During the Trump years, CNN aggressively promoted conspiracy theories of Donald Trump’s “collusion” with the Russian government to get elected in 2016. So, they were heartbroken when Robert Mueller’s investigation ended with a negative verdict: “The investigation did not establish members. The Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”
CNN Media reporter Oliver Darcy climbed the mountain of shamelessness in his so-called “reliable sources” newsletter on Feb. 8 titled “The Collusion Delusion.” Who is delusional now? The New York Post on Hunter Biden story House Republicans are investigating Biden’s campaign and the role of the “intelligence community” in the Twitter suspension.
This is not a “news” letter.
“Republicans are living in a distorted reality,” Darcy began. There is “no real evidence” to support the claim that Twitter bowed to government bureaucrats when it suppressed the Hunter laptop story and characterized it as toxic misinformation. Forget all reports that Twitter executives held weekly meetings with the FBI (which had possession of the laptop) and engaged in a “tabletop exercise” with the Department of Homeland Security about “hack-and-leak” activity. It’s some thick smoke, if not fire.
Darcy continued: “Republicans have been relentless in peddling it to the American public. At Wednesday’s hearing they showed no concern for misinforming those who turn to them for accurate information, or that they discredit a private business and its former executives in the process. “
It’s not “smelly,” as former Twitter chiefs testify. Liberals don’t like other liberals being on the wrong end of hardball questions.
Darcy Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., accused the new chairman of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee of “throwing asinine red meat at the Republican base.” He put the word “censor” in scare quotes to describe Twitter’s 17-day suspension of The New York Post’s Twitter account and the suspension of Twitter accounts that dared to tweet a link to The Post’s disclosure.
But perhaps the most hypocritical passage in this purple prose was about election denial: With this hearing, “Republicans so subtly base their election-denial because they don’t believe the 2020 election was effectively rigged against Donald Trump.”
Earth to Darcy: What did your network obsess about during the Trump years? We can easily counter “CNN so subtly did not believe the basis for its election-denial was that the 2016 election was effectively rigged against Hillary Clinton.”
Darcy, who thinks Fox News should be disbanded, then told Fox News that “the nonsense that comes out of the hearing is as if it’s a serious matter that exposes substantial wrongdoing. The facts — the facts — just don’t matter.”
But it’s Darcy who is transparently pushing the counterfactual narrative that Big Tech “doesn’t have anything to do with deliberately and unfairly censoring conservative views,” when the evidence is ubiquitous. MRC Free Speech America’s CensorTrack.org database has reached the milestone of 5,000 verified instances of conservatives being censored, suspended and revoked.
This earnestly opinionated “reliable source” report is the latest evidence that CNN CEO Chris Licht has come up short in his supposed efforts to make CNN a place for fair and respectful conversation and analysis.
Darcy claims that Republicans are “asinine” red meat throwers who don’t care about facts in any way. CNN is not working to earn the trust of Republicans and their leaders. They are still working overtime to discredit Republicans as they hurl their own red meat at their own Democratic audience.
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