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Jindal NonTroversy: CNN Caught Lying About Muslim 'No Go Zones'

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CNN is already attempting to take Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal out of contention as a 2016 threat to Hillary Clinton. Starting Monday with Wolf Blitzer and Max Foster, straight into today, the left-wing network is desperate to paint Jindal as a bigot over a speech he gave that touched on what are known as “no-go zones” in Europe; places where sexist/racist/homophobic/theocratic Sharia Law is tolerated by authorities.
For the last 24 hours, CNN has hammered Jindal as a bigot with the claim that he can’t provide a concrete example of where these “no go zones” are.
Red State’s Erick Erickson has proven that CNN is both lying and intentionally playing dumb. He found a CNN report from just two years ago proving that what Jindal says is a problem all over Europe is indeed a problem all over Europe:
CNN’s report above is perfectly in line with what Jindal told CNN after his speech:
Jindal was also unable to offer examples during an earlier interview with CNN’s Max Foster, saying that he’s “heard from folks here that there are neighborhoods where women don’t feel comfortable going in without veils … We all know that there are neighborhoods where police are less likely to go into.”
“I think that the radical Left absolutely wants to pretend like this problem is not here. Pretending it’s not here won’t make it go away,” he told Foster.
Pressed for details, Jindal said only “I think your viewers know absolutely there are places where the police are less likely to go.”
And asked whether that feeling may be caused by high crime rates, rather than the Muslim population in the area, Jindal said, “This isn’t a question.”
That video proves CNN a liar. The network knows all about Europe’s “no go zones” and is pretending Jindal just made it up. The network is lying to benefit Democrats, specifically Hillary, because the race is on to take out her GOP threats one-by-one, by any means necessary. It happens every four years.
CNN is the tip of the spear for Democrats when it comes to portraying Republicans, Christians, and conservatives as bigots.
CNN relentlessly and shamelessly lies about issues of race — going so far as to fabricate evidence.
John Nolte on Twitter @NolteNC             
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CNN controversies - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Cable News Network (CNN), an American basic cable and satellite television channel, has been the subject of several controversies at various points throughout its history. This article examines controversies and allegations relating to both the domestic version of CNN, and its sister channelsCNN International and CNN-IBN.

Allegations of bias[edit]

CNN has been the subject of allegations of liberal bias. In a joint study conducted by the Joan Shorenstein Center on Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University and the Project for Excellence in Journalism, the authors found disparate treatment by the three major cable networks ofRepublican and Democratic candidates during the earliest five months of presidential primaries in 2007: "The CNN programming studied tended to cast a negative light on Republican candidates – by a margin of three-to-one. Four-in-ten stories (41%) were clearly negative while just 14% were positive and 46% were neutral. The network provided negative coverage of all three main candidates with McCain faring the worst (63% negative) and Romney faring a little better than the others only because a majority of his coverage was neutral. With the exception of Obama, Democrats tended not to fare well either. Nearly half of the Illinois Senator’s stories were positive (46%), vs. just 8% that were negative, but both Clinton and Edwards ended up with more negative than positive coverage overall. While Democrats on average tended to have more positive coverage, the trend was skewed by particularly positive coverage of Obama."[1] Many observers have said CNN promotes liberal political positions and biased reporting.[2]
Writer Eric Alterman has noted that many left-leaning critics[who?] view CNN as more biased than most other corporate-run journalism, supporting business interests of its parent company and sponsors, and refusing to question official sources or present perspectives of leftist critics.[3][need quotation to verify]
Accuracy in Media and Media Research Center (MRC) have claimed that CNN's reporting contains liberal editorializing within news stories as well as omission of important facts.[citation needed]Former Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, and MRC founder Brent Bozell, among others, have referred to CNN as the "Clinton News Network".[4] DeLay has also called it the "Communist News Network".[5] In its early days, CNN was sometimes referred to as "Chicken Noodle News".[6] In September 2009, a Pew Research Poll showed that Democrats were much more likely than Republicans to rate the network favorably, and Republicans were much more likely than Democrats to see CNN unfavorably.[7]

Octavia Nasr firing[edit]

Chief Middle East correspondent Octavia Nasr was fired after a tweet saying she was "Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah... One of Hezbollah's giants I respect[ed] a lot." Parisa Khosravi, senior vice president of CNN International, said she spoke with Nasr and "we have decided that she will be leaving the company." His reason for her removal was given as "As you know, her tweet over the weekend created a wide reaction. As she has stated in her blog on <a href="http://CNN.com" rel="nofollow">CNN.com</a>, she fully accepts that she should not have made such a simplistic comment without any context whatsoever. However, at this point, we believe that her credibility in her position as senior editor for Middle Eastern affairs has been compromised going forward."[8]
Robert Fisk criticised CNN for the firing saying, "Poor old CNN goes on getting more cowardly by the hour. That's why no one cares about it any more."[9] According to a July 2010 (Iranian-run) Press TVpoll, nearly two-thirds (65.99%) of the respondents described CNN's recent move to sack Nasr as "an instance of intellectual terrorism reflecting the influence of Zionists on mainstream Western mediaoutlets".[10]

Rick Sanchez firing[edit]

