Embarrassing Desperation: CNN Calls For the Banning of the Term “FAKE NEWS”.
President Donald J. Trump has made the Media look tremendously naïve and stupid on several occasions, in scenes reminiscent of Lucy Van Pelt promising to hold the football for Charlie Brown to kick, only to pull it away at the last minute, leaving a helpless Charlie Brown to wipe out, tumbling head over heels.
Between Trump’s playing them like Charlie Daniels playing a fiddle and average Americans becoming their own reporters through the use of Social Media, “professional journalists” have watched their influence over the daily lives of Americans dwindle and diminish right before their very eyes.
The Main Stream Media are no longer in control of the dissemination of the news…and they know it.
Case in point:
FoxNews.com reports that
CNN wants to ban the term “fake news?”
In an opinion piece on the cable news network’s website Sunday, writers Hossein Derakhshan and Claire Wardle called for scrapping the term President Trump has made synonymous with CNN. The duo wrote that use of the term “fake news” is “not only self-defeating, it oversimplifies a very complex problem” and it devalues the expression that has “become meaningless” over the past year.
The phrase is now “used to describe any piece of information that someone else didn’t like” and has been “has become weaponized by politician,” Derakhshan and Wardle wrote, adding the term should be used when referring to clearly false content such as the viral photo of a shark swimming up a Texas highway during Hurricane Harvey (spoiler alert: the photo wasn’t real).
Derakhshan and Wardle recently co-authored a report, “Information Disorder,” which was commissioned by the Council of Europe. They claim the problem exists all over the world, but most Americans likely associate “fake news” with CNN, thanks to President Trump’s relentless branding.
CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker has implemented an anti-Trump programming strategy at the network that was once known for Ted Turner’s bare bones “just-the-facts” approach to journalism. As a result, Trump refers to CNN as “fake news” on a regular basis and mocked the network on Twitter as recently as Monday.
Wardle recently appeared on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” where she told host Brian Stelter the term is “being used as a weapon” against the news industry and said Americans have to be “much more careful” about the language that is used to describe content.
Derakhshan and Wardle focus on three different terms that can be used to replace “fake news,” which are “misinformation,” “disinformation” and “malinformation.,” claiming each one can be a replacement in various situations. The duo blames social media for adding “an entirely new dimension to the phenomenon” of fake news, but many media watchdogs would simply blame CNN and how it covers the White House.
“Wardle may not like the term, but Stelter’s November 2016 segment is just one of so many genuine textbook examples of ‘fake news’ the network has shamelessly promoted,” Newsbusters contributing editor Tom Blumer wrote. “Establishment press outlets have spent the past year disseminating fake news while working feverishly, through their bogus and highly selective ‘fact-checkers,’ to discredit legitimate center-right voices.”
CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta has emerged as one of the faces of anti-Trump liberal media, regularly interrupting press briefings with grandstanding and providing personal opinions about the administration on a consistent basis. During a press conference earlier this year, Trump literally pointed at Acosta and said, “You’re fake news.”
The network’s primetime programming is littered with large panel discussions, often featuring numerous liberal analysts against a single quasi-Trump supporter. CNN also airs documentary-style specials aimed to criticize Trump and has several anchors, such as Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon, which have become household names simply for attacking the president on a regular basis.
Trump recently suggested that Americans should have a contest between ABC, NBC, CBS and CNN to determine which news organization is the most “dishonest,” with the winner receiving a “fake news trophy.”
Trump took to Twitter earlier this month to slam Zucker’s network, saying he was “forced to watch” it while on an overseas trip to Asia and the experience reminded him why he dislikes the content with such passion.
“While in the Philippines I was forced to watch @CNN, which I have not done in months, and again realized how bad, and FAKE, it is,” Trump wrote. “Loser!”
It wasn’t clear who Trump was referring to when he ended his tweet with “loser,” but it shouldn’t be a tough case to crack. Zucker’s anti-Trump game plan has helped both TV ratings and digital traffic at the liberal CNN, but it’s not the first time Trump has enhanced Zucker’s livelihood.
He was in charge of NBC when Trump’s “The Apprentice” became a hit for the network. At one point, when NBC’s prime time lineup was flailing, “The Apprentice” was NBC’s most successful show and Trump its biggest star. Meanwhile, Trump claims he’s helped Zucker’s career (something Zucker gently refutes) and the president has been absolutely clear that he resents CNN’s constant attacks on him.
The CNN editorial that calls for a ban on the term “fake news” doesn’t mention Trump by name, but it will be interesting to see if the president responds. Perhaps Trump will remind Americans that CNN recently mislead viewers by editing a video to make it appear that he botched an old tradition of feeding carp at a Koi pond in Tokyo — something that surely would have secured the “fake news trophy.”
A few months back, the Main Stream Media were desperately trying to trap the President of the United States of America into falling into a chorus line performing the same ol’ Washington Two-Step that Professional Politicians have performed during press conferences for decades, dancing around questions and saying the things that they think that they should say, in order to to keep the “Watchdogs” of the Press from ripping them a new one by portraying them as being stupid or a tyrant.
President Trump finally got tired of the MSM’s relentless attacks, culminating in FAKE NEWS STORIES, and gave them a dressing down which they are still whining about.
America’s Main Stream Media realized shortly after the American People elected Donald J. Trump as our 45th President that in order to have access to President Trump and to be able to file news reports covering the actions that he is going to take as President, they are going to have to accurately report what actually happens.
So, they decided instead, to write fictional stories and attempt to give them believability and gravitas by claiming to have received the information for their stories from “anonymous sources”.
At the rate that these stories have been and continue to be debunked, most Americans have accurately surmised that the MSM’s “anonymous sources” are the voices inside their own over-sized heads.
The Main Stream Media has gotten so desperate to bring down the juggernaut that is President Donald J. Trump that that they have adopted the strategy of publishing unsubstantiated lie after unsubstantiated lie in order to assuage their own hurt feelings after their failure to aid lousy Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton in her quest to become the 45th President of the United States of America.
The depth of their grief and the blind rage of their ensuing temper tantrum has, without a doubt, wiped out any vestiges of journalistic integrity that remained after decades of being the Propaganda Arm of the Democratic Party.
President Trump will never be able to please the Main Stream Media.
Nor should he have to.
The Presidency of the United States of America is the most important leadership position on the Face of God’s Green Earth.
The Main Stream Media knows that.
However, they cannot cope with the fact that Americans elected Donald J. Trump to serve in that position.
Back in May, Foxnews.com reported that
Nearly two-thirds of Americans think the mainstream press is full of “fake news,” according to the latest Harvard-Harris poll.
65 percent of voters believe there is a significant amount of fake news in the mainstream media, and the sentiment is held by a majority of voters across the ideological spectrum.
80 percent of Republicans, 60 percent of independents and 53 percent of Democrats reflected this distrust of the media.
84 percent of voters said it is hard to know what news to believe online.
Their non-stop Pro-“Alt-Left” Stance since the 2016 Presidential Election has shown the whole country whose side they are on.
For those of us who live in the Heartland, and especially in the South, they have shown themselves to be lower than the stuff you find in a cow pasture which leads to an outhouse.
And, if they choose to keep on peddling it, they had better learn how to take it from the President of the United States of America.
Because President Donald J. Trump was elected by Americans who were tired of Professional Politicians performing the Washington Two-Step.
And, he remains more popular than the MSM..no matter what their Democrat-heavy polls say.
Until He Comes,