CNN is in the middle of a growing crisis.
The left-wing networks stand accused of lying to the American people for years about Donald Trump and Russia.
And now one host just went on the air and said the eight words that convicted the network of being fake news.
CNN’s on-air talent claims they are the “facts first” network.
Millions of Americans believe that is a bald-faced lie.
As evidence they point to the fact the network spent two years in the grip of the Russian collusion conspiracy theory where the network’s programming consisted of hours of anti-Trump hosts and guests “connecting dots” to prove a Trump-Russia conspiracy special counsel Robert Mueller revealed was a hoax.
White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney appeared on Jake Tapper’s Sunday morning “State of the Union” program to discuss the fallout of Attorney General William Barr’s summary of special counsel’s Mueller’s findings.
The banner item from Barr’s four page letter was the Attorney General reporting Mueller found no evidence of a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia.
This should have been obvious to all considering Mueller never indicted any Americans for conspiring with Russia and when Mueller indicted 12 Russian nationals for email hacks during the 2016 election, the special counsel specifically stated no Americans were involved in the hacks.
But on CNN, on-air talent spent countless hours endlessly speculating about what evidence Mueller had of collusion with Russia and that the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russians were obviously evidence of a conspiracy.
Mulvaney threw these facts back in Tapper’s face during their interview.
“We need to figure out what went wrong with the Mueller report, why, in all fairness to your network, why the media got it so wrong for so long,” Mulvaney declared.
Tapper claimed he didn’t know anyone that got any part of the Russian collusion story wrong claiming, “I’m not sure what you’re saying the media got wrong. The media reported that the investigation was going on. Other than the people in the media on the left, not on this network, I don’t know anybody who got anything wrong. We didn’t say there was conspiracy. We said that Mueller was investigating conspiracy.”
Mulvaney found this response to be ridiculous.
“That’s fine, if that’s your recollection of history, that’s great. Face it: The media got this wrong. It’s OK people get stuff wrong all the time just not at this level. But it’s done now. The report is there. It’s extraordinarily thorough, as you know, I think they talked to 500 people, issued 2,800 subpoenas, and it completely exonerates the president, there’s no collusion, there’s no obstruction of justice,” Mulvaney answered.
In fact, CNN got a whole host of stories wrong.
The network fired three “reporters” when they published a story claiming Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci was under investigation for his dealings with a Russian private equity fund.
Scaramucci threatened to sue and CNN retracted the story and fired the reporters.
CNN – on a story where Tapper’s byline appeared – falsely claimed James Comey would contradict Trump’s statement that the former FBI Director told him on three occasions that Trump was not under investigation.
Finally, CNN ran a fake news story – that critics believe Adam Schiff or his staff leaked to the network – that Donald Trump, Jr. received advanced knowledge of the WikiLeaks email dumps.
All of these stories contradict Tapper’s later claim that the network never asserted there was a Trump-Russia conspiracy.
CNN clearly believed that the Trump campaign set out to collude with Russia.
The thrust of their reporting and programming was designed to air speculation attempting to prove that fact.
But it was a lie.
And it proved once and for all that CNN was fake news.
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