Here Are Five Fake Stories CNN Pushed

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President Trump tweeted about “fake news” Tuesday morning, saying it is at an “all time high,” and demanding an apology:

In response to that assertion, CNN’s Chris Cillizza tweeted:

Here are five examples of CNN reporting or pushing false stories:

False Story 1: CNN Reports Hands Up, Don’t Shoot

In December 2014, a CNN panel consisting of Margaret Hoover, Sally Kohn, Sunny Hostin and Mel Robbins all put their hands up and displayed a sign saying, “I Can’t Breathe,” a reference to the slogan “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” which is based on the idea that Michael Brown had his hands up when shot by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri in August 2014.

Sally Kohn said that “thousands of Americans are marching in New York and Washington and across the country, demanding a justice system that applies the same to everybody and honors our values, and we want you to know our hearts are out there marching with them.”

This isn’t the first time CNN’s Kohn has repeated the claim that Michael Brown had his hands up before being shot:

However, this claim has been proven to be untrue. Barack Obama’s Justice Department investigated the shooting and concluded that the use of force was not unreasonable and that Brown charged at Officer Darren Wilson before being shot.

The Washington Post ran an article in early 2015 on its’ “Fact Checker” blog entitled, “Hands up, don’t shoot’ did not happen in Ferguson.”

False Story 2: CNN Falsely Claims Sherelle Smith Was ‘Calling For Peace’

Sherelle Smith, the sister of Sylville Smith, a black male shot by a black police officer in August spoke to news reporters after his shooting. CNN deceptively edited the clip to make it sound like she was calling for peace in response to the shooting, when in fact she was encouraging violent behavior in the suburbs of the city.

CNN correspondent Ana Cabrera said that Smith was “calling for peace,” and showed a clip of Smith saying, “Don’t bring the violence here and the ignorance here.”

In the full video, Smith also says, “Stop burning down shit we need in our community. Take that shit to the suburbs. Burn they shit down. We need our shit. We need our weaves. I don’t wear it. But we need it.”

When called out, CNN later updated a video clip on their website, saying, “An earlier version of this story mischaracterized what the victim’s sister was trying to convey.”

Rioters in Milwaukee attacked police, even hitting one in the head with a brick. Eight businesses were burned and a squad car was destroyed.

False Story 3: CNN Says It’s Illegal To Look At Wikileaks

In one baffling moment from October 2016, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo claimed that it was illegal to look at Wikileaks.

“Also interesting is, remember, it’s illegal to possess these stolen documents. It’s different for the media. So everything you learn about this, you’re learning from us,” Cuomo said during on television.

During that time, Wikileaks was dumping hacked emails from John Podesta’s inbox on a day-to-day basis, many of which reflected negatively on the Clinton campaign.

Emails released by Wikileaks also showed that CNN collaborated with the DNC to make interview questions for Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

Of course, this isn’t true. It is not against the law to view Wikileaks or possess hacked documents, as long as you are not involved in breaking the law by hacking them.

False Story 4: CNN Says Rape Is Pre-Existing Condition Under ACHA

A headline on from early May read, “Rape and domestic violence could be pre-existing conditions.” CNN argued that the American Health Care Act (AHCA) could make sexual assault a pre-existing condition, preventing women who survive rape from getting health care.

This claim was contested by many fact checkers.

The Washington Post posted an article on its “Fact Checker” blog saying, “Despite critics’ claims, the GOP health bill doesn’t classify rape or sexual assault as a preexisting condition.”

Polifact, which has previously displayed some liberal-leaning bias, said the claim that “[u]nder the House Republican health plan, sexual assault is a pre-existing condition” was “misleading” and “mostly false.”

False Story 5: CNN Had To Correct False Comey Report

An example most closely related to Trump’s comments Tuesday can be found in CNN recently having to correct their reporting about James Comey.

CNN reported on June 6th that Comey was going to contradict President Trump’s claim that he wasn’t under FBI investigation in his Senate testimony, a report which obviously was going to make Trump look like a liar.

The article, originally titled, “Comey expected to refute Trump,” featured in its byline Jake Tapper, Gloria Borger, Eric Lichtblau, and Brian Rokus.

Of course, this isn’t what Comey said in the Senate. Instead, Comey did not dispute Trump’s claims that he told the president that he was not under FBI investigation.

