Tone-deaf media industry honors CNN for coverage of Kavanaugh hearing: ‘like watching a symphony’

The White House Correspondents’ Association announced its 2019 award winners last week ahead of its annual dinner coming later this month and CNN received an “honorable mention” for its coverage of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing.

A development that assures the nation that the liberal media is as tone deaf as ever, given the circus the Kavanaugh hearing was turned into with a last minute ambush by Senate Democrats.

“CNN’s coverage on the day of the hearings on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was aggressive, relied on deep sourcing and felt like one was watching a symphony,” the WHCA judges said, according to Media Research Center. “The news-making moments in which Sen. Jeff Flake, R-AZ, was confronted by two women was just a piece of the extensive coverage that followed every angle, all day.”

Sympathy? Two women?

As MRC’s Curtis Houck asked in a Newsbusters’ article, who wrote this, CNN’s Brian Stelter?

We know one of the two women was an activist and co-executive director for the left-wing group, Center for Popular Democracy, which is heavily funded by George Soros.

The honorable mention was for the Merriman Smith Award in broadcast, which was won by Fox News chief national correspondent Ed Henry in recognition of his hard-hitting interview with former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt last April.

“EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt was already in trouble over ethical matters when he sat down for an interview with Fox News White House Correspondent Ed Henry,” the WHCA judges said. “If he thought he was going to get softball questions, he soon learned otherwise. Henry, in the words of the Washington Post, lobbed question after question at Pruitt to ask him about big pay increases for cronies and a sweetheart deal for renting an apartment from a lobbyist.”

As for CNN’s coverage, let’s not forget that the network made creepy porn lawyer Michael Avenatti a household name for all the appearances he was given. This being the same Avenatti who represented a client, Julie Swetnick, who made an egregious accusation that Kavanaugh was part of a gang rape ring — her story quickly fell apart amid even casual scrutiny.

The same Avenatti arrested last month and charged with trying to extort Nike for up to $25 million and for embezzling a client’s money “in order to pay his own expenses and debts,” and of “defrauding a bank in Mississippi,” according to prosecutors.

As Newsbusters pointed out, the so-called “sympathy” involved CNN all but declaring Kavanaugh guilty, “tagging him with the word ‘rape’ 191 times in an 18-day period.”

That equates to more than 10 times per day.

In another Newsbusters article, New Day host John Berman is quoted: “No one is accusing Professor Kavanaugh of being a rapist — Judge Kavanaugh of being a rapist. An attempted rapist, though yes.”

A host of other examples of far-reaching, even outrageous reporting by CNN is cited, but you get the picture.

Many of the awards centered around President Trump and his administration, such as the Merriman Smith Memorial Award.

Washington Post White House reporter Josh Dawsey won here for his story, “Trump derides protections for immigrants from shithole countries.”

“Josh Dawsey relied on multiple sources for his exclusive report on language used by President Trump in a meeting on immigration with members of the Senate,” said the WHCA judges. “The president described immigrants as coming from “shithole countries,” wondered why the U.S. couldn’t admit more immigrants from countries like Norway and singled out Haitians as immigrants he wanted to block.”

The racial overtones are impossible to miss.

“The language became one of the emblematic phrases of the administration, used to illustrate the president’s desire to curtail immigration, especially from countries in Central America and Africa.”

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