CNN uses patriotic quotes to shame Trump and ends up getting it all wrong – again

CNN is finding itself under intense scrutiny as the network ramps up its efforts in an ongoing feud with President Donald Trump.

…scrutiny the cable news network is failing to live up to.

CNN posted a series of quotes on Twitter on the Fourth of July and even a casual eye could see some were directed at the president, to include one attributed to Abraham Lincoln and one to Benjamin Franklin.

The quotes come on the heels of the media’s horrific reaction to Trump retweeting a tongue-in-cheek meme of him body slamming the CNN logo — the president’s critics said he was inciting violence against reporters.

But are the quotes accurate?

With the network already facing credibility issues over Trump’s insistence that they produce fake news, the quotes CNN tweeted are being slammed as “fake quotes.”

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Turns out, after some digging by Quote Investigator, the Lincoln quote is a somewhat modified version of what was said, with the word “facts” being substituted for “truths” — an important distinction, given that CNN questioned the “facts” Trump shared in a recent tweet about the network’s ratings.

Yoni Appelbaum, Washington bureau chief of The Atlantic, appeared to confirm the findings in a tweet of his own:

“The conflation of ‘facts’ and ‘truth’ is perfect,” The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway wrote. “Facts can be manipulated. Truth is much more difficult to attain.”

Hemingway also pointed out that CNN “misattributed” the Franklin quote, saying the quote “actually came from British writers John Trenchard and Thomas Gordon, authors of Cato’s Letters.”

The reaction on social media was intense, with social media users ripping CNN for its hypocrisy of celebrating America’s “freedoms” while threatening to expose the private citizen who created the comical WWE meme showing Trump body-slamming the CNN logo.

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