The New York Times has rushed to CNN’s side, defending the Fraud News Network against the onslaught of backlash its recent journalistic gaffes have warranted.

“Jeffrey A. Zucker hasn’t been getting a lot of sleep lately. But he says that’s nothing new,” the piece, written by Michael M. Grynbaum, states in reference to the CNN president.

“It is rare that a single news organization attracts the level of ire mustered by President Trump, who over the weekend posted on Twitter a video that portrayed him wrestling a figure with the logo of CNN for a head.”

Grynbaum goes on to state that President Trump’s “denunciations” against CNN “have far outstripped his criticisms of other prominent news outlets, like The New York Times or The Washington Post,” adding that the attacks have CNN staffers on edge.

Grynbaum doesn’t put all the blame on Trump, though; he writes, “CNN’s troubles have been compounded by a series of recent self-inflicted wounds – not least a high-profile retraction of a sensitive article about one of Mr. Trump’s close allies, which last week led to the forced resignations of three veteran journalists.”

“That episode came after several other mishaps: The network corrected an inaccurate preview of the testimony of the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey, and it cut ties with two hosts, Kathy Griffin and Reza Aslan, after they issued profane online attacks against Mr. Trump, to the delight of critics who called the attacks proof positive of CNN’s bias.”

Grynbaum further quotes “a senior [Trump] administration official” as stating that a potential merger between CNN’s parent Time Warner and AT&T is being discussed among White House advisers as “a potential point of leverage” over CNN, since the Department of Justice will need to approve the deal.

“While analysts say there is little to stop the deal from moving forward, the President’s animus toward CNN remains a wild card,” Grynbaum writes.

Further on in the article, Grynbaum states that Zucker is quite concerned about the safety of his employees.

“The level of threats against CNN employees, [Zucker] said, has spiked this year Mr. Trump, [Zucker] said, ‘has caused us to have to take steps that you wouldn’t think would be necessary because of the actions of the President of the United States.”

Grynbaum’s piece also defends CNN’s ranking.

“CNN has recently placed third in weekday prime time,” he writes, voiding that by stating, “Mr. Zucker noted that CNN’s total viewership among adults 25 to 54, a key advertising demographic, was the highest in the network’s history. And he said the network was on track to clear more than $1 billion in profit this year.”

CNN president Jeff Zucker

Grynbaum further quotes Zucker as stating that he believes President Trump’s attacks against CNN are rooted in the “fact” that Trump hates disloyalty.

“Television is his preferred medium,” Zucker reportedly said. “And he knows our viewers can be swayed because they’re not watching Fox or MSNBC – networks with an ideological bent in prime time.”

As reported earlier today, CNN continues to draw intense backlash over its threat to dox a Reddit user who created the infamous Wrestlemania/Trump/CNN video.

In retaliation, internet sleuths dug up personal information on various CNN staffers and spread it around.

One insider was quoted as stating that CNN employees are “frustrated by our critics’ double standards, frustrated that CNN staffers’ private information is being published in ‘retaliation’ when the network made the decision to not out the Reddit user, frustrated by the speech in which misinformation, lies and hate spreads, frustrated that POTUS’s son has no accountability.”

Source:
The New York Times

  • SH Bradley

    The TIME has come, when WE must all band together and Bring DOWN these fascist entities that dare speak for the entire populace. BOYCOTT CNN and The New York Time!

    This is WAR! They asked for it, and now they will reap what they sown.

  • Craig Rigby

    “Grynbaum further quotes
    Zucker as stating that he believes President Trump’s attacks against CNN
    are rooted in the “fact” that Trump hates disloyalty.”

    nothing to do with the fact that theyve been calling for his death since the moment he won then? giving platforms to attempted assassins? its not like we cant see this shit as it happens, they put it on the air for everyone to see!

    • David Watts

      They have a huge blind spot to their own bias. To say something like: “Fox or MSNBC – networks with an ideological bent in prime time,” is to say that you’re impartial, judicial, above the fray, far superior to these networks with an ideological bent. Puh-lee-uz….

  • One-Eye

    Surprising no-one…

  • HT

    That’s like the Japanese defending the Nazi’s during WWII.

    • Terri Kinney

      Bingo!

  • glamdeluxe

    Fake news braggs about making more money than ever. CNN produces claim they push fake Russian news to make more money. Excellent.

  • Danny Meeker

    Question — how many members of CNN are Republicans?

    We all know the answer to that one.

    • Terri Kinney

      Hey, they’re into diversity – all colors of people, so long as they think just alike.

  • OHk

    Feels like we’re in the friggin twilight zone…or on the playground. Trump has to respond the way he does, wish he didn’t have to, but It’s all he can do. It’s a shame…and seriously funny at the same time. Lol! What will history say about this?

    • kohlrak .

      eh, i like it, tbh. It’s like when the CEO comes down in the rough with his workers. Some would say it’s unprofessional for a CEO to work in a chicken plant in plain clothes pretending to be a new employee beside someone who’s gotten hired in the past month. I would call that a sign of a professional. Trump doesn’t believe in wearing a suit 24/7. He believes he should get down and dirty like everyone else.

      • Disproportional

        Which is why I respect him.

      • David Watts

        I’d never heard it put that way, but as soon as I read your post, I realized that that is exactly what he’s doing. Cheers.

  • kohlrak .

    So, they straight up threaten the guy and hold his personal information over his head, but then call it a double standard when 4chan does it.

    • Brent Black

      4Chan didn’t blackmail anyone. they just doxxed em. Blackmail is CNNs bag.

  • Sraaken

    CNN employees are “……frustrated by the speech in which misinformation, lies and hate spreads, frustrated that ………… has no accountability.” Really?! Really??!!

  • It’s truly amazing how little they understand of today’s world. I’m 60, and all I can see is an open invitation to every little tech genius to ridicule these fools. They may not understand just how much contempt people have for them, but they will.

  • J’onn J’onzz

    4chan doxxing CNN staffers is not a double standard. 4chan is punching up while CNN was punching down..

  • Isa Guy

    NYT apparently hasn’t learned a thing…just doubling down on stupid, it seems.

    There’s going to be a tweet in their future they aren’t going to like.

  • AlexCorvidae

    “Television is his preferred medium,” Zucker reportedly said. “And he knows our viewers can be swayed because they’re not watching Fox or MSNBC – NETWORKS WITH AN IDEALOGICAL BENT IN PRIMETIME.” (emphasis mine) ??? He actually said that without bursting into flames or getting struck by the mother of all lightning bolts?

  • Re $1bn profits: Profits are easier when you’re burning / cashing in intangible assets like reputation. (Not that CNN had much of a reputation, but what little reputation they had left is rapidly burning.)

  • misha1d1

    The jackbooted CNN fascists threatened to dox the guy if he did not apologize, and their viewers (all 6 of them) are open minded? They are a tire fire of stupid decisions. They could have laughed this off and it would have gone away. Now many more people are watching it, and their reaction has spurred a viral explosion of copy cat memes. The meme was silly and funny, the copycat memes are even better. The NY Times is just as bad, and I can’t wait for the memes that make fun of them getting trashed by Trump. When is the Times next round of layoffs?