I have previously referred to CNN as having gone all-anti-Trump, all-the-time, and while this video doesn’t confirm that, the surreptitious video of CNN New Day associate producer Jimmy Carr tells us that “90%” of his co-workers agree that President Trump is “a clown,” is “hilariously unqualified” to be President, is “really bad” at his job and “does not have America’s best interests” at heart. “We recognize that he’s just f(ornicating) crazy.”
“Ninety percent of us are on board with just the fact that he’s crazy.” Asked if that meant that “90%” supported Hillary Clinton, he declines to say that, but that the 90% “just acknowledge the fact that he’s batshit (crazy). . . my direct co-workers.” Asked about the intellect of the American voters, Mr Carr responded, “They’re stupid as shit.”
Here’s the video:
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) June 30, 2017
This follows in the wake of three CNN employees, including the executive editor of an investigative unit,
being fired resigning due to the publication of a now-retracted story.
The story, which reported that Congress was investigating a “Russian investment fund with ties to Trump officials,” cited a single anonymous source.
These types of stories are typically reviewed by several departments within CNN — including fact-checkers, journalism standards experts and lawyers — before publication.
This breakdown in editorial workflow disturbed the CNN executives who learned about it.
In a staff meeting Monday afternoon, investigative unit members were told that the retraction did not mean the facts of the story were necessarily wrong. Rather, it meant that “the story wasn’t solid enough to publish as-is,” one of the people briefed on the investigation said.
Yeah, uh huh, right. This reminds me of the “fake, but accurate” defense of the Killian documents episode, in which four CBS employees lost their jobs due to presenting documents forged by an enemy of President George W Bush, in an effort to undermine his re-election campaign.
The reporting about the Russian investment fund and Trump officials was not relayed on CNN’s television channels, but it was published on the web and shared on social media.
On Friday, one of the people named in the story, Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci, disputed Frank’s reporting and said, “I did nothing wrong.”
Friday night, once it was determined that editorial processes were not followed, CNN deleted the story from CNN.com. Soon thereafter, the story was officially retracted and replaced with an editor’s note.
The piece “did not meet CNN’s editorial standards and has been retracted,” the note said. “Links to the story have been disabled.”
The obvious question: why should we trust anything that CNN reports concerning President Trump? They have demonstrated not only disregard for journalistic standards — until they got caught — but an internal bias that has to call into question virtually every editorial decision concerning stories related to the President, which is, for CNN these days, virtually all of them.