Anyone who has ever had CNN on for more than five minutes knows they like to call themselves “The most trusted name in news.” Whenever they come back from a commercial break, that extremely familiar audio clip rolls with James Earl Jones spouting CNN’s slogan.
However, after this week that trust level may not quite be what it used to be.
For months upon months Pres. Donald Trump has talked and tweeted about “fake news,” often singling out CNN. And it was something that his most ardent supporters bought it hook, line and sinker from the beginning. Myself, not always being the biggest fan of the President, remained skeptical and always took it with a grain of salt. Thanks some to some glaringly obvious signs of stupidity this week from “the most trusted name in news,” I’m starting to come around.
CNN’s bad week got off to an early start Sunday when they were so offended and incredibly outraged by a meme President Trump tweeted out.
Now, why was CNN so, so upset about the President’s tweet? They claimed it threatened the lives of reporters and anchors. Ok, I think that’s a stretch, but fine. You have the right to be outraged, if you feel so inclined, but CNN took it one step further.
Instead of just leaving it there, a CNN reporter, Andrew Kaczynski, went after the maker of the meme. Kaczynski and his buddies at CNN reached out to the creator and then for whatever reason, decided to write about his interactions with the meme creator. And this is where things got really, really bad.
After posting his apology, “HanA**holeSolo” called CNN’s KFile and confirmed his identity. In the interview, “HanA**holeSolo” sounded nervous about his identity being revealed and asked to not be named out of fear for his personal safety and for the public embarrassment it would bring to him and his family.
CNN is not publishing “HanA**holeSolo’s” name because he is a private citizen who has issued an extensive statement of apology, showed his remorse by saying he has taken down all his offending posts, and because he said he is not going to repeat this ugly behavior on social media again. In addition, he said his statement could serve as an example to others not to do the same.
And with the following line, it got even worse.
CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change
Blackmail? A billion dollar-company threatening a private citizen? Not good, but it got even worse. Kacznyski doubled down.
Then another reporter CNN made another inexplainable error online. It had with Chris Cillizza going all fan girl with a video purportedly showing the wife of the President of Poland refusing to shake hands with President Trump.
Problem is that didn’t happen. Instead, it was a video edited to show just that, but not what actually happened.
But hey, why seek out the facts, right? Why tell the entire story? It’s not that a handshake is even that important, but when you fail to tell the whole story, especially when you continue to call yourself “the most trusted name in news,” there’s a problem.
This all comes after CNN had to retract a story, take it off their website and had three journalists who worked on the story “resign.”
There were also videos released of CNN employees saying some rather unflattering things.
For a news organization, I can’t imagine having a worse week or two than what CNN has experienced.
Maybe CNN should sit the next couple out. Um..here’s an idea for a story you could do: How many scoops of ice cream does Vice President Pence get? Is it one or two? Does he enjoy chocolate, vanilla, or he is really crazy, and prefers strawberry? Get on it!