After CNN complained so much about “fake news” in the aftermath of the election, it seems that one YMCA thinks that the network is fake enough to ban it from its television sets.
According to WBBM-TV, the Valparaiso Family YMCA in Valparaiso, Indiana, decided to ban CNN from the televisions in their workout room two days after then-President-elect Trump had his tiff with CNN reporter Jim Acosta over the network’s report of the debunked, error-riddled “Trump dossier” that had been published by BuzzFeed.
“No, not you, your organization is terrible. Quiet. Quiet,” Trump told Acosta during the exchange. “Don’t be rude. Don’t be rude. Don’t. Be. Rude. I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news.”
That was enough for the Valparaiso Family YMCA, which issued a statement saying, “In order to eliminate perceived political bias associated with national news outlets, the Valparaiso Family YMCA will only be showing local news channels in the future.”
Some who used the YMCA were less than thrilled with the decision.
“To me, it’s blatant censorship that I find very surprising,” YMCA member Greg Quartucci said, according to WBBM. “The timing of this was very peculiar because I think it was basically a day or two after Mr. Trump claimed that CNN was fake news … I think they switched to the cooking channel.”
Liberals at news outlets like the Chicago Tribune are grumbling, but let’s look at the facts.
First, I’d like to point out that anyone who watches CNN to get themselves psyched up for a workout ought to consult their doctor, as this could be a rare but serious side effect of liberalism. If you need Anderson Cooper to get you pumped up for some cardio, there are definitely issues at play.
Second, it’s not really censorship, inasmuch as the YMCA is a private organization that has chosen to take CNN off its channel lineup. Given the amount of controversy that the network has generated over the past few years, it’s not difficult to see why.
After all, what fake news have we seen from CNN?
It’s not just the Trump dossier. There’s the infamous report that seemed to call for Donald Trump’s assassination, there’s the fake report about Trump nominee Tom Price that it ran, there’s the story where CNN inflated a background checks statistic over 99,000 percent to make their case for gun control.
It’s little wonder that it’s America’s least trusted news network.
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