Giuseppe Sandro Mela.
«a painful black eye.»
«Later that same day, CNN retracted the article. Several days later, three of its top journalists resigned.»
«A few weeks earlier, the network had to retract a story authored by some of its most recognizable on-air talent»
3 CNN Journalists Resign After Retracted Story on Trump Ally [The New York Times]
«Three prominent journalists at CNN resigned on Monday after the cable news network was forced to retract and apologize for a story on its website involving a close ally of President Trump.
The article was removed from CNN.com late last week after the network decided it could not fully stand by its reporting.
The resignations are a black eye at a sensitive moment for the news organization, which has emerged as a regular target of Mr. Trump and his supporters.
The president relishes dismissing the network’s coverage as “fake news,” and his closest advisers have accused the channel of harboring a bias against Mr. Trump.»
«It was the latest in a series of embarrassing episodes at CNN. The network fired Kathy Griffin, a host of its New Year’s Eve special, after she published a photograph in which she appeared to brandish a facsimile of Mr. Trump’s severed head. It cut ties with the host Reza Aslan after he assailed Mr. Trump in vulgar Twitter posts. And it issued a correction on another story that inaccurately predicted the congressional testimony of James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director.»
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«A string of high-profile corrections and retractions by major news organizations on stories about President Trump or his allies have fueled more allegations of bias in the mainstream press»
«Breitbart’s Washington political editor Matthew Boyle was first to call into question a CNN story on alleged ties between a Trump associate and Russia that was later retracted»
«Boyle was also reporting on an error in an Associated Press report when the newswire corrected and later rewrote the story»
«But the high-profile nature of the errors hurts the media’s credibility at a time when the press is under more scrutiny than ever before, giving new political ammunition to critics of the mainstream press.»
«Last week, the New York Times and the Associated Press ran similar corrections acknowledging that reports on Russian interference in the 2016 election had overstated by more than a dozen the number of U.S. intelligence agencies that had signed off on the assessment»
«The Associated Press correction was applied to four stories that had run from early April to late June»
«The AP ran into more trouble over the weekend after it ran a story about how Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt met privately with the CEO of a top chemical company …. But while the meeting between Pruitt and Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris was on Pruitt’s schedule, it never happened — an admission the AP made after Pruitt’s office and Breitbart pressed them for a correction. …. The EPA and Dow Chemical both said the scheduled meeting at a hotel in Houston had been canceled»
«The AP followed with a Saturday story — published without a byline — titled “EPA says Pruitt meeting with Dow Chemical head was cancelled.”
«Breitbart took a victory lap»
«Later that same day, CNN retracted the article. Several days later, three of its top journalists resigned.»
«Those errors come as Trump’s conservative media allies are increasingly on the hunt for media errors and alleged bias»
«the White House has shown no sign it plans to let up in the war against the media and his allies are seizing on the missteps to chip away at press credibility»
«These people claim to be defenders of fact and truth but are only out to smear Trump and his supporters,” said Graham. “They’re stenographers for the resistance»
Quanto successo è di particolare gravità. Tre grandi testate giornalistiche mondiali sono state costrette ad ammettere l’uso sistematico di menzogne e falsità. Una cosa infatti è un errore occasionale, un incidente di percorso che può accadere in ogni grande organizzazione, ed una completamente differente è la recidività di tale evenienza: la menzogna eletta a sistema.
A ciò si aggiunga il modo tipicamente liberal della scrittura degli articoli, stile volutamente ed artatamente ambiguo, volto ad ingannare il lettore.
Da ultimo, ma non certo per ultimo, si deve constatare come gli articoli di questi media siano invartiabilmente ripresi dai politici liberal democratici, che li citano con la reverenza con cui si citano Sacre Scritture.
Mrs Nancy Pelosi ha largamente usato gli articoli di queste testate per sostenere una campagna contro le “false notizie” a suo dire dette dal Presidente Trump: era invece vero propio il contrario. E non si dica che la rappresentante dei liberal democratici in seno al Congresso americano non abbia vie ufficiali di informazioni, che debba apprendere ciò che sta accadendo dalla lettura dei giornali.
