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6/27/2017

CNN Is Having A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week… And It’s Only Tuesday

Filed under: General — Dana @ 10:41 am

[guest post by Dana]

CNN supervising producer John Bonifield is caught in an undercover video by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas admitting there is a lack of proof regarding possible involvement between President Trump’s campaign and Russia:

“I mean, it’s mostly bullshit right now,” Bonifield says. “Like, we don’t have any giant proof.”

He confirms that the driving factor at CNN is ratings:

“It’s a business, people are like the media has an ethical phssssss…All the nice cutesy little ethics that used to get talked about in journalism school you’re just like, that’s adorable. That’s adorable. This is a business.”

According to the CNN Producer, business is booming. “Trump is good for business right now,” he concluded.

Bonifield further goes on to explain that the instructions come straight from the top, citing the CEO, Jeff Zucker:

“Just to give you some context, President Trump pulled out of the climate accords and for a day and a half we covered the climate accords. And the CEO of CNN (Jeff Zucker) said in our internal meeting, he said good job everybody covering the climate accords, but we’re done with that, let’s get back to Russia.”

Bonifield also acknowledged: “I haven’t seen any good enough evidence to show that the President committed a crime.” He continues:

“I just feel like they don’t really have it but they want to keep digging. And so I think the President is probably right to say, like, look you are witch hunting me. You have no smoking gun, you have no real proof.”

Also, yesterday it was reported that 3 CNN journalists resigned after being involved in a bit of messy report that ended with an apology and retraction of their story:

Three prominent journalists at CNN resigned on Monday after the cable news network was forced to retract and apologize for a story on its website involving a close ally of President Trump.

The article — linking Anthony Scaramucci, a hedge-fund manager and Trump confidant, to a Russian investment fund supposedly being investigated by the Senate — was removed from CNN.com late last week after the network decided it could not fully stand by its reporting.

The resignations are a black eye at a sensitive moment for the news organization, which has emerged as a regular target of Mr. Trump and his supporters. The president relishes dismissing the network’s coverage as “fake news,” and his closest advisers have accused the channel of harboring a bias against Mr. Trump.

CNN’s president, Jeffrey A. Zucker, has invested enormous resources into political and investigative coverage of the Trump White House, and he was deeply upset by last week’s reporting errors, according to two people briefed on the network’s discussions over the weekend who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Mr. Zucker helped lead an internal inquiry that found the story was published despite concerns expressed by CNN’s standards team, the people said. Thomas Frank, a veteran reporter who wrote the story; Lex Haris, executive editor of investigations; and Eric Lichtblau, an investigative editor and reporter hired from The New York Times in April, submitted resignations on Monday morning.

Also noted in the NYT, this comes on the heels of CNN firing Kathy Griffin for her tasteless photo of her holding a facsimile of Trump’s severed head, ties cut with CNN special host Reza Aslan after he tweeted some vulgar stuff toward President Trump, and being compelled to publish a correction on another story that “inaccurately predicted the congressional testimony of James B. Comey”. The report adds: “CNN’s investigative work has won plaudits this year, and the network had highlighted the hiring of marquee journalists as a sign of its commitment to reporting.”

(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)

–Dana

100 Responses to “CNN Is Having A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week… And It’s Only Tuesday”

  1. Good morning.

    Dana (023079)

  2. if they’d practiced doing “investigative journalism” when Barack Obama was president they’d have gotten the hang of it by now

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  3. And yet people get upset when Orange Man calls them Fake News.

    Blah (44eaa0)

  4. Our societal Potemkin structures are crumbling.

    Patricia (5fc097)

  5. They needed to do it Back when he was lawyering Blair Hill and Jack Ryan in 2004. Dann you Mike Sitka for not following through.

    urbanleftbehind (ee6f14)

  6. Casting shade on news is exactly what Vladimir wants you to do Dana. Keep up the good work, comrade. Captain Chaos will be proud.

    Tillman (a95660)

  7. cnn’s churning out fake news so incompetently it doesn’t even have a 24-hour shelf life

    i bet they’re getting awfully nostalgic for their Katrina fake news glory days

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  8. Recently we found out that Kushner landed a $285 million dollar from the Deutsche bank, one month before the election. Kushner failed to reveal this loan. Oops.
    The “Deutsche Bank has also been tied to the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.”
    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/339430-kushner-company-received-285-million-loan-from-deutsche-bank-shortly

    “Move on folks, nothing to see here!”

