Friday, July 7, 2017

Is CNN Digging Its Own Grave?

As if it weren’t enough that a series of hidden-camera videos show that CNN deliberately creates fake news and has nothing but contempt for both President Trump and American voters, the liberal news network’s reaction to a (probably) tasteless but (certainly) harmless video meme of Trump punching CNN in the face has caused the beleaguered network even more trouble.
The brouhaha began when President Trump took to Twitter Sunday to share a video meme. The video was an edited version of a clip from WrestleMania 23 in 2007 when Trump went up against WWE CEO Vince McMahon during a "Battle of the Billionaires" match in which Trump slammed McMahon to the floor and punched him in the face. A user on the social news aggregation site Reddit edited the video by superimposing the CNN logo over McMahon’s face so the clip showed Trump “taking down fake news.”
The meme had enjoyed moderate success until President Trump Tweeted it. Then it went viral. And the liberal mainstream media went ballistic. CNN released a statement saying, “It is a sad day when the President of the United States encourages violence against reporters.” Other liberal media made similar statements. Of course Tweeting the video was not a very presidential thing to do, but to claim that Trump was encouraging violence is an excursion into the ridiculous.

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