Che i liberals democratici fossero dei maestri della menzogna era cosa tristemente nota: sembrerebbe essere impossibile trovare in loro una traccia sia pur minimale di verità. Calunnie, maledicenze, livore rancoroso, odio sfrenato sono loro costanti caratteristiche. Tutto in loro è simulazione e dissimulazione. Spesso si potrebbe a ragione dubitare anche che diano un nome e cognome vero. Due cose però li rendono insopportabili.
In primo luogo, si ergono a paladini della “verità“, che sarebbe ovviamente ciò che loro affermano. Assomigliano a satana, loro padre.
In secondo luogo, la loro prosopopea e supponenza: sono tossici.
Adesso almeno le tre testate citate hanno pubblicato ritrattazioni di quanto detto e licenziato in tronco i giornalisti. Ma questo non basta. Il partito democratico dovrebbe essere dichiarato fuori legge come ogni altra qualsiasi organizzazione criminale.
Vogliono censurare internet e bonificare Facebook dalle notizie false.
Inizino dalla Cnn, passando poi al The New York Times ed all’Associated Press.
→ The Hill. 2017-07-04. Media errors give Trump fresh ammunition
A string of high-profile corrections and retractions by major news organizations on stories about President Trump or his allies have fueled more allegations of bias in the mainstream press.
The relationship between Trump and the news media regularly hits new lows, with insults flying between the two camps and reporters warning that the president is inciting violence against journalists.
But Trump’s allies on the right believe the president’s claims that the mainstream media is “fake news” have been bolstered by recent missteps. They point to recent admissions from top news outlets — including CNN, the New York Times and the Associated Press — that bombshell stories were either overcooked or included incorrect details.
Adding insult to injury: Breitbart News, the pro-Trump media outlet that is scorned by many in the mainstream press, has been fact-checking their mainstream counterparts with some success.
Breitbart’s Washington political editor Matthew Boyle was first to call into question a CNN story on alleged ties between a Trump associate and Russia that was later retracted. Boyle was also reporting on an error in an Associated Press report when the newswire corrected and later rewrote the story.
Together, the corrections and retractions amount to only a few stories out of the thousands published every day. But the high-profile nature of the errors hurts the media’s credibility at a time when the press is under more scrutiny than ever before, giving new political ammunition to critics of the mainstream press.
“There’s a dramatic difference in the degree of hostility the press has shown Presidents Trump and Obama,” said Tim Graham, a director at the conservative Media Research Center. “I guess it’s easier to make errors writing stories where Trump is twirling his villain’s mustache than when you’re writing about how tone Michelle Obama’s arms are.”
Last week, the New York Times and the Associated Press ran similar corrections acknowledging that reports on Russian interference in the 2016 election had overstated by more than a dozen the number of U.S. intelligence agencies that had signed off on the assessment.
Both outlets had reported that all 17 organizations that fall under the umbrella of the U.S. intelligence community had made the assessment. In fact, only four – the CIA, FBI, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the National Security Agency – had contributed to that conclusion.
The Associated Press correction was applied to four stories that had run from early April to late June.
The corrections were gleefully aggregated by conservative media outlets and bounced around social media on the right.
The AP ran into more trouble over the weekend after it ran a story about how Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt met privately with the CEO of a top chemical company, then decided to drop a ban on a widely used pesticide that has been shown to harm children’s brains.
The story insinuated that Pruitt had made the decision under pressure from a corporate lobbying campaign.
But while the meeting between Pruitt and Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris was on Pruitt’s schedule, it never happened — an admission the AP made after Pruitt’s office and Breitbart pressed them for a correction.
The EPA and Dow Chemical both said the scheduled meeting at a hotel in Houston had been canceled,with the two men instead having only “a brief introduction in passing.”
The AP followed with a Saturday story — published without a byline — titled “EPA says Pruitt meeting with Dow Chemical head was cancelled.”
Breitbart took a victory lap.
“A Breitbart News investigation has led to the correction by the Associated Press–which originally resisted–of the fake news it printed as deeper questions of responsibility, accountability, and journalistic ethics consume the AP heading into Fourth of July weekend,” Boyle wrote.
It’s the second time Breitbart has been at the center of a media correction controversy.
