You may have heard the term “fake news” bandied about recently, but just what precisely does it mean? Well, I would define it as online stories that look like real journalism but are full of total fabrications and complete misrepresentations. While CNN is a “real news” network filled with “real journalists,” they sometimes fall to the level of “fake news.” Case in point, their website article regarding Speaker Pelosi, entitled “Pelosi: ‘white supremacist’ Bannon making America ‘less safe’.”
Let me begin by saying, I am not complaining that CNN is reporting this. Speaker Pelosi is speaking out of her arse, but she is the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives. Thus CNN should inform us of things she says, especially when she says things of this nature. But, since they devoted an entire article to her, not just a quote, they should have added some information. The charge of “white supremacist” is a serious one. One that should not only be taken earnestly, but also verified. CNN failed to report some very pertinent information vital to their readers to ensure the authenticity of the charge could be deemed accurate. I’ll give you some of that additional information, and I’ll let you decide for yourself.
President Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, married an Orthodox Jew, Jared Kushner, in 2009 and she converted to Judaism. Their children are being raised in an Orthodox Jewish household in which Ivanka keeps kosher, and the family observes the Jewish Sabbath. ABC ran a story titled “Ivanka Trump Opens Up About Converting to Orthodox Judaism.” Do you believe President Trump, who has an Orthodox Jewish daughter and Orthodox Jewish grandchildren would hire a white supremacist?
The Israeli National News, as identified by Wikipedia, “is an Israeli media network identifying with Religious Zionism.” It would be an accurate statement to say they are pro-Isreal. In an article titled “Bannon: Breitbart pro-Israel, not anti-Semitic”, they quoted Mr. Bannon:
“Breitbart is the most pro-Israel site in the United States of America,” Bannon told the Wall Street Journal in an interview posted Friday. I have Breitbart Jerusalem, which I have Aaron Klein run with about 10 reporters there. We’ve been leaders in stopping this BDS movement in the United States; we’re a leader in the reporting of young Jewish students being harassed on American campuses; we’ve been a leader on reporting on the terrible plight of the Jews in Europe.”
Do you believe that an organization defined as “identifying with Religious Zionism” would have an article like that about a man who is a white supremacist?
Mother Jones, described by Wikipedia as “a politically progressive American magazine that does independent and investigative reporting on politics, the environment, human rights, and culture”, had an article about Steve Bannon, titled “Is Steve Bannon Racist? Let’s Find Out!” in which they present many sides of Steve Bannon. I thought the article was fair, particularly for a progressive website discussing a person on the right. At the end, the article had the following photograph of Steve Bannon’s staff:
The author said, quite simply, “There’s a black guy right there, over on the far left. And yet people still call Bannon a racist! This is political correctness run amok.” I concur with his final assessment.
Those are just three examples. For the sake of brevity, I won’t bore you with more. If CNN had a real desire to report information so that their readers were able to make an informed decision, they could have added any of those facts. But in my opinion, CNN is not interested in reporting all the information so their readers may make an informed decision. CNN is interested in making President Trump look bad by quoting someone who makes what most fair-minded people would call an absurd allegation.
The last line of CNN’s article ends with “This will lead to suffering, death, disability” Pelosi said.” I believe CNN certainly wants us to believe that. Otherwise, they would have disseminated some of the evidence to show that possibly, just perhaps, Speaker Pelosi was playing politics. Which is fine, since, after all, she is a politician in a party that just lost the White House and a majority in Congress. But in my view, CNN should practice better journalism standards. Or they can just keep justifying President Trump calling them “fake news.”
I had a discussion with a friend of mine who is in his twenties. What I found somewhat disturbing was, he was under the impression that news outlets should decide, and then report. I vehemently disagreed with him. His justification was, “they have degrees in journalism, they know what’s right and wrong,” and frankly, I was a bit taken aback by that comment. I believe that the job of the news is to report all of the relevant facts, and let people make up their minds. A certain degree of bias is always to be expected, but blatant bias, as well as the omission of particular facts, is not. It’s wrong when any news organization does this, and it is important that everyone recognize it. During the Republican primary, I noticed a substantial bias for Donald Trump on FoxNews, and I stated as such. As I’ve said many times in the past, right is right, and wrong is wrong, regardless of who does it. Improper news reporting, or “fake news,” should be called out whenever it rears its ugly head. The onus is on each and every one of us to cry “FOUL!” whenever we see it. This time I am calling:
FOUL CNN: OMISSION OF ALL THE FACTS!