legitimate enough. If anything, this move by CNN makes them even more of a legitimate news source than they were before. It maintains their integrity as a “REAL News” source.
The article in question was one that tried linking hedge-fund manager and Trump friend Anthony Scaramucci to a Russian investment fund that was supposedly being investigated by the Senate. The source linking this information was anonymous, thus CNN did not feel confident enough in allowing the story to remain up on its website.
“These types of stories are typically reviewed by several departments within CNN — including fact-checkers, journalism standards experts and lawyers — before publication,” CNN reported. “This breakdown in editorial workflow disturbed the CNN executives who learned about it.”
Meanwhile, Trump’s favorite news source, Fox News, has reported on a conspiracy theory with absolutely no credible sources over the past couple of months. They took the murder of a young man named Seth Rich and accused Hillary Clinton and other Democrats of conspiring to have him killed. Rich’s parents even threatened to sue the news station for spreading lies.
Fox News ended up retracting their backing of the Seth Rich story, exactly like CNN did, by releasing a statement that read:
“On May 16, a story was posted on the Fox News website on the investigation into the 2016 murder of DNC Staffer Seth Rich. The article was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting. Upon appropriate review, the article was found not to meet those standards and has since been removed. We will continue to investigate this story and will provide updates as warranted.”
What differs here though is that Fox News’ Sean Hannity continued to report on the Seth Rich conspiracy theory after the retraction was made, and none of Fox News’ personnel were forced to resign for the false reports.
Where CNN stood up for their own integrity, by saying that they require reliable sources for news, Fox News did not. CNN did not retract “The Russia Story”, but rather they retracted a small portion of a sub-plot to Trump/Russia that never made it onto TV, and never made it to the eyes of the majority of their readership. The Russia story is not “FAKE NEWS”, as it is currently the brunt of both FBI and Senate Intelligence Committee investigations. Trump can try as hard as he wants to make his supporters believe that it is a bogus story, but it is not, and that is a FACT!