Seeing CNN be accused by conservatives of peddling fake news is nothing new. It happens practically every single day. Seeing CNN be accused by liberals of peddling fake news, on the other hand, is a pretty big deal. And yet that’s exactly what’s happened, stunningly enough.
It happened Friday after CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter, known for his own flurry of fake news, tweeted a Variety story about CNN chief international anchor Christiane Amanpour.
Right before she delivered this speech, Trump tweeted out his “enemy of the people” slur again https://t.co/6cbyXXCxbp
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) April 5, 2019
During a “Power of Women” ceremony hosted by Variety magazine Friday, Amanpour reportedly warned that President Donald Trump’s habit of labeling media outlets “fake news” over the left-wing propaganda and actual fake news they publish is somehow dangerous to democracy.
“Amanpour cited the shocking statistic that ‘deliberate targeting is the leading cause of death for journalists’ as she was feted Friday at Variety’s Power of Women NY presented by Lifetime. She noted that the anti-press attitudes found in developing nations are spreading,” Variety reported.
“Increasingly we are in a war from within our own democratic societies where we are bludgeoned over the head day after day by this untruthful trope of fake news. It is very, very difficult to keep going,” she continued, adding her personal mantra is to be “truthful and not neutral.”
Stelter’s interest was piqued by these remarks because he’s a big believer in the conspiracy theory that Trump’s criticism of the media is indicative of his alleged authoritarian ways.
Moreover, as someone whom some would describe as a “left-wing propagandist,” Stelter is either unable or simply unwilling to accept the media’s own culpability for the “fake news” moniker they now carry. They’ve been pushing shoddy “reporting” for years now, but he won’t admit it.
Stelter’s attitude isn’t surprising, as he’s a part of the media establishment. What is stunning is the anger his tweet provoked from another member of the establishment, Soledad O’Brien.
You guys gave a guy a segment to talk about birtherism—so literally you gave a platform to fake news. And it was pre-taped, so you could have edited it out before air—but you chose to air it.
— Soledad O’Brien (@soledadobrien) April 5, 2019
It’s unclear what “segment” she was speaking of. Her remark may have been in reference to a segment last month in which former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio briefly spoke about his continued belief that former President Barack Obama was not born in the U.S.
Regardless, the fact that O’Brien — a fairly-left “journalist” herself who last year first tried to victim-shame Fox News host Tucker Carlson for being harassed at his home and then tried to shame the president for not visiting to visit the troops overseas (he did) — is stunning.
She wasn’t the only one to slam CNN.
“Slur.” Lol k. Let us know when you’re done with the collusion conspiracy. https://t.co/03G8kSai1R
— Jessica Fletcher (@heckyessica) April 5, 2019
I don’t know about “enemy of the people,” but it’s funny seeing Christiane Amanpour warning against the use of “fake news” a day after she told the CNN audience that Haifa was on the West Bank. https://t.co/dLUt76PcKR
— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) April 5, 2019
Also before this speech: Amanpour had a segment with a Hamas supporter (who she presented as a humans right attorney) where she identified Haifa as part of the West Bank.
In another segment, Amanour suggested the FBI should have shut down chants at Trump rallies. https://t.co/pFix2hbt9N
— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) April 5, 2019
Amanpour is also the same radically left-wing “journalist” who appears to believe that those of the president’s supporters who playfully chanted “lock her up” during his presidential election campaign rallies should have been apprehended and potentially thrown in the hole by the Justice Department.
O’Brien’s response, in particular, may have been personal. She worked with CNN for nearly a decade but was abruptly terminated when Jeff Zucker took over the network’s president in 2013. Many feel as if she was removed unfairly.
Within the past two years she’s taken several shots at her former employer:
A drunk anchorman got his ear pierced live on tv last night. It’s a very low bar for credibility. https://t.co/EheJVwv4Ee
— Soledad O’Brien (@soledadobrien) January 2, 2017
— Soledad O’Brien (@soledadobrien) August 14, 2018
This exactly—they give a platform—and their credibility—to racists/white supremacists/ all in the name of ‘hearing them out’ (which is a ratings ploy btw) https://t.co/4erIPhqSPL
— Soledad O’Brien (@soledadobrien) November 26, 2018
Her biggest beef with CNN is its alleged lack of racial diversity. Hundreds of racial discrimination lawsuits have been filed against CNN over the years by former minority employees who’ve alleged the far-left news purveyor discriminates against blacks.
Of course, judging by its track record with “reporting” the “news,” it seems like the network also discriminates against facts, reason, logic, common sense and, you know, the truth!