August 28, 2018

Why Does ANYONE Place ANY Reliance on CNN …

after this? —

Michael Cohen’s lawyer admitted on Monday that he was the anonymous source for a widely-criticized CNN report that claimed Cohen was willing to tell Special Counsel Robert Mueller that President Donald Trump knew in advance about the Trump Tower meeting in which Russians were expected to offer his campaign dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper last week that Cohen “does not” have any information that Trump knew about the meeting in advance, saying, “I think the reporting of the story got mixed up in the course of a criminal investigation. We were not the source of the story.”

However, Davis told BuzzFeed News on Monday that he was the source for CNN’s July 26 report — which directly contradicts what he told Cooper.

Davis insisted that he did not lie, but claimed that he “unintentionally misspoke,” and that he “made a mistake.”

However, Davis admitting that he was the source for the report — which he has since stated was not true — was not the only development to come out of CNN’s report. BuzzFeed News notes:

The original CNN story — broadcast during Chris Cuomo’s prime-time show and written by Jim Sciutto, Marshall Cohen, and Watergate reporting legend Carl Bernstein — said that Davis had “declined to comment.” His involvement in the story, on so-called “background,” has not been previously reported.

CNN used Davis as the anonymous source for their report and then claimed that they reached out to him for comment, stating that he “declined to comment.”

Talk about deception.

My take: This is all about creating false, Trump-discrediting headlines and breathless news stories which get heavy attention — and following them up with “never mind” stories which hardly get any.

It has happened time and again for the past two years. Clickbait, not basic personal and professional integrity, is driving the establishment press, particularly CNN.

The odds are that this bad behavior won’t stop until they’re all financially driven into the ground — if then.


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