By Ray Starmann
Once upon a time, CNN provided 24/7, serious news coverage of world events.
The network was born in 1980 and gained viewers with live coverage of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986 and the rescue of baby Jessica McClure in 1987. In the 1980’s it was the only all news cable network in the world.
But, CNN didn’t garner international attention until the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and the subsequent US led Gulf War in the winter of 1991.
CNN not only came to prominence during the Gulf War, they owned Gulf War news coverage.
The first Persian Gulf War in 1991 was a watershed event for CNN that catapulted the channel past the “Big Three” American networks for the first time in its history, largely due to an unprecedented, historical scoop: CNN was the only news outlet with the ability to communicate from inside Iraq during the initial hours of the Coalition bombing campaign, with live reports from the al-Rashid Hotel in Baghdad by reporters Bernard Shaw, John Holliman and Peter Arnett.
The moment when bombing began was announced on CNN by Bernard Shaw on January 16, 1991, as follows:
This is Bernie Shaw. Something is happening outside. … Peter Arnett, join me here. Let’s describe to our viewers what we’re seeing… The skies over Baghdad have been illuminated. … We’re seeing bright flashes going off all over the sky.
Because it was unable to immediately broadcast live pictures from Baghdad, CNN’s coverage of the initial hours of the Gulf War had the dramatic feel of a radio broadcast – and was compared to legendary CBS news anchor Edward R. Murrow‘s gripping live radio reports of the German bombing of London during World War II. Despite the lack of live pictures, CNN’s coverage was carried by television stations and networks around the world, resulting in CNN being watched by over a billion viewers worldwide.
CNN was taken so seriously as an ACCURATE, real time information source that it was sometimes used by military intelligence during the Gulf War, to the chagrin of General Schwarzkopf, who was tired of getting reports from CNN, rather than the vast multi-billion dollar intelligence community at his disposal.
CNN’s international, 24/7, respected news coverage continued through the 1990’s, 9-11 and the Iraq War.
While most of CNN’s staff were liberal, as are most people in the news industry, CNN made an attempt to maintain a middle of the road image, while Fox was conservative and MSNBC progressively…progressive.
Well, no more…
That all changed with the candidacy and election of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States.
The days of CNN being a respected, worldwide news outlet are long gone.
The network has been reborn as a left-wing, globalist propaganda ministry that would make the boys and girls from the old Soviet Pravda salivate with glee. CNN is the Deep State’s maskirovka arm for their war on Trump. When the Deep State says jump, CNN says how high.
CNN has come out of the closet as not only a liberal media outlet, but a network purveying lies, fabrications, deceit and daily deception about President Trump, his family and those in his cabinet.
CNN has a mission; destroy President Trump.
CNN is not just the Clinton News Network, but much more. It has become the globalist go to outlet to push their policies of open borders, endless, unvetted Islamic immigration, trade deal death to the American worker and unhinged hatred for President Trump, Middle America, Brexit, Nigel Farage, Marine Le Pen and of course, InfoWars.
CNN’s War on Trump is a war on freedom and it is being waged by a 24/7 campaign of fake news.
CNN owns the term Fake News. The fallen apostles of liberal larceny: Brian Stelter, Jake Tapper, Wolf Blitzer (who at one time was a good reporter), Don ‘Intoxicated and Pierced’ Lemon and Anderson Cooper serve up a daily buffet of agitation and propaganda.
Then there’s the CNN East German Kangaroo Court, filled with liberal and globalist hacks like Fareed Zakariah who never met an open border he didn’t like, David ‘Oh So Establishment’ Gergen, Van ‘Whitelash’ Jones, Gloria Borger and S.E. Cupp, once a conservative, sort of liberal on CNN and soon to be whatever political persuasion she needs to be to get a really big pay check.
Of course we can’t forget CNN’s ace reporter, the Islamic apologist and citizen cannibal, Reza Aslan.
Jake Tapper’s hatred for President Trump is off the charts. The Lead with Jake Tapper is so full of slander and lies about the President that he makes Brian Williams of NBC look like the reincarnation of Honest Abe Lincoln.
Tapper is a snide, arrogant Ivy League clown who has become Jeff Zucker’s Gunga Din, carrying a bucket of slime and putrid water in the hopes that he will become the nation’s next Walter Cronkite.
Cronkite, while a liberal, had scruples. Tapper has the moral compass of a Saigon whore. He is nothing more than a WASP sleaze ball in a Botany 500 suit.
Tapper can’t get enough of the Trump and Russia story. He is convinced Trump has been colluding with Russia for years and only because of Russian hacking did Hillary somehow lose the election. Tapper is not just running with the Deep State maskirvoka about Russia, he is sprinting with it, holding it to his chest like he’s purloined the Crown Jewels, when all he really has is a pile of Fool’s Gold.
Someone needs to tell Mr. Tapper that there is ZERO, yes ZERO proof that Mr. Trump has or had any involvement at all with anyone or anything from Russia.
Tapper is also convinced that President Trump’s wiretapping claims are all lies. A good, patriotic Kenyan like Barack Obama would never resort to such despicable Deep State tactics.
Stay tuned to House Intelligence Committee revelations on the subject this week, Jake.
The list of fake news stories produced by CNN in the last few months is astounding.
Only days ago, CNN ran with the fake news story that Fox News’s Sean Hannity had once pulled a gun on liberal columnist and Fox News contributor, Juan Williams. Williams was quick to denounce the story for what it was, more CNN lies.
Here are some more CNN fake news stories:
“House rolls back Obama gun background check rule” (CNN);
On the day of Trump’s inauguration, CNN claimed Nancy Sinatra was “not happy” with the fact that the president and first lady’s inaugural dance would be to the tune of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.” The problem? Nancy Sinatra had never said any such thing.
(CNN). “Betsy DeVos says guns in schools may be necessary to protect students from grizzly bears”
Leading up to Trump announcing his first Supreme Court nomination, CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jeff Zeleny announced that the White House was “setting up [the] Supreme Court announcement as a prime-time contest.” He pointed to a pair of recently created “identical Twitter pages” for a theoretical justices Neil Gorsuch and Thomas Hardiman, the two likeliest nominees for the court vacancy.
CNN ran a story saying that Trump supporters were considering boycotting Pepsi over comments that the CEO of the company never actually made.
On Sept. 29, CNN.com ran a story with the headline “Howard Stern Says Trump Backed Iraq War In 2002.” But as Stern noted on his popular radio program, he can’t understand “how CNN came up with that headline.”
The list is endless…
And, so are the lies about the President.
Finally, and what would be funny, if it wasn’t so deviously sickening, is CNN’s recent segment, titled, ‘Is Fake News fooling Kids?’ CNN ought to know, they’re the Number One creators of fake news in the world.
CNN’s fake news isn’t doing the network any good. Their ratings still fall vastly behind Fox News, and as of last week, behind MSNBC, Rachel Maddow and her ‘mailbox’ full of tax return pages from 1990.
CNN’s reputation is gone, done, finished and with it the reputations of Mr. Zucker, Tapper, Lemon, Cooper, Blitzer, Zakaria and Gergen. It’s rapidly sinking to the bottom of the Marianas Trench for eternity.
If the network is to ever return to its golden days of actual serious and largely neutral news coverage, new ownership must purge its employees from top to toe.
Until then, CNN will be what it is now, a repository of journalistic waste.