Boyle was the first to call into question a CNN report alleging that Trump associate Anthony Scaramucci was under investigation for improper dealings with a Russian state bank. Meanwhile, Sputnik News, the Russian-backed news outlet, disputed CNN’s claim that the bank in question was also backed by Moscow.
Later that same day, CNN retracted the article. Several days later, three of its top journalists resigned.
“An organization of nearly 4,000 news professionals; an organization that has spent huge sums recruiting ever-greater reportorial muscle; an organization that promises both sides a fair shake; an organization that values right-on-the-money exclusives — it just cannot abide getting shamed by Sputnik and Breitbart,” Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple wrote at the time.
It has been a tough stretch for CNN. A few weeks earlier, the network had to retract a story authored by some of its most recognizable on-air talent after it was directly contradicted by public testimony from former FBI Director James Comey.
In that same testimony, Comey described a bombshell New York Times story alleging contacts between Trump campaign officials and Moscow as “almost entirely wrong.”
Most reports sourced to anonymous officials about the Russia investigation should not be trusted, Comey said, because those who are willing to talk don’t know about the investigations and those who do know about the investigations aren’t talking.
Last week, Vice News retracted two stories about how Disney would not give a robotic Trump figure a speaking role in its “Hall of Presidents” attraction.
Those errors come as Trump’s conservative media allies are increasingly on the hunt for media errors and alleged bias.
Conservative activist James O’Keefe has targeted CNN employees in a string of undercover sting videos. One video revealed a CNN producer criticizing Kellyanne Conway’s looks.
A second video found CNN commentator Van Jones calling the Russia controversy a “nothing burger.” A third video showed a producer alleging the network was burying important stories as part of its obsession with Russia.
The media’s errors come as Trump and his allies launch a barrage of attacks aimed at undermining and calling into question the veracity of the news media.
Trump’s personal attack against the hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe and his weekend tweet showing him body-slamming a wrestler with the CNN logo emblazoned over his face have unified the press.
GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill have condemned Trump’s attacks, as have a broad cross-section of newsmakers on the political talk show circuit, who called the attacks sexist or an incitement of violence against reporters.
“The basic premise is most of the elite media is center left and most of the country is center right,” conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “Combativeness towards the media plays well. Cruelty does not. And when the president crosses the line between combativeness into cruelty, he loses some of his base.”
But the White House has shown no sign it plans to let up in the war against the media and his allies are seizing on the missteps to chip away at press credibility.
“These people claim to be defenders of fact and truth but are only out to smear Trump and his supporters,” said Graham. “They’re stenographers for the resistance.”
→ The New York Times. 2017-07-04. A Costly Retraction for CNN and an Opening for Trump
In CNN’s newsroom, it is called the Triad: a three-pronged internal system designed to ensure that sensitive reporting by the network’s journalists is unimpeachable before it runs.
Last week, the Triad fell short — and by Tuesday, the consequences were being felt across the news industry and in the hallways of the White House.
CNN was forced to apologize after retracting a story on its website that a Russian bank linked to a close ally of President Trump was under Senate investigation. Three high-ranking journalists at the network resigned.
But the mea culpa did not stop Mr. Trump and his supporters from seizing on the mistake, condemning CNN and claiming it as evidence that other major news organizations were conspiring against the administration. On Twitter, Mr. Trump wrote that “they caught Fake News CNN cold” and asked, “What about all the other phony stories they do?”
“The reporting was attributed to an anonymous source.”funny enough, THIS story is also attributed to an anonymous source: “Those procedures…
By the afternoon, Mr. Trump’s deputy press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, was on live television scolding the White House press corps over the retraction, even urging Americans to watch a video filmed by a controversial right-wing activist, James O’Keefe, that showed a low-level CNN producer criticizing his network.
“Whether it’s accurate or not, I don’t know, but I would encourage everybody in this room and, frankly, everybody across the country to take a look at it,” Ms. Sanders said of the video.
News organizations regularly issue corrections and, in rarer instances, retract a story. Other journalists on Tuesday praised CNN for taking responsibility after a painful black eye.
But the ferocious response on Tuesday was a reminder of CNN’s unique role as a nemesis for Mr. Trump, who says the network has unfairly tried to tie him to Russian interference in last year’s election — and underlined the heightened tensions between the news media and an administration that has curtailed access and labeled the news media an “opposition party.”
