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Doc Sportello

(7,742 posts)
Thu May 11, 2023, 09:16 AM May 2023

CNN faces harsh criticism after Trump unleashed a firehose of lies during its live town hall

Some light criticism of CNN's disaster by their media reporter. And no, doing "fact-checking" afterward on a show no one watched does not mitigate or justify the decision to give free air time to an evil criminal. Besides, as Tapper admitted, there wasn't enough time to fact check all the lies. If so, then why have him on in front of an admiring audience? Because of ratings for a failing network shift instigated by a repug owner and, more importantly, for that owner, changing the narrative to fit the desires of the oligarchs.

We'll see if this take gets Darcy fired, like they got rid of Brian Stelter.


It’s hard to see how America was served by the spectacle of lies that aired on CNN Wednesday evening.

Trump’s team was, naturally, delighted with the result, according to reports. “Advisers to Trump are thrilled at how this is going so far for him,” The NYT’s Jonathan Swan reported. “They can’t believe he is getting an hour on CNN with an audience that cheers his every line and laughs at his every joke.”

Neither could anyone else.


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CNN faces harsh criticism after Trump unleashed a firehose of lies during its live town hall (Original Post) Doc Sportello May 2023 OP
The damage is done. NCDem47 May 2023 #1
What? Never watch CNN again? Ever? Count me in! n/t PatrickforB May 2023 #7
Excellent article from CNN's Oliver Darcy about his own network's debacle. hlthe2b May 2023 #2
CNN just provided trumps biggest rally yet. kacekwl May 2023 #3
DU is giving TFG what he's looking for.... Chakaconcarne May 2023 #4
He doesn't care what DU says Doc Sportello May 2023 #6
Nah, pretty much everyone on here knows Trumpy for the lying dirtbag he is, and PatrickforB May 2023 #8
Fire Chris Licht RussBLib May 2023 #5
While I Support The Sentiment... ProfessorGAC May 2023 #9


(2,307 posts)
1. The damage is done.
Thu May 11, 2023, 09:21 AM
May 2023

Nothing at CNN will change because of this. If anything, it will emolden their RW owners. They've shown who they want to appeal to. Only dire ratings with literally no one watching could possibly change the trajectory.


(103,645 posts)
2. Excellent article from CNN's Oliver Darcy about his own network's debacle.
Thu May 11, 2023, 09:24 AM
May 2023

SO, those here who maintain that CNN is united in pride over that mess and that there is no internal uproar are very wrong. Much of those within CNN are rightfully appalled--as should be all of us.


(7,190 posts)
3. CNN just provided trumps biggest rally yet.
Thu May 11, 2023, 09:24 AM
May 2023

Since he isn't drawing large crowds anymore he just got free access to millions of people. No need to provide security, transportation. No need to worry about the weather. I predict other " news" outlets will follow suite.

Doc Sportello

(7,742 posts)
6. He doesn't care what DU says
Thu May 11, 2023, 12:13 PM
May 2023

That's ridiculous. Most of the posts are about CNN and it's indefensible decision to put on this shitshow. It's a repeat of what happened in 2016 and CNN is showing it will do the same thing this time around. DU is responding accordingly. CNN is the entity giving him attention and smart and honest folks are rightly calling it out.


(14,731 posts)
8. Nah, pretty much everyone on here knows Trumpy for the lying dirtbag he is, and
Thu May 11, 2023, 08:13 PM
May 2023

is hoping he will get tried and convicted on at least one of the 11 pending investigations. He should definitely go down for at least a couple of them.

Me, I'm hoping for a RICO conviction.

While DU is a great community, we are pretty much of one mind on the issues. Not sure anybody on here (but the few trolls) would ever vote R.

See the yellow dog icon by my name? It means I would vote for a yellow dog over any Republican. Period. I vote a straight D ticket every time. It's about policy, and as an economist, I absolutely know that Republican policies are GREAT for Wall Street greed lizards and billionaire parasites, but terrible for everyday Americans.


(66,871 posts)
9. While I Support The Sentiment...
Thu May 11, 2023, 08:21 PM
May 2023

...and share the disgusting, CNN does NOT have a republican owner.
They are part of a $30 billion media conglomerate, publicly traded, with 2.4 billion shares outstanding.
The top 3 stockholders are asset management companies and the highest, Vanguard, holds under 9% of shares.
I know we've heard about John Malone, but he only holds 24 million shares, or 1%.
His influence is oversized, for sure, but he neither owns nor controls the company.
This is all on Licht.

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