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Friday, June 23, 2017
CNS' Jones Serves Up More Trump Stenography, Hides Lawyer's Contradictions
Topic: CNSNews.com

Susan Jones, CNSNews.com's chief Trump stenographer, served up another steaming slice of it in a June 19 article:

Making the rounds of the Sunday talk shows, Jay Sekulow, a member of President Trump’s legal team, tried to set the record straight:

“The president is not and has not been under investigation,” Sekulow told CBS’s “Face the Nation.” He said the same thing on several other Sunday shows.

Sekulow, the chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, was responding to Trump’s tweet on Friday morning, in which he wrote: "I am being investigated for firing the FBI director, by the man who told me to fire the FBI director. Witch hunt."

“The president issued that tweet on social media because of the report in ‘The Washington Post’ from five anonymous sources…alleging that the president was under investigation in this purported, expanded probe,” Sekulow said.

Jones curiously omits Sekulow's appearance on "Fox News Sunday," where host Chris Wallace called out his convoluted explanations and pointing that Sekulow was still insisting that Trump was not under investigation even after admitting that doesn't know for sure.


Posted by Terry K. at 2:32 PM EDT
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
CNS -- Promoter of Sheriff's Nasty Rhetoric -- Posts Sheriff Group's Call To Tone Down Rhetoric
Topic: CNSNews.com

Craig Bannister ramps up the irony in a June 15 CNSNews.com blog post:

“Vitriolic political rhetoric” must stop because it “puts us all in danger,” the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) warned after Wednesday’s shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) at an Alexandria, Virginia baseball field where Republicans were practicing for a congressional game.

NSA President Sheriff Greg Champagne offered his prayers for Scalise, who remains in critical condition the day after being shot:

"The National Sheriffs' Association would like to offer our collective prayers to House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and his family, as well as to all of those injured in the unprovoked shooting in Alexandria, VA this morning. We wish all of those victims a speedy and complete recovery.”

Champagne called on Americans to end today’s hateful rhetoric that can lead to violence – violence that law enforcement officers themselves have been victimized by the effects of "this destructive rhetoric":

“We also call upon everyone to end the vitriolic political rhetoric that has no other purpose than to dehumanize and demonize those with different political views or who belong to a certain group. Law enforcement officers have also been the subject of this destructive rhetoric that puts us all in danger. It is literally tearing our country apart.

"Enough is enough!”

The sheriff's group's call itself is highly ironic because one of the chief purveyors of vitriolic political rhetoric in America today is Wisconsin sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. And it's doubly ironic that Bannister posted it at CNS because CNS -- mostly in the person of managing editor Michael W. Chapman -- loves to post Clarke's hate-filled rants, especially when his anti-Obama screeds served its political agenda. For instance:

Needless to say, Bannister never noted the disconnect between the sheriffs group's rhetoric and the hate coming from one of its own -- or that CNS is a chief purveyor of the "vitriolic political rhetoric" that statement was denouncing.


Posted by Terry K. at 3:39 PM EDT
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
CNS Lets Bill Donohue Lie About Catholic Sexual Abuse
Topic: CNSNews.com

Gage Cohen writes in a June 6 CNSNews.com article:

On Tuesday, the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights said in a press release that audits of the Catholic Church have consistently found that nearly 8 in 10 victims of sexual abuse by clergy were male and 85 percent of these male victims were post-pubescent, which is usually age 14-16 but can go as high as age 18.

[...]

In a telephone interview, CNSNews.com asked Dr. Bill Donahue, president of the Catholic League, why this result was not being emphasized by U.S. bishops or the media.

“They’ve been intimidated by the dominant culture,” said Donahue. “They know there’s a serious problem there [with homosexual clergy]… it’s not good politics.”

“There’s nothing in social science literature that says you’re likely to be a predator, if you’re homosexual,” said Donohue. “But most have been homosexuals. There’s a problem.”

In fact, as we've reported, the John Jay College of Criminal Justice report on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church -- commissioned by Catholic lay people, underwritten by bishops and released in 2012 -- found no correlation between homosexuality in the priesthood and increased abuse of boys, and its authors warned against making the connection because homosexual behavior does not necessarily equal homosexual orientation.

