It wasn’t nearly as outrageous as the mainsteam media would have their followers believe.
CNN’s Jake Tapper had a one-word response to a President Donald Trump senior aide’s statement that the media should “keep its mouth shut.”
That word was “no,” but many charge it only worked because Tapper reported only part of the quote when he delived his one word answer.
Steve Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist, told The New York Times during an interview that reporting the news is only half of the media’s obligation — they should also listen.
“The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while,” Bannon said.
“I want you to quote this,” he added. “The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.”
Tapper went on the air and fired back at Bannon’s remarks.
“The president’s top aide just told The New York Times that the press ‘should keep its mouth shut,’” Tapper told his viewers. Then he smugly added with a laugh, “no.”
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) January 26, 2017
That remark earned Tapper kudos for its pithy brilliance, but others saw right through his “fake news.” The CNN anchor left out that part of Bannon’s statement that put the “shut up” remark in proper context.
Conservative talk radio host Tammy Bruce tweeted:
Wake up right! Receive our free morning news blast HERE
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) January 26, 2017
Others picked up on it and gave Tapper a helping hand — after all, reporting the news — the whole news — is hard.
— Steph (@steph93065) January 26, 2017
— Jose Rodriguez (@garod2204) January 27, 2017
Relations between the cable news giant and the Trump administration crumbled when it “reported” on an unverified dossier that was unflattering to the president. Tapper tried — but failed — to distance CNN from the report.
— Carmine Zozzora (@CarmineZozzora) January 27, 2017
— Mike #45POTUS_DJT (@MJP1370) January 27, 2017
— Ken De Plorable (@nunchuck_ken) January 27, 2017
— Kathryn (@complxgrl) January 27, 2017
Finally one tweep observed that it’s “all in the game” given the cozy relationship between media outlets and government — especially the former Obama administration.
— Mary Margaret Jones (@mmj6279) January 27, 2017
CNN likes to call itself “the most trusted name in news,” but that slogan only works when it reports the whole news.
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