Is CNN Actually Fake News?

Is CNN Actually Fake News?

CNN caught lying on Russia story
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One of the Presidents favorite things to attack is the media organization known as CNN. He calls them fake news and attacks their integrity. But is he actually right? Does he have a leg to stand on when he tweets that CNN is fake news? A video came out a couple weeks ago of a CNN senior producer speaking truth on the Trump - Russia connection might have just proved Trump's statements true.

John Bonifield is a Supervising Producer at CNN. And recently, he was caught on tape saying some pretty damaging things about CNN. An undercover reporter for Project Veritas had multiple conversations that more or less prove Trumps CNN attacks true.

One of the first things revealed in this leaked video is the reason why CNN focuses on the Russia story so much even though there is little to no evidence of an actually story. When asked why CNN was constantly talking about Russia, Bonifield replied, "Because it's ratings." This statement by Bonifield shows that CNN doesn't really care what they're reporting, or if what hey're reporting is true, just as long as they get great ratings. Immediately, a couple of red flags should be raised on the integrity and credibility of the reporting done by CNN. But it gets worse for CNN.

Later in video, Bonifield recalls a conversation the CEO of CNN, Jeff Zucker, had with his staff. In that conversation Zucker told CNN employees "good job everybody covering the climate accords, but we're done with it let's get back to Russia." Now why would Zucker demand such a thing from his employees? Simple. Because CNN is run like a business, trying to maximize profits. And if pushing a story with basically no evidence is making money, then they'll gladly keep on doing it. Bonifield then goes on and calls ethics in journalism "adorable" and says " This [CNN] is a business."

The final nail in the CNN coffin is when Bonifield is asked what he thinks about the Trump-Russia Story. When asked, he replied that, " [It] Could be bullsh*t. I mean, it's mostly bullsh*t right now. Like, we don't have any big giant proof." Right there, a Supervisor Producer at CNN openly admitted that CNN is basically lying, and making stuff up. Furthermore, he continues on by saying " I think the President is right to say, like, look you are witch-hunting me. You have no smoking gun, you have no real proof." What more can be said about CNN? They have pushed a false narrative attacking Trump, which has only benefited him. CNN has lost most, if not all it's credibility in my eyes, and really shouldn't be trusted.

I don't support Trump. He's an incompetent president who is doing more harm then good. But, it seems to me that he was actually correct in calling out CNN for there bad reporting. Shame on you CNN.

Note: The video in question is referring to all the reporting done before the The New York Times published a Story about Don Jr. meeting with a Russian lawyer. You can go ahead and check the video out yourself right here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0TFcJX4Mp0

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1. They will do anything for you, literally.

My stepdad has done any and every thing for me. From when I was little until now. He was and still is my go-to. If I was hungry, he would get me food. If something was broken, he would fix it. If I wanted something, he would normally always find a way to get it. He didn't spoil me (just sometimes), but he would make sure that I was always taken care of.

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2. Life lessons.

Yup, the tough one. My stepdad has taught me things that I would have never figured out on my own. He has stood beside me through every mistake. He has been there to pick me up when I am down. My stepdad is like the book of knowledge: crazy hormonal teenage edition. Boy problems? He would probably make me feel better. He just always seemed to know what to say. I think that the most important lesson that I have learned from my stepdad is: to never give up. My stepdad has been through three cycles of leukemia. He is now in remission, yay!! But, I never heard him complain. I never heard him worry and I never saw him feeling sorry for himself. Through you, I found strength.

3. He loved me as his own.

The big one, the one that may seem impossible to some step parents. My stepdad is not actually my stepdad, but rather my dad. I will never have enough words to explain how grateful I am for this man, which is why I am attempting to write this right now. It takes a special kind of human to love another as if they are their own. There had never been times where I didn't think that my dad wouldn't be there for me. It was like I always knew he would be. He introduces me as his daughter, and he is my dad. I wouldn't have it any other way. You were able to show me what family is.

So, dad... thanks. Thanks for being you. Thanks for being awesome. Thanks for being strong. Thanks for loving me. Thanks for loving my mom. Thanks for giving me a wonderful little sister. Thanks for being someone that I can count on. Thanks for being my dad.

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Why The Idea Of 'No Politics At The Dinner Table' Takes Place And Why We Should Avoid It

When did having a dialogue become so rare?

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Why has the art of civilized debate and conversation become unheard of in daily life? Why is it considered impolite to talk politics with coworkers and friends? Expressing ideas and discussing different opinions should not be looked down upon.

I have a few ideas as to why this is our current societal norm.

1. Politics is personal.

Your politics can reveal a lot about who you are. Expressing these (sometimes controversial) opinions may put you in a vulnerable position. It is possible for people to draw unfair conclusions from one viewpoint you hold. This fosters a fear of judgment when it comes to our political beliefs.

Regardless of where you lie on the spectrum of political belief, there is a world of assumption that goes along with any opinion. People have a growing concern that others won't hear them out based on one belief.

As if a single opinion could tell you all that you should know about someone. Do your political opinions reflect who you are as a person? Does it reflect your hobbies? Your past?

The question becomes "are your politics indicative enough of who you are as a person to warrant a complete judgment?"

Personally, I do not think you would even scratch the surface of who I am just from knowing my political identification.

2. People are impolite.

The politics themselves are not impolite. But many people who wield passionate, political opinion act impolite and rude when it comes to those who disagree.

The avoidance of this topic among friends, family, acquaintances and just in general, is out of a desire to 'keep the peace'. Many people have friends who disagree with them and even family who disagree with them. We justify our silence out of a desire to avoid unpleasant situations.

I will offer this: It might even be better to argue with the ones you love and care about, because they already know who you are aside from your politics, and they love you unconditionally (or at least I would hope).

We should be having these unpleasant conversations. And you know what? They don't even need to be unpleasant! Shouldn't we be capable of debating in a civilized manner? Can't we find common ground?

I attribute the loss of political conversation in daily life to these factors. 'Keeping the peace' isn't an excuse. We should be discussing our opinions constantly and we should be discussing them with those who think differently.

Instead of discouraging political conversation, we should be encouraging kindness and understanding. That's how we will avoid the unpleasantness that these conversations sometimes bring.

By avoiding them altogether, we are doing our youth a disservice because they are not being exposed to government, law, and politics, and they are not learning to deal with people and ideas that they don't agree with.

Next Thanksgiving, talk politics at the table.

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