Because Cohen sought out no other views or was apparently not even aware of the John Jay report that contradicts Donohue, he effective gave Donohue a platform to lie. Not exactly the way to build credibility at CNS, is it?

UPDATE: Cohen also failed to disclose that his boss, Media Research Center chief Brent Bozell, is on the Catholic League's board of advisers. That failure to disclose a blatant conflict of interest is also not a credibility-enhancer.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:41 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 9:03 AM EDT
Thursday, June 15, 2017
CNS Exploits Shooting to Push Guns, Bash Left As Violent
Topic: CNSNews.com

While the Media Research Center has been denouncing politicization of the shooting of Republican Rep. Steve Scalise -- while also doing its own politicizing -- its "news" division, CNSNews.com, has been more aggressive about politicizing it.

An anonymously written article -- credited only to "CNSNews.com Staff" -- serves up pro-gun propaganda with the headline "Congressman: ‘By the Grace of God, One of the Folks Here Had a Weapon to Fire Back’."

From there, it was time to impugn liberal rhetoric as the inspiration for the shooting spree. Craig Bannister uncritically touted Newt Gingrich blaming “an increasing intensity of hostility on the left" for the shooting, and Gage Cohen highlighted that the shooter, James Hodgkinson, "'liked' the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on Facebook," making sure to add: "On a related note, domestic terrorist Floyd Corkins, who shot up the conservative Family Research Council (FRC) in 2012, told the FBI that he learned about the group on the SPLC’s website, which has a 'Hate Map' that labels the FRC as 'Anti-LGBT.'"

Actually, the two incidents aren't related at all, and Cohen doesn't dispute the SPLC's description of the FRC as "anti-LGBT" -- good for him, since that's pretty much indisputable. But hey, why quibble with facts when there's a tragedy to politicize?


Posted by Terry K. at 10:09 PM EDT
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Terry Jeffrey's Transgender Freakout
Topic: CNSNews.com

Looks like Tim Graham isn't the only Media Research Center employee who's prone to freaking out when the subject of transgenders comes up.

It appears CNSNess.com editor in chief Terry Jeffrey has found the next target in the MRC's revenge campaign: an independent filmmaker who received federal money that made a film for federally funded public television about a transgender teen, called "Real Boy."

In a June 7 article, Jeffrey rants that the film is a "pro-sex-change documentary," which in right-wing speak means that the filmmakers failed to shame the teen for choosing the gender identity that fits best. Jeffrey takes particular offense to the press kit for the film, which references guidance from GLAAD about moving transgenderism "closer to acceptance."

Jeffrey then shares the hostile, biased questions he fired at the film's producers, the Independent Television Service:

Citing this guidance, CNSNews.com asked ITVS by email: “Is it fair to say that one purpose of the ‘Real Boy’ documentary is to advance the cause of moving transgenderism ‘closer to acceptance’ in America?”

ITVS responded: “ITVS had no participation, funding or otherwise, in the press kit referencing ‘closer to acceptance.’”

CNSNews.com asked: “Does the film not seek to move transgenderism ‘closer to acceptance’ in America?”

ITVS responded again: “ITVS had no participation, funding or otherwise, in the press kit referencing ‘closer to acceptance.’

CNSNews.com asked: “Why should American taxpayers be required to pay for the production and broadcasting of ‘Real Boy’?”

ITVS responded: “Americans broadly support public broadcasting's mission to help inform civil discourse essential to American society.”

CNSNews.com asked: “Why should Congress maintain a law that requires taxpayers to fund a private documentary producer like ITVS?”

ITVS responded: “ITVS supports independent producers from all corners of our country who tell stories about Americans​ representing a range of complex topics. The organization serves as a public pathway for producers and characters untethered to a single public television station, television series, geographic area or set of interests.”

[...]

CNSNews.com also asked PBS: “Why should American taxpayers be forced to pay for the broadcasting of Real Boy?”

The PBS spokesperson responded: “This film represents just one title among the many hours of high-quality programming offered by PBS stations each year spanning genres including news and public affairs, science, history, drama, arts and children’s content. I would refer you to recent statements we’ve made about the importance of federal funding, as well as research that shows strong support across the political spectrum for federal funding for public media.”

