CNN is a news outlet which is becoming increasingly unhinged. Their reaction this week to President Trump retweeting a video from his WWE appearance a decade ago which had him fighting the CNN logo showed just how far they had strayed from any pretense of being an actual news organization.
They not only made the ludicrous claim that Trump was inciting violence against reporters, but because they have been so triggered by the President and his supporters constantly labelling them fake news that they decided the best use of the journalists’ time was to hunt down the reddit user who created the video and threaten to reveal his identity unless he apologized to the network and pledged not to engage in any similar online activity. CNN said in a statement “CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change”.
The use of blackmail and threat to dox a private citizen from an alleged major news organization drew widespread condemnation from news outlets across the political divide, callling CNN’s conduct “highly unethical”. Senator Ted Cruz has suggested that CNN may have broken laws in the state of Georgia (where CNN is headquartered) against “theft by extortion”.
‘Shitposters’ on the internet have not taken kindly to CNN’s threat of doxing one of their own, creating thousands of anti-CNN memes with a clear message to the network that you can’t dox us all and threaten us into silence. Alex Jones of Infowars has offered a $20,000 prize to the best anti-CNN meme. Users on 4chan have returned the favor by publishing the addresses and phone numbers of their senior reporters. The CNN reporter who wrote the story with the threat to the Reddit user now has the nerve to complain about being harassed and threatened himself. A list of CNN sponsors has also been published with internet users encouraged to pressure them into withdrawing their support from the network.
CNN has been the media personification of Trump Derangement Syndrome. Clearly still in shock that Donald Trump won the election despite all their campaigning for Hillary Clinton they have tried to bring down the Trump Presidency by any means necessary. Their network poster boy Anderson Cooper has had several on air displays of unprofessional conduct including rolling his eyes at White House Counsel Kellyanne Conway and a disgusting fecal matter insult to Trump ally Jeffrey Lord for which he apologized for.
But arguably the worst part of CNN’s fraudulent representation as a news network has been its promoting of fake news alleging Russian interference in 2016 Presidential election and that the Trump campaign team colluded with Russian intelligence officers. CNN even created a special interactive section on their online website dedicated to the narrative called “The many paths from Trump to Russia”.
While there was always zero credible evidence of this allegation CNN employees were caught on camera recently confirming that the Russia narrative was fake. Project Veritas released videos of CNN Producer John Bonifield confessing that the Russia narrative was “bullshit” and was designed to push ratings. CNN Commentator Van Jones called the narrative a “big nothing burger”.
Despite these damaging videos and a week where its journalistic integrity (if it had any) has been widely questioned CNN still had the nerve to keep pushing the Trump Russia narrative with a story titled “Russia steps up spying efforts after election”. It must think its viewers are stupid if it thinks it can still get away with still promoting this as real news. In fact, it does think its viewers are stupid as seen in another Project Veritas video with CNN Producer Jimmy Carr calling American voters “stupid as shit”.
The latest CNN effort at pushing the Russia narrative uses “current and former US intelligence officials” as sources. We already know that there are plenty of deep state operatives in the US intelligence apparatus sabotaging Trump’s agenda so CNN hasn’t exactly got creditable sources to back up this article.
It starts off by trying to suggest Trump is displaying weakness towards Russia’s alleged aggression, obviously they are wanting to see if they can trigger Trump with this accusation by stating “the biggest US adversaries feels emboldened by the lack of a significant retaliatory response from both the Trump and Obama administrations”.
The evidence CNN presents that the Russians are spying in the United States is that intelligence officials have noted “suspected Russian intelligence officers entering the US under the guise of other business”. Suspected is the key word here, these Russians entering the United States could also be ordinary Russian citizens working in the United States like citizens of every other country in the world do.
Proof that this the more likely scenarios is that the article states that the allegations “hasn’t stopped the State Department from issuing the temporary duty visas — also known as TDY — to the suspected Russian intelligence officers”. Is CNN seriously saying the State Department has been so compromised that they are letting in all these people who are Russian spies? It should be noted that these Russians entering the United States go through a thorough vetting process.
The article suggests the Russians must be so clever with their intelligence process that they are able to thwart every single vetting process. This article offers nothing concrete, just what intelligence officials and military analysts suspect. And yes, the article still presents Russian interference in the US election as a universal fact by quoting another former intelligence officer: “Russians have maintained an aggressive collection posture in the US, and their success in election meddling has not deterred them”.
CNN is no longer a news organisation, one could describe them now as taking the form of anti-Trump superPAC dressed up like news. Even though they have been caught confessing that they push fake news, they actually carry on like that never occurred. This week not only have they tried to treat the American people with contempt but have also displayed with their blackmail attempt their sinister methods of dealing with those who dare question it. One hopes that with CNN descending into this deranged behaviour we see the beginning of end of a network that has become a danger to American democracy and its people.