CNN's Chris Cillizza Pens Furious Screed After Sarah Sanders Suggests MSM 'Purposefully Misleading' People

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders spit-roasted the MSM during Monday's briefing - calling them out for recent #FakeNews, and suggesting that they were purposefully misleading the public.

"There's a very big difference between making honest mistakes and purposefully misleading the American people. Something that happens regularly. You can't say -- I'm not done. You can't say that it's an honest mistake when you are purposely putting out information that you know to be false or when you're taking information that hasn't been validated, that hasn't been offered any credibility and that has been continually denied by a number of people including people with direct knowledge of an incident. This is something that -- I'm speaking about the number of reports that have taken place over the last couple of weeks. I'm simply stating that there should be a certain level of responsibility in that process." -Sarah Sanders

Sanders was, of course, talking about three incidents "over the last couple of weeks."

First, ABC reporter Brian Ross was suspended after he put out a report that Michael Flynn was prepared to tell special counsel Robert Mueller that then-candidate Donald Trump told him to contact the Russians, when in fact Trump told Flynn to do so after he'd won the election - a totally normal thing to do for an incoming administration. As a result, the Dow tanked 350 points before the story was corrected.

Trump called Ross a "fraudster" in response, and tweeted that anyone who lost money "based on the False and Dishonest reporting of Brian Ross" should hire an attorney and sue ABC.

The second bit of fabricated news was CNN's report from last Friday that Donald Trump Jr. received documents from Wikileaks on September 4, 2016 before they had been officially released, when in fact, a random person emailed him a link to publicly available documents on September 14.

CNN corrected the report, issuing the following statement:

CNN originally reported the email was released September 4 -- 10 days earlier -- based on accounts from two sources who had seen the email. The new details appear to show that the sender was relying on publicly available information. The new information indicates that the communication is less significant than CNN initially reported.

Trump shot back, tweeting "Fake News CNN made a vicious and purposeful mistake yesterday. They were caught red handed, just like lonely Brian Ross at ABC News (who should be immediately fired for his "mistake")," adding "Watch to see if @CNN fires those responsible, or was it just gross incompetence?" It is worth noting that Ross was not fired but rather suspended for 4 weeks.

The THIRD piece of Fake News was when the Washington Post's David Weigel put out a photo of Trump's speech last weekend, hours before it started, with the quote "Packed to the rafters."

The event was, in fact, packed to the rafters:

Weigel apologized and deleted the FakeNews tweet: 

Chris is Pissed

In response to Sanders' admonishment, CNN Editor-at-large Chris Cillizza lashed out like an angry purse-dog, penning quite the screed over Sanders for going "way, way beyond the pale of the usual give and take between the White House and press corps."

Cillizza addressed JUST ONE of the three #FakeNews controversies - that of Brian Ross,  suggesting Ross's mistake wasn't intentional by using a stupid Baseball analogy.

Nowhere in anything we know about Ross' erroneous reporting is there even a whiff of intentionality. Where is the evidence that Ross purposely pushed out the Flynn-Trump report -- knowing it was wrong -- solely to make Trump look bad?

There is a massive difference between making an honest mistake -- in this case trusting a source too much -- and purposeful intent to deceive. A massive difference.

Think of it this way: I am up to bat with the bases loaded and my team down one run in the bottom of the ninth inning of the seventh game of the World Series. I strike out. Game over. My team loses.

If I tried my best to hit the ball but failed, that means one thing.
If someone paid me $50,000 to strike out anytime I was up in an important moment in the game, that's something else altogether. It's not even in the same, ahem, ballpark.

"It's not even in the same, ahem, ballpark."

This is why the left can't meme, by the way. That was a terrible analogy and a stupid joke. Moreover, Sarah Sanders is well within her right to suggest that intentional misreporting or a failure to validate a claim has taken place. She doesn't need proof to hold that opinion.

It's also hilarious that Cillizza totally failed to include his own network's massive retraction over the Trump Jr. Wikileaks debacle, when - just like the Brian Ross story - the implications of what the networks were asserting would have had a serious, material impact on world affairs - as evidenced by the Dow's 350 point kneejerk meltdown before Brian Ross corrected his story.

Cillizza closes by saying "But, to suggest -- or believe -- that the mistakes made by the media, including CNN, are purposeful is beyond offensive to anyone who spends their days in this profession."

Right - which is why three CNN employees admitted to Project Veritas that they think the Russia story is "Fake News" pushed for ratings.