Then, in a June 12 article, Jeffrey tried to manufacture further outrage by complaining that "The website of the federally funded Public Broadcasting Service will host a blog posting about transgender dating, which will be advertised on air next Monday evening when PBS broadcasts the transgender documentary 'Real Boy.'" Yes, Jeffrey is complaining that a blog post will appear on a website.Again, Jeffrey showed off his hostile questioning:

CNSNews.com asked ITVS if the blog post about transgender dating would be written by one of ITVS’s regular bloggers and when it would be posted. CNSNews.com also asked ITVS if it would be posted on the regular Independent Lens blog page at pbs.org/independentlens/blog, if the blog post’s Q&A format would feature observations by transgender individuals about their dating experiences and/or advice on dating as a transgender—or, if that were not the blog post’s subject matter, what the subject matter would be.

ITVS did not respond.

CNSNews.com asked PBS about the planned blog post: “Is it acceptable to PBS that ‘Independent Lens’ promote on a PBS broadcast and post on the PBS website a blog about ‘dating when you are trans’?” CNSNews.com also asked PBS: “If so, is there any human behavior that PBS would find unacceptable as the focus of a blog posting based on a Q&A with people who engage in that behavior and that PBS would, therefore, not allow to be posted on its website?”

PBS did not respond.

The MRC would not put up with such biased questions if asked by the "liberal media." Why is it tolerating them from one of its own employees?


Posted by Terry K. at 8:35 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 8:49 PM EDT
Friday, June 9, 2017
CNS' Pro-Trump Bias Descends Into Parody
Topic: CNSNews.com

CNSNews.com has always had a pronounced pro-Trump bias, but former FBI director James Comey's testimony before Congress has sent the Media Research Center "news" operation into new heights of pro-Trump fervor (if only to distract from the growing scandals around Trump).

After Comey released a copy of his opening statement, chief Trump fangirl Susan Jones served up a hilariously creative interpretation of it -- presented as "news" -- that portrays Trump as a victim, claming that Comey's statement "shows that President Donald Trump became increasingly frustrated by the ongoing Russia investigation, not because he had anything to hide, but because the leaks and media speculation were interfering with his ability to get things done for the country."

Jones counterfactually insisted that "Comey's statement does not back up the liberal media speculation that Trump may have obstructed justice by asking Comey to drop or back-off the Russia investigation or the investigation of Michael Flynn." Jones also referenced the notorious Trump dossier claiming that "Trump had engaged in perverted sexual acts with prostitutes during a trip to Russia"; Jones called the dossier "unsubstantiated and frankly ridiculous." We'll agree with the former; the latter is opinion not backed up by reality that has no business in a "news" article.

Jones followed that with a pre-hearing screed -- also falsely presented as "news" -- under the headline "Liberal Media That Are Out to Get Trump Run Eager Headlines on Thursday":

With the Comey circus in town on Thursday, Washington is a-quiver with anticipation that the former FBI director might/could, will-he/won't-he (please-oh-please) hand investigators evidence of criminality on the part of President Trump.

Former FBI Director James Comey's written statement to the Senate intelligence committee, released on Wednesday, drew cries of somber outrage from Democrats -- "Obstruction of justice!" "Crossing a line!" "Unethical!" "Unprecedented!" "Inappropriate!" -- but no calls for handcuffs just yet.

Several Democrats on Thursday morning stopped short of saying Trump's conversations with Comey amount to obstruction of justice. They told cable news shows they'd leave the legalities to federal prosecutors.

Here are some of the headlines and front-page blurbs from newspapers and cable channels that have been trying to undermine Trump since his election:

Jones used yet another purported "news" article to whine: "As Congress and the liberal media chase Russia-Trump conspiracy theories, the people’s business languishes."

CNS was on post-hearing spin patrol as well, focusing heavily on doing stories that claim to clear Trump and make Comey look bad:

Jones then passed the ridiculously-biased-commentary talking stick to blogger Craig Bannister. First, he parroted a Republican congressman's silly parsing of Trump's reported statement that he hoped Comey would drop the FBI investigationinto former national security adviser Michael Flynn, cheering that the congressman "got Comey to admit that 'hoping' is not a crime - yet." But as observers less slavishly devoted to protecting Trump have noted, a threat does not have to be explicit to be clear, and people have been convicted of obstruction charges for making an "I hope" statement.

