With Wednesday's pre-release of former-FBI Director James "The Peacock" Comey's coming testimony today, the credibility crisis CNN is already suffering just hit another impossible low.
Let's review, shall we …
In fewer than two weeks, one CNN employee has "beheaded" President Trump, another has called Trump a "piece of sh*t," and the network itself has been caught on video stage-managing a protest. If that is not bad enough, just yesterday The Daily Wire broke the news that CNN's own parent company, Time-Warner, is sponsoring the nightly "assassination" of Trump.
Overall, it has been an awful year for CNN in the credibility and basic decency department, as CNN anchors have called for people to be raped and attacked 12-year-old girls who don't want to be exposed to naked men. The network itself is also facing a discrimination lawsuit from upwards of 175 minorities who claim they were discriminated against in ways not seen since the Jim Crow South.
Things got impossibly worse for the Hitler Network Wednesday when the Comey testimony so blatantly exposed a lie the network had been pushing for days, CNN actually did something almost unprecedented … it issued a humiliating and high-profile correction of a huge story that proved to be — no surprise — a heaping pile of Fake News.
If you recall, after waiting way too long, President Trump finally fired FBI Director James "The Peacock" Comey on May 9. In his letter to Comey, Trump revealed that on three separate occasions Comey told him that he (Trump) was not under investigation. (Why he refused to inform the American people of this vital fact is for another day.)
Naturally, the news that Trump is not under investigation undermined and greatly alarmed a media eager to relentlessly push their hoax about the Trump campaign colluding with Russia to keep Hillary Clinton from campaigning in Wisconsin. And so CNN's Gloria Borger and Jake Tapper (along with three other fake journalists) came up with a source, a single source, an anonymous source, that told the corrupt media exactly what they wanted to hear…
This is from the original CNN report. The screenshot is courtesy of Zero Hedge:
Naturally, CNN repeated this lie on the air, and did so as early as Tuesday:
“Comey is going to dispute the president on this point if he’s asked about it by senators, and we have to assume that he will be," said Borger, the network's chief political analyst. "He will say he never assured Donald Trump that he was not under investigation, that that would have been improper for him to do so.”
Except, oops, that wasn't even close to true. In the fired Peacock's already-released testimony, not only does he not refute Trump, he confirms that what Trump said is 100% true. On three different occasions, January 6, January 27 and March 30, Comey told Trump he was not under investigation. And so Borger and Tapper, Sleepy, Dopey and Sleazy had to issue the following:
CORRECTION AND UPDATE: This article was published before Comey released his prepared opening statement. The article and headline have been corrected to reflect that Comey does not directly dispute that Trump was told multiple times he was not under investigation in his prepared testimony released after this story was published.
You see, this is why, in the pre-Fake News era, a single anonymous source would never-ever-ever have resulted in a story.
Go back and watch All The President's Men, better still, read the book. Most of the tension and suspense comes from Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein — not discovering damaging information about the Nixon administration, but rather attempting to confirm what they have been told using additional sources.
This used to be the norm in journalism (I thought the media was all about protecting norms?) and was so for a very good reason. Not only do sources with an agenda lie, but so do journalists with an agenda. In the swamp of D.C., finding a single anonymous source willing to tell a fake journalist what he or she wants to hear is just too easy.
But Borger et al at CNN are not concerned with getting it right, they are only concerned with getting Trump. Hence, they are now losing handily to MSNBC.
As a great man once said: Sad!