CNN has done significant damage to their credibility as a news organization.
The network jumped the ship when they began their never-ending campaign against Donald Trump.
Now CNN botched a story about one American enemy in a shocking way.
The celebrity gossip site, TMZ, is reporting that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is dead after a botched heart surgery, however nothing has been officially confirmed.
But that didn’t stop CNN and other blue checkmark journalists from reporting his death as fact.
CNN and MSNBC host Katy Tur ran with the story without confirmation and ended up having to delete the tweet.
Like, just moving on from this now deleted supposed confirmed siren scoop with two networks and and another reporter. Oh well. pic.twitter.com/y0RDzKATsn
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) April 21, 2020
The death of Kim Jong Un could spawn a power struggle within North Korea and trigger a global humanitarian crisis.
Approximately 25 million people live in the slave state, so Kim’s death could lead to millions of refugees fleeing the country if the brutal regime is unable to maintain control.
With so much at stake, it’s incumbent on so-called “mainstream” news outlets like CNN and MSNBC to be accurate in their hard news coverage.
The American people have come to expect bias reporting from big media, but the rise of fake news is what’s diminished the American people’s trust in corporate media institutions.
Even worse, instead of correcting the record, these supposed bastions of journalistic integrity simply move on and paper over their mistakes.
For example, The Washington Post and other outlets have been caught stealth-editing stories, i.e. changing web stories at a later date without noting the editorial correction to readers.
This is done to give the perception that the news organization got the story right all along.
CNN and MSNBC jumped the gun on the Kim Jong Un story, and they’re trying to send that fact down the memory hole.
The corporate press has become obsessed with being first instead of being correct.
Conflicting speculation suggests Kim Jong Un is simply recovering from surgery.
The bottom line is nobody can be sure, so news organizations should be reporting only what they can confirm.
The big problem with the corporate press, particularly CNN, is that they intentionally blur the lines between news and opinion.
Opinion pieces should be properly marked as such and distinguished from straight reporting.
And stories need to be properly vetted, otherwise these organizations with giant bureaus around the globe are entirely useless.
For example, immediately after Donald Trump’s announcement to remove troops from parts of Syria, ABC News ran a story suggesting that Kurdish allies were being slaughtered by the Turks.
It turns out ABC News showed a video from a gun show in Kentucky.
The American people need real news now more than ever, but fake news is the brand they get.