    Um, right.

    Tillman (a95660)

  9. everybody, including Deutsche Bank and the slimy corrupt turds at the FBI, expected the criminal pantsuited stinkypig to win

    there’s no walking that back

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  10. Why did Kushner try to hide it then Trumpfeet?

    Tillman (a95660)

  11. “Our societal Potemkin structures are crumbling.”

    – Patricia

    And don’t forget the epidemic of individuals showing their true colors.

    I have often argued that President Trump should be judged by his accomplishments. It is hard to name a greater accomplishment than the very public spectacle of the near-complete moral collapse of his critics.

    ThOR (c9324e)

  12. According to the CNN Producer, business is booming. “Trump is good for business right now,” he concluded.

    Right- what a show, eh– and exactly what you’d expect a teevee producer to say; they’ve all been cashing in since that escalator ride down hill. And why? Because Americans don’t want to be governed, they wish to be entertained.

    “I haven’t seen any good enough evidence to show that the President committed a crime.” He continues:“I just feel like they don’t really have it but they want to keep digging. And so I think the President is probably right to say, like, look you are witch hunting me. You have no smoking gun, you have no real proof.”

    He must be under 45; America’s been there and done-been-through-that. And it was less an entertainment and more a long national nightmare.

    “Look, McGovern’s dropped to nothing, Nixon’s guaranteed the renomination, the Post is stuck with a story no one else wants, it’ll sink the g-ddamn paper. Everyone says, “Get off it, Ben”, and I come on very sage and I say, uh, “Well, you’ll see, you wait till this bottoms out.” But the truth is, I can’t figure out WHAT we’ve got. – Ben Bradlee [Jason Robards] ‘All the President’s Men’ 1976
    ______________

    Today’s Beldar The Bitter ‘Watergate, Watergate, Watergate’ Words Of Wonder:

    “Jesus!… All that crap, you’re putting it in the paper? It’s all been denied. Katie Graham is gonna get her tit caught in a big fat wringer if that’s published. Good Christ! That’s the most sickening thing I’ve ever heard. You fellows got a great ball game going. As soon as you’re through paying Williams [Edward Bennett Williams, whose law firm represents the Democratic Party, as well as the Washington Post,] we’re going to do a story on all of you.” – Former Attorney General, convicted Watergate felon John Mitchell comments to reporter Carl Bernstein, September 29, 1972

    “You guys are about to write a story that says the former Attorney General, the highest-ranking law enforcement officer in this country, is a crook! Just be sure you’re right.”- Ben Bradlee [Jason Robards] ‘All The President’s Men’ 1976

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  13. “The FBI launched a criminal probe against former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn two years after the retired Army general roiled the bureau’s leadership by intervening on behalf of a decorated counterterrorism agent who accused now-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and other top officials of sexual discrimination, according to documents and interviews.

    Flynn’s intervention on behalf of Supervisory Special Agent Robyn Gritz was highly unusual, and included a letter in 2014 on his official Pentagon stationary, a public interview in 2015 supporting Gritz’s case and an offer to testify on her behalf. His offer put him as a hostile witness in a case against McCabe, who was soaring through the bureau’s leadership ranks.

    The FBI sought to block Flynn’s support for the agent, asking a federal administrative law judge in May 2014 to keep Flynn and others from becoming a witness in her Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) case, memos obtained by Circa show. Two years later, the FBI opened its inquiry of Flynn.”

    http://circa.com/politics/accountability/did-the-fbi-retaliate-against-michael-flynn-by-launching-russia-probe

    Colonel Haiku (796ffc)

  14. Look for the Left to begin eating their own in 3… 2… 1…

    Colonel Haiku (796ffc)

  15. Of course if Woodward and bernstein known thatvfelt had directed black bag operations against the weatherunderground they would have felt sifferently

    narciso (d1f714)

  16. woodward’s the smart one bernstein’s the one what cheated on his baby mama nora ephron while she was pregnant

    or do i have it backwards?

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  17. @ Tillman,

    Casting shade on news is exactly what Vladimir wants you to do Dana. Keep up the good work, comrade. Captain Chaos will be proud.

