It seems that CNN — the cable outlet seen by many as the least-trusted name in network news — is now the fake history channel. Wrapping up a report on President Trump’s visit to Paris for CNN Newsroom With Brooke Baldwin on July 13, Jeff Zeleny, CNN’s Senior White House Correspondent, said the French celebration of Bastille Day which takes place today — Friday, July 14 — “marks the 100th year of when the U.S. started helping – entered World War I.”
Not so fast, said Newsbusters’ Mike Ciandella:
In fact, Bastille Day marks the anniversary of the start of the French Revolution on July 14, 1789, when angry French peasants stormed the Bastille prison – 228 years ago.
What Zeleny may have been trying to refer to was the presence of approximately 190 American troops in the Bastille Day parade, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of American involvement in World War I (The United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917). However, the Bastille Day holiday itself has nothing to do with World War I or the United States.
As of the writing of this blog, Zeleny has given another report on President Trump’s visit to Paris, without correcting himself or mentioning Bastille Day again.
Two hours later, Ciandella added in an update, Zeleny said in a prerecorded report on The Lead With Jake Tapper that Trump was “invited by President Macron to celebrate Bastille Day and the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I” but did not correct his earlier statement.
Here’s a video of his claim:
The AP reported that Macron thanked Trump for U.S. assistance during the First World War, but Bastille Day has nothing to do with WWI:
French President Emmanuel Macron has thanked the United States for coming to the aid of France a century ago marking 100 years since the U.S. entry into World War I.
In a speech ending the Bastille Day parade on Friday, Macron stood before wounded French soldiers and thanked them as well.
President Donald Trump was the guest of honor at the parade, and French and American flags were prominent throughout.
The two men hugged at the end of the speech.
This is the second gaffe we have documented by the network, which earlier confused the U.S. national anthem for La Marseillaise, the French national anthem.
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