There is good reason why CNN is struggling in the ratings, and it has everything to do with journalistic integrity.
Case in point: On Monday, the news outlet released an image of eight former top U.S. officials who supposedly support the opposition to President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban.
The image included a picture of John McLaughlin, host of the “The McLaughlin Group” public affairs show, who died last year. Presumably CNN meant to post a picture of the former CIA Director of the same name.
So they got the wrong guy, and he was dead too. The mistake didn’t go unnoticed.
CNN, that’s not former CIA director John McLaughlin. That’s the TV host with the same name who died last year. pic.twitter.com/tjSNY4zLIu
— Mathias Ask (@MathiasAsk) February 6, 2017
Some people criticized the network for promoting fake news. Again.
Viewers blamed carelessness and/or apathy:
— Iknewthat (@Iknewthatchief) February 6, 2017
Others predicted a dire future for the cable network:
— Wes Reynolds (@WesReynolds1) February 6, 2017
This kind of error is embarrassing, and no reputable news outlet should make such a mistake. However, CNN does this kind of thing far too often, and it’s a big problem for liberal news outlets.
The mainstream media not only paint themselves as professionals, they would like the world to believe they are the only ones qualified to bring the news to the people because blogs and alternative media aren’t reliable.
The truth is that CNN and other mainstream media sources are less qualified than many blogs and alternative media outlets because mainstream media personnel have been trained to create a narrative, not to report unbiased facts. When creating a narrative becomes more important than telling the truth, little things like facts and details go right out the window.
CNN likes to brag that it’s the world leader in online news and information delivery, but with the fake news it’s been peddling lately, it has become little more than a Trump-trashing outlet.
CNN reported lies about Trump and his cabinet picks, misrepresented facts about Republicans in Congress and twisted information to get readers to click on its stories. It has even been challenged by media outlets overseas for its unabashed lack of truth when reporting news.
CNN is fake news — and everybody knows it.
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