After Rick Sanchez talked of Jewish ownership of American media outlets, and harshly criticized Jon Stewart during an appearance on a radio show in 2010, CNN announced in a statement that the network had dismissed him: "Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company. We thank Rick for his years of service and wish him well."[11]

Leniency towards the Bush administration[edit]

After 9/11[edit]

Amongst the criticisms levied against CNN, as well as the other major U.S. news channels, is the charge that CNN took a lenient approach to the George W. Bush Presidential administration, particularly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. At the 2002 Newsworld Asia conference held in Singapore, the executive vice-president and general manager of CNN International, was quoted as saying: "Anyone who claims the US media didn't censor itself is kidding you. It wasn't a matter of government pressure but a reluctance to criticize anything in a war that was obviously supported by the vast majority of the people. And this isn't just a CNN issue – every journalist who was in any way involved in 9/11 is partly responsible."[12][full citation needed]

Invasion of Iraq[edit]

Critics took particularly strong exception to the handling of the Bush administration's rhetoric leading up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. CNN's then-chief correspondent Christiane Amanpour characterized the behavior of the news media, which she supported and had a major part in it, as "self-muzzling" and as "cheerleaders for the Bush war drive against Iraq".[13] An editorial in the German publicationSüddeutsche Zeitung compared CNN's war coverage to "live coverage of the Super Bowl", and theQatar-based news network Al-Jazeera criticized CNN for portraying U.S. soldiers as heroes.[14]

Israel-Gaza conflict[edit]

During the 2014 Gaza conflict, hundreds of protesters came to the Time Warner Center, where CNN's New York City production facilities and bureau are housed. The protesters accused CNN of anti-Israel media bias, ignoring the Israeli side of the conflict and reporting deceitful stories that favor the Palestinian side.[15] Various people accused CNN of biased coverage during live interviews on the network.[16][17][18]

Assault weapons[edit]

CNN apologized for a May 15, 2003, story in which CNN's John Zarella and Broward County, FloridaSheriff Ken Jenne demonstrated the rapid firing of fully-automatic firearms while covering the federal Assault Weapons Ban, due to expire the following year. The Assault Weapons Ban was concerned solely with semi-automatic firearms, not fully automatic ones, which had already been restricted by the National Firearms Act of 1934, and the subsequent 1986 Firearm Owners Protection Act.[19]

Coverage on international incidents[edit]

Persian Gulf War[edit]

During the Persian Gulf War, CNN was criticized for excessively pushing human interest stories and avoiding depictions of violent images; the result of all this being an alleged 'propagandistic' presentation of news.[20] A report by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) quotes an unnamed CNN reporter as describing "the 'sweet beautiful sight' of bombers taking off from Saudi Arabia."[21]

Operation Tailwind[edit]

In 1998, CNN, in partnership with corporate sister Time magazine, ran a report that Operation Tailwind in 1970 in Vietnam included use of Sarin gas to kill a group of defectors from the United States militaryThe Pentagon denied the story. Skeptics deemed it improbable that such an extraordinary and risky atrocity could have gone unnoticed at the height of the Vietnam War's unpopularity. CNN, after a two-week inquiry, issued a retraction.[22] The story's producers were summarily fired, and one of them has been highly critical of CNN's handling of the story, saying that the network bowed to pressure from high-ranking officials to kill the story.[23]

2008 South Ossetian conflict[edit]

During the 2008 South Ossetia War in Georgia, the state-sponsored Russia Today accused CNN of "distorting" its coverage of the conflict by showing photos of destruction in Tskhinvali during a segment about Russian attacks on Gori.[24] CNN defended its general coverage of the war against allegations of bias, but did not address the specific claim.[25]

Coverage of Serbia in 2008[edit]

Controversy was raised on two occasions in 2008 over CNN's inaccurate coverage of the events and individuals in Serbia.
Following the July 2008 arrest of Radovan Karadžić, a former Bosnian Serb leader and war crime suspect who had been on the run for more than a decade, CNN reported on pro-Karadžić protests inBelgrade as well as the protester clashes with the Serb police. However, the actual footage of the Belgrade clash in the report was inter-cut with sequences from the much more violent 2006 Budapest riot in which cars were set on fire and police used water cannons. The network falsely presented the mixed footage as video from the Belgrade protests.[26][27] Media observer reaction to the incorrect footage ranged from opinions that CNN did it on purpose in order to inflate the nationalist threat in Serbia to those who thought that it was an honest mistake.[28]
Later that year in December, CNN again caused controversy in Serbia when in the report about general Ratko Mladić (another Bosnian Serb leader and war crime suspect on the run), the American network wrongly visually identified the general as Serbian opposition leader Tomislav Nikolić from theSerbian Progressive Party (SNS).[29] Though Nikolić initially announced his intention to sue CNN for libel, he eventually decided against it when informed that the process would have to take place inLondon and would be financially costly.[30]

Chinese unrests in Tibet and Xinjiang[edit]

2008 unrest in Tibet[edit]

