Politico reports CNN refused to accept an ad from the Trump for President campaign unless they remove a “fake news” graphic over the faces of liberal media stars.
After listing several accomplishments, from Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch to approving the Keystone pipeline, the ad’s narrator charges “You wouldn’t know it from watching the news,” with the words FAKE NEWS over images of Andrea Mitchell, Wolf Blitzer, Rachel Maddow, George Stephanopoulos and Scott Pelley:
In stark contrast to his CNN colleagues Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon who have desperately tried to downplay the significance of the revelations about former National Security Adviser Susan Rice unmasking the names of members of the Donald Trump campaign team on intelligence reports, Inside Politics host John King scoffed at Rice's change of stories about her role. When someone known for liberal hackery openly mocks Rice, you know the dam is bursting even at CNN.
The Jeffrey Zucker-led CNN continued to make a fool of itself on Tuesday, downplaying the Susan Rice story of leaking/unmasking of intelligence dispatches as if it were the Zika virus. Hilariously, it’s attracted significant attention from not only the Fox News Channel but MSNBC. NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell led her eponymous MSNBC program at noon Eastern with a 16-and-a-half-minute exclusive sit-down with Rice, featuring some tough questions but little in the way of follow-up or pushback.
In an interview with New York magazine, published on Wednesday, CNN’s president Jeff Zucker painted a dark vision for the future of journalism under a President Donald Trump but touted his organization’s bright future. “It’s just unfortunate that the most powerful person in the world is trying to delegitimize journalism and an organization that plays such a vital role in our democracy,” he opined when asked by Gabriel Sherman if he felt Trump’s accusation of fake news was “harmful.”
CNN President Jeff Zucker went on the defensive Wednesday night, when a room full of campaign surrogates called him out for his network’s lopsided campaign coverage. However, as a surrogate for a former GOP candidate pointed out, the MRC has proven that CNN's track record this campaign season has been anything but defensible.
On Friday’s Cavuto: Coast to Coast, Media Research Center president Brent Bozell lashed out on the Fox Business Network (FBN) at CNN’s atrocious handling of the Donna Brazile scandal and the media’s collective refusal to report heavily on the WikiLeaks e-mails illustrating a pattern of collusion between reporters and the Clinton campaign.
If there’s ever a Donald Trump-centric TV channel, it’s likely that not all of its big names would be from the populist right, hinted What Liberal Media? author Alterman in his column for The Nation's November 14 issue. Alterman claimed that MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough “has made some of the most egregious pro-Trump arguments heard anywhere during this election cycle” and, regarding Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin, wrote, “The famous inside-baseballer has bathed himself repeatedly in Trump’s orange glow, posting romantic-style selfies with the nominee from his helicopter and defending his racist arguments about Mexicans and guns, among many other outrages.”
CNN President Jeffrey Zucker tried to dispel his network's liberal reputation in a Tuesday interview with Variety's Ramin Setoodeh. Zucker underlined that "if everybody is a little upset at the end of the day, we're probably doing our job." Setoodeh spotlighted that "part of that job, per Zucker's mandate, also has been to make CNN feel fair to viewers in red states." He added that "Zucker...tries to keep the coverage impartial. 'I think our air, as opposed to others', is truly fair and balanced,' Zucker says."
One question that many Americans wonder is whether people helping Donald Trump dominate the presidential campaign have been given favors by the billionaire. On Monday night, Buzzfeed posted a story headlined “Trump Gave $150,000 To Charity That CNN Head's Wife Helped Lead.” Of course, the subhead below it underlines that the charity is an elite private school attended by Trump’s son Baron.
In a happy-news story headlined “CNN Enjoys Outsize Ratings Boost From Presidential Race,” Wall Street Journal media reporters Keach Hagey and Nick Niedzwiadek published a surprising quote from CNN president Jeff Zucker. He admitted it was legitimate to call CNN “a little too liberal,” but now it is a “much more-balanced network.”
In a meeting with reporters that was first reported by TVNewser, CNN Worldwide president Jeffrey Zucker ruled that his network bares no responsibility for the rise of Trump and awarding the lion’s share of political coverage since “the front-runner” of any major party will “always...get a disproportionate amount of attention.”
Politico's Hadas Gold revealed on Thursday that CNN suspended correspondent Elise Labott for two weeks, after she decried the 289 to 137 vote on Syrian refugees by the House of Representatives: "House passes bill that could limit Syrian refugees. Statue of Liberty bows head in anguish".