    This post is one of the more interesting news items of the day. In our host’s absence, I am making every effort to try to put up fresh posts with the more significant news items of note. Given there is no other motive than that, and that, if you take the time to notice, I have not personally opined about the reports linked to in the post, I reject your assessment of me.

    Dana (023079)

  18. Aiding the enemy is aiding the enemy Dana. I refuse to feel sorry for you.

    Tillman (a95660)

  19. Nazgul craves his two minute hate, they didn’t do the most
    elementary research with this piece, recall they did a similar
    Thing with peter arnett 20 years ago.

    narciso (d1f714)

  20. i love how fresh this post is!

    the enemy lol

    Russia’s not even half as anti-american as the corrupt fascist anti-american turdboys at the FBI

    this is obvious to anyone who is willing to do the analysis

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  21. 12 years ago, then freshman senator Obama and his best bud Luger saw vomit that Ukraine was almost totally disarmed.

    narciso (d1f714)

  22. I think CNN is being victimized by some of its sources – but they should also have had enough common sense, and familiarity with the all the details of the Russia story, to know that this almost certainly couldn’t be true.

    The previous big lie to CNN was that Comey was going to claim in his testimony that he had NOT told Donald Trump three times that he was not under investigation. This went on up to the morning of his testimony.

    But I think the story that the FBI was not going to charge Michael Flynn, that was leaked to CNN the day after Comey had that Feb 14 meeting with Donald Trump in which Donald trump talked to him about leaks and about letting the Mike Flynn case go, was a genuine leak.

    And he hasn’t been charged with lying to the FBI in the four months since then (although you can say, four months is nthing with the FBI, they’ll keep a case open, and leave someone twisting, slowly, slowly in the wind longer than that.)

    Sammy Finkelman (b66da2)

  23. CNN’s Sherlock Stelter is hot on the trail!

    In tonight’s @ReliableSources newsletter: Three resignations at CNN… what went wrong… reactions… and more”

    Any bets on if they’ll mention the PV video?

    harkin (6fe2b1)

  24. 12. [Edward Bennett Williams, whose law firm represents the Democratic Party, as well as the Washington Post,]

    And the Outfit (organized crime) Don’t forget the Outfit.

    And the National Enquirer.

    And, later on, after Edward Bennett Williams died, Bill and Hillary Clinton. (except for the Paula Jones case)

    Sammy Finkelman (b66da2)

  25. 22 – “I think CNN is being victimized by some of its sources”

    Willful blindness is not victimhood.

    When the WaPo broke their (now discredited) story that Russians had hacked a New England power grid a couple months ago, they didn’t even contact the power company before publishing. Just went with one anonymous source.

    Because truthiness.

    harkin (6fe2b1)

  26. Dana,

    You’re old enough to know that you’re either with the Commies or against them.

    ThOR (c9324e)

  27. i can’t believe you said that

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  28. If schadenfreude was antimatter, we could either blow up the planet or provide it with all the energy it will need for ten thousand years just from what CNN has provided so far this week. In the immortal words of Cordelia Chase: “There is no part of that that wasn’t fun.”

    M. Scott Eiland (b97d1e)

  29. using your tax monies, NPR offers this headscratching locution:

    CNN Resignations A Sign Of The High Stakes In Covering Trump’s Administration

    so if they had done fake news on Obama they would have gotten to keep their jobs?

    Interesting theory.

    Deeper and derper into this fine article we learn this:

    CNN executives, from CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker on down, believe they cannot get stories wrong given Trump’s willingness to attack the network.

    They say that like it’s a bad thing.

    But, taking it at face value…

    why does CNN fake news keep getting stories wrong?

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  30. 25… “I think CNN is being victimized by some of its sources.”

    I read this (actually written in 22) and as I scrolled up, I had already concluded that it had to have come from Sammeh.

    Colonel Haiku (796ffc)

  31. 18… oh, teh irony! Where is thy sting? The Left has been aiding and abetting Communism since the Russian revolution.

    Colonel Haiku (796ffc)

  32. It is hard to name a greater accomplishment than the very public spectacle of the near-complete moral collapse of his critics.

    So true, Thor. The emperor really has on no clothes!

    Patricia (5fc097)

  33. 31. So, you’re not even denying it?

