It’s time to end fake news, dismantle the corporate media fakers and reveal the TRUTH to all Americans
July 07, 2017 by: Ethan Huff
(Natural News) The circus act that is the mainstream media these days has created total disillusionment among many in the United States. No longer can Americans trust their favorite news outlets to tell them the truth because of the widespread purveyance of fake news. And many in the “alternative” media are now declaring that this must come to an end – and as quickly as possible – if there is to be any chance at preserving even a shred of journalistic credibility in today’s news climate.
Leading the charge to stamp out fake news once and for all is Project Veritas head James O’Keefe, who recently released undercover video footage depicting a CNN producer openly admitting that the Atlanta-based network publishes and airs fake news. Pretty much everything that CNN put forth as news over the past year concerning Russian interference in the 2016 election, for instance, was completely false – a fact that was essentially proven when three CNN employees suddenly decided to “quit” their jobs.
CNN and others have been endlessly repeating the now-debunked claim that President Trump was somehow involved with Russian efforts to turn American voters against Hillary Clinton. The failed Democratic presidential candidate has continually alleged that she lost not because people didn’t like her, and thus didn’t vote for her, but rather that Russian agents somehow mind-controlled enough people to vote for Donald Trump.
It’s a wild conspiracy theory that’s completely without merit, of course. It even sounds crazy without having any evidence whatsoever to the contrary. But the fact remains that there’s no evidence to support it, and yet CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and countless other news outlets picked up the story and ran with it, to their own demise.
“I think this is the year that we end fake news,” O’Keefe told Raheen Kassam, Editor-in-Chief of Breitbart London, during a recent airing of Breitbart News Saturday on Sirius X.M. radio.
Trump’s aggressive stand against fake news is a ‘great thing’ for civilization, says O’Keefe
Knowing what we already know about the fabrications that have surfaced concerning the Russia conspiracy theory, it’s clear that the mainstream media has utterly failed to perform due diligence in fact-checking what it publishes. But O’Keefe says there’s a whole lot more where that came from, and that his group plans to release even more damning information in the coming days.
“All these media companies will be exposed one by one,” he added about the intolerable prevalence of fake news.
Concerning President Trump’s willingness to take a public stand against this fake news, O’Keefe added the following about its impact:
“He is forcing the media to report on things that otherwise they would not report on. This is going to expose the propaganda apparatus for what it is, and that’s a great thing for the rest of civilization.”
The Times voluntarily retracted its own fake news story this past week after it was no longer possible to publicly defend it without becoming the laughingstock of the world. The paper reluctantly admitted in an article footnote that its claim of “17 intelligence agencies” that had supposedly confirmed Russian hacking of last year’s election – a completely made-up conspiracy theory concocted by none other than Hillary Clinton herself – was, indeed, false.
The Associated Press (AP) issued its own retraction as well, admitting that it had published fake news about the “17 intelligence agencies” on at least four separate occasions – including on April 6, June 2, June 26, and June 19. However, the AP still insinuated that the information it published about alleged Russian ties to election tampering may have been valid because the Director of National Intelligence “represents all U.S. intelligence agencies.”
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CNN’s Relentless Drumbeat of Fake News
July 8, 2017 by C. Mitchell Shaw
CNN is on the fast track to losing what little is left of its credibility. In a perfect storm of embarrassing revelations, retractions, “resignations,” and missteps that would make the Three Stooges look coordinated by comparison, the network is poised for self-destruction. Rather than taking a step back to evaluate and adjust course, CNN is doubling down on its stock-in-trade: fake news, fake news, and more fake news.
CNN has had a rough few months. After being called out by President Trump as “fake news,” CNN — rather than slowing down — escalated its coverage of allegations that Trump has connections to and is in collusion with Russia. When Project Veritas began releasing videos last week showing that CNN producers and commentators knew that narrative was “bulls**t” and “a big nothingburger” being pawned off on unsuspecting American voters who the employees of CNN think are “stupid as s**t”, CNN again doubled down on producing more and more fake news.