CNN Producer John Bonifield was caught on camera saying:

I haven’t seen any good enough evidence to show that the President committed a crime.

I know a lot of people don’t like him and they’d like to see him get kicked out of office…. but that’s a lot different than he actually did something that can get him kicked out of office.

Meanwhile, CNN's Van Jones said Russia is a "nothingburger."


Boy Chris, it sure seems like CNN employees have the very clear impression that the Russia story is Fake News being pushed intentionally to mislead the public for ratings.

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Zer0head IH8OBAMA Mon, 12/11/2017 - 22:08 Permalink

if, if, if Trump can get by Mueller, get by the impeachers and the 25th amendment types and navigate the 17 accusers AND if he has an inside group of loyalists AND if he retains the Senate and the House next November - he'll be coming after the bunch of these swine and will go after twitter, facebook, google to break them up.sadly none of the above is likely

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jeff montanye Zer0head Mon, 12/11/2017 - 22:46 Permalink

this mueller thing seems greek tragedy in its degree of plottiness (if i may) and its dependence on deus ex machina which turns out to be working for the other side.  seriously, you really couldn't write this stuff.  peter strzok is, himself, eyeless in d.c. on hubris alone. with regard to your doubts, let me hearten you.  thusly:  oh no.  'tis likely indeed.  we have, at last, a man with a plan.  i suspect it helps that he beds a supermodel most every night.  keeps your mind from wandering, where it will go.  as i asked my fifteen year old granddaughter, what is the major problem in the world today and she said, without hesitation, what?  and i said israel and their yinon plan and she said israel is in the levant and i said yes you have been listening.when donald trump has shown his dozen predecessors to be chumps not trumps and the one state solution 2.0 is in force (israel sovereign in palestine, one person one vote in israel, simple but there, thank you jack boyter), we can figure out what to do with the next six trillion dollars not spent on seven countries in five years and the world's goodwill from the next two million we didn't kill.

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Lucretius Handful of Dust Tue, 12/12/2017 - 04:22 Permalink

SOOOOOO pleased that I KILLED my TeeVee bout 8-10 yrs ago! I cannot believe the bullshit you ladies get your panties wadded over   . Seriously, WTF? This is worse than watching folks get all sweaty over "professional" wrestling. Oooo, she bitch slapped him! And Branginina's face hole looks like a gay porn stars azzhole, AND? Are you entertained, distracted, or just stupid?  I guess it's working, idiots. Sorry to be a buzz kill, but wake the F%#K up, you are being divided AND conquered. In other newz, what is not reported on???100% tabloid trash. Uhhh, ya, 100%.L.

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Squilliam Fancyson Lucretius Tue, 12/12/2017 - 06:10 Permalink

We're kind of in the same lane as I also sacked my flat screen telly around 8 years ago and never missed it. My landlord was flabbergasted when I asked him to cut the cable for TV altogether when I first moved in. He came back twice to confirm my "unusual decision". That alone shows the amount of Divide & Rule that TPTB have successfully cast upon us. My landlord probably thought I'm a hillbilly but when one afternoon I showed him building 7 going down in free-fall speed (on Youtube) he was the hick.

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Karl Marxist Mon, 12/11/2017 - 21:28 Permalink

Here's my deal -- Sarah Sanders bared her teeth on this one but ... this to me was pretty much an Elizabeth Warren moment. The White House has the power to do the MSM in if it -- they -- really wanted to and to an extent they (we know their names and who is in their employ and from whence they are owned and operated and it starts with an "I") would never be heard from again, Whitey in the Big White House could pull the plug on them, Pedogate, all their bank accounts, run out the pedos in Congress who work for Israel and -- shut down the media, that's all. Just shut them down.

hooligan2009 Mon, 12/11/2017 - 21:49 Permalink

maybe ANTIantifa and SinJW can visit a local farm, grab a few truckfulls of manure and cover his house in cow shit, then leave a placard over his door that says "it was unintentional, we only meant to cover your garden in cow shit"

nmewn Mon, 12/11/2017 - 21:38 Permalink

I swear, the Alinsky media must be completely composed of cucked masochists who enjoy being only strategy I can logically see them having is, at some point, they will be perceived as the annoying little prick in high school (there was always one wasn't there?) that you just can't get away with beating up...because...he's a fucking wimp who runs to the coach and everyone will look at you like you're a bully.Even though the little bastard smeared dog shit all over your locker handle, put sand in the soap, pissed on the clean towels and tortures small animals in his spare time. Fuck it...I'm kickin his scrawny little ass, everybody else can figure it out later, I just don't give a shit.

BandGap nmewn Mon, 12/11/2017 - 23:13 Permalink

Slightly befriend him, get him invited to a party. You know the asshole can't drink, encourage him to get loaded. When he is most vulnerable and puking his guts out.............Feel sorry for the asshole and just walk away.True story. Some assholes really do wake up to the fact that they are assholes. Some don't.

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One of these i… BandGap Tue, 12/12/2017 - 08:18 Permalink

Band Gap and Mnewn..I was (& still probably am) that annoying asshole. everything you mentioned (plus a whole lot more) was indeed done to me by cuntz like you (and my fucking parents, that's why I have some of the mental difficulties I still enjoy to this day.)Lacking the malicious nature that people like you nasty fuckers display, (daily) I did not put sand in the soap, shit on your locker handles, torture small animals etc. No, I spent my time trying to figure out how best to not be an "asshole" as you call it. I soon learned to reject your offers of friendship, avoid your "parties" (and your poisonous & debilitating alcohol).Of course being a small and puny asshole, I quickly learned that I could either take it or "pick up a brick" (or some other equaliser) and give a bit back. I swiftly learned (being an asshole, although I couldn't quite see it back then) that hitting back with equal power was specially wrong for ME to do... OF course, when you are an asshole the double standard can be really hard to fathom.I'll not lie, I have had the harder job, putting up with the likes of you in daily life. You are to be found in every working environment, on the streets, on the roads in your slowly driven cars or (occasionally) slow but gaudy motorcycles, on the pages of the newspapers, strutting around in the public places. There are SO VERY MANY people over the years who have identified me as an asshole and who have manged to do me real harm simply from the same whimsical & fun loving nature that you guys display. Be it the big guy at the job interview who afterwards gives my tiny hand such a bone crushing handshalke that it has never been quite right since, the many people in the working environments who have singled me out for the "special treatment" the persons unknown who set fire to my house boat 3 times, the list is vast, of the myriads of people who have robbed or otherwise felt teh need to fuck about with my shit over the years. I'm what you call an asshole, so my life is always going to be hard when I have to "socialise".There isn't a day that has passed in the last 50 years that I haven't contemplated and thought about murdering one of you...For more than fifty years I have learned as much as I can about cowardice and bravery, about evil and morality, about brave policemen and mad villains, but most importantly of all I've learned how to be a harmless asshole.Why harmless? Because like you, I have no choice as to my basic nature. No matter how much I may try to fit in and "not be an asshole", I lack the skills required to actually pull off the lie, and my basic annoying nature always pokes through, therefore I'm alway going to meet people who take one look at me and decide that I need to be "taught a lesson". If I don't cultivate harmlessness in me, I'd end up like you.But not as nice and fluffy..Hard as it is, (being an asshole 'n' all) I do my best to be a "Good" and "Nice" asshole.

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r0mulus Mon, 12/11/2017 - 21:59 Permalink

The only thing I like about Trump is that he is willing to call out these deep-state-operative prick-bags and put their destructive antics on display for the whole nation and world to see.This isn't journalism- it's propaganda pure and simple. A damn shame that the US populace is only starting to wake up to it, but, better late than never...

r0mulus HockeyFool Wed, 12/13/2017 - 02:12 Permalink

Yea it's the only thing I like about him.Since you like pretty much everything he has done so far,guess you really liked that part where he bent over for the Zionists and recognized Jerusalem as capital of Israel?That sure was a strong and independent move, bending over for Bibi and co. Glad you liked it.

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Peter41 Mon, 12/11/2017 - 22:10 Permalink

Cilizza and the other clowns at CNN including Jim Acosta, Kate Bolduan (she of the constant smirk), Wolf Schmitzer, and others are so pathetic.

ThePhantom Mon, 12/11/2017 - 23:25 Permalink

Same Narative on Fox of a "psyop" (my words) by one of tuckers guests... I've been saying exactly the same things for 10 months now to my family... its almost CERTAIN ... and since propoganda is "legal" why not. HUGE FUCKING STORY

SurfinUSA Mon, 12/11/2017 - 23:34 Permalink

Cillizza does not look into the mirror and see the same lying POS that everyone else can obviously see. It's total b.s. to try to excuse away purposeful intention with inept, shabby research and reporting. Like all MSM, Ross and Cillizza fit the evidence to their "narrative." It's not journalism. It's the worst form of yellow propaganda.