Tuesday, August 28, 2018 by Mike Adams
In a bombshell media scandal that’s growing by the hour, the tag-team of CNN and Watergate-fame journalism legend Carl Bernstein have been caught red-handed fabricating utterly fake news in a desperate effort to cast criminal blame upon President Donald J. Trump.
The scandal is exploding across the media, with the Washington Post and other media outlets now retracting their original reporting based on CNN claims — now proven false — that attempted to assert the President had prior knowledge of a Trump Tower “meeting with the Russians,” an event that now appears certain to have been a deep state setup to ensnare Trump associates.
The journalistic lies of CNN and Carl Bernstein are so blatant and disturbing that even Glenn Greenwald, who helped break the Edward Snowden story, has published a scathing piece exposing the gross journalistic misconduct that now appears to be routine at CNN and other Trump-hating “news” outlets.
“CNN simply refuses to address the serious ethical and journalistic questions raised about its conduct,” warns Greenwald at The Intercept. “The substance of the CNN story itself regarding Cohen – which made headline news all over all the world and which CNN hyped as a ‘bombshell’ – has now been retracted by other news outlets that originally purported to ‘confirm’ CNN’s story,” he writes.
At issue in all this is the CNN / Bernstein claim that Michael Cohen was not a source for their “bombshell” story which originally claimed that anonymous sources confirmed Cohen was aware of a Trump/Russia conspiracy and intended to deliver that information to Robert Mueller. This original story was heralded by CNN as a groundbreaking, Earth-shattering news item, and it was breathlessly repeated by thousands of news outlets, blogs and TV shows all around the world.
But it all turns out to be false. Cohen’s own attorney, Lanny Davis, has now publicly admitted his original assertion was false. Michael Cohen has no such knowledge, Davis now explains, and CNN’s original report was baseless.
Yet to the shock of everyone, CNN still refuses to retract its original story, almost certainly because Carl Bernstein’s name is associated with it. And if Bernstein is outed as a fake news journalist who utterly fabricates false “facts” to take down another conservative President, then the entire history of Bernstein’s reporting — including the Nixon-era Watergate stories — must be called into question. “The fact that Bernstein–who along with Bob Woodward broke and chronicled the Watergate scandal that led to the eventual resignation of Richard Nixon from the presidency–was on the byline was significant, as it threw the weight and heft of his personal credibility behind the network’s story,” reports Breitbart News.
As Breitbart News explains:
In the piece, Bernstein, Sciutto, and Cohen used anonymous “sources” to claim that President Donald Trump’s now former personal attorney Michael Cohen was willing to undercut President Trump’s claims about the famed 2016 Trump Tower meeting that the president’s son Donald Trump, Jr., his son-in-law Jared Kushner, and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort had with a Russian attorney with links to the Kremlin.
However, CNN deceived its audience in two ways. First, CNN falsely wrote that Lanny Davis was not a source when he actually was; and secondly, CNN made claims from an anonymous “source” that Davis has now exposed as being completely false. Yet CNN refuses to retract its original story or explain how it arrived at its original reporting. In essence, CNN is caught in a huge journalistic scandal and is only digging deeper down the hole of fake news.
“[T]he key people with knowledge on what CNN reported – Cohen and his own lawyer – insist that CNN’s reporting about what Cohen knows and intend to tell Mueller is false,” explains Greenwald. “[T]here’s an entirely separate, and more significant, question about CNN’s behavior here; namely, the very specific claim they made about their sourcing for that blockbuster story… Davis explicitly confessed that he was one of the anonymous sources for CNN’s July 26 story, just as he was for the stories from the Washington Post and the New York Post… Yet remarkably, CNN, in its July 26 story, specifically claimed that Davis refused to talk to CNN about the story or provide any comment whatsoever…”
“Davis was in fact an anonymous source for this CNN piece, as Davis admitted on Monday evening,” adds Breitbart News. “But more importantly, the entire thesis of the entire story is entirely fake news–completely untrue—as revealed more than a week ago by Axios’ Jonathan Swan.”
That refers to this Axios story by Jonathan Swan, which documents how Michael Cohen told Congress he had no knowledge whatsoever about whether Trump knew about the Russia meeting. In that story, Swan reports:
Michael Cohen told lawmakers last year, in sworn testimony, that he didn’t know whether then-candidate Donald Trump had foreknowledge of the 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians, three sources with knowledge of Cohen’s testimony tell Axios.
In other words, sworn testimony now utterly contradicts CNN’s fake news claim, yet CNN refuses to correct its own story.
“How can CNN possibly justify refusing to address these questions, and refrain from informing the public about these critical matters on a story that they themselves hyped for days as a ‘blockbuster,’ one of the most significant stories yet in the Trump/Russia saga?” asks Greenwald.
It turns out that CNN, the Washington Post, the New York Times and other fake news left-wing activist publishers — we don’t dare call them legitimate “news” organizations — insist that their own lies can never be questioned. While they routinely call everyone else liars, traitors and Nazis — including the President himself — when they fabricate fake news “facts” themselves, no one is ever allowed to question their reporting.