The post was later updated with a correction, reading, “This article was published before Comey released his prepared opening statement. The article and headline have been corrected to reflect that Comey does not directly dispute that Trump was told multiple times he was not under investigation in his prepared testimony released after this story was published.”

CNN wasn’t the only media outlet to misrepresent facts leading up to Comey’s testimony, as many other sites had misleading reporting to make Trump look bad.

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  • nlightened2

    I have noticed that all the Trump haters in my neighborhood are pot heads. When I ask them why they hate him all I ever get is acrid name calling etc. NEVER a sound reason. It seems as though they are unable to THINK for themselves. So are drugs used in brainwashing? Just a theory i’m working on…

    • David E

      Maybe they used to like him but hate him now because he made a rabid dog of a marijuana warrior into AG.

    • SP_88

      If they were to give you an honest answer, it would be “My tv told me to”.
      The biggest purveyors of propaganda are the corporate mainstream media. And second is school teachers and college professors.
      This is why it’s so important to be able to think for yourself. That way you can tell the difference between facts and fabrications.
      And it’s also very important to make sure that you teach your children not to believe all the propaganda they are fed in school. Homeschooling is the best defense against having your children brainwashed. But not everyone can do it. So if your children must attend public schools, prepare them ahead of time so they are smart enough to be skeptical of the nonsense they are taught.
      Once you take a couple of school lessons and prove them to be verifiably wrong to your child, they will remember that, and they will be always be skeptical of anything they hear in school. This is especially true for history class, or civics as I believe it is now referred to. Most public schools no longer teach history like they used to. And the reason is because they don’t want students to learn about it.
      And what little history they do hear is so badly misrepresented or revised as to be completely useless other than as propaganda.
      Once they are grown up and out of school, the mainstream media takes over and delivers the daily dose of bullshit to keep people stupid and ensure that they continue to participate in a rigged system.
      This is what likely happened to your neighborhood burn-outs who hate Trump. Oh well. You can try to show them that they are wrong, but do it slowly and carefully. Simply arguing with them about it will get you nowhere.
      In my opinion it seems like a waste to just give up on them without trying to get them on our side, so to speak, because we need people to wake up so we can get our country back from TPTB. Without a majority of people believing in our cause we are doomed to suffer from their agenda.
      Unfortunately most people can only listen to such ridiculous nonsense for so long before they get aggravated, and then it’s just an argument.
      The trick is to get them to prove themselves wrong. If you prove them wrong, even if you have hard evidence in your hand, they will just deny it and they will learn nothing. But if they prove themselves wrong, there is a possibility that it might get them to use critical thinking skills, which would open up all sorts of things that could end up turning them around.
      It’s the best advice I can give. But expect more failure than success. It’s not an easy task to break someone of their cognitive dissonance.

    • FreddyB

      Really? It is the opposite in my neighbourhood with the potheads being the ones that see through the BS with ease. maybe the pot up here in Canada is just better, lol.

  • dav1bg

    I noticed that they like to play CNN at McDonalds.

    • NonYo Business

      You go to McDonalds? Thats kinda gross dude.

      • Frank Castle

        Kinda? Mcdonalds IS GROSS.

    • Tome

      Mc Donalds! you are either old, You have 10 kids, Hooked on Egg Mc Muffins, hitting on one of the Mexican girls working there!

    • Ray

      And my doctor’s office….very strange

  • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

    Modern “journalism” has devolved into little more than creative writing. Someone gives you a storyline and then you are given license to put it into your own words. Easy peasy, easy weezy.

  • TrevorD

    To “misrepresent facts” is surely to represent and endorse lies.

    • Richard O. Mann

      It’s the socialist/communist way. Hitler used “lies” to get the people to follow him. Nothing new. We just have ways today of it getting around the world faster than at any other time in history.

      • Snake Plissken

        What lies did Hitler tell the people? Inquiring minds want to know.

  • Frank Castle

    Fuck progressives and their leftist propagandist networks. If America was ready being led by a strong person their outlets would’ve been shut down and the “journalists” arrested and imprisoned years ago for publishing such phony ass bullshit fake news.

  • SP_88

    In my opinion, the list of real news stories from CNN would be much shorter.

  • Bobby Boucher

    Ever notice all ththe grammar and spelling errors in TDS articles? Like they are written by Jr HS students..