We all know that CNN is a neo-liberal network that only exists to push leftist agendas. They don’t like conservatives, and they especially don’t like President Trump. This was very evident during the two years of the failed Mueller witch hunt. CNN always pushed a narrative that implied the Mueller investigation was going to result in a disaster for the president. And now that the whole thing has come to naught, CNN as well as other liberal outlets have to deal with the repercussions of a bad reputation as a media outlet that cannot be trusted.
In response, the president of CNN, Jeff Zucker, tried to put his organization in the clear. He granted an interview to the New York Times where he said the following:
“We are not investigators. We are journalists, and our role is to report the facts as we know them, which is exactly what we did. A sitting president’s own Justice Department investigated his campaign for collusion with a hostile nation. That’s not enormous because the media says so. That’s enormous because it’s unprecedented.”
So Zucker is saying that CNN’s journalists do not investigate stories. Then what the heck do they do? CNN is notorious for using “anonymous sources” or “sources that are familiar with the matter.” Zucker is basically telling us that CNN just takes the words of these “sources” and runs with them. This is just as offensive as it is stupid. If CNN cannot be bothered to investigate stories, then they should not push those stories as if they are 100% truths.
Besides, isn’t investigating events the whole point of being a journalist? But CNN journalists would rather use sources that confirm their own preconceived notions and biases. I wonder what would have happened if a “source” told them that Mueller was not going to find anything bad on the president. Would CNN have reported that?
I am all for freedom of the press, but outlets like CNN should be held accountable for their actions. There should be serious and perhaps legal repercussions for pushing untrue and nonfactual stories. CNN has gotten so much wrong, and their style of telling the news does a lot of harm to this country.