by Vincent Cucchiara
CNN published an opinion article on why the term “fake news” ought to be banned. Stating “When we use the term ‘fake news’ it is not only self-defeating, it oversimplifies a very complex problem” the authors seemed hopeful that if the term were to no longer be used, then perhaps people might view CNN itself as a more reputable news outlet. If this was in fact their desire, then perhaps they should have considered a few things before publishing the article.
First, If you don’t want to be called “fake news” then don’t be “fake news.”
CNN has demonstrated a bias against Donald Trump since the announcement of his intention to run for president. This hasn’t changed one bit, either during the campaign or since the beginning of his presidency, as this Media Research Center study shows. Since the campaign, they have demonstrated themselves incapable of presenting anything resembling fair or balanced news. They regularly push a left-democratic political agenda which is directly antagonistic to the President himself as well as his millions of supporters.
Second, If you think that the term in and of itself is “self-defeating” why did you use it so readily?
CNN was famous for using the “fake news” label to any news, personality, or outlet that was supportive of Donald Trump. It has repeatedly made the ludicrous assertion that the presidential election was somehow “stolen” by fake news sites run by Macedonians or by Russians running fake Facebook sock-puppet accounts, all in the service of their 24/7 attacks against Trump and other populist Republicans. It’s only “self-defeating” because CNN overplayed their hand and stacked bullshit so high that a blind man could see it before he smelled it.
Third, Don’t admit that you have a double standard.
So according to CNN “fake news” is a self-defeating oversimplifying term that is no longer worthy of use and in fact is so harmful that it ought to be “banned.” However, apparently “A year ago, this wasn’t the case. The term actually meant something. It described a particular type of website that used the same design templates as professional news websites but its contents were entirely fabricated.” Well, isn’t that interesting. Right around the time when CNN itself stopped using the term, and more importantly, around the time that Trump started using the term to describe CNN, is exactly when it stopped being a term that meant something. Let’s be realistic here, CNN was only angered by the term because it turned out to be a much better weapon against them than it was against Trump. Painting CNN as the dishonest and manipulative media megacorp that they are has been a far bigger hit for conservative Americans than snarking about Trump’s conspiracy theorist supporters was for CNN’s ignorant urbanite holdouts.
Nice try, CNN, but there is no contest.
We should have a contest as to which of the Networks, plus CNN and not including Fox, is the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage of your favorite President (me). They are all bad. Winner to receive the FAKE NEWS TROPHY!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2017
The Fake News Trophy goes to you!