    Tillman (a95660)

  34. “CNN Denies Any “Connection” Between Its Retracted False Report on a Probe into Trump Associate Anthony Scaramucci and Their Also-False Report that James Comey Would Deny Trump’s Claim That He Was Told Three Times He Wasn’t Under Investigation
    —Ace

    Why deny a connection? Well, for one thing, CNN relies almost exclusively on leaks from anonymous sources now, so we have no way of knowing if the #FakeNews source for the retracted Scaramucci piece is also the same #FakeNews source for the wildly-wrong “Comey will refute Trump” #FakeNews.

    And also, as Eric Wemple points out in the National Laughingstock:

    In advance of former FBI Director James Comey’s Senate testimony, CNN used four bylines — Gloria Borger, Eric Lichtblau, Jake Tapper and Brian Rokus — to report that Comey would contradict Trump’s claims that the fired FBI chief had told him that he wasn’t a target of an investigation. Instead, the opposite turned out to be the case: Comey confirmed those claims of Trump. The story piled poor editorial judgment on top of faulty reporting, in that there was little merit in predicting Comey’s testimony a day or two before he gave it.
    John Sexton notes:

    It’s worth noting that, despite CNN’s claim the current screwup was not connected to the prior one, Eric Lichtblau’s name appeared on both pieces.
    Lichtbau was one of the three CNN personnel who “resigned” in the wake of the Scaramucci humiliation.

    How bad is it? This bad: Even Redstate is slamming CNN for it.”

    http://ace.mu.nu/archives/370408.php

    Colonel Haiku (796ffc)

  35. Deny you aid Communism, Tillman? I wouldn’t think of it.

    Colonel Haiku (796ffc)

  36. Russia wants our country to be in chaos and turmoil. To the extent that they can make us all nihilists and stir up enmity between us, they win.

    Tillman (a95660)

  37. Tillman, maybe you should explain yourself more fully before I respond further. For the sake of clarity.

    Dana (47cc4e)

  38. Crossbow Cordelia was a hoot but really, the MSM today (in regards to journalistic standards & ethics) much more reflect the words of Ma Clinton regarding dead Americans:

    “What difference at this point does it make?”

    harkin (6fe2b1)

  39. Cutting edge news can be wrong, that’s nothing new. Any human endeavor is, of course, fallible. You don’t condemn the whole organization because of a couple of rare mistakes. That’s tantamount to claiming that all businesses must be corrupt, because Enron.

    Tillman (a95660)

  40. That Hill reporter is 2 years out of college. What could possibly go wrong.

    Colonel Haiku (796ffc)

  41. You don’t condemn the whole organization because of a couple of rare mistakes.

    You certainly condemn them when three different levels of editing (in CNN’s own correction) failed to subject the story to review “by several departments within CNN — including fact-checkers, journalism standards experts and lawyers — before publication.”

    That’s not a mistake, that’s a willful abandonment of journalism, which the editors apparently thought was A-OK at the Fake News Network.

    harkin (6fe2b1)

  42. And they continue to dig deeper:

    Unreliable Source Brian Stelter himself wrote the story on the firings and included this bit of weasel wisdom:

    In a staff meeting Monday afternoon, investigative unit members were told that the retraction did not mean the facts of the story were necessarily wrong. Rather, it meant that “the story wasn’t solid enough to publish as-is,”

    https://amp.cnn.com/money/2017/06/26/media/cnn-announcement-retracted-article/index.html

    Upon being called out on this Dan Rather bit of “false but accurate” hokum (and maybe thinking about his own job), he quickly followed with this tweet:

    Brian Stelter @brianstelter

    To be clear, nothing in my story should be taken to imply that Scaramucci is under investigation. “

    harkin (6fe2b1)

  43. Shorter Stelter:

    It’s not up to CNN to inform anyone which parts of the story are facts and which are nuggets pulled from our backsides, that’s all up to the people who still regard CNN as a reliable news source.

    harkin (6fe2b1)

  44. I think my favorite new media rhetoric is how journalism has never been so divisive and contentious as it now is – the implication being that the Right has introduced a menacing tone to what used to be “pure.”

    What is actually happening is that the sunlight now trained on the lying crapweasel (tm Malkin) media elites is causing those roaches to scatter. Being roaches, however, they can’t help but pushback with an urgency never before known. The beauty part in this is they thereby expose themselves to an easier extermination.

