Pundits brutally mocked CNN over the cable network’s announcement that it’s creating a news team “dedicated to covering misinformation.”
What are the details?
Alex Koppelman, managing editor of CNN Business, tweeted Tuesday that he’s “hiring 3 people for a new CNN team dedicated to covering misinformation.”
“What do we mean by covering misinformation?” he
tweeted next. “Really it’s about covering reality: The uses, abuses, and distortions of it, the people twisting it, and the effect that has on all of us. We already do a lot of important work on this; we want to do more.”
described the ideal reporters for the new team: “Do you feel like you have to jump down every rabbit hole you see? Do you get mad when you see liars taking advantage of people? Do you spend more time on the internet than anyone really should? This might be the job for you!”
How did folks react?
Ever since former President Donald Trump blasted CNN as “fake news” at a press conference just prior to his inauguration, the network in numerous instances has seemed to live up to that dubious billing.
So pundits wasted no time mocking CNN for its intention to create a news team “covering misinformation.”
BlazeTV host Steve Deace and podcast host Daniel Horowitz poked some fun at the announcement, with Deace writing, “Wow, impressed that CNN is investing real resources into internal accountability.” Horowitz noted that the network “will need at least one staffer per reporter they have to properly shadow.”
And Candace Owens of the Daily Wire quipped: “CNN to create a team dedicated to covering CNN.”
Other reactions were most definitely in that vein:
- “Beyond parody.” — Buck Sexton
- “The call is coming from INSIDE the house!” — Monica Crowley
- “This is like the police investigating themselves, finding themselves innocent, then pinning the charge on someone else.” — Libertarian Party of New Hampshire
- “The propaganda is going into overdrive now. Just when we thought 2022 couldn’t get any worse…” — Adel Meyer, political commentator
- “Pretty sure the entire network is already devoted to misinformation.” — Sean Davis of the Federalist
- “May I suggest they begin with the Charlottesville #FinePeopleHoax, a damnable calumny that CNN has propagated for years 5 years now?
My repudiation of their role in spreading that myth led, in fact, to my departure from broadcasting for CNN.” —
Steve Cortes, political commentator
- “Translation: CNN is looking to hire three people whose job it will be to attack non-liberals who get online traction with truths which contradict/question/embarrass the accepted liberal narrative…” — John Ziegler, Mediate senior columnist
- “This is rather surprising. You don’t normally hear of left-wing networks hiring staff to call out its fellow anchors, reporters and analysts for spreading nonsense. Kudos to CNN for finally looking in a mirror to call out their misinformation and disingenuous takes.” — Jason Rantz, conservative commentator and radio host
(H/T: The Daily Wire)