CNN wanted the story to be true, of course, which is why they so heavily promoted it with “bombshell” language. “[W]hen CNN reported this, it was a major deal–because it would have justified the continued existence of the Special Counsel’s office despite a complete lack more than a year into this investigation since President Trump fired now former FBI director James Comey of any evidence at the center of the mandate of the probe,” reports Breitbart News.
Now that CNN is caught red-handed, it flat-out refuses to admit it fabricated the story in the first place. They have to keep up the appearance of being “journalists” when, in reality, they’re little more than activist Democrat hacks pretending to be journalists.
“If CNN lied about Davis having refused comment (when, in fact, he was one of their anonymous sources), then this is obviously a major journalism scandal,” Greenwald correctly points out. “Yet CNN, the only ones with the ability to inform the public about what happened here, is silent. This despite the incomparable importance which CNN breathlessly told its viewers the story carried…”
To date, CNN has circled the wagons and initially refused to correct its story or in any way explain the contradiction of facts that’s now apparent to everyone. Via Breitbart News:
Breitbart News contacted CNN spokeswomen Emily Kuhn and Lauren Pratapas–two women who have made their bones defending the network’s fake news shenanigans–and asked if the network stood by the story. Breitbart News also asked Kuhn and Pratapas if the network stood by Bernstein, Sciutto, and Cohen, the three listed on the byline, and whether there would be any consequences whatsoever for the trio caught peddling fake news. Kuhn and Pratapas did not respond.
As pressure mounted and the fakery of the CNN piece became more evident, people inside CNN began to talk, but only anonymously. As Breitbart reports:
“This only plays into Trump’s hands,” one CNN reporter, who requested anonymity, told Breitbart News. “We should have retracted the piece and apologized and moved on. But management’s decision to dig in hurts our credibility.”
“They are handling this differently than they would other stories because Carl is on the byline,” a CNN anchor, who also requested anonymity, told Breitbart News, referencing the famed Watergate reporter. “It’s a shame.”
Davis’ astounding admission in BuzzFeed on Monday evening that he was a source for the fake news story also hurts yet another CNN reporter, media writer Oliver Darcy, who wrote on Sunday evening that CNN’s critics do not know who CNN’s sources were.
Anyone who dares criticize the media’s fake news is immediately accused of engaging in “media criticism” and told to shut up. The First Amendment protects the fake news media, they themselves claim, and no one can question their false reporting with contradictory facts.
“Media outlets have invented a deceitful term to discredit and trivialize any reporting on their own wrongful conduct. Such reporting, they say, is nothing more than ‘media criticism,’ in contrast to the ‘real reporting’ they do,” points out Greenwald. He further explains exactly what we’re all thinking:
This term is self-serving nonsense from media outlets, seeking to render their own behavior off-limits from journalistic scrutiny. Media outlets such as CNN and MSNBC are highly powerful corporate actors. Their behavior can generate immense consequences for society. When they engage in journalistically deceitful or unethical practices, or when they report consequential claims that end up being false as a result of their recklessness or bias, that produces highly harmful outcomes.
In fact, Greenwald has now come to the very same conclusion we’ve been sharing for years: That the left-wing media deliberately, repeatedly and routinely fabricates fake sources to invent fake news that’s designed to damage conservatives in general and President Trump more specifically.
As Greenwald explains: “The reality is that from the start of the Trump/Russia story, the U.S. media has repeatedly and frequently – not rarely and periodically – gotten major stories completely wrong, always in the same direction: exaggerating the threat posed by Russia to the U.S., and concocting evidence of Trump/Russia collusion even when such evidence did not exist.”
The upshot of all this is that once again, CNN confirms it is not merely “fake news” but deliberately deceptive fake news. The network routinely fabricates fake sources and fake “facts,” and when it gets caught, it attacks the accusers rather than leveling with its own audience and admitting to its serious violations of journalistic standards.
CNN, in other words, really is the enemy of America in the sense that it abuses its power to mislead the public in ways that have serious, long-term and potentially very damaging consequences to the American republic. CNN is, in essence, a weaponized propaganda branch of the DNC, and when it comes to reporting something that might damage the President, CNN has internally decided that facts don’t matter as long as the fake news is effective in damaging Trump.
Given this egregious business model of lies, deception and anti-America hysteria that damages our nation, it is astonishing that CNN is even allowed to continue operating as a U.S. corporation that spews lies across millions of TV displays in airports and homes. Without question, CNN is engaged in massive journalistic fraud and election fraud, and the network abuses the very same First Amendment that it hides behind to carry out its war on truth.
CNN is a disgrace to legitimate journalism, and every single person who works for CNN is willfully engaged in a fake news cartel that pursues constant attacks on America as its primary purpose for existence. CNN is a poison America… a cancer that infects modern society. Its “news” anchors and writers are, simply put, seditious traitors to America who deliberately fabricate fake news sources to destroy this nation, mislead its citizens and sweep a duly-elected President out of power.
CNN isn’t just very fake news, as the President says: It’s a very real threat to this nation.
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As a side note, I’m also starting to suspect that the controlled corporate news take down of Richard Nixon was also heavily driven by fake news hysteria dreamed up by none other than Carl Bernstein himself.