    Ed from SFV (3400a5)

  45. You’re old enough to know that you’re either with the Commies or against them.

    Then you must be old enough to know better; looks like we’re pretty much with them from this POV:

    https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/iss_ustream.html

    “They still want an American to go, Doctor. Wanna take a ride?” – S.R. Haddon [John Hurt] Contact, 1997

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  46. 46.I think my favorite new media rhetoric is how journalism has never been so divisive and contentious as it now is – the implication being that the Right has introduced a menacing tone to what used to be “pure.”

    No. Stupidity isn’t menacing. Just stupid– and quite profitable as Rupert has demonstrated ‘menacing’ the media landscape in the UK for decades and later, the American media landscape as well. The Murdoch’s know their ‘Page Three’ audience and picture it accordingly: boobs.

    “I watched your 6 o’clock news today; it’s straight tabloid. You had a minute and a half of that lady riding a bike naked in Central Park; on the other hand, you had less than a minute of hard national and international news. It was all sex, scandal, brutal crime, sports, children with incurable diseases, and lost puppies. So, I don’t think I’ll listen to any protestations of high standards of journalism when you’re right down on the streets soliciting audiences like the rest of us. Look, all I’m saying is if you’re going to hustle, at least do it right.” – Diana Christensen [Faye Dunaway] ‘Network’ 1976

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  47. Aiding the enemy is aiding the enemy Dana. I refuse to feel sorry for you.

    Tillman (a95660) — 6/27/2017 @ 12:55 pm

    Which is why you’ll never see Tillman say a kind word about a Republican or a Conservative. He knows who his real enemies are.

    NJRob (d05027)

  48. maybe CNN could take a close look at sleazy senile torture victim John McCain’s role in perpetrating the Russia hoax

    he doesn’t seen very proud of the pivotal role he’s played

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  49. NJRob, there are virtues that old-school Republicans used to uphold that I respect. Self-reliance, pride in your work, high esteem for family, fiscal responsibility, etc. How can anyone be against those characteristics? I gave DRJ a compliment the other day and even Patterico one too sometimes.
    I’m not living in a dream world where I’m hoping that we’ll all sit around a campfire and hold hands, I just want to get back to some sort of civility and mutual respect. I think that’s possible, at least for some of us.

    Tillman (a95660)

  50. “I always knew it would be delicious. I never knew it would be THIS delicious.” — Dennis Miller

    Other than that, here, cucks gotta cuck. Nature!

    g6loq (fc61d6)

  51. Tillman – Civility and mutual respect are far lesser goods/considerations than truth. They are impossible to have without reciprocity. So, too, forgiveness without sincere atonement by the offending party.

    Who can possible be against the values you listed? Progressives. That’s who. Anything that threatens the perceived need for an all-encompassing central authority is to be attacked. And is.

    Another thing progressives refuse to do? Accept the world (and its limitations) as it is. If they did, they would have to renounce their core philosophies and understandings. Nope. They insist on the world they would have, regardless the cost to liberty, justice, and morality.

    Ed from SFV (3400a5)

  52. 53. Not buying that Ed. There are misguided people on both sides, but generally there’s not some grand plan to destroy the country. ‘Don’t believe that conspiracy theory.

    Tillman (a95660)

  53. The Environmental Protection Agency will rescind an Obama-era regulation that critics argued would expand federal control over non-navigable bodies of water on private property.

    EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Tuesday the agency would repeal the Clean Water Rule, or the “waters of the United States” rule (WOTUS), which was finalized by the Obama administration in 2015.

    YOUR DAILY DEVOTIONAL: without President Trump here to disembowel Obama’s sick legacy we’d sure be in a pickle!

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  54. “if they’d practiced doing “investigative journalism” when Barack Obama was president they’d have gotten the hang of it by now”

    happyfeet wins the Internet for Tuesday.

    Bang Gunley (5a4596)

  55. :)

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  56. I would call Trump’s first few months a “teachable moment” for the MSM:

    http://dailycaller.com/2017/06/27/sarah-palin-suing-new-york-times-for-defamation/

    Drill baby drill!

    harkin (6fe2b1)

  57. harkin @25

    22 – “I think CNN is being victimized by some of its sources”

    Willful blindness is not victimhood.

    When somebody is being targeted by leakers, who may aware of a person’s prejudices, it may not be so easy not to be fooled. There’s probably a whole big backstory to that. It wasn’t just one simple lie. I also said:

    but they should also have had enough common sense, and familiarity with the all the details of the Russia story, to know that this almost certainly couldn’t be true.

