CNN, a prominent member of the Mainstream Media-Democratic Party-Complex was shamed today due to their reliance on an anonymous source as the basis for one of their many “Breaking News” reports in connection with their Trump collusion/obstruction of justice narrative. Desperate to foment a Russian collusion or Comey obstruction of justice controversy, CNN threw caution to the wind and based their report solely on the credibility of their source. The information proved to be wholly erroneous.
This is a classic case of journalists believing a story to be true becasuse they want it to be true. In this case, it was CNN’s reliance on another one of its many “anonymous” and questionable sources that caused the embarassment, prompting the network to issue a correction. Can anyone doubt that this reporting, based on misinformation, was a natural and proximate consequence of CNN’s obsession with pursuing the purported Trump collusion and obstruction stories. The network has, for the past month, cast aside any pretense of journalistic standards in their quest to bring down President Trump. Yet in their zeal, they were sooner or later bound to run into the situation that occurred Thursday based on Comey’s written statement.
CNN and other “Get Trump” networks have been chasing and reporting news based solely on anonymous sources without the slightest concern as to the credibility or integrity of such sources. CNN has pursued and promoted these obstruction and collusion stories in many cases based on nothing more than innuendo hearsay, and in many cases, hearsay upon hearsay. They have used such misinformation, which they breathlessly characterize as “evidence” as demonstrable proof of Trump’s malfeasance, his criminal culpability and as a basis for predicting his imminent impeachment.
The only CNN commentator who wasn’t misinformed throughout this orgy of false and misleading reporting has been Alan Dershowitz. Dershowitz repeatedly pierced the veil of partisan emnity and ignorance masquerading as legal analysis and deftly challenged the presumptions and factual basis of other panelists “legal” conclusions. These “expert” commentators, all too often, have put the cart before the horse in their frenzied belief that the Trump presidency was all but over.
Update: Here is a recent Fox News Article penned by Professor Alan Dershowitz with his comments after today’s Comey testimony:
As I have long argued, and as Comey confirmed in his written statement, our history shows that many presidents—from Adams to Jefferson, to Lincoln, to Roosevelt, to Kennedy, to Bush 1, and to Obama – have directed the Justice Department with regard to ongoing investigations. The history is clear, the precedents are clear, the constitutional structure is clear, and common sense is clear.
Yet virtually every Democratic pundit, in their haste to “get” President Trump, has willfully ignored these realities. In doing so they have endangered our civil liberties and constitutional rights.
Dershowitz bursts the CNN pundits obstruction of justice bubble by pointing out that it is largely based on disappointment that Hillary Clinton lost the election:
Comey’s testimony was devastating with regard to President Trump’s credibility – at least as Comey sees it. He was also critical of President Trump’s failure to observe the recent tradition of FBI independence from presidential influence. These are issues worth discussing but they have been distorted by the insistence of Democratic pundits that Trump must have committed a crime because they disagree with what he did politically. (Emphasis supplied)