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Victor Davis Hanson: CNNís Existential War With Trump
AmericanGreatness/RCP ^ | Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on 11/05/2018 5:57:00 AM PST by RoosterRedux

It may be unwise or monotonous for President Trump to harp on CNN as a purveyor of “fake news.” And the constant refrain “enemy of the people” should not be used of a media outlet, even one as prejudicial as CNN.

Yet Trump’s obsessions with CNN are largely reactive, not preemptive.

After just 100 days in office, before his own agendas could even be enacted, the liberal Shorenstein Center at Harvard reported that 93 percent of CNN’s coverage of the Trump Administration was already negative. Just one in every 13 CNN stories proved positive. That radically asymmetrical pattern (shared by NBC/MSNBC) had never been seen before in the history of comparable media analytics. No one at CNN sought to explain the imbalance, leaving the impression that the news organization had more or less joined the progressive opposition.

In his serial pushbacks against CNN, if Trump has perhaps surpassed the invective of Barack Obama’s own periodic dismissals of Fox News, he has clearly not ordered his Justice Department to monitor the communications of any CNN reporter, in the manner of Eric Holder’s surveillance of Fox News journalist James Rosen. Associated Press journalists are not being monitored by the administration as they were during the Obama years. That difference is oddly never cited by CNN reporters who are want to decry their own treatment by the administration, but who were not particularly vocal when their professional colleagues were once placed under electronic surveillance.

(Excerpt) Read more at amgreatness.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cnn; mediabias

1 posted on 11/05/2018 5:57:00 AM PST by RoosterRedux
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To: RoosterRedux
Yet Trump’s obsessions with CNN are largely reactive, not preemptive.

Underestimate President Trump at the risk of your assumptions!
2 posted on 11/05/2018 6:04:38 AM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: RoosterRedux

There is no law that prevents wealthy individuals from purchasing or controlling media outlets, pose as journalists but in reality function as crass propagandists spewing their vile beliefs and prejudices. Sadly there is a large percentage of the population that is susceptible, malleable and controllable.


3 posted on 11/05/2018 6:09:32 AM PST by allendale (.)
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To: RoosterRedux

I never imagined that CNN’s newsreader boys and girls were so profoundly uneducated and without class.

Oh well, neither of their audience knows enough to care.


4 posted on 11/05/2018 6:10:40 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: RoosterRedux

Respectfully disagree with Mr. Hanson, the press is the enemy of the people and they have been for many decades. It is good the general public has finally discovered it.


5 posted on 11/05/2018 6:11:46 AM PST by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: RoosterRedux
Barack Obama’s own periodic dismissals of Fox News

Trump has yet to use the IRS to go after liberal foes.

6 posted on 11/05/2018 6:12:06 AM PST by HarleyD
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To: RoosterRedux
And the constant refrain “enemy of the people” should not be used of a media outlet, even one as prejudicial as CNN

I respectfully disagree. Intentionally false reporting is indeed corrupt and does qualify as being the enemy of the people - UNLESS they simply were honest and continually announce that they oppose Trump and their "reporting" will reflect that.

7 posted on 11/05/2018 6:15:39 AM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: RoosterRedux

POTUS WILL PREVAIL!

CNN IS TOAST!


8 posted on 11/05/2018 6:22:05 AM PST by Taxman (We will never be a truly free people so long as we have the income tax and the IRS.)
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Wont.


9 posted on 11/05/2018 6:58:36 AM PST by ifinnegan (Democrats kill babies and harvest their organs to sell)
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To: RoosterRedux

Is CNN supporting sedition?

Are seditious acts contrary to the public interest in domestic tranquility?

Verdict: Enemy of the People


10 posted on 11/05/2018 7:13:34 AM PST by atc23 (Votante Blanco)
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To: RoosterRedux
CNN and the rest of the lib media did as Hillary demanded. She wanted Trump as her candidate. They did such a good sales job that he won not only the primary, but he also won the entire shebang.

Now they are having a difficult time walking it all back.

It is really funny.

11 posted on 11/05/2018 7:18:17 AM PST by Slyfox (Not my circus, not my monkeys)
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Besides being a purveyor of fake news, CNN has turned into a 24/7 version of Orwell’s “Two Minute Hate” with Trump’s image replacing that of Emmanuel Goldstein. As Orwell described “....Within thirty seconds any pretence was always unnecessary. A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness .... seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one's will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic."
12 posted on 11/05/2018 7:35:34 AM PST by The Great RJ ("Socialists are happy until they run out of other people's money." Margaret Thatcher)
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To: 1Old Pro

VDH, I disagree. Wouldn’t you agree the Völkischer Beobachter of the Nazi party was an enemy of the people? Because of their one-sided and duplicitous policies, certain journals deserve that epithet.


13 posted on 11/05/2018 7:59:24 AM PST by Bookshelf
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To: allendale
You're acting like this is a new phenomenon. The use of weaponized media, whether it be pamphlets or TV/net, has been utilized for millenia.

The key difference is that governments were either ruled by the aristocracy, or in the few instances of republican control, by strict regulation over the franchise.

What we have today is an unholy amalgamation of traditional leveraged media combined with mob rule. The problem isn't the 1A, but IQ.

14 posted on 11/05/2018 8:09:18 AM PST by semantic
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To: RoosterRedux

One of the best things President Trump has done is to unmask the lying biased MSM. Their credibility is gone forever as numerous public opinion surveys attest.


15 posted on 11/05/2018 9:30:42 AM PST by FLT-bird
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To: RoosterRedux
This is a FANTASTIC article. VDH really lays it all out. His closing summary paragraph really nails it:

The best way to stop the chronic Trump attacks on the veracity of CNN is not to unleash a rude and boisterous Acosta to argue endlessly with Sarah Huckabee Sanders, but simply to ensure that CNN news reports are fact-checked and not in need of retractions or firings, that CNN hosts, contributors, and anchors do not stoop to profanity, scatology, racism, and ahistorical comparisons to Stalin and Hitler, and that CNN’s staff and hosts do not joke about the president being killed through plane crashes and decapitation.

16 posted on 11/05/2018 12:17:29 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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