    And yes, I found this very much like what happened with Dan Rather, who also fell for a complicated plot.

    (Maybe they did try this story out on other news outlets and found CNN more gullible)

    Colonel Haiku @30.

    I read this…and as I scrolled up, I had already concluded that it had to have come from Sammeh.

    Since I never said exactly this thing before, it must have something to do with the way I think.

    And I do think the leaks are linked. They do both make out there to be a bribery-of-Trump investigation.

    Sammy Finkelman (6f9f42)

  58. 22 – “I think CNN is being victimized by some of its sources”

    Wooooooooo, that is the dumbest, most asinine, comment I have ever read on this message board.

    Blah (44eaa0)

  59. Lemmings don’t have gradn plans when they are heading off a cliff en masse …. that is to say like minded people don’t need instructions to engage in large scale “coordinated” actions that lead to disaster.

    Blah (44eaa0)

  60. In other news, it turns out that reducing reported carbon dioxide emission does not reduce the amount of carbon dioxde in the atmosphere:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/26/climate/carbon-in-atmosphere-is-rising-even-as-emissions-stabilize.html

    For more than two years, the monitoring station here, along with its counterparts across the world, has been flashing a warning: The excess carbon dioxide scorching the planet rose at the highest rate on record in 2015 and 2016. A slightly slower but still unusual rate of increase has continued into 2017.

    Scientists are concerned about the cause of the rapid rises because, in one of the most hopeful signs since the global climate crisis became widely understood in the 1980s, the amount of carbon dioxide that people are pumping into the air seems to have stabilized in recent years, at least judging from the data that countries compile on their own emissions.

    That raises a conundrum: If the amount of the gas that people are putting out has stopped rising, how can the amount that stays in the air be going up faster than ever? Does it mean the natural sponges that have been absorbing carbon dioxide are now changing?

    Maybe there’s something going on they don’t understand? And of course, somebody could be lying, oromittin things from thhge estimates.

    But clearly the Paris accords are nonsense.

    Sammy Finkelman (6f9f42)

  61. 60. No, it’s true. It may be easier to victimize CNN than some other places, but they are being victimized.

    Sammy Finkelman (6f9f42)

  62. i bought a pothos what’s really doing good in the living room so that’s probably throwing the models off

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  63. Get real, Sammy. Please. CNN chose to be the house organ of the Democrats. You know what a house organ is, don’t you? It’s a legitimate term, although archaic, for the in-house newspaper or news-letter of a business or organization. A house organ is not “victimized” when it prints things Management tells it. That is its role. To promote the Bosses’ line.

    (A totally different animal from journalism with a political bias, and even there you cannot say they are “victimized”. They choose to victimize their journalistic objectivity by “believing” questionable sources merely because they mesh with their editorial posture. But CNN is beneath even that level.)

    And CNN did not have to descend very far to its present-day hackery. It started out as a leftist propaganda tabloid masquerading as a news organization. Word for word, story for story, you get more honest reporting from the National Enquirer, and you know what that’s worth.

    nk (dbc370)

  64. cnn should hire dan rather

    mg (31009b)

  65. His already working for mark Cubans network, name escapes me now.

    narciso (d1f714)

  66. We congratulate ourselves too readily:
    https://www.steynonline.com/7945/the-numero-uno-sock-puppet

    narciso (d1f714)

  67. cbo is isis

    mg (31009b)

  68. Are they victims like Kitty Genovese or like Teh Ceaușescus, Sammeh?

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  69. Wow – after re-reading that epic takedown of Greenwald by Patterico from almost nine years ago linked in my comment -72-…….

    The similarities in the ridicule of any and all Bush supporters sounds similar to more recent criticisms of Trump supporters, to the point of calling them a cult.

    harkin (6fe2b1)

  70. For those who suspect Tillmenz is a young, naive, easily fooled twit, I have proof he’s nothing of the kind. Here’s a pic of him plying his trade… http://ace.mu.nu/archives/snake%20oil.jpg

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  71. Oh, man! Why didn’t I remember “What difference at this point does it make?” when JVW was reviewing the Hillary campaign book?

    nk (dbc370)

  72. Meanwhile, a CNN insider said staffers are furious at “having lost the moral high ground because of this story.”

    clueless CNN fake news propaganda sluts are clueless

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  73. Never mind, I know. What difference at that point did it make?

