Earlier this week, Frank Cannon pointed out the transparently biased way in which CNN has reported on the controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton’s “super-predator” comments made during her time as First Lady. While CNN anchor Jake Tapper had brought them up earlier this year in an interview with Bernie Sanders, a CNN story this week said Donald Trump was “dredging up” the comments, not-so-subtly suggesting to readers that Clinton’s offensive remarks are no longer relevant — despite the fact CNN clearly felt otherwise only a few months ago.
Now, CNN is in even more hot water after media-watchers caught the network airing a Trump tweet with the word “crooked” edited out from in front of Clinton’s name. From The Hill:
In a continuing effort to cast doubt on his presidential opponent’s health, Trump called on Clinton to release her full medical records in a tweet Sunday night.
I think that both candidates, Crooked Hillary and myself, should release detailed medical records. I have no problem in doing so! Hillary?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2016
But when CNN reported the tweet on “CNN Newsroom” with anchor Jim Sciutto, a graphic of the tweet omitted the GOP nominee’s use of “Crooked” proceeding “Hillary.”
A CNN.com story that updated Monday morning does include Trump’s tweet in its entirety.
A CNN spokesperson told The Hill that “the tweet should have been shown in its entirety.”
Was this simply an innocent mistake made amidst the rush of preparing a story to air? Perhaps. But given the mounting evidence of bias in CNN’s coverage, it is becoming increasingly difficult to give them the benefit of the doubt.
And to make matters worse, a New York Observer column this week points out that CNN’s parent company, Time Warner Inc., has made significant donations to the Clinton Foundation — somewhere between $50,000-$100,000 — as have individuals connected to other major media outlets such as The New York Times and PBS. While this, again, does not necessarily prove a direct conflict of interest, it does make one thing clear: Americans should approach mainstream outlets like CNN with heavy skepticism when it comes to their coverage of Clinton and Trump.
Paul Dupont is the managing editor for ThePulse2016.com.