During the 2008 unrest in TibetXinhua News Agency[31] and the China Daily newspaper[32]reported that there has been bias in the Western media's coverage of the rioting in Tibet, especially in the captioning and cropping of images, and mis-referencing photos from unrelated instances or other countries. The articles stated that Chinese netizens were angered by what they saw biased and sometimes dishonest reporting by Western media. Chinese bloggers accused CNN's photograph, which showed a crashed car on the left, of not showing Tibetan protesters throwing stones at Chinese trucks. CNN correspondent John Vause, who reported this story, responded that "...technically it was impossible to include the crashed car on the left and the protesters on the right...".[33] CNN later produced a statement regarding their coverage on the rioting, refuting all allegations.[34]

2009 Ürümqi riots[edit]

Similar accusations of media bias occurred with the reporting of the July 2009 Ürümqi riots. Xinhua News accused CNN of taking a biased Uyghur stance and showing sympathy to the rioters to attract the Western reader's attention.[35][36] Commentators have expressed that the inaccuracy in reporting has badly tarnished the reputation of CNN and other Western media in Asian societies.[37]

2010 Thai Political Protests[edit]

During the 2010 Thai political protests which began with mobile protests and the seizure of theRatchaprasong commercial area by "Red Shirt" supporters of the National United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), reporters such as Dan Rivers were frequently criticized by members of CNN's own iReport for offering simplistic pro-protester, anti-government coverage.[38]CNN was also criticized for being pro-Thaksin Shinawatra[39] and providing less balanced coverage than other news networks such as Al-Jazeera[40] and the BBC.[41]

Coverage of Iranian protests[edit]

In June 2009, during CNN's coverage of the Iranian election protests, the network used several messages posted on Twitter and attributed them to unnamed "sources." A CNN spokesman said it was a mistake.[42]

Suppression of Bahraini protests, and biased reporting of Iran and Syria[edit]

In October 2011, correspondent Amber Lyon told a European news service that she had been directed by CNN to report selectively, repetitively and falsely in order to sway public opinion in favor of direct American aggression against Iran and Syria,[43] and that this was common practice under CNN. She subsequently reconfirmed this in detail, addressing the degraded state of journalistic ethicsin an interview with American radio host Alex Jones,[44] during which she also discussed the Bahraini episode, suggesting paid-for content was also taken from GeorgiaKazakhstan and other states, that the War on Terrorism had also been employed as a pretext to pre-empt substantive investigative journalism within the U.S., and that following the Bahrain reporting, her investigative department had been terminated and "reorganized", and her severance and employee benefits used as a threat to intimidate and attempt to purchase her subsequent silence.
Lyon had met with Tony Maddox, president of CNN International, twice about this issue in 2011 and had claimed that during the second meeting she was threatened and intimated to stop speaking on the matter.[45] Lyon spoke heavily on RT about this – claiming that CNN reporters, headed by Maddox, have been instructed to over-cover Iran as a form of propaganda, and that CNN International had been paid by the Bahraini government to produce and air news segments intentionally painting them in a positive light.[46]

Coverage of Margaret Thatcher's death[edit]

CNN was criticized for using a photograph of former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher with disgraced BBC presenter Jimmy Savile four times during coverage of her death on April 8, 2013.[47][48] Allegations of sexual abuse against Saville were made public in 2012, a year after his death, leading UK police to believe that Savile may have been one of Britain's most prolificsex offenders.[49] An image of Thatcher with Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was also run during the broadcast, leading some commentators to accuse CNN of bias.[50]

Executives[edit]

Eason Jordan[edit]

Admits lobbying and minimizing atrocities[edit]

In April 2003, Eason Jordan, CNN's chief news executive, wrote an op-ed piece in The New York Times stating that he had lobbied the Iraqi government for 12 years in order to maintain a CNN presence in Iraq. He also admitted to withholding what would be considered newsworthy information of the government's atrocities, citing fears that releasing news would potentially endanger the lives of Iraqis working for CNN in Baghdad, some of whom had already been subject to beatings and torture.[51][full citation needed]

Resignation after accusations by blogger[edit]

In February 2005, Jordan resigned from CNN. The resignation came in response to controversy sparked after bloggers wrote that, at the recent World Economic Forum, Jordan had seemed to accuse the U.S. military of having purposely killed journalists. While Jordan acknowledged his remarks were not sufficiently clear, he denied that this was what he had meant to imply, saying that he had "great admiration and respect for the men and women of the U.S. armed forces."[52]

Rick Kaplan[edit]

Rick Kaplan served as president of CNN from 1997 to 2000. Since 1977, Kaplan has been a personal friend of Bill Clinton, who was President of the United States during Kaplan's tenure at the network. According to the Media Research Center, Kaplan's friendship, and political affinity, with Clinton affected the way the network covered the Monica Lewinsky scandal: "As the Lewinsky scandal broke, Kaplan leapt into action at CNN with two-hour specials attacking any and all Clinton critics. The programs included 'Media Madness,' which asked 'what the hell are you people doing' probing Bill Clinton’s sex life?; and 'Investigating the Investigator,' which described Ken Starr as 'suspect' over his 'religious and Republican roots.'"[53] Conservative commentator John Fund wrote that "During Mr. Kaplan's CNN tenure, there were no obvious examples of his coming to Mr. Clinton's aid," but that CNN's "executives create a perception problem when they hobnob with politicians."[54]

Jeff Zucker[edit]

