CNN’s Chris Cillizza demands examples of fake news, gets buried on Twitter
There’s an old saying that one should be careful of what one wishes for. Case in point, CNN propagandist Chris Cillizza, formerly of the Washington Post, who demanded an actual example of fake news on social media. As Newsbusters reported Tuesday, Cillizza was soon buried with numerous examples:
On the apparently safe assumption that he really thought President Donald Trump and the public would have a hard time coming up with answers, Cillizza challenged the Commander in Chief and, and in effect the Twitterverse, to “name a (news) story that is ‘fake’ or ‘incorrect.'” A tidal wave of specific responses arrived in short order.
“Name a story that is ‘fake’ or ‘incorrect.’ You can’t just make a blanket assertion without ANY specifics,” he tweeted.
Name a story that is "fake" or "incorrect."
You can't just make a blanket assertion without ANY specifics. https://t.co/tpJ2VLmf4r
— Chris Cillizza (@ChrisCillizza) June 13, 2017
Twitter users, of course, were more than happy to oblige:
One person even cited a claim made by Cillizza himself:
(1) You predicted Trump's foreign trip would be a disaster. It wasn't. https://t.co/5xnO2lsOc0
— Rob Eno (@Robeno) June 13, 2017
You: let's explore what "medical doctor" Howard Dean said #withoutevidence about trump being a Cokehead?https://t.co/5ZZrTp23zC
— Rob Eno (@Robeno) June 13, 2017
Wasn't there a story that Russia hacked an power grid… Fake.
— yummy Beer (@yummyBeers) June 13, 2017
Yes, in fact there was, as we noted here:
A Vermont-based power company detected a malware on one of their laptops that was allegedly from Russian hackers. Except that the malware is readily available on the internet, created in the Ukraine, and it never made it to the actual power grid.
But the freakout continues in several stories by media such as the Washington Post and even Fox News. And legislators are literally screaming for Obama to do more against Russia. But think about it: the Vermont Power Company only services about 265,000 residents. WHY, if Russia wanted to “take down the power grid” would they target a lowly little company like that? Answer- they wouldn’t.
And of course, they didn’t.
Then there’s this:
So how does that work, exactly?
And they appear more ridiculous when they have the gall to ask (dare) Twitter users to back up the claim…
As of late Tuesday evening, Cillizza’s tweet had over 2,400 replies, with more additional examples of fake news than I could ever hope to compile. A search at NewsBusters itself on “Fake News” returns roughly 200 items in just the past four months.
Cillizza himself instantly demonstrated on Tuesday that he’s giving Brian Stelter, CNN’s reigning champ in the denial-of-liberal-fake-news department, serious competition.
It’s no wonder CNN is now seen as the least-trusted name in network news. Will Cillizza get the message? We doubt it…
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