HardWired News Takes a Hiatus

To every thing there is a season

and a time to every purpose under the heaven

                                                       …The Holy Bible

 

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If it’s HardWired it must be RIGHT

Have you enjoyed HardWired News?  Hundreds of others have with many thousands of visits to our website to read our quirky articles during the three months since we started it.

We admit we’re right-leaning.  And we’re unconventional.  Our style is not to rant or rave about political issues, but to inform through humor, satire, or parody.  We’ve presented our beloved readers with faux New York Times articles lampooning the way they weaveNew-York-Times-Logo ideology into “news” reporting.  Then there were the put-ons of the pomposity of figures like Hillary Clinton or the inescapable bigotry of the liberals.  Remember the time we announced the Dr Evilspread of the deadly disease “Liberalitis,” or the fact that the ultimate victimizer and Austin Powers’ nemesis, Dr. Evil, had been identified and located on a mountaintop in Nevada?  We had as good a laugh writing it as hopefully you did reading it.

It’s mostly done with tongue-in-cheek with the intent of creating a smile in our divided world, while still making valid points to help more people understand and reflect upon the nuisances of the issues of the day.

But, as the lead-in Bible quote to this article suggests, there is a time and place for HWN Logo MaleRock Guitarist CROPPEDeverything and ours is drawing to an end, at least on a regular basis.  We approached this project as a short-term beta test to judge its appeal and gauge reader reaction.  Those goals have been accomplished.  We’ve attracted many hundreds of fans on the main website and our Facebook page, and have garnered a robust and loyal readership.  But it’s hard to overstate the time and effort involved in creating the regular stream of quality content many of you have come to enjoy, and so many of our points have now been made.

Goodbye baby FinalSo, for now, we are taking a hiatus and moving on to other projects, at least for a time.  You may still see the very occasional piece here when something really rings our bell, but the three-to-four articles weekly will sadly stop for the time being.

Thank you for reading, enjoying (some liberals gave us bloody hell), and commenting on HardWired News.  The site will still be here, and you can always contact us through the About page.  For now, know that we deeply value your loyal readership, and wish you a bittersweet Adieu until we meet again.

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No Fake News at Yahoo, Right? Bahahahaha!

I clicked on the day’s political news at Yahoo this morning, and here’s what I found:

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake issued a blistering critique of President Donald Trump in a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday, announcing that he will not seek re-election in 2018. That speech followed weeks of scathing public criticism from another outgoing Republican Senator, Tennessee’s Bob Corker. Arizona Sen. John McