In a post yesterday, I made reference to the various news outlets that went on a blood-in-the-water feeding frenzy over the NBC scoop that President Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen had been wiretapped…only to have to reel in their hysteria a couple of hours later when NBC retracted the story (turns out Cohen's call records were monitored but his conversations were not recorded.) Among the ones I chided in passing for their “breathless” reaction to this non-scoop was CNN. Apparently, this greatly upset them (Really? Being called “breathless” is the worst thing they’ve heard about CNN lately?) because I got a lot of grief over that. Critics attacked me, saying that CNN hadn’t run with that story and accusing me of making up “fake news” about fake news.
Admittedly, like most people, I see CNN these days only when stuck in airports (as if long layovers aren’t aggravating enough.) But I did see a clip that certainly made it appear that CNN discussed the story and aired some pretty breathless reactions. I direct your attention to the third clip in this montage from Laura Ingraham’s Thursday show, starting at the 5:58 mark:
I think that proves that my comment about CNN was made in good faith. If anyone has proof that Fox News fabricated that clip or took it wildly out of context so that it was not what it appeared to be, then I’ll cheerfully retract my jibe and apologize. But if not, then I will cheerfully suggest that all the people who tried to impugn the integrity of me and my staff go pound sand.
Speaking of this latest “fake news” fiasco, I’d like to point out that my small band of staffers and I knew about that NBC story the minute it hit the wires, but you’ll notice we didn’t rush to post a comment on it. That was because it didn’t pass our smell test from the get-go. We were skeptical of the alleged sources, reluctant to give credence to such a bombshell on such flimsy grounds, and we’ve seen that some media outlets will rush to air with anything that reflects badly on Trump then check the facts later. In other words, my little Internet site has higher journalistic standards than NBC and a better nose for rancid cheese. So when it was retracted, we didn’t have to retract it, too, because we were never gullible enough to run it in the first place.
And how is it possible that such nice, sweet folk as us could be so cynical about this particular subject? Chalk it up to experience:
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