By J. D. Heyes, editor-in-chief
(National Sentinel) Media: You gotta hand it to the least-watched cable news enterprise on television today: When CNN really wants to conduct an “investigation” into a story, they do a decent job.
Take the recent story involving the identity of the person who created that meme where then-private citizen and WWE wrestling personality Donald J. Trump was whipping up on someone whose face was blotted out by a CNN logo. Man, that really was funny. And creative, too. Trump really does whip up on CNN on a regular basis. You could even say he’s got an ongoing “war of words” with the network (though as far as we know, he’s never body slammed any CNN reporters and editors or thrown them out of a wrestling ring).
It only took the CNN “investigations team” 24 hours to figure out the identity of the Reddit user who posted the meme. Then, for good measure, the network’s reporters and personalities proceeded to threaten the poor schmuck with character assassination, Mafia-style, if he (or she) didn’t stay in line after apologizing for mocking the network everyone should be mocking (hashtag fake news). (RELATED: Greenwald: CNN has become a “creepy, bullying” propaganda network seeking vengeance against its critics)
As Trump.news reported, the network’s actions essentially amounted to blackmail:
In an article published by CNN, the failing network explained the decision to keep the Reddit user’s identity private occurred because the individual “said he is not going to repeat this ugly behavior on social media again.” It added that the statement “could serve as an example to others not to do the same.”
So, all media Mafia assertions aside, we know the network is capable of legitimate investigative reporting. Now the question becomes, why doesn’t the network actually do more of it?
Take the Benghazi terrorist attack. There were clear indications that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dropped the ball repeatedly regarding requests from the late U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens for beefed-up security; and that the administration — from President Barack Obama to Clinton National Security Advisor Susan Rice and on down the line — lied repeatedly when they claimed that the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi was the result of spontaneous anger over some obscure anti-Muslim video produced in California that hardly anyone had ever heard of.
And yet CNN went out of its way to report things like, “Benghazi panel caps 2-year probe: No bombshell, faults”; “Benghazi report: Conservatives blast Hillary Clinton”; and “Benghazi — Government cover-up or right wing conspiracy?”
As for the current president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, the network’s reporting has been simply abysmal, even drawing criticism from other Left-wing reporters like Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian and The Intercept. He wrote recently:
There is also something untoward about the fact that CNN — the subject of the original video — was the news outlet that uncovered his identity. That fact creates the appearance of vengeance: If you, even as a random and anonymous internet user, post content critical of CNN, then it will use its vast corporate resources to investigate you, uncover your identity, and threaten to expose you if you ever do so again.
And let’s not forget how often the network as simply been wrong in its reporting on Trump and his administration, even to the point of being forced to retract one story recently, leading the three journalists who worked on it to resign.
It’s clear that CNN possessed the resources to do actual investigative work that is accurate and even compelling. What is also clear is that the network seems to reserve those resources for those times when it feels personally attacked or injured.
That’s not being a media organization; that’s being a journo-terrorist.
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