When Democrat Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam was discovered to have dressed in blackface or KKK robes during his college days back in the 1980s, CNN portrayed him as a Republican.
The network has a history of lying.
The brouhaha started Friday afternoon when the news publisher BigLeague Politics published a bombshell report with a photo from the Democrat governor’s yearbook that shows him and a friend photographed together with one wearing blackface, and the other wearing KKK robes.
Look at the photo below:
BREAKING: Multiple publications have confirmed that a picture has emerged of Virginia Democrat Governor Ralph Northam appearing in a KKK and blackface photo in his 1984 yearbook at Eastern Virginia Medical School pic.twitter.com/PigroV4lsB
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) February 1, 2019
What remains unclear is which of the two men seen above is Northam.
According to BigLeague Politics’ reporting, there’s another bombshell as well: The governor’s biography in Eastern Virginia Medical School’s 1984 yearbook reveals that one of young Northam’s nicknames at the time had been “Coonman.” The other had been “Goose.”
Hey “Coonman” #Northam, I think it’s about time you refund Planned Parenthood their $3 million, as you won’t be able to do what they hired you to. pic.twitter.com/jnSYZkK7yp
— ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Mathematically Impossible (@thepatriotusa_1) February 2, 2019
Following the publication of these photos, scathing criticism began pouring in from both sides of the aisle, with Republicans and Democrats calling for Northam’s resignation.
In response to the growing backlash, the governor first released a written statement apologizing for his past but essentially vowing to remain on the job by stating his “absolute commitment to living up to the expectations Virginians set for me when they elected me to be their Governor.”
This apology appeared to only aggravate his critics further.
“We all act foolishly in our youth. But a college graduate, studying to be a physician, in a state with Virginia’s troubled racial history, should know better than to reduce that history to a callous joke,” the editorial board for Virginia’s top newspaper, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, wrote.
“The photograph reveals a lack of adult judgment that is disturbing. It does not erase Northam’s service in the military or his compassion as a physician. It does, however, strongly suggest that he should, for the good of Virginia, step down from its highest office and allow Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax to succeed him.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial: Ralph Northam must resign.
“He should, for the good of Virginia, step down from its highest office and allow Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax to succeed him.”https://t.co/sNKTff4gSl
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 2, 2019
Late Friday evening the Virginia governor released another statement — this time via video. Besides apologizing again for his past behavior, Northam doubled down on his commitment to remain on the job by again stating his “absolute commitment to living up to the expectations Virginians set for me when they elected me to be their Governor.”
This is where CNN enters the picture. As CNN host Anderson Cooper reported the governor’s apology to his relatively small viewer base Friday evening, a chyron appeared at the bottom of the screen. That chyron read as follows: “Gov. Ralph Northam (R) Virginia.”
Ladies and gentlemen, this is CNN:
This subtle manipulation of the facts by CNN, which distorts the truth on a daily basis, triggered almost as much outrage as Northam’s photos for the simple fact that the far-left network controls so much of the airways. It is, as noted by Fox News, the only news network airing at every airport in America.
Look at some of the backlash below:
This is disgusting. All day I’ve seen Democrats try to smear Republicans by mentioning “Republicans” in tweets about Ralph Northam but this is another level of manipulation. This wasn’t a mistake. @CNN wants to subconsciously make viewers blame a Democrat’s racism on Republicans. https://t.co/DHK67EhgCS
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) February 2, 2019
CNN labels bigoted, racist Democrat Governor Ralph Northam a ***REPUBLICAN***
CNN is propaganda for the Left. pic.twitter.com/j75iTtnHIU
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) February 2, 2019
Well played @CNN.
I guess flat out lying is OK now.
I’ll be sure to hold up the KKK sign while campaigning for @RepHorsford in 2020. pic.twitter.com/H8P1jTzEYr
— Dean McGonigle (@VoteMcGonigle) February 2, 2019
while we all debate about whether Northam was the dude wearing blackface or the KKK hood in the yearbook photo, or if he should resign or not, CNN decided that the apple was a banana regarding his party affiliation
— Matt Vespa (@mVespa1) February 2, 2019
This kind of smear job is what we’ve come to expect from @CNN and it’s why their ratings share real estate with Marianas Trench. They actually said that Ralph Northam wasn’t a Democrat during @AC360’s show tonight. This is a DNC press team, not a news outlet.
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) February 2, 2019
I can’t believe CNN falsely labeled Ralph Northam a Republican…
Actually, I can.
F A K E N E W S
— Alana Mastrangelo (@ARmastrangelo) February 2, 2019
Did CNN really call Northam a Republican? Do they just assume all Southerners with thick accents are Republicans?
— Ashley Rae “Learn to Code”nberg (@Communism_Kills) February 2, 2019
When you think CNN can’t go any lower, they run the Democrat Ralph Northam story saying he was a REPUBLICAN.
They need another name other than fake news.
Let’s call them what they are.
— Kambree Kawahine Koa (@KamVTV) February 2, 2019
This is what Democrats do, re-write history. It’s no mistake @CNN is now falsely labeling infanticide, black face/KKK Ralph Northam a Republican.
Nothing new. pic.twitter.com/U4trERRMrd
— Dr. Milton Wolf (@MiltonWolfMD) February 2, 2019
Unlike Northam, CNN has reportedly neither fixed its egregious error — one of many — nor apologized for it. Case in point:
Read Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s statement on a medical school yearbook photo showing one person dressed in blackface and another in a KKK hood https://t.co/Us56lyQCls pic.twitter.com/2SreRJBhSj
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) February 2, 2019
But just like the Virginia governor, the network refuses to step aside and — in its case — allow real journalists to take over.
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