CNN was criticized for its coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings, after erroneously reporting that a "dark-skinned male" had been arrested in connection with the attack.[55][56][57] In the aftermath of the broadcast, Jeff Zucker – who was appointed as president of CNN in 2012 – lauded the coverage, claiming that "CNN shined this week",[58] and boasted ratings success that CNN achieved during the coverage, adding that "viewers respected the network's accountability when it admitted its mistakes".[59] Jon Stewart criticized Zucker's comments after calling CNN's coverage of the Washington Navy Yard shooting "breathless wrongness", claiming that "The lesson they take from this is – it doesn't matter how much they betray our trust."[59]

Tucker Carlson[edit]

Tucker Carlson co-hosted the short-lived debate show The Spin Room from late 2000 until early 2001. The show was critically panned, with Entertainment Weekly calling it the worst of the CNN lineup and calling Carlson a "bow-tied twit".[60][61] Carlson took to reading his hate mail on the air.[62]
Carlson would later co-host Crossfire with Paul Begala. Jon Stewart appeared on Crossfire on October 15, 2004 to promote his book America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inactionand engaged in a heated exchange with Carlson. Stewart criticized the format of Crossfire and the style of arguments presented on the show. He called both hosts "partisan hacks," and asked them to "stop hurting America." Carlson responded to Stewart's criticisms by claiming that Stewart was "sniffing Kerry's throne" and "not asking tough questions" during then presidential candidate John Kerry's interview on The Daily Show. Stewart argued that unlike Carlson and Begala he was a comedian, not a journalist, and therefore it was not his role to conduct hard-hitting interviews. Begala argued that the purpose of the show was that it was intended as for debate, to which Stewart responded "To do a debate would be great. But that's like saying Pro Wrestling is a show about athletic competition" and called Carlson's signature bow-tie an example of "theater". At one point Carlson told Stewart "I think you're more fun on your show," Stewart replied by saying: "You know what's interesting though? You're as big a dick on your show as you are on any show." Carlson later told Stewart that "You need to get a job at a journalism school, I think" to which Stewart quipped "You need to go to one."[63][64][65]
Carlson departed CNN in January 2005; the network cancelled Crossfire at that same time.[66] CNN president Jonathan Klein told Carlson on January 4, 2005, that the network had decided not to renew his contract. Klein also stated that "I agree wholeheartedly with Jon Stewart's overall premise."[65][67] Carlson claimed that he had resigned from CNN before Stewart's appearance claiming: "I resigned from Crossfire in April, many months before Jon Stewart came on our show, because I didn't like the partisanship, and I thought in some ways it was kind of a pointless conversation... each side coming out, you know, [raises fists] 'Here's my argument,' and no one listening to anyone else. [CNN] was a frustrating place to work."[60][68] Begala remained with CNN after Crossfire '​s cancellation.

Glenn Beck[edit]

In January 2006, CNN Headline News president Ken Jautz hired conservative talk radio host Glenn Beck to host a primetime commentary and interview show on the network, which premiered on May 8, 2006. Jautz stated that Beck was "cordial," and that his radio show was "conversational, not confrontational."[69] However, Media Matters for America and FAIR have reported that Beck had a history of making controversial statements on his radio program, including calling former PresidentJimmy Carter a "waste of skin",[70] hoping for the deaths of Dennis Kucinich and Michael Moore,[71]and telling a caller who claimed to have tortured foreign prisoners for the U.S. military, "I appreciate your service"[72] (Beck left CNN on October 16, 2008 to join Fox News Channel, where he hosted a similar commentary/interview program that ran until 2011).

Wolf Blitzer[edit]

In September 2005, during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, CNN anchor/correspondent Wolf Blitzer said on-air about those remaining in New Orleans after the storm: "so many of these people, almost all of them that we see, are so poor and they are so black".[73]

Jack Cafferty[edit]

On the April 9, 2008 edition of The Situation RoomJack Cafferty made this remark during his "Cafferty File" segment:
Well, I don't know if China is any different, but our relationship with China is certainly different. We're in hock to the Chinese up to our eyeballs because of the war in Iraq, for one thing. They're holding hundreds of billions of dollars worth of our paper. We also are running hundred of billions of dollars worth of trade deficits with them, as we continue to import their junk with the lead paint on them and the poisoned pet food and export, you know, jobs to places where you can pay workers a dollar a month to turn out the stuff that we're buying from Wal-Mart. So I think our relationship with China has certainly changed. I think they're basically the same bunch of goons and thugs they've been for the last 50 years.
China's Foreign Ministry demanded an apology, and lawsuits were filed against Cafferty in Beijing.[74][75] Hundreds of Chinese-Americans held a protest on April 26, 2008 in front of CNN's Atlanta, Georgia headquarters for the anti-China comments.[76]

Lou Dobbs[edit]