Bannister followed that up with a crude smear job relying on out-of-context words to portray Comey as an incompetent FBI director:

In Senate testimony Thursday, James Comey portrayed himself as someone who was “confused,” “stunned,” lacking “presence of mind” and not “strong” enough during his tenure as FBI director.

Comey also pleaded ignorance, declaring “I don’t know” on 45 different occasions during his appearance in the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing looking into his dealings with President Donald Trump regarding Russia and the 2016 election.

While Comey repeatedly said he was “confused” by his firing, he painted a picture of himself as an FBI director who was unsure of himself while in office. Nine times in his testimony, Comey referred to himself as “confused.” Twice, he called himself “stunned,” and he twice said he didn’t have the “presence of mind” to do his job properly.

Surprisingly, CNS did not play this as "news" but as a blog post. But as we've seen, that's a diestinction without a difference at CNS.


Posted by Terry K. at 3:09 PM EDT
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
CNS Managing Editor Pushes More Anti-Gay Hate
Topic: CNSNews.com

CNSNews.com managing editor Michael W. Chapman just loves to write blog posts spewing hatred at gays for, well, existing. Well, he's at it again.

In a May 26 post, Chapman regurgitates right-wing minister Franklin Graham's rant attacking the New England Patriots  for sponsoring a team in the "Gay Bowl" flag football tournament. Chapman then adds, without attribution or proof: "The clear agenda of the Gay Bowl is to promote homosexuality, lesbianism, and transgenderism and endorse the gay way of life. Through flag football, sports, this agenda is easily targeted to children and families."

The same day, Chapman wrote another post touting how "strong majorities of male adults, weekly church goers, conservatives, and Republicans" think no new laws to protect the LGBT community are needed.Chapman then served up his own biased definitions of transgender-related terms:

Birth gender refers to the biological, anatomical sex of a person at birth, male or female. Gender identity refers to the gender a person chooses to follow regardless of biology and genetics. A transgender is a person who believes they are the opposite sex  of their biology, e.g., Bruce "Caitlyn" Jenner, a biological male who thinks he is a woman and has had breast implants, hormone treatments, and had his genitalia surgically altered to look like a vagina. 

Chapman doesn't explain why he's so obsessed with Jenner's genitalia.

On June 1, Chapman published a post dutifully highlighting the anti-gay rantings of tennis legend Margaret Court, who complained that "tennis is full of lesbians" and that gays are "after our young ones" and "behind that bullying program in schools." After noting "gay critics" of Court like Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova," Chapman parenthetically added: "Court beat Billie Jean King in four Grand Slam finals, and beat Martina Navratilova in two other matches."

This sort of stuff makes Chapman the face of the gay-hating right at the Media Research Center (not to mention a lead example of why CNS has no credibility as a news organization). Apparently, he's quite cool with that.


Posted by Terry K. at 9:30 PM EDT
Monday, June 5, 2017
Shocker: CNS Leads With Bad News About Unemployment Under Trump
Topic: CNSNews.com

CNSNews.com has finally found some bad economic numbers that it ss couldn't bury.

As we've documented, CNS' relentlessly negative tone about jobless numbers under the Obama administration became aggressively positive once President Trump took office. But the one cherry-picked statistic CNS obsessed about during the Obama years -- the labor force participation rate -- was bad enough that even CNS reporter  and Trump stenograph Susan Jones couldn't spin it.

Not that she didn't try, though. Still, the tone of her June 2 article is a bit resigned:

A disappointing report from the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday: The economy added 138,000 jobs in May, fewer than analysts were expecting; and after setting three straight monthly records, the number of unemployed Americans dropped by 233,000 to 152,923,000.

The unemployment rate ticked down a tenth of a point to 4.3 percent, near historic lows.

But the number of Americans not in the labor force – meaning they are neither working nor looking for work – increased by 608,000 to 94,983,000 in May, close to the record high of 95,102,000 in December 2016.  The not-in-the-labor-force number includes retirees, students, homemakers, the disabled, and others who have stopped looking for work for whatever reason.

The nation’s labor force participation rate – the percentage of the 16-and-older civilian non-institutionalized population that is either employed or actively seeking work – dropped two-tenths of a point to 62.7 percent in May.

That explanation of who isn't working, like retirees and students, rarely placed so high, if at all, in a Jones jobless rate story under Obama.

