Most of us expect and accept politicians to lie. As George Carlin once said “their level of insincerity is astonishing” It’s not right. It’s sad. But such is life when dealing with politicians.
What we do not expect and should never accept is our media lying to us. Enter CNN. At the end of July, CNN ran with a story that Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer, claimed then candidate Trump knew in advance of a Trump Tower meeting with Russian officials. The story cited an anonymous source.
The source confirmed Cohen was willing tell Special Counsel Robert Mueller that President Trump knew of the meeting in advance, contradicting repeated denials by Trump and his surrogates. This, of course made headlines with a media so intent on bringing President Trump down that it’s forgetting the first rules of journalism. Get three sources – make that credible sources.
The Washington Post recently uncovered the anonymous source was none other than Lanny Davis who is now Cohen’s lawyer but has long been connected with the Clintons. In fact, Davis was the Clintons’ “fixer.” Using Davis as a source is inherently dangerous because any good reporter would know he has an agenda.
A funny thing happened on the way to the truth. When the Washington Post pushed Davis for proof, he suddenly had an awakening and admitted he “could not independently confirm what happened.” For those of us familiar with the truth, that means Davis was backpedaling from a lie. He obviously intended to grab headlines and damage President Trump.
The trick is to come out with salacious details about something which will get coverage but most news organizations seldom, if ever, give the same type of coverage when the initial news item is not what it appeared.
He certainly grabbed headlines but the only damage he did was to himself. Good luck with Cohen trial. How or why would a jury trust him?
However, worse is what CNN did, or didn’t do. CNN came out and stood by the story. News flash to CNN: When the source you used for a story basically tells you he made it up, it’s time to apologize and move on.
CNN has not done that and all indications are it has no intention of getting the truth out to the public. The truth may be out there for the X-Files but not so much for CNN.
Their collective hatred of President Trump and their obviously biased coverage of his presidency is now on full display. No one can deny their coverage is anything but anti-Trump. And the irony is they are actually proving President Trump right about the media. In addition, their actions will only help get him re-elected.
They are playing right into his hands and single-handedly destroying the Fourth Estate. They will blame him of course for referring to the media as “the enemy of the state” but they are earning that title.
How can anyone trust or believe anything CNN reports?
I think the media needs to have an adversarial relationship with the government providing the news is real, the facts check out and the coverage is fair. Watergate was a great example of journalism at its best. That reporting relied on facts not opinion. It brought to light corruption through careful reporting not careless innuendo.
The biggest shame is Carl Bernstein, a pillar of journalism at one point, was a reporter on this Lanny Davis debacle. He has fallen as far down as CNN. The pillars are falling. Is the entire media next? If so, they have no one to blame but themselves. They’ll blame the deplorable and President Trump but the truth is it’s their fault.