    nk (dbc370)

  74. Going back to your riff on noir era la after a generation albeit in little known films like gangster squad and that TNT series with Alexa davalos, there is sort of balanced perspective of William Parker, not back to the dragnet era

    narciso (d1f714)

  75. Mob city, Neal Mcdonough played William Parker,

    narciso (d1f714)

  76. I haven’t seen it, but I know about Parker. I think. He was considered a reformer at the time, although it was O.W Wilson they taught us in my Criminal Justice classes in Chicago. His predecessor had goon squads going around roughing up undesirables. There was a movie (I liked it) about it with Nick Nolte, Mulholland Falls.

    nk (dbc370)

  77. Yrs that was an odd one, part of the issue of redbaiting. Ellroy who has been adapted often poorly fed into this narrative the best was probably la confidential,

    narciso (d1f714)

  78. Major police forces were organized along the lines the marines, gen. smedley butler did it for Philly in the 30s, la came later.

    narciso (d1f714)

  79. Colonel, at #76, yeah I’d hit it…as a “jacket” while her man’s doing time.

    urbanleftbehind (ee6f14)

  80. “CNN: the most busted name in news”

    Colonel Haiku (607a84)

  81. Yes but Bezos or Carlos slims isn’t any better,,they’ve been paddling out the same anonymous slop, for instance they didn’t point out Ukraine could find no record of payouts to manafort, they go squirrel instead?

    narciso (eb2fed)

  82. Meanwhile, a CNN insider said staffers are furious at “having lost the moral high ground because of this story.”

    An insight into how mentally ill the Left is.

    “Moral high ground” …. wow.

    Blah (44eaa0)

  83. To help understand their mincing fury, simply recall the need of the Left and many #NeverTrumpinistas to feel heroic and have others view them as morally superior.

    Colonel Haiku (607a84)

  84. CNN made a mistake, corrected the error by holding staff accountable and terminating reporters.

    Meanwhile the Showman In Chief and Top Purveyor of Fake News has yet to fess up and be held accountable:

    Time asks Trump to take down fake magazine covers

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2017/06/28/time-asks-trump-take-down-fake-magazine-covers/435085001/

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  85. 92. Thank you DCSCA. You said it better than I could.

    Tillman (a95660)

  86. 67. nk (dbc370) — 6/27/2017 @ 5:22 pm

    Get real, Sammy. Please. CNN chose to be the house organ of the Democrats. You know what a house organ is, don’t you? It’s a legitimate term, although archaic, for the in-house newspaper or news-letter of a business or organization. A house organ is not “victimized” when it prints things Management tells it. That is its role. To promote the Bosses’ line.

    That would like Al Jazeera with regards to Qatar. I don’t think that’s it. If so, everybody would know it, and nobody would have been fired, or forced to resign. (Although maybe taht was because of a possible libel suit and maybe taht was coondition of not pursuing it.)

    CNN has been embarassed. It has to be that they believe their “scoops” That means they are victimized The true villain is whoever is feeding them those bad stories.

    Correction: The one with Comey’s tetsimony was actually retracted not on the morning of is testimony but when his prepared testimony was released.

    I found what seems to be a CNN story that doesn’t seem to fit with the Trump-was-bribed-is-making-money=fro-Russia theme but talks, instead, about his campaign being infiltrated. I don’t think the Democrats ordered that one.

    http://www.wtae.com/article/cnn-russia-tried-to-use-trump-advisers-to-infiltrate-campaign-sources-say/9542556

    It’s about Carter Page and is too strong about him, but that’s not consistent with collusion.

    Sammy Finkelman (03c829)

  87. “CNN made a mistake, corrected the error by holding staff accountable and terminating reporters.”

    BS… they were facing a $100M lawsuit at a very inopportune time.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  88. Yes they are novelty covers, carter page was a hanger on of little note,

    narciso (d1f714)

  89. I call it morning joke

    w.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/kevin-baker/2017/06/28/morning-joe-scarborough-lies-about-lying-republicans

    narciso (d1f714)

  90. “AS REAL AS ANYTHING ELSE ON CNN: CNN Trots Out Elmo to Spout Leftist Talking Points About Syrian Refugees.”

    https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/268698/

    Colonel Haiku (607a84)


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