In 2000, longtime business correspondent and Moneyline host Lou Dobbs left CNN, reportedly due to heated clashes with the network's president at the time, Rick Kaplan, over programming priorities and questions about Kaplan's political objectivity.[77] Dobbs returned the following year at the behest of CNN founder Ted Turner. From the time he rejoined the network, Dobbs had continuously railed against illegal immigrationoffshoringglobalization and free trade in his "War on the Middle Class" and "Broken Borders" segments. Journalist Kurt Andersen in an article in New York criticized CNN for allowing Dobbs' program, "Lou Dobbs Tonight", to become "an amazingly tendentious nightly CNN 'news' program that goes well beyond the line-blurring that Fox [News] pioneered."[78] Dobbs announced his resignation from CNN on November 11, 2009 on what would be his last show for that network. He did not immediately explain the reason for his departure in his sign-off speech, but it was reported that CNN wanted him out and offered him $8 million to leave.[79] Later upon questioning Dobbs discussed his exit, "I tried to accommodate them as best I could, but I've said for many years now that neutrality is not part of my being."[79]

Carol Costello[edit]

On October 22, 2014, CNN Newsroom host Carol Costello reported on the audio release of Bristol Palin reporting being assaulted by a man at a get-together in Alaska. Costello laughed and called it "quite possibly the best minute and a half of audio we’ve ever come across."[80] She was instantly criticized for making fun of a woman who was being physically abused by a man she didn't know, as well as for being a hypocrite after recently calling for ESPN to suspend Stephen A. Smith after comments he made about women during the Ray Rice controversy. Costello eventually apologized in a statement to Politico, stating: "Over the past few days, I have been roundly criticized for joking about a brawl involving the Palin family. In retrospect, I deserve such criticism and would like to apologize.".[81] Still, many felt she should apologize on air directly to Palin, which CNN said was not in their plans.[82]

Don Lemon[edit]

After a series of notable incidents over the course of a year, such as questioning whether Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was swallowed by a black hole, asking an alleged rape victim of Bill Cosby why she did not bite him on the penis to prevent forcible oral sex and stating “Obviously, there’s a smell of marijuana in the air” during coverage of the 2014 Ferguson unrestColumbia Journalism Reviewnamed Lemon the "Worst of the Worst" in 2014. [83]

Technical issues[edit]

Obama/Osama name slip[edit]

During the January 1, 2007 edition of The Situation Room, CNN used the name of then-U.S. SenatorBarack Obama as a caption on a story about Saudi al-Qaeda founder Osama Bin Laden. A promo for an upcoming news feature on the whereabouts of Bin Laden carried the caption "Where's Obama?" over images of the al-Qaeda leader. CNN later apologized for what it described as "a very bad typographical error." Host Wolf Blitzer himself apologized on-air for the slip and planned a call to Obama to offer his personal apology.[84]

Large "X" over Cheney's face[edit]

On November 21, 2005, CNN flashed a large "X" over then-Vice President Dick Cheney's face during a speech that aired live on CNN. The network apologized and said that the "X" appeared due to a technical glitch and no human error was involved. Conservative writer Michelle Malkin, in response to mail from readers with broadcasting experience, wrote that she was convinced it was just a mistake.[85] According to The New York Post, CNN later fired one of its switchboard operators over a telephone call during which the operator "lost his temper and expressed his personal views" of the incident to a caller.[86]

Temporary ban from Iran for mistranslation[edit]

In January 2006, CNN was banned in Iran as an expression of condemnation when the network mistranslated a live broadcast of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In the translation, CNN quoted Ahmedinejad as saying "the use of nuclear weapons is Iran's right." According to a release from the Iranian government, the president said "Iran has the right to nuclear energy," and went on to say "a civilized nation does not need nuclear weapons, and our nation does not need them." The ban was lifted a day later after CNN issued an official apology for the mistranslation.[87]

Paula Zahn "sexy" promo[edit]

On the weekend before the premiere of American Morning with Paula Zahn in January 2002, CNN aired an advertisement for the morning news program which called Zahn "sexy" and paired the adjective with a "needle pulled off record" sound effect, which some interpreted to be a zipper opening. The advertisement was quickly pulled after the network received significant criticism for what was considered an undignified and sexist portrayal of a serious journalist. CNN attributed the advertisement's content to a lack of oversight and apologized to Zahn.[88][not in citation given]

WWE[edit]

In November 2007, CNN aired Death Grip: Inside Pro Wrestling, a one-hour investigative documentary on professional wrestling. The report included footage from an interview with pro wrestler John Cena regarding steroids. According to World Wrestling Entertainment and Cena, CNN edited Cena's responses to make it seem as if he did not deny using steroids, while leaving room open for doubt that he did. His answer to the CNN interviewer's initial query of "Have you ever taken steroids?" was, "Absolutely not." Instead, CNN edited in a more detailed answer that Cena had provided several minutes later during the same interview. Cena and the WWE demanded an apology from CNN. In response to their complaint, the network issued this statement: "CNN felt that Mr. Cena's statement in the interview: "My answer to that question 'have you ever used steroids' is – the only thing I can say – I can't tell you that I haven't, but you'll never be able to prove that I have" was a more expansive and complete answer – and that's why we used it in the first run of the program. And we stand by that decision. But, we added the other quote on the Sunday replay where Mr. Cena first denied using steroids. We did this because of his complaint and the attention it received so that viewers could see how he said it both times."[89][90]

Keith Kerr[edit]

