We've documented how, through much of 2017, CNSNews.com has served as a public-relations agent for the right-wing legal group Judicial Watch, rewriting their press releases as "news" articles. CNS closed out 2017 in the same mode. Here's the Judicial Watch stenography CNS published -- mostly written by CNS managing editor Michael W. Chapman -- through the end of 2017:
- Judicial Watch: Sanctuary Cities Denied 284 ICE Detainers for Criminal Illegals in 3 Months
- Judicial Watch Sues DOJ for Mueller Russian Special Counsel Budget
- Judicial Watch Sues State Dept for Podesta Group Records
- Judicial Watch Sues ODNI to Release Report on Russia's Meddling in Foreign Elections
- Judicial Watch: State Dept Cut Deal for Clinton to Keep Call Logs Secret, Abedin Took 'Muslim Engagement Documents'
- Judicial Watch Sues for Records on Removal of FBI's Peter Strzok From Mueller's Trump Investigation
- Judicial Watch: DOJ, Mueller 'Wanted to Hide the Truth' on How Agent Strzok's Biases Have Compromised Clinton and Collusion Cases
For the record, that's at least 31 articles uncritically forwarding Judicial Watch talking points CNS published in 2017, plus three columns by Judical Watch chief Tom Fitton. Chapman made no attempt to talk to anyone else for their reaction to Judicial Watch's politically motivated campaign, nor does he ask why Judicial Watch is so strangely uninterested in Russian interference in U.S. elections.
CNS appears to be ramping up the stenography for 2018. Here's what it's published so far already since Jan. 1:
- Judicial Watch: Classified Huma Abedin Emails on Weiner’s Laptop Merit Criminal Investigation
- Judicial Watch: At Least 18 'Classified Emails' on Convicted Felon Weiner's Laptop
- Judicial Watch: Federal Court Orders FBI to Release Comey Memo on Trump
Chapman also regurgitated Judicial Watch's weird, purposeless attack on the National Mango Board.