Jones' article was joined by the usual sidebar from Terry Jeffrey complaining there are more jobs in government than in manufacturing. Missing again are Obama-era sidebars about the "real unemployment rate" and how black unemployement is higher than white unemployment. It's almost as if CNS did those sidebars for the sole purpose of making Obama look bad and doesn't want to highlight that those numbers look pretty much thte same under Trump.

CNS tried to do some after-the-fact spinning of all this by publishing a June 5 op-ed by the Heritage Foundation's Timothy Doescher, who delcared that to fix these numbers, "We need fundamental tax reform, the repeal of Obamacare—which continues to make hiring difficult for small businesses—and a serious reform of our welfare system, which rewards able-bodied people for not working and swelled to historic levels under the Obama administration."


Posted by Terry K. at 2:03 PM EDT
Friday, June 2, 2017
CNS Summer Intern Has The Dishonest Right-Wing Reporting Basics Down
Topic: CNSNews.com

Gage Cohen is a summer intern for CNSNews.com, and already he's picking up CNS' dishonest ways.

Cohen writes in a May 31 article:

Planned Parenthood’s newly released " 2015-2016 Annual Report " says that the organization performed 328,348 abortions in the year that ended on Sept. 30, 2015, and received $554.6 million in "government health services reimbursements and grants"--money that came from U.S. taxpayers--in the year that on June 30, 2016.

Cohen conveniently -- and dishonestly -- omits the important fact that none of that "money that came from U.S. taxpayers" paid for any of those abortions because federal law prohibits it.

CNS revels in pushing that dishonesty.

Cohen similarly repeated right-wing talking points in a June 1 article, claiming that "The 2017 hurricane season begins today, June 1--a record 139 months after the last major hurricane made landfall in the continental United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration."

As we've pointed out, CNS narrowly defines this as a Category 3 hurricane that made landfall, which conveniently ignores Category 3 hurricanes that grazed the U.S. coast before weakening and making landfall as well as 2012's Superstorm Sandy, which still caused substantial damage despite not being a Category 3 hurricane at landfall.

It looks like Cohen is well on his way to becoming a highly biased right-wing reporter. Congratulations, or something.


Posted by Terry K. at 6:09 PM EDT
Monday, May 29, 2017
CNS Stenography -- And Factual Failure -- on Trump Budget
Topic: CNSNews.com

The Trump stenographers at CNSNews.com have been busy promoting President Trump's official budget. CNS' reporters were busy uncritically touting the stuff they liked in a series of articles:

Patrick Goodenough's contribution to the stenography parade, "Administration Proposes Steep Cuts to Account That Funds U.N. Regular Budget," actually did include some criticism, but it was buried in the final two paragraphs of his 30-paragraph article. And another article by Arter, "WH Budget Director to Democrat: ‘What About the Standard of Living for My Grandchildren Who Aren’t Here Yet?’" did provide a give-and-take between White House budget director Mick Mulvaney and Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee, but the point was mostly to present Mulvaney as authoritative and Lee as a complainer.

CNS also rushed out a couple of op-eds praising Trump's budget proposal. A trio of Heritage Foundation employees wrote one with the praiseworthy headline "Trump Budget Proposal Would Jump-Start Economy, Rein in Size and Scope of Gov’t." Another Heritage writer's op-ed proclaimed: "Trump Budget Reduces Government’s Role in Higher Ed, Will Curtail Runaway Tuition Prices."

They were joined by CNS editor in chief Jeffrey himself, praising the proposed elimination of "unwarranted" programs like the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Legal Services Corporation, ranting that "America is headed toward bankruptcy because it has become a welfare state where increasing numbers of people are dependent on government for the basics of their lives."

The Trump sycophancy is so entrenched at CNS that it can't even be bothered to fact-check anyone in the administration. A May 24 blog post by Craig Bannister uncritically repeated Mulvaney's claim that money to public television can be cut because big Bird is a fat cat that does "extraordinarily well" and besides, the corporate tax cuts will help his creator, Henson Associates.