On November 28, 2007, Keith Kerr, a retired US Army Colonel and retired Brigadier General of theCalifornia State Military Reserve, was selected by CNN to ask a question at the Republican Presidential "YouTube Debate". Five months earlier, Kerr was listed on a Hillary Clinton press release as a member of the Steering Committee of the "LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender] Americans For Hillary".[91] Kerr's question generated criticism of CNN for not disclosing Kerr's Clinton ties. CNN said it was unaware of the connection at the time and had paid Kerr's traveling expenses to the debate.[92] Kerr, who is gay, said that his appearance was a personal initiative and not coordinated with the Clinton campaign.[93]

Misrepresentation of Hatebreed[edit]

The metal core band Hatebreed was listed as being a white power band in an article published by <a href="http://CNN.com" rel="nofollow">CNN.com</a> on August 8, 2012.[94] The band expressed deep displeasure on Twitter. CNN later apologized and removed Hatebreed's name from the piece.[95]

Steubenville High School rape case coverage[edit]

Candy CrowleyPoppy Harlow and Paul Callan were criticized for portraying the two convicted rapists in the Steubenville High School rape case sympathetically and for placing very little focus on the victim on March 17, 2013.[96] During the course of the delinquent verdict, Harlow stated that it was "Incredibly difficult, even for an outsider like me, to watch what happened as these two young men that had such promising futures, star football players, very good students, literally watched as they believed their lives fell apart...when that sentence came down, [Ma'lik] collapsed in the arms of his attorney...He said to him, 'My life is over. No one is going to want me now.'"[97] An online petition garnered over 200,000 signatures protesting the coverage and demanding an apology.[98]
CNN also revealed the name of the 16-year-old victim on March 17 by broadcasting unedited footage of one of the convicted rapist's post-conviction statements. This practice is against the Associated Press guidelines for coverage.[99]

Coverage of the Cleveland kidnapping victims[edit]

On the morning of May 7, 2013, CNN interrupted coverage of the Jodi Arias murder trial with an update of the release of three young women from ClevelandOhio who were kidnapped by Ariel Castro between 2002 and 2004. CNN correspondent Ashleigh Banfield appeared to interview HLN host Nancy Grace from a remote location, and it appeared that both were filming from parking lots. The channel graphics later alerted viewers that both reporters were in PhoenixArizona. The same cars were noticeable driving behind the two anchors, first behind Banfield and then by Grace. It became obvious that Grace and Banfield were, in fact, sitting in the same parking lot, pretending to be in remote locations when both were actually approximately 30 feet from each other.[100]

Appearances in fiction[edit]

