Hell hath no fury like a reporter scorned. Just ask CNN’s Jim Acosta, who hijacked another press conference to attack President Trump for calling out fake news.
Acosta repeatedly interrupted White House press secretary Sarah Sanders when she recounted the numerous bogus, debunked news reports rabidly pushed by mainstream media last week. “I’m not finished,” Sanders said several times after Acosta tried to cut her off (video below).
CNN, ABC News and a slew of other anti-Trump media outlets were forced to retract or correct several major news stories last week after making epic blunders that sent the stock market tumbling.
Naturally, Acosta vehemently defended CNN and his press colleagues by claiming: “Journalists make honest mistakes, and this does not make them fake news.”
Sanders said President Trump should hit back at fake news reports, and she’s glad he called out Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel for gleefully tweeting a photo of a half-empty arena to undermine Trump.
Weigel later apologized after the president pointed out that the photo he had blithely posted was taken before the audience had arrived.
.@DaveWeigel @WashingtonPost put out a phony photo of an empty arena hours before I arrived @ the venue, w/ thousands of people outside, on their way in. Real photos now shown as I spoke. Packed house, many people unable to get in. Demand apology & retraction from FAKE NEWS WaPo! pic.twitter.com/XAblFGh1ob
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 9, 2017
Sarah Sanders said Trump has the right to call out fake news, especially when it’s snarkily pushed to ridicule or undermine him:
The president is calling out a very direct and false accusation lodged against him. There was nothing more than an individual trying to put their bias into their reporting, and something that frankly has gotten a little bit out of control. We have seen it time and time again over the last couple of weeks.
A number of outlets have had to retract and change and rewrite and make editor’s note to a number of different stories. Some of them with major impacts including moving markets. This is a big problem. We feel it should be taken seriously.
You cannot say that it is an honest mistake when you are purposely putting out information that you know to be false or when you’re taking information that has not been validated, hasn’t been offered with any credibility and continually denied by a number of people including people with direct knowledge of an instance. I am speaking about the number of reports over the last couple weeks. I am stating that there should be a certain level of responsibility in that process.
Sanders, President Trump, and millions of Americans have opined that the fake news are promoted intentionally because in many instances (such as CNN and ABC News), reporters failed to verify critical information before publishing their reports and did not correct the bogus stories until hours or days later.
In the case of ABC News, the network did take remedial action after Brian Ross aired a bogus report that crashed the stock market. Ross was suspended without pay and has been barred from Trump coverage.
This is not the first time Jim Acosta has hijacked a WH press conference in his bid to become a YouTube sensation. And it’s not the first time CNN has been caught pushing fake news.
In 2014, a CNN panel promoted the “Hands up, don’t shoot” lie concerning the shooting of black youth Michael Brown.
In June 2017, a CNN crew was caught on video apparently staging a phony protest to push a pro-Islam narrative just one day after the London Bridge terrorist attacks.
Two weeks later, a veteran CNN producer admitted that CNN is aggressively pushing the Trump-Russia narrative because the story line is a ratings cash cow for the flailing cable news network.
CNN producer John Bonifield — who has worked at CNN for 15 years — said the network’s anti-Trump CEO, Jeff Zucker, has been relentlessly pushing the Trump-Russia narrative for ratings even though there’s no proof.
In November 2017, CNN falsely claimed that Trump had impatiently dumped an entire box of fish food into a koi pond during a visit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo. Other media also pushed the koi fish story, picking up on CNN’s lead.
That faux news was easily debunked by video, which showed that Abe had dumped his box of food first, and President Trump followed his lead.
All these dubious “news” stories have many TV viewers wondering: If the media can’t be honest about Trump feeding fish, how can it be trusted to report actual, important news?
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