In the last few days alone, the liberal news network has been called out for several instances of varying degrees of fake news. It is beginning to appear that CNN — having lived for so long in a fantasy bubble of its own making — has lost sight of what journalism is even supposed to look like.
On July 4 — ostensibly to merge the network’s twisted view of celebrating the 241st anniversary of American independence with a chance to get in a cheap shot at the president — CNN tweeted a quote from Abraham Lincoln. The quote was, “Let the people know the facts, and the country will be safe.” There are two problems with that quote, though. The first is that it is more than a little hard to accept a quote — aimed at what CNN calls Trump’s “war on the press” — about facts when that quote is being published by a network that has demonstrated, time and again, that it does not have more than a passing acquaintance with facts. The second problem with the quote serves to illustrate that assertion: The quote is bogus: Lincoln never said or wrote those words. They are a rough paraphrase of a statement made after Lincoln was assassinated. So, not only did CNN get the source wrong, but in keeping with its editorial standard, it misquoted the wrong source. That is a fake news two-for-one combo.
In that same Twitter thread, CNN also quoted Benjamin Franklin as saying, “Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom — and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.” Set aside the ridiculousness of CNN (which was in the middle of intimidating and coercing an anonymous redditor to delete a video meme and other posts CNN found objectionable, issue an apology, and agree never to post such things again or CNN would reveal his identity) quoting anyone about the value of free speech. The salient point here is that Franklin — like Lincoln above — is not the source of those words. They were written February 4, 1720, by British essayists John Trenchard and Thomas Gordon as part of Cato’s Letters, a fact the “journalists” at CNN could have known by simply checking their sources — something that is taught in all journalism schools.
If all CNN did was misquote and mis-attribute, it would be bad enough, though it could probably just be chalked up to sloppy journalism. But, wait; there’s more.
The following day, CNN ran a piece claiming that “Forty-four states and DC have refused to give certain voter information to Trump commission.” If true, that report would highlight a major failing of the Trump administration. And maybe that’s why CNN reported it. One thing is certain: Journalistic integrity had nothing to do with CNN reporting it, because it is not true. Vice Chair of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity Kris Kobach told the Washington Examiner on Wednesday that the real number of states refusing to cooperate is 14. “At present 20 states have agreed to provide the publicly available information requested by the commission and another 16 states are reviewing which information can be released under their state laws,” Kobach said, adding, “In all, 36 states have either agreed or are considering participating with the Commission’s work to ensure the integrity of the American electoral system.” Kobach called CNN’s report “patently false” and “more ‘fake news.’”
Following up on that, CNN’s Chris Cillizza retweeted a selectively edited video clip of Poland’s president and first lady meeting with President and First Lady Trump. Cillizza’s comment on the video was a very adult:
In the video, First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda appears to snub President Trump by refusing to shake his hand, walking past him to shake the hand of Melania Trump. The video — all three seconds of it — seems pretty convincing. But only because of where it’s cut off. Because, as a longer version of the video shows, First Lady Duda immediately turned to President Trump and warmly shook his hand as well.
Reports that his wife had refused to shake Trump’s hand led President Andrzej Duda to tweet, “Contrary to some surprising reports my wife did shake hands with Mrs. and Mr. Trump @POTUS after a great visit. Let’s FIGHT FAKE NEWS.”
One would expect a “journalist” with Cillizza’s experience to know better than to tweet something (especially using his official @CillizzaCNN handle) without spending the requisite 10 seconds it would have taken to do a quick Internet search. But — like many of his comrades at CNN — Cillizza appears to allow his love of liberalism and hatred of Trump to blind him to whatever journalistic inclinations he might otherwise have.
And there’s the rub. CNN was the first all-news channel in the United States and the first to provide 24-hour news coverage. Since its founding in 1980, it has grown into an empire. Now, as more information about the network comes to light, it is apparent that that empire was built on lies and false reporting designed to manipulate American voters. Now that CNN’s house of cards is crumbling under its own weight, it appears there may soon be one less spin machine deceiving the American people.
Corey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump’s successful one-time campaign manager who later served as a CNN contributor for some time in 2016, is betting his former candidate will beat his former network in the larger looming war between the president and CNN.