Some controversy was created by the use of CNN on-air staff for fictionalized reports and broadcasts in the 1997 science-fiction movie Contact.[101]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. Jump up ^ http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2014/06/14/time-warner-ceo-blasted-for-cnns-bias-at-shareholders-meeting
  3. Jump up ^ Eric Alterman, What Liberal Media? (New York: Basic Books, 2003)
  4. Jump up ^ "Bozell Rips ABC News for Tapping Clinton Crony to Direct its Already Hostile War Coverage"Media Research Center. February 21, 2003. 
  5. Jump up ^ CNN Chief Courts GOP
  6. Jump up ^ Hickey, Neil (March–April 2001). "Chicken noodle news?"Columbia Journalism Review. [dead link]
  7. Jump up ^ Pérez-Peña, Richard (September 14, 2009). "Trust in News Media Falls to New Low in Pew Survey"The New York Times. Retrieved March 31, 2010. 
  8. Jump up ^ AFP: CNN Middle East editor leaves after Fadlallah 'tweet'
  9. Jump up ^ Al-ManarTV:: Robert Fisk: CNN Was Wrong About Ayatollah Fadlallah 11/07/2010
  10. Jump up ^ Poll: CNN firing shows Zionist control
  11. Jump up ^ "CNN Sacks News Anchor over Jews Remarks"Al-ManarTV. February 10, 2010. 
  12. Jump up ^ http://www.thememoryhole.org/media/cnn-war.htm
  13. Jump up ^ Selfa, Lance (October 3, 2003). "How the media sold Bush’s war"Socialist Worker Online. 
  14. Jump up ^ Shah, Anup (August 1, 2007). "Media Reporting, Journalism and Propaganda"<a href="http://GlobalIssues.org" rel="nofollow">GlobalIssues.org</a>. 
  15. Jump up ^ PRINCE, CATHRYN J. (August 8, 2014). "In front of CNN, hundreds protest anti-Israel media bias Read more: In front of CNN, hundreds protest anti-Israel media bias". Retrieved August 10, 2014. 
  16. Jump up ^ "News Ambassador Rips Media For Coverage Of Israel-Gaza Conflict"CBS Local. July 25, 2014. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  17. Jump up ^ "Israeli Ambassador Slams CNN's Biased Reporting Of Gaza Conflict"Townhall. Jul 25, 2014. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  18. Jump up ^ Hengler, Greg (August 5, 2014). "Ben Shapiro Blasts CNN for Anti-Israel Bias; Battles Palestinian Journalist"Town Hall. Retrieved August 10, 2014. 
  19. Jump up ^ "CNN rapped over gun segment"The Washington Times. May 19, 2003. 
  20. Jump up ^ "Good News, Bad News"American Demographics. 2003. 
  21. Jump up ^ "Gulf War Coverage", Jim Naureckas, FAIR, 1991
  22. Jump up ^ "CNN retracts Tailwind coverage"<a href="http://CNN.com" rel="nofollow">CNN.com</a>. July 2, 1998. 
  23. Jump up ^ Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free PressKristina Borjesson, 2002
  24. Jump up ^ "CNN use footage of Tskhinvali ruins to cover Georgian report". Retrieved August 14,2008. 
  25. Jump up ^ "Russia claims media bias"Variety. August 12, 2008. 
  26. Jump up ^ "CNN's report on "Belgrade demonstrations"". YouTube. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 
  27. Jump up ^ "CNN nerede pokrio snimcima iz Budimpešte"Mondo.rs. 31 July 2008. Retrieved August 30, 2014. 
  28. Jump up ^ YouTube - Erroneous CNN footage angers Serbs
  29. Jump up ^ CNN NIKOLIĆA PROGLASIO ZA MLADIĆA!;Press, 5 December 2008.
  30. Jump up ^ YouTube - CNN mixed up Serbs
  31. Jump up ^ "Netizens slam CNN's distortion of riot picture". Xinhua News. 2008-03-23. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  32. Jump up ^ "Lhasa riot reports show media bias in West". China Daily. 2008-03-22. Retrieved March 23, 2008. 
  33. Jump up ^ China bars foreign journalists, tourists from Tibet
  34. Jump up ^ "CNN statement on Tibet coverage". CNN. 2008-03-28. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  35. Jump up ^ "Netizens condemn biased reporting on riots". Xinhua News. 2009-07-09. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  36. Jump up ^ "Objective? Biased? Sloppy? Western Media Coverage of China". <a href="http://echinacities.com" rel="nofollow">echinacities.com</a>. 2008-03-23. Retrieved May 11,2012. 
  37. Jump up ^ "Xinjiang Riots Through the Lens of Western Media". New America Media. 2009-07-14. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  38. Jump up ^ [1] "CNN iReport, created May 16, 2010"
  39. Jump up ^ "Thaksin: I am not Red Shirt leader"<a href="http://CNN.com" rel="nofollow">CNN.com</a>. May 19, 2010. 
  40. Jump up ^ {http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dn0rDxgssfY}, "Thaksin's lawyer speaks to Al Jazeera on Thai crisis"
  41. Jump up ^ [2], "Thai Ambassador to the U.S. gave interview at BBC"
  42. Jump up ^ [3] "Twitter-Addled CNN Refers to Tweets as a 'Source'"
  43. Jump up ^ "Ex-CNN Reporter: I Received Orders to Manipulate News to Demonize Syria and Iran". Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  44. Jump up ^ "Exclusive: CNN Exposed...". Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  45. Jump up ^ Greenwald, Glenn (September 4, 2012). "Why didn't CNN's international arm air its own documentary on Bahrain's Arab Spring repression?"The Guardian (London). 
  46. Jump up ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFDC7zmJgQg
  47. Jump up ^ "American news network CNN in Baroness Thatcher tribute blunder after running a picture of former PM with JIMMY SAVILE". London: Daily Mail. 2013-04-08. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  48. Jump up ^ "Margaret Thatcher: CNN in Jimmy Savile picture gaffe". Digital Spy. 2013-04-08. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  49. Jump up ^ "Savile BBC scandal shocks UK"NBC Nightly News. 25 October 2012. Retrieved April 16,2013Police believe former TV star Jimmy Savile, a national icon, may have been one of Britain's worst pedophile offenders. Some of Savile's alleged 300 victims had appeared on his TV shows. 
  50. Jump up ^ "Conservatives outraged over CNN photo of Thatcher with ‘pedophile’ Jimmy Savile". Raw Story. 2013-04-08. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  51. Jump up ^ Jordan, Eason (April 11, 2003). "The News We Kept To Ourselves"The New York Times. 