“People are trying to attack us, trying to take us down,” CNN’s president, Jeffrey A. Zucker, said in a newsroom conference call on Tuesday morning, according to a network employee who listened to the call and was granted anonymity to describe private remarks.
“Our reputation is everything; that is our currency, and that’s why we have processes in place,” Mr. Zucker said, according to the employee. He added, “If you don’t follow those procedures, you don’t work here, period.”
Those procedures broke down last week, according to several people at CNN who, in speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters, recounted a scramble inside the network after the story was published last Thursday.
The article, written by the veteran reporter Thomas Frank, linked Anthony Scaramucci, a hedge-fund manager and Trump confidant, to a Russian investment fund supposedly being investigated by the Senate Intelligence Committee. The reporting was attributed to an anonymous source.
The Triad system should have kicked into gear, with reviews by lawyers, a standards-and-practices division, and an editorial team known collectively as the Row, which checks facts and approves anonymous sources. (The system is so ingrained that CNN journalists often use the term as a verb: as in, has the story been “rowed”?)
But several network officials were caught off-guard when the story appeared online, the people said, signaling that it had not received the proper approvals.
CNN has not specified what, if anything, in the story was untrue, only saying that the piece did not meet its editorial standards. On Tuesday, the network declined to explain the exact nature of how its procedures went awry.
The mistake came at a sensitive time. Like other news channels, CNN’s ratings are up compared with last year, but on weeknights, the network has fallen behind its rivals Fox News and MSNBC in prime time. In the past month, CNN cut ties with the broadcast personalities Kathy Griffin and Reza Aslan after they publicly assailed Mr. Trump in vulgar ways.
Among newsroom executives, however, the big concern was a bungled story earlier in June, which incorrectly predicted the congressional testimony of James B. Comey, former F.B.I. director. Mr. Zucker was deeply upset about the error and the ensuing correction, and made clear to his staff that the network would not tolerate mistakes amid such intense public scrutiny.
The zero-tolerance atmosphere made last week’s mistake all the more glaring. Mr. Zucker began an investigation as right-wing outlets like Breitbart News began to note problems in CNN’s reporting. Mr. Scaramucci contacted CNN executives to dispute the story and said that he was considering legal action, according to a person familiar with his conversations who spoke on condition of anonymity.
By Monday morning, Mr. Frank and two editors who worked on the piece, Lex Haris and Eric Lichtblau, had submitted their resignations. The men were key players in CNN’s beefed-up investigative unit, part of a highly acclaimed push by Mr. Zucker to expand the network’s original reporting on politics and national security in the Trump era.
Mr. Lichtblau, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter hired by CNN in April from The New York Times, also worked on the Comey story earlier this month. Neither he nor Mr. Haris responded to requests for comment on Tuesday; Mr. Frank could not be reached.
“There have been so many attempts from so many quarters to decertify the press,” Roy Peter Clark, a senior scholar at the Poynter Institute, said on Tuesday. “The best thing that a news organization could do is to constantly revisit its standards and practices and constantly review the level of performance.”
Mr. Trump appeared less sympathetic to that argument. In a series of Twitter posts on Tuesday, he insulted CNN’s ratings; denounced other news organizations, including The Times, as “Fake News”; and reposted a fan’s reworking of the CNN logo as “FNN: Fake News Network.”
On social media, Mr. Trump’s supporters gloated over CNN’s error, calling it proof of bias. At the White House, Ms. Sanders cited the video by Mr. O’Keefe, saying, “If it is accurate, I think it’s a disgrace to all of media, to all of journalism.” Mr. O’Keefe is known for an undercover video that damaged the reputation of the community organizing group Acorn, but he has been shown to selectively edit footage to disparage his subjects.
One reporter, Brian Karem of The Sentinel newspapers in Maryland, objected, telling Ms. Sanders, “What you just did is inflammatory to people all over the country who look at it and say, ‘See, once again, the president’s right, and everybody else out here is fake media.’”
Ms. Sanders did not flinch. “If anything has been inflamed, it’s the dishonesty that often takes place by the news media,” she said before moving on to the next question.