Saturday, December 09, 2017 by JD Heyes
The so-called “mainstream media” was heavily criticized during the Obama years not so much for the dishonest portrayal of the news but more for its decisive lack of interest in aggressively reporting the administration’s numerous, and varied, scandals.
Since Donald J. Trump defied the Deep State and beat its chosen candidate, Hillary Clinton, any credibility the MSM had left has completely evaporated, as lies and innuendo have regularly been substituted for facts while sources barely get vetted, if at all.
And just this week we’ve had yet another example of a major media fail, brought to us (again) by none other than the king of fake news, CNN.
Under the graphic, “The Russia Investigation” (because the network is still promoting the lie that Team Trump “colluded” with Moscow to “steal the election” from Hillary), CNN reported this ‘bombshell’: — “Email pointed Trump campaign to Wikileaks documents.”
You remember those, right? All those anti-Hillary, Democratic corruption emails that were steadily leaked by the whistleblower website that supposedly were hacked by….Russia? [Except that they weren’t.]
In their report, CNN alleged that someone from Wikileaks reached out to Donald Trump Jr. in early September 2016 — Sept. 4, to be exact — and offered “a decryption key and website address for hacked Wikileaks documents, according to an email provided to congressional investigators.”
Two things: Some anti-Trump, Deep State traitors are still leaking information to the mainstream media; and the mainstream media is still swallowing those leaks hook, line, and sinker — without the proper due diligence of, say, actually confirming them first with another source to make sure the information is valid.
You know…regular reporter stuff.
As it turns out, the person representing Wikileaks — one Mike Erickson — made the offer on September 14, not September 4. That date is significant because a) CNN’s initial report made it sound as if the Trump campaign had gotten exclusive access to stolen emails; and b) Wikileaks released the very same trove of data on September 13, the day before Erickson sent his email to Don Jr.
Also, the president’s son was given the website where the documents were stored not due to some super sleuth operation, but because the trove of documents was yuuuuge — 678 megabytes — far too large to send in an email attachment.
CNN also reported that Don Jr. and the Trump campaign were being offered emails hacked from former Bush Secretary of State Colin Powell, but again, those were also published on Sept. 13.
“How CNN got its report so wrong is unclear,” The Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross wrote, noting that his media organization had access to the very same emails that Don J. was sent.
“The article states that its information was based on a read-out of the Trump Jr. email provided by an unnamed source. Trump Jr.’s lawyer, Alan Futerfas, speculated on Friday that the source was on the Democratic side of the House Intelligence Committee, which interviewed Trump Jr. earlier this week,” Ross reported.
“Erickson also appears not to be a super-secret Kremlin agent. The Post identified him as the president of an aviation management company,” he added, referencing a Washington Post report that corrected the email date from Sept. 4 to Sept. 14.
Ross is playing it straight and that’s fine, as The Daily Caller is a superb, honest, credible news site.
But as for me, well, I know how CNN “got its report so wrong.” Because CNN’s political “news” staff consists of “journalists” who are not interested in facts or fair and unbiased reporting; they’re only interested in one thing, and that is “getting” President Donald J. Trump. They’re not really reporters, they’re Democratic Party operatives pretending to be journalists.
J.D. Heyes is editor of The National Sentinel and a senior writer for Natural News and News Target.