When accused of being fake news by Donald Trump, CNN’s chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta famously said, “We are real news, Mr. President.” This is what he was talking about. On Thursday CNN had to issue not one but two corrections on misleading information it reported about Trump. I know CNN has no idea what the word “news” means, but they also clearly don’t get that whole “real” thing either.
First, there was this report from Wednesday that set off a liberal firestorm. CNN reported that Trump had called immigrants “animals” when he was actually specifically talking about illegal alien members of the violent street gang MS-13:
“We’re taking people out of the country. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people — these are animals.” During a meeting with public officials who oppose California’s sanctuary policies, Pres. Trump criticized US immigration laws https://t.co/C6tQ0GTI4O pic.twitter.com/lCGWCzaaTV
— CNN (@CNN) May 16, 2018
On Thursday, after they had a little time to think about it, CNN decided it was kind of dishonest to suggest that President Trump referred to all immigrants as “animals” and issued this weak correction:
As reported in the article above, Trump’s remarks late Wednesday were in response to comments about members of MS-13 and other undocumented immigrants who are deported for committing crimes.
— CNN (@CNN) May 17, 2018
As if Thursday wasn’t bad enough for CNN, they put out another bullshit Trump story that Eric Trump was kind enough to blow out of the water:
I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone why @CNN is a complete joke: Specifically they fail to disclose that they are comparing a 12 month period (this years report) against last years report which covered 16 months (1/3 more time). 😝🤥 https://t.co/RKCdmgGDev
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) May 17, 2018
Again, CNN reluctantly and meekly made yet another correction:
A previous tweet about President Trump’s income from his golf courses has been deleted. The story has been updated to address an inaccurate comparison of two different time periods https://t.co/1LZjnu8Qyf
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) May 17, 2018
Editor’s Note: This story has been corrected to address an inaccurate comparison of two different time periods in the original version. Trump’s financial disclosure report for 2016 also included the first three and a half months of 2017, a period of 15 ½ months. Trump’s financial disclosure for 2017, released Wednesday, covered a 12-month period. The original story’s comparison of two different time periods led to an unsupported assessment about the revenue of the Trump golf businesses.
The revenue streams to President Donald Trump from his golf courses have been roughly flat since his last financial disclosure report, according the new report released Wednesday.
I guess CNN didn’t think it was sexy enough to report that there has been no change in revenue Trump makes from his golf courses so they jazzed it up a bit with some lies. CNN has fact-checkers and they knew this was bogus information, but they reported it anyways. The only reason why they printed a retraction is because they were caught lying.
CNN will say that stories are fluid and facts change or that people, even reporters, sometimes make mistakes. Here’s something to think about: how many times did CNN get the facts wrong during Obama’s 8 years in the White House? It’s weird how this only happens now that Trump is president, isn’t it?
This was just one day for CNN, but this is how the pseudo-news network has been operating since Trump announced his candidacy. They are not an impartial news agency, they are on the front lines of the liberal resistance to the freely-elected President of the United States. They pretend to be offended by the fake news label, but in reality that’s their job and they take smearing the President with lies very seriously.