Hillary Clinton Has Coughing Fit Again During New Speech! 5/26/17
Jimmy Kimmel admits that the skit where Hillary Clinton opened a jar of pickles to "prove" she was "healthy" was fake and the jar was already opened to make sure she wouldn't fail on national television. #PickleGate controversy won't go away after Kimmel was called out for staging the stunt trying to get people to laugh of concerns about Hillary's Health.
Wolf Blitzer opens pickle jar that pops on Jimmy Kimmel after Hillary Clinton's didn't
The printing and dissemination of spurious news is hardly new, but the term fake news is. However, when we say that an English word is “new,” we are using a broader meaning of that word than if we were to refer to, say, a musical genre. Fake news appears to have begun seeing general use at the end of the 19th century.
Secretary Brunnell Declares Fake News About His People is Being Telegraphed Over the Country. —Cincinnati Commercial Tribune (Cincinnati, OH), 7 Jun. 1890
Fake News. The following is handed to us for publication. Sunday’s Enterprise says that I and a companion were run over by the Neptune and thrown into the water. As can be proved by more than one, we did not so much as get our feet wet, nor were we helped into the Neptune. Clarence Collins. —The Kearney Daily Hub (Kearney, NE), 7 Jul. 1890
The public taste is not really vitiated and it does not in its desire for ‘news’ absolutely crave for distortions of facts and enlargements of incidents; and it certainly has no genuine appetite for ‘fake news’ and ‘special fiend’ decoctions such as were served up by a local syndicate a year or two ago. —The Buffalo Commercial (Buffalo, NY), 2 May 1891
You gotta hand it to the least-watched cable news enterprise on television today: When CNN really wants to conduct an “investigation” into a story, they do a decent job.
Take the recent story involving the identity of the person who created that meme where then-private citizen and WWE wrestling personality Donald J. Trump was whipping up on someone whose face was blotted out by a CNN logo. Man, that really was funny. And creative, too. Trump really does whip up on CNN on a regular basis. You could even say he’s got an ongoing “war of words” with the network (though as far as we know, he’s never body slammed any CNN reporters and editors or thrown them out of a wrestling ring).
As Trump.news reported, the network’s actions essentially amounted to blackmail:
In an article published by CNN, the failing network explained the decision to keep the Reddit user’s identity private occurred because the individual “said he is not going to repeat this ugly behavior on social media again.” It added that the statement “could serve as an example to others not to do the same.”
So, all media Mafia assertions aside, we know the network is capable of legitimate investigative reporting. Now the question becomes, why doesn’t the network actually do more of it?
Take the Benghazi terrorist attack. There were clear indications that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dropped the ball repeatedly regarding requests from the late U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens for beefed-up security; and that the administration — from President Barack Obama to Clinton National Security Advisor Susan Rice and on down the line — lied repeatedly when they claimed that the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi was the result of spontaneous anger over some obscure anti-Muslim video produced in California that hardly anyone had ever heard of.
As for the current president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, the network’s reporting has been simply abysmal, even drawing criticism from other Left-wing reporters like Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian and The Intercept. He wrote recently:
There is also something untoward about the fact that CNN — the subject of the original video — was the news outlet that uncovered his identity. That fact creates the appearance of vengeance: If you, even as a random and anonymous internet user, post content critical of CNN, then it will use its vast corporate resources to investigate you, uncover your identity, and threaten to expose you if you ever do so again.
And let’s not forget how often the network as simply been wrong in its reporting on Trump and his administration, even to the point of being forced to retract one story recently, leading the three journalists who worked on it to resign.
It’s clear that CNN possessed the resources to do actual investigative work that is accurate and even compelling. What is also clear is that the network seems to reserve those resources for those times when it feels personally attacked or injured.