Is CNN fake news? For many, it is — and not just because it was dubbed the “least-trusted” name in network news in a 2017 study, and not just because it operates very like an anti-Trump propaganda arm of the DNC. Now we learn that a Wikipedia entry actually includes CNN on a list of fake news sites, along with well-known fake sites like NationalReport.net.
According to the Wikipedia entry:
During live coverage of the 2016 elections, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo said that downloading the hacked and stolen Podesta emails from the WikiLeaks website was a violation of law and that only the media could legally do so. The statement drew criticism to the network for being false.
On January 10, 2017, CNN reported on the existence of classified documents that said Russia had compromising personal and financial information about then President-elect Donald Trump. CNN did not publish the dossier, or any specific details of the dossier. Later that day, BuzzFeed published the entire 35-page dossier with a disclaimer that it was unverified and “includes some clear errors”. The dossier had been read widely by political and media figures in Washington, and had been sent to multiple other journalists who had declined to publish it as it was unsubstantiated. At a press conference the following day, Trump referred to CNN as fake news and refused to take a question from CNN reporter Jim Acosta.
On June 26, 2017, three network investigative journalists; Thomas Frank, Eric Lichtblau, and Lex Haris, resigned from CNN over a false story, later retracted, that connected Anthony Scaramucci to a $10 billion Russian investment fund. The network apologized to Scaramucci and stated that the online story did not meet their editorial standards.
The Washington Post again fact-checked a CNN report regarding Trump on December 8, 2017: CNN ran a story that claimed two sources told the network that the Trump campaign received an email that gave Trump and his son Don, Jr., early access to WikiLeaks documents on September 4, 2016. CNN had not obtained the supposed September 4 email. The sender was “Michael J. Erickson”, who CNN was not able to contact. The Washington Post, however, did obtain the email, which showed that the email was actually sent on the day after the hacked documents were released by WikiLeaks on September 14, 2016.CNN issued a correction of their story.
Here’s a screenshot of the entry as it exists at the time of this writing. Keep in mind, this IS Wikipedia, and the entry can be easily edited.
CNN, by the way, is currently locked in a legal battle with the White House over the suspended press pass of grandstanding propagandist Jim Acosta.
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- Finally: White House Pulls Jim Acosta’s Credentials
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