“You know, Matt, I was there when we turned the lights on for the presidential campaign when they told us that Donald Trump didn’t have a chance, that he’d never win,” Lewandowski said on Breitbart News Saturday on Saturday morning on SiriusXM 125, the Patriot Channel. “And he said, ‘never give up.’ I think I would never bet against Donald Trump. He is a winner at everything he’s tried to accomplish, whether that’s in the literary world, the television world, whether it’s in cut-throat New York real estate business. I would never count him out. At the end of the day, the fight that he has ongoing with CNN is holding CNN accountable and my guess is their ratings will continue to fall because if you look at the public polling people no longer believe that they are an unbiased news source. Their bias—particularly, look, I saw Jim Acosta’s Tweet just two days ago when he said the president was only taking questions from friendly reporters to the White House. Well, I don’t think Hallie Jackson of NBC and MSNBC is a friendly reporter to the White House. This is, once again, CNN not trying to report the news but to be the news. And I think at the end of the day they will lose.”
LISTEN TO COREY LEWANDOWSKI ON BREITBART NEWS SATURDAY:
Not only is CNN at war with President Trump and the American electorate’s choice for president, Lewandowski noted, but the deep state of entrenched officials in Washington—as detailed by a newly published Senate Homeland Security Committee report—is trying to undermine the administration with leaks as well.
“There’s no question that Jim Comey leaked information that he obtained while he was still the director of the FBI,” Lewandowski said, reacting to the new explosive report from the Homeland Security Committee. “If you look at the FBI’s manual that they sign, their employment agreement, it says you will not give up any information you obtain while you were employed or while you were employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Jim Comey is clearly part of the deep state. He is somebody who had access to information that he was not man enough to give directly to the media so he leaked it through a law professor that he knew would do this for him. But the bottom line is Jim Comey should be held accountable. He signed an employment agreement when he joined the FBI that said he would not disclose any information he received while he was either employed or after he was employed [for information] he received during his employment. He has clearly broken that. He has admitted to it publicly. The question is how many other times has Jim Comey leaked information? Was this the first time or was it a pattern? I think he needs to be held accountable and potentially prosecuted for the leaking of information because the deep state is very real and Jim Comey is at the head of that.”
Despite these internecine battles, however, Lewandowski noted that President Trump is succeeding on all fronts, including on getting the economy booming again.
“This is clearly a promises made, promises kept scenario where the president said ‘I will be the greatest jobs president God ever created,’ and the reason he has the ability to create jobs is because he is reducing government regulations, he’s stopping the bureaucrats from preventing job growth, he is incentivizing businesses to make large investments, he’s proposed the largest tax cut in the history of our country, and what the economy is seeing and what business owners are seeing is a pro-business CEO in the corner office who understands that getting government out of the way leads to job creation,” Lewandowski said, reacting to the highly successful new jobs numbers. “So, the stock market is through the roof, job creation numbers are greater than ever anticipated and what that means for the economy is we won’t grow at one percent anymore, we’re going to grow at three or four or five percent. And that will also help reduce our 20 trillion dollar deficit.”
Lewandowski also pointed to Trump’s meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at the G20 Summit, where President Trump pledged that Mexico is “absolutely” paying for the border wall that is forthcoming, as another success.
“This is another promise made, promise kept,” Lewandowski said. “I can tell you this, one of the hallmarks of the presidential campaign when I was involved in it and one of the reasons that he was as successful as he was is because illegal immigrants have continued to pour across our southern border unstopped for eight years. They came here and they killed American citizens. What we saw was Kate’s Law passed the House of Representatives finally, to hold people accountable. We’ve seen border crossings are down 70 percent because [Attorney General] Jeff Sessions and [Homeland Security] Secretary [John] Kelly say we will enforce the law and if you come across the border we will catch you and you will be prosecuted. What Donald Trump said yesterday to the president of Mexico about how I am going to build this wall on the southern border is a promise I have made. Mexico will pay for this one way or the other and his job is to keep America safe from all enemies foreign and domestic and the way to do that is to build a wall on the southern border and make sure illegal aliens are not coming across the border and killing American citizens.”
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