Remember the days when the media used to be in business to serve the citizenry by watch-dogging the government and sifting the truth from the lies, in as unbiased a manner as possible?
Yeah, well that was a long time ago – as this clip from CNN will demonstrate.
First the truth: When Julian Assange and his WikiLeaks team post something for the public to view, that’s what they mean – that it’s up and available for the public to view. Lately, what’s been up and available for the public to view has been one bad news item for Hillary Clinton after another – emails, for example, that show how tight her Democratic team is with the media, or messages that show how Qatar gave $1 million or so to her Clinton Foundation, and that then outline the curious contracts for Clinton allies that followed.
But what CNN just tried to slide by on national television – well, it’s breathtakingly biased.
While opening a segment on the John Podesta emails, CNN’s Chris Cuomo outright lied about the open records aspect of the WikiLeaks documents, now posted online.
“Also interesting, remember, it’s illegal to possess these stolen documents,” Cuomo said, during the segment, according to the video clip. “It’s different for the media. So everything you learn about this, you’re learning from us and in full disclosure, let’s take a look at what is in there and what it means.”
It’s not only false that viewing these documents is illegal – or downloading, printing and copying them, for that matter. It’s also false that “it’s different for the media,” – as if the media had some special access to public documents that citizens == i.e. taxpayers, the ones who pay for the documents and the public servants who use the documents – don’t.
As one Twitter poster, angered at CNN’s seeming attempt to keep the public from learning more about the WikiLeaks finds on Team Clinton, wrote: “@wikileaks Pff @CNN is the Clinton News Network.”
Source: Twitter, CNN video