In fact, the rights to Big Bird and other "Sesame Street" characters were sold to Sesame Workshop, the show's producer, in 2001,  and the Henson company is no longer connected with them. While merchandising revenue from the "Sesame Street" characters does generate significant revenue, Slate reported, Sesame Workshop spends much more than that on production and development of TV shows. The New York Times added that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting spends only about one-fourth of its budget on programming; two-thirds of it goes to support public radio and TV stations across the country, representing about a quarter of the funding from public TV and radio stations in rural America.

But Mulvaney got facts wrong in the advancement of a conservative narrative, so it's highly unlikely any correction will be forthcoming from Bannister.


Posted by Terry K. at 10:50 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, May 29, 2017 11:43 PM EDT
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
CNS Does Months-Old Story On Bin Laden To Avoid Covering Trump Scandals
Topic: CNSNews.com

Last week, when news was breaking that President Trump reportedly asked then-FBI director James Comey to end the agency's investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, the pro-Trump stenographers knew they couldn't devote space to a story that makes their hero look bad.

So what did CNS report instead? A months-old story about Osama bin Laden.

CNS editor in chief Terry Jeffrey did the honors himself with a May 17  article:

Among the materials that U.S. forces retrieved from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, was a document (labeled “Letter providing direction”) in which the author, who speaks as if he is bin Laden himself, advised those he was directing to seek a deal with “any American TV station” to run a videotape he planned to produce in the fall of 2004.

But he specifically nominated CBS as his own candidate for broadcasting the tape.

In the end, al Qaida did release a videotape of bin Laden that was broadcast on Oct. 29, 2004—by Al Jazeera, not CBS.

Jeffrey went on to note that the letter was released Jan. 19 -- which means Jeffrey is a good four months late to writing about it. 

On the other hand, it gave Jeffrey plenty of time to crank out a 34-paragraph article on the subject. Though one would think Jeffrey had more important news to cover that day than this one.

But that's what Jeffrey has to do to avoid honest coverage of the growing Trump scandals.


Posted by Terry K. at 5:53 PM EDT
Friday, May 19, 2017
CNS Treats Us To The Political Thoughts of ... Fabio
Topic: CNSNews.com

A few months ago, we noted how CNSNews.com loves to complain about nobody cares what celebrities have to say about political issues -- despite its record of touting celebrities who spout political views that align with CNS' right-wing agenda.

The absurd pinnacle of this is CNS managing editor Michael W. Chapman devoting an entire May 8 blog post to the political musings of ... Fabio:

Commenting on California Gov. Jerry Brown's support for Proposition 57, which supposedly will safely reduce that state's "non-violent felons" prison population, actor and model Fabio Lanzoni (popularly known as Fabio) said, "California is a mess" and Gov. Brown (D) "took the side of the criminal," sold people "on lies," and "turned his back" on the police.

[...]

On Tucker Carlson Tonight, Fabio, who became a U.S. citizen in 2016, said, "California is a mess. You know, it's like coming from Europe -- I already saw this movie before. So, you know, instead to take the sides of the law enforcement, Governor Jerry Brown took the side of the criminal."

"And, you know, he's a champion of proposition 57," said Fabio. "He went on TV and talked about how he's going to release some, you know, non-violent criminals because California has no money. It costs about $100 million to keep these people in jail."

"So, the only problem, he lied to people," said the actor/model. "He sold people on lies, he told the people this criminal -- the guy got arrested for a bag of marijuana, no big deal. No, actually, you know, there is much more to the story."

Chapman offered no reason Fabio's opinions should be taken seriously, beyond his bashing of a politician conservatives like Chapman reflexively hate.


Posted by Terry K. at 2:10 PM EDT
Friday, May 12, 2017
CNS Hyped Lurid Rape Allegations Against Immigrants -- But Is Silent On Charges Being Dropped
Topic: CNSNews.com

In March, CNSNews.com was all over the case of an alleged rape at a Maryland high school of a 14-year-old girl by two undocumented immigrants.

CNS managing editor hyped on March 20 how "the young girl allegedly was brutally raped and sodomized by both of the suspects." He luridluy touted in a editor's note that his article would include "graphic details" of the alleged incident, and later added another flag stating, "WARNING: The material below is sexually graphic and disturbing." Chapman even included pictures of the police incident report.

Two days later, Melanie Arter uncritically reported the Trump White House's statement on the case of "the alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl in the boys bathroom of a Maryland high school last week by two male students - one of whom was on an 'alien removal' list."

On March 24, CNS' Susan Jones -- seemingly appalled that the suspects would even be permitted to defend themselves -- quoted the attorney for one of the suspects arguing that the contact between his client and the alleged victim was consensual and "was not a rape in any sense." She later huffed that "the attorney refused to say who is footing the bill" for his client's defense.

CNS also published a column by their Media Research Center overlords Brent Bozell and Tim Graham's complaining that the incident wasn't being hyped enough in the media and insisting that "An immigrant convicted of raping or killing someone is an inconvenient fact if you're a liberal."

So that's three original articles and a column that CNS published on the case, as well as several Associated Press articles.

Last week, however, prosecutors dropped the rape and sexual assault charges against the two immigrant students, citing a lack of corroboration and numerous inconsistencies. And for CNS and its MRC parent, that's become an inconvenient fact.

While the MRC side has been deflecting criticism for hyping a story that turned out to be false by insisting that, hey, it could have been true, the silence is deafening at CNS. Our search of CNS' archives found no story whatsoever, either original or from the AP, on the charges being dropped.

And once again, CNS' mission statement to "fairly present all legitimate side of a story" has been trashed. Unless, of course, it doesn't consider dismissal of charges against undocumented immigrants to be a "legitimate" story compared with hyping of lurid allegations that apparently turned out to be false.


Posted by Terry K. at 6:02 PM EDT
Monday, May 8, 2017
CNS Unemployment Numbers Distortion Watch
Topic: CNSNews.com

As she has the past few months under the Trump presidency -- in contrast to the continuously negative spin she used during President Obama -- CNSNews.com reporter Susan Jones emphasizes the positive news about unemployment statistics. Her May 5 article on April's numbers touted how "The number of employed Americans set a third straight monthly record in April, increasing by 156,000 to 153,156,000; and the nation's unemployment rate dropped a tenth of a point to 4.4 percent."

While Jones did concede in the second paragraph that more people also left the workforce last month, she then huffed: "The numbers are important: People who are employed have Social Security and other payroll taxes deducted from their paychecks, and those taxes help to support many other people who do not work for various reasons and who may receive taxpayer-funded entitlements or benefits.

By contrast, Jones' article on September unemployment numbers(under Obama) led with the number of people not in the workforce -- which, it so happens, was lower than it was in April.

As before, CNS editor in chief Terry Jeffrey added an article about how a few thousand manufacturing jobs were added while also whining that jobs in government were also added.

AWOL again, as has been the case under the Trump administration, are CNS' Obama-era staples on high black unemployment and the "real" unemployment rate.


Posted by Terry K. at 5:50 PM EDT
Friday, May 5, 2017
No Criticism of Trump's First 100 Days Permitted At CNS
Topic: CNSNews.com

The Media Research Center's Brent Bozell and Tim Graham huff in their April 26 column:

The time has come for the media to pull out the artificial measuring stick of 100 days to evaluate President Trump. If they're kind, he'll get an I for "incomplete." But it's more likely they'll use other I words like "inability," "incompetence" or "incoherence." Whatever they say, it won't be kind.

By contrast, no negativity whatsoever toward Trump is to be found at the "news" operation Bozell runs -- and the one Bozell is presumably holding up as a model for the "liberal media" to follow -- CNSNews.com.

A CNS "news" article by Melanie Arter, published the day before Bozell and Graham's column appeared, is in full stenography mode (as usual), uncritically asserting that "President Donald Trump accomplished more in his first 100 days than any other president since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, signing 30 executive orders during the first 100 days, the White House said. Arter goes on to quote White House press secretary Sean Spicer at length -- and nobody else -- over Trump's alleged accomplishments. 

Appearing the same day as Bozell and Graham's column at CNS was a column by Phil Kerpen fawningly headlined "Trump’s First 100 Days: Off to a Great Start," in which Kerpen gushed over how "President Trump has not waited on Congress to move forward, with executive branch efforts to dial back the worst excesses" (funny, conservatives hated unilateral executive action when a Democratic president did it) and that "the pendulum finally is swinging back towards individual freedom."

CNS has not published a commentary offering a negative view of Trump's first 100 days -- just the way Bozell and Graham want it.


Posted by Terry K. at 11:47 AM EDT

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