On CNN's New Day Tuesday, co-host Chris Cuomo implied his displeasure with FBI Director James Comey over the agnecy's handling of investigations last year, such as the hacking of the Democratic National Committee in addition to looking into whether then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton mishandled classified information on a private server while serving as Secretary of State. In front of the House Intelligence Committee on Monday, Comey testified and confirmed the FBI is looking into possible ties and collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, though news reports of what Comey confirmed have appeared at least a month beforehand.
CNN stood out from its Big Three competitors on Thursday in actually covering the latest development into the FBI investigations into possible Clinton Foundation corruption. However, CNN Newsroom pointed the finger at conservative author Peter Schweizer for the "growing turmoil" at the Bureau over the investigations. Evan Perez played up that "a lot" of the Clinton Foundation investigation was "based on this book called Clinton Cash...published by Peter Schwetzer, and he's now an editor at Breitbart." He added that "a lot of the allegations in there have not been substantiated."
The headline at a video posted by the Washington Free Beacon is a real jaw-dropper: "CNN Fact Check Confirms Clinton Aide Destroyed Mobile Devices With Hammers." What?
The key part of the video, in its second half, shows the network's Brooke Baldwin as very skeptical — I would say disbelieving, to the point where she wouldn't stop loudly saying "Hang on" until the guests stopped talking — when Donald Trump adviser Boris Epshteyn stated that "They (Team Clinton) destroyed Blackberrys with hammers in the State Department." Baldwin went to CNN's Evan Perez for confirmation "on the fly." The answer: Hillary's aide did exactly what Epshteyn contended.
On Monday afternoon, news broke that Virginia’s Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe was being investigated by the FBI for illegal campaign contributions. “We know that this investigation dates back at least into last year and this is looking into donations to McAuliffe's 2013 campaign for governor,” reported CNN’s Evan Perez on The Lead with Jake Tapper. It’s not every day that a sitting state governor gets investigated for illegal contributions, yet none of the big three news networks decided to report it in there evening broadcasts.
CNN Politics's Twitter account on Friday pointed the finger at congressional Republicans over the now-former director of the Office of Personnel Management's responsibility for the massive hacking there that compromised the personal data of over 22 million people. A post hyped that "Republicans acknowledge to [correspondent] @evanperez they didn't properly vet [Katherine] Archuleta's qualifications."
It is a rare occasion when I have reason not to criticize a news report, but to praise it copiously. But give credit where it’s due: In Tuesday’s early afternoon newscast on CNN, host Brooke Baldwin and her crew aired several superb segments relating to the arrest of alleged Benghazi-attack mastermind Ahmed Abu Khatalla.
Baldwin led her newscast with a few words of welcome, and then this: “For almost two years, the U.S. has been trying to bring to justice the raid on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya. But even though CNN could locate one of these suspects, the U.S. apparently could not. In fact, we talked to him, in public, inside a café – but finally today that suspect is in U.S custody.”