  52. Jump up ^ "CNN executive resigns after controversial remarks"<a href="http://CNN.com" rel="nofollow">CNN.com</a>. February 11, 2005. 
  53. Jump up ^ "Bill Clinton Lapdog Is Now ABC’s Top Dog", Tim Graham, Media Research Center, June 10, 2003
  54. Jump up ^ John Fund (August 31, 2000). "Too Close for Comfort"Opinion Journal (John Fund on the Trail). 
  55. Jump up ^ Carr, David (2013-04-21). "The Pressure to Be the TV News Leader Tarnishes a Big Brand"The New York Times. Retrieved November 6, 2013. 
  56. Jump up ^ "CNN Under Microscope for Boston Marathon Flubs"Variety. 2013-04-18. RetrievedNovember 6, 2013. 
  57. Jump up ^ "CNN stumbles against TV’s instant 24/7 rivals in race to cover Boston Marathon tragedy".Chicago Sun-Times. 2013-04-20. Retrieved August 30, 2014. 
  58. Jump up ^ "'CNN Shined This Week': Zucker Applauds Boston Coverage In Memo To Staff". Mediaite. 2013-04-19. Retrieved November 6, 2013. 
  59. Jump up to: a b "Jon Stewart Destroys CNN's 'Breathless Wrongness' In Coverage Of The Navy Yard Shooting". Business Insider. 2013-09-18. Retrieved November 6, 2013. 
  60. Jump up to: a b Pareene, Alex (April 26, 2012). "Tucker Carlson’s downward spiral"Salon. 
  61. Jump up ^ "The Spin Room, Hardball". Entertainment Weekly. 2001-02-16. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  62. Jump up ^ "The Spin Room". CNN. 2001-02-16. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  63. Jump up ^ "jon stewart on crossfire". YouTube. 2006-01-16. Retrieved August 5, 2009. 
  64. Jump up ^ "Jon Stewart's America". CNN. 2004-10-15. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  65. Jump up to: a b Calderone, Michael (April 8, 2013). "CNN ‘Crossfire' Alumni Hope Political Debate Show Returns"Huffington Post. 
  66. Jump up ^ "Jon Stewart's Wish Fulfilled; 'Crossfire' to Stop 'Hurting America'". <a href="http://Politicalhumor.about.com" rel="nofollow">Politicalhumor.about.com</a>. 2005-01-07. Retrieved August 5, 2009. 
  67. Jump up ^ "CNN Will Cancel 'Crossfire' and Cut Ties to Commentator". The New York Times. January 6, 2005. Retrieved March 16, 2009. 
  68. Jump up ^ [4][dead link]
  69. Jump up ^ "CNN names new headliner"Variety. January 17, 2006. 
  70. Jump up ^ [5], September 9, 2005
  71. Jump up ^ "CNN's "Cordial" Hire"Media Matters for America. January 8, 2006. 
  72. Jump up ^ [6], October 7, 2005
  73. Jump up ^ Larry Elder: What's Race Got to Do with It? Macmillan, 2009. Page 122.
  74. Jump up ^ www.ibtimes.com, CNN Faces $1.3 Bln Lawsuit - $1 per person in China
  75. Jump up ^ reuters.com, CNN now sued for $1.3 billion - $1 per person in China
  76. Jump up ^ Chinese protest CNN comementator's critical comments
  77. Jump up ^ Burns, Jim (August 30, 2000). "CNN's Ousted Kaplan Called 'Talented Man' ... But ..."<a href="http://CNSNews.com" rel="nofollow">CNSNews.com</a>. 
  78. Jump up ^ Kurt Andersen (December 4, 2006). "The Lou Dobbs Factor"New York. 
  79. Jump up to: a b Shain, Michael (November 16, 2009). "Source: CNN wanted Lou out"New York Post. 
  80. Jump up ^ http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/21/politics/palin-brawl-audio/index.html
  81. Jump up ^ http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2014/10/cnns-costello-apologizes-for-palin-remarks-197534.html
  82. Jump up ^ http://www.mediaite.com/online/concha-on-air-apology-only-option-for-cnns-embattled-carol-costello/
  83. Jump up ^ "Don Lemon the Worst of the Worst in 2014 ". <a href="http://cjr.org" rel="nofollow">cjr.org</a>. December 22, 2014. 
  84. Jump up ^ "CNN apology over Obama name slip"BBC News. January 4, 2007. Retrieved February 15, 2007. 
  85. Jump up ^ "CNN’S X-MEN…UPDATE: IT WAS JUST A GLITCH…OR NOT?", November 22, 2005.
  86. Jump up ^ "Rude Operator Axed in New CNN 'X' FLAP". New York Post. November 29, 2005. 
  87. Jump up ^ "CNN 'very disappointed' at being banned from Iran"AFX News Limited. 16 January 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-03-08. Retrieved August 30, 2014. 
  88. Jump up ^ "CNN Pulls Promo Calling Paula Zahn 'Sexy'", Zap2It, January 6, 2002
  89. Jump up ^ WWE: Inside WWE > Cena: Steroids? Absolutely not
  90. Jump up ^ WWE: Inside WWE > News > CNN to WWE: No Apology
  91. Jump up ^ "Clinton Campaign Announces Launch Of LGBT Americans For Hillary Steering Committee"<a href="http://hillaryclinton.com" rel="nofollow">hillaryclinton.com</a>. June 27, 2007. 
  92. Jump up ^ "Democratic Backers Question GOP Candidates in YouTube Debate"Fox News. November 29, 2007. 
  93. Jump up ^ "Gay Question Puts CNN on Defensive". The New York Times. November 30, 2007. 
  94. Jump up ^ "Hate with a beat: White power music - CNN.com". <a href="http://Edition.cnn.com" rel="nofollow">Edition.cnn.com</a>. August 8, 2012. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 
  95. Jump up ^ Rosenberg, Axl. "Cnn Thought Hatebreed Was A White Power Band". MetalSucks. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 
  96. Jump up ^ Mirkinson, Jack (2013-03-18). "CNN's Steubenville Rape Coverage Draws Petition Demanding Apology". Huffington Post. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  97. Jump up ^
  98. Jump up ^ "Petition blasting CNN for allegedly sympathetic coverage of Steubenville, Ohio, rape convicts garners more than 200,000 signatures". New York Daily News. 2013-03-18. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  99. Jump up ^ "CNN, Fox News, MSNBC Air Name of Steubenville Rape Victim"Huffington Post. March 18, 2013. Retrieved March 18, 2013. 
  100. Jump up ^ - May 7, 2013
  101. Jump up ^ "CNN may stop its journalists from appearing in movies"Augusta Chronicle. 16 July 1997. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
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