Media outlet Newsbusters put together a great piece that exposes CNN's decades of "fake news" propaganda. This is nothing new for those of us who have exposed their lies before, but it might be to these Johnny come lately websites pretending to be some sort of authority figure on "fake news" when all they actually report on is those sites listed in the looney professor's lists that's passing through Harvard.
So, without further ado, here are a few highlights from Geoffrey Dickens excellent piece. Enjoy and share!
Arnett’s Air War
In the early days of the first Gulf War, CNN’s Peter Arnett, in his reports from Baghdad, went beyond what was required of a reporter under censorship, from merely transmitting enemy propaganda to commenting on how reasonable it seemed. When he reported that Iraq claimed Allied pilots had bombed a baby-milk factory, he added that the site “looked innocent enough, from what I could see.” Arnett told Newsweek: “I think the U.S. just miscalled it...there was no doubt in my mind that it was unlikely to be a supersecret facility” producing poisonous agents.
A January 24, 1991 Los Angeles Times article, that appeared a day after Arnett’s first report on the baby milk factory, relayed criticism of the Iraqi-approved story: “‘Apparently this facility, by what we’ve just learned, has military guards around it, a barbed-wire fence,’ Lt. Col. Mike Gallagher said. ‘It has a military garrison outside, and numerous sources have indicated that the facility is associated with biological warfare production.’ By afternoon White House Press Secretary Marlin Fitzwater was telling reporters that the factory ‘is, in fact, a production facility for biological weapons.’ ‘The Iraqis have hidden this facility behind a facade of baby milk production as a form of disinformation,’ Fitzwater said.”
Later on, in a January 31, 1991 live report, Arnett described damaged civilian areas he saw in a government tour. Although he admitted to anchor Reid Collins that he had not seen the missiles land, he stated: “There was no doubt in my mind that the cruise missiles that came in, the two had obviously landed in these residential areas.”
Tailwind: CNN Falsely Reports War Crimes by U.S. Forces
In a story so rife with false reporting CNN was forced to retract it, Arnett claimed U.S. forces had committed war crimes and used nerve gas in Laos during the Vietnam War in Operation Tailwind. The “Valley of Death” segment aired on the June 7, 1998 premiere of Newstand: CNN & Time was so atrocious, CNN’s own military affairs consultant Perry Smith resigned in protest.
At the time, Howard Kurtz reported in the June 17, 1998 Washington Post story that “Smith quit after failing to convince Tom Johnson, Chairman of the CNN News Group, that the network needed to retract the story” which was also published in Time magazine. “‘I can't work for an organization that would do something like this and not fess up to it,’ Smith said yesterday.”
CNN’s Jim Sciutto Claims Trump Never Honored CIA Wall of Heroes
On January 23, 2017 CNN correspondent Jim Sciutto insisted Donald Trump didn’t “say anything” about the wall of sacrifice behind him during his speech to employees at the Central Intelligence Agency. That turned out to be false. Sciutto reported: “There was an opportunity here, which the president missed in front of that Memorial Wall at the CIA, was to say anything about the sacrifice of the 117 stars representing the people who died in the field for the Central Intelligence Agency.”
In fact, Trump strongly expressed his gratitude to the CIA: “I want to say there is nobody that feels stronger about the intelligence community and the CIA than Donald Trump, There’s nobody, nobody. The wall behind me is very, very special.”
Other stories without video also made the list:
CNN Admits Honest Reporting Was Impossible, So Why Go To Baghdad?
CNN News Chief Resigns After Accusing U.S. Troops of Killing Journalists
CNN’s Donna Brazile Fed Hillary Clinton Questions Ahead of Debate
CNN Promoted Story Debunked by James Comey
They did miss these infamous CNN fake reports.
And last, but not least, take a look at this CNN correspondent reporting in the Desert Storm conflict with a fake backdrop, apparently from a studio set. If you have never seen this video of Charles Jaco, please do yourself a favor and watch it and make the judgment for yourself.
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