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The rise and fall of CNN: the most busted name in news

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An actor wanted to launch a political career and become a governor. The whole news division of a major network surrendered itself, for one ratings-busting night, to a talk show.

This is how Arnold Schwarzenegger won the California governor's race. It all came down to his famous appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where he announced that he was going to run.

The Arnold interview was a global event. It was pre-hyped to the sky, and after three red hot six-minute segments, with a studio audience screaming in approval, the election was virtually over.

POLITICS IS TELEVISION. TELEVISION IS POLITICS.

Here are a few of CNN's "black-hole" gaffes, just refresh your memory --

Because Trump was attacking CNN and other media as fake, CNN claimed THAT was making life more physically dangerous for journalists in war zones and at home. Wow. I guess the takeaway is: don't criticize mainstream news, keep your mouth shut and stay hypnotized...

Independent journalist, James O'Keefe, released two undercover sting videos which revealed CNN medical producer, John Bonifield, remarking that the whole Trump-Russia scandal is "mostly bullshit right now, like, we don't have any giant proof"; and Van Jones, CNN political commentator, stating that "the Russia thing is just a big nothing burger." Of course, CNN relentlessly pursues the Trump-Russia story as if God and a choir of angels have certified it as the truest, most important event of our time.

June 2017: CNN dumped Reza Aslan, the host of their network documentary series called Believer. Why? Because Aslan tweeted, "This piece of sh*t [Donald Trump] is not just an embarrassment to America and a stain on the presidency. He's an embarrassment to humankind."

October 2016: CNN contributor Donna Brazile was dumped, because she passed along questions that would be asked in an upcoming presidential debate, sponsored by CNN. Brazile passed those questions to the Hillary Clinton camp.

CNN reporter-dunce Chris Cuomo, during the 2016 election campaign, preposterously told the viewing audience that accessing Wikileaks' treasure trove of John Podesta emails was a crime -- for any member of the public. Only "the media" were permitted to perform that delicate operation and then decide what to report. Put a picture of Cuomo on your wall and pray to it every night.

On June 13, 2015, CNN host Fredricka Whitfield talked about the attack on the Dallas police headquarters. She said the shooter, James Boulware, was "courageous and brave, if not crazy." Who's crazy, Fredricka?

The 2016 Milwaukee riots. CNN aired a woman named Sherelle Smith telling the rioters, "Don't bring that violence here." She was calling for peace. Well, not exactly. The network failed to broadcast the rest of Smith's advice: "Burning down sh*t ain't going to help nobody! Y'all burning down sh*t we need in our community. Take that sh*t to the suburbs! Burn that sh*t down!"

CNN: the most trusted name in news.

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Jon Rappoport has worked as a free-lance investigative reporter for over 30 years. He has written articles on politics, health, media, culture and art for LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, Village Voice, Nexus, CBS Healthwatch, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe.

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