CNN makes no bones about its total hate for President Trump.
But one thing the liberal network covers far more than any other is the so-called Steele dossier.
The dossier was complied by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer, and printed in full by Buzzfeed in January 2017 — just 10 days before Trump took office. The dossier alleges that Trump’s presidential campaign and the Russian government colluded during the 2016 presidential election.
But the dossier also contains an allegation that Trump once paid prostitutes to urinate on each other while in Moscow — and that the Kremlin has the tapes to prove it. While most other mainstream networks have moved on from the unproven story, CNN just keeps running stories on it, Newsbusters reports.
Intrepid NewsBusters analysts examined transcripts of all CNN broadcasts that aired between April 12 and April 16, finding 77 separate mentions of the absurd claim. The cable network feverishly replayed a clip of Comey repeating the allegation to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, which constituted 28 of those instances. April 13 featured a particularly steady stream of mentions: 48 in one day, for an average of one every 30 minutes.
For the purpose of this study, a mention was defined as any allusion to the most graphic aspect of the rumor. Thus a clip in which James Comey merely mentioned Russian prostitutes would not have factored into the study. Rather, analysts looked only for phrases such as “prostitutes urinating on each other,” “the pee tape,” and, of course, “golden showers.”
This constituted the MRC’s second study in 2018 to cover CNN’s bizarre obsession with toilet language. In January, NewsBusters found that the network’s denizens had used the phrase “s***hole” (uncensored) 195 times in one day. At the very least, newscasters on that day had been discussing a corroborated claim about the President.
Trump has, of course, hammered CNN for its biased coverage.
The new report on PeeGate isn’t likely to change Trump’s feelings about the network.