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Friday, May 18, 2018
CNS Doesn't Mention Oliver North's Iran-Contra Scandal

If you were a news outlet writing a story on someone, wouldn't you mention the thing for which that person is most famous?

If you were a real news outlet, yes. But we're taking about here, which is in thrall to right-wing ideology and associated activist groups like the National Rifle Association.

Thus, the May 7 article by managing editor Michael W. Chapman on Oliver North being named NRA president describes him as a "decorated veteran, best selling author, and former National Security Council member" and gushing quotes from NRA official Wayne LaPierre -- but no mention whatsoever of the one thingthat catapulted him to fame -- his involvement in the Iran-contra scandal.

Chapman shoved down the memory hole the fact that North is only technically not a convicted felon, with his convictions on destroying documents, obstructing Congress and taking a bribe dismissed only because of having been granted immunity for his congressional testimony.

A follow-up story by Susan Jones the next day touted a North appearance on "Fox & Friends" (of course) in which he said various pro-NRA things. Jones similarly failed to mention North's role in the Iran-contra scandal.

Again, this is CNS, where it's all about the ideology, not about the journalism.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:58 AM EDT

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