By J. D. Heyes
(National Sentinel)Â Media Fail:Â The so-called â€œmainstream mediaâ€ was heavily criticized during the Obama years not so much for dishonest portrayal of the news but more for its decisive lack of interest in aggressively reporting the administrationâ€™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 weâ€™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, â€œThe Russia Investigationâ€ (because the network is still treating the lie that Team Trump â€œcolludedâ€ with Moscow to â€œsteal the electionâ€ from Hillary), CNN reported this â€˜bombshellâ€™: â€” â€œEmail pointed Trump campaign to Wikileak documents.â€
You remember those, right? All those anti-Hillary, Democratic corruption emails that were steadily leaked by the whistleblower web site that supposedly were hacked byâ€¦.Russia? [Except that they werenâ€™t.]
In their report, CNN alleged that someone from Wikileaks reached out to Donald Trump Jr. in early September 2016 â€” Sept. 4, to be exact â€” and offered â€œa decryption key and website address for hacked Wikileaks documents, according to an email provided to congressional investigators.â€
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 â€” without the proper due diligence of, say, actually confirming them first with another source to make sure the information is valid.
You know…regularÂ reporter stuff.
As it turns out, the person representing Wikileaks â€” one Mike Erickson â€” made the offer on September 14, not the 4th. That date is significant because a) CNNâ€™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 presidentâ€™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 â€” 678 megabytes â€” 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.
â€œHow CNN got its report so wrong is unclear,â€ The Daily Callerâ€™s Chuck Ross wrote, noting that his media organization had access to the very same emails that Don J. was sent.
â€œThe article states that its information was based on a read-out of the Trump Jr. email provided by an unnamed source. Trump Jr.â€™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,â€ Ross reported.
â€œErickson also appears not to be a super-secret Kremlin agent. The Post identified him as the president of an aviation management company,â€ he added, referencing a Washington Post report that corrected the email date from Sept. 4 to Sept. 14.
Ross is playing it straight and thatâ€™s fine, as The Daily Caller is a superb, honest, credible news site.
But as for me, well, I know how CNN â€œgot itâ€™s report so wrong.â€ Because CNNâ€™s political â€œnewsâ€ staff consists of â€œjournalistsâ€ who are not interested in facts or fair and unbiased reporting; theyâ€™re only interested in one thing, and that is â€œgettingâ€ President Donald J. Trump. Theyâ€™re not really reporters, theyâ€™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.
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