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A former digital producer for CNN who is conservative in his political views has explained how the network became so vehemently opposed to President Donald Trump and his administration, even to the point of publishing one fake news report about him after another.
In an interview with TownHall, Steve Krakauer, founder of the “Fourth Watch” newsletter, which serves as a media watchdog, said that having worked for CNN gives him insight and perspective he otherwise would not have.
Krakauer said he’s noticed a big difference in the way the network reported in the early 2010s — when President Obama and Vice President Biden were in office — and the way CNN began reporting after Trump won in 2016.
“It seems like a very clear delineation from when the time I was there,” Krakauer said, nothing that while working for the network he was responsible for all of the network’s digital content, which included “all of what TV looked and felt like on social media and on the website.”
explaining his position at the network meant he was responsible for all of CNN’s digital production, including “all of what T.V. looked and felt like on social media and on the website.
Interestingly, Krakauer, who worked at CNN during the 2012 presidential election cycle, said, “I did not feel an ounce of bias one way or the other” regarding the manner in which the network covered the respective nominees’ conventions, debates, and town halls.
However, the former producer did say that while most people at the network were liberal, but “it didn’t feel that way in the room.”
But that attitude changed in 2016, “where there became this feeling of this existential fight with the person in the White House… I think Trump, in a lot of ways, embraced this fight and it became a mission of CNN, I believe, to counter the presidency.
“And that was not there necessarily before in the feeling of wanting to counter on the other side and I think that has completely changed the output you see both on CNN, but also behind the scenes,” Krakauer said.
To be sure, Trump regularly criticized CNN on the 2016 campaign trail as well as the media in general. But his criticisms of the press culminated when he declared, famously, to CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta, “You are fake news,” shortly after his November victory.
One way Krakauer says the network changed is that over the past few years program hosts are given time at the beginning of their shows to editorialize against Trump and the administration in monologues.
“Anderson Cooper, who I think is an excellent journalist, who would travel the world to every natural disaster and war zone, he’s now basically confined to a studio, and this was before coronavirus,” Krakauer said.
“He’s in the studio every night, talking to pundits, and included in that is a monologue, is his opinion on some anti-Trump thing. That’s just a very clear difference from the way things before,” the media watchdog said.
Krakauer also said that he personally likes host Chris Cuomo and how he and the network initially handled the COVID-19 pandemic, but the recent cringe-worthy comedy bit he did with his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in the wake of the latter’s disastrous order directing nursing homes to take in coronavirus patients was “a bit rich.”
And as for CNN’s supposed media watchdog, “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter, Krakauer said the former TVNewser and New York Times correspondent mostly now focuses only on conservative outlets.
These days, however, Krakauer works to hold CNN responsible for its ‘journalism,’ including recent slanted coverage of Americans flocking to beaches and other public venues during over the Memorial Day celebration.
This has been wall-to-wall on CNN today – non-stop, fear-mongering, COVID-shaming of people in outdoor public spaces… and not even backed up by most of the actual footage being aired. Absolutely ridiculous. pic.twitter.com/oLlF0xEft6
— Steve Krakauer (@SteveKrak) May 25, 2020
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