Ethical journalism should seek out the truth and report it… Yet this seems to be pretty rare in today’s corrupt media environment.
Instead, it’s all about agenda… And look no further than media giant CNN for the latest case of news debauchery.
From the years-long Russia-collusion hoax to the now-debunked story of Trump supporters “bludgeoning” Capitol Hill police officer Brian Sicknick to death during the January 6 riot (he had no injuries and died of a stroke the next day), CNN is often deeply, inexcusably incorrect. And they don’t care… They’re not engaged in the practice of journalism.
In case anyone had their doubts about this obvious truth, James O’Keefe‘s Project Veritas recently scored a direct hit on the “Facts First” mythology that CNN tries to peddle to its credulous Democrat viewers.
Project Veritas, a conservative undercover journalism enterprise, recently released footage of CNN Technical Director Charles Chester explaining that yes, his network is full of anti-Trump propaganda…
Look what we did, we [CNN] got Trump out. I am 100% going to say it, and I 100% believe that if it wasn’t for CNN, I don’t know that Trump would have got voted out… I came to CNN because I wanted to be a part of that.
This must come as a shock to the brand-obsessed Anderson Cooper, Jake Tapper, and other pompous frauds at the “news” network. They strut around on TV and social media like the heirs of Walter Cronkite, pretending they have no dog in the political fight and are merely speaking truths to the American people.
But in reality, they know what the game is now… Everyone who works in the corporate media does. I spent two years as an on-air conservative political commentator at CNN from 2014 to 2016 and refused to go back for a third year despite an offered contract extension. It wasn’t a difficult decision… CNN is a pathologically dishonest place.
But there’s more in the Veritas exposé. CNN’s Chester went even further than declaring his network anti-Trump, stating that they were willing to manufacture stories as political weapons against the then President…
[Trump’s] hand was shaking or whatever, I think. We brought in so many medical people to tell a story that was all speculation – that he was neurologically damaged, and he was losing it. He’s unfit to – you know, whatever. We were creating a story there that we didn’t know anything about. That’s what – I think that’s propaganda.
Indeed, it would accurately be called “fake news.” None of this is a surprise to people familiar with the disgraceful ethics of Jeff Zucker‘s CNN in the era of Trump. Forget whatever breaking news you got used to watching in the 1990s… The CNN of today is basically Pravda for Nancy Pelosi and the DNC.
Chester is even on tape admitting how CNN has preyed on the American people’s fears of the COVID pandemic…
[COVID] will taper off to a point that it’s not a problem anymore. Climate change can take years, so [CNN will] probably be able to milk that quite a bit… Climate change is going to be the next COVID thing for CNN… Fear sells.
But what was the biggest outcome of O’Keefe’s outfit holding up the mirror of truth to America’s most storied cable news channel? O’Keefe was permanently banned from Twitter for sharing the videos of his sting operation. The tech oligarchs don’t like it when their buddies in the legacy corporate media are made to look like fools… This should infuriate anyone in the U.S., Left or Right, who claims to want unbiased, fair news.
This one-two punch is a potent reminder… CNN is indeed fake news, and Big Tech will seek to shut down anyone who points this out. Neither believes in free speech, and both are enemies of the truth. This has been obvious for years, as Twitter has a habit of only suspending or banning conservative voices online. CNN always stands in solidarity with this conservative suppression.
O’Keefe isn’t taking this lying down. He recently filed a lawsuit against Twitter for defamation in federal court. You can see a copy of the complaint here. The basics are that Twitter lied about why O’Keefe was banned (they claimed it was for operating fake accounts), and O’Keefe holds that this falsehood constitutes defamation.
The Veritas founder faces an uphill battle in court. Twitter’s “community protection” commissars have wide leeway behind the scenes to make decisions about who to ban. While any person paying attention can see Twitter was clearly stacking the political deck in favor of their Leftist buddies at fake-news CNN, Twitter will probably just claim the ban was a mistake and reinstate Veritas.
Alternatively, in this current climate of ultra-woke corporations, Twitter may just assert that decisions about who to ban are entirely its prerogative. Whether it’s CNN or Twitter, these Leftist media companies have let the mask drop. They’re open, active partisans working for the political benefit of the Democrat party now.
Others are trying to fight back, too… Just this week, Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley introduced legislation to try and restore accountability and competition to Big Tech. The bill, named the Bust Up Big Tech Act, would prevent large companies from dominating multiple industries simultaneously, as well as give the FTC more power to enforce compliance.
The legacy media has always hated Project Veritas because it exposes the truth about who they really are and what they seek to do. As O’Keefe and others continue to show what a fraud corporate journalism has become, the next phase of battle will have to be engaged.
That’s going to mean many more lawsuits and an overall media war to show that some of the biggest news and tech corporations in the country need to be reformed or brought to their knees.