Might be worth keeping an eye on their future videos.
Yesterday an undercover camera & microphone picked up this illuminating conversation between a Producer of long standing at CNN and a man trying to discover some truth about that outlet's coverage of President Trump.
The video shows the Producer acknowledging:
- there is nothing to the story about Mr Trump and Russia;
- that Mr Trump is right to call the whole thing a witch hunt;
- that they have no evidence and no leaks hinting at evidence that Mr Trump is guilty of any unsavoury associations with the Ruskies;
- and that they are driven by ratings - all that talk in journalism school about ethics is "adorable" he says;
- the CEO of CNN who tells the staff to keep pushing the Russia narrative.
In essence, the video basically confirmed some peoples' worst expectations (and Mr Trump's whole 'Fake News' narrative) about CNN and other big media outlets. Once again I find myself defending Mr Trump, a man I would like to be able to examine & criticise on his merits but a man I find I have to defend in the face of yet more disinformation.
For those in tune with the heart of this website - looking for reality based inquiry & dialogue - it was a slap in the face. How can anybody form a proper opinion when they are not provided with the truth? Yet the coverage of this rather important event was minimal in the US and either heavily slanted or non-existent here. Why?
Watch this 8 minute video (language warning) and then ask yourself why no news outlet here has mentioned it. This has to be a very real blind spot, to put it charitably. Such people control the information we get, how it is presented and what is omitted.
In the current environment especially, where people need accurate and unbiased information, I have to say that the video itself and even more, the wider media's response to it, is really disturbing. From years of observation I know that the topic of Islam is badly handled by the large media outlets in America and NZ. The obvious question now is: what other subjects are they treating like this? Can anything apart from sports results, be accepted at face value from the news media any more? This, I suppose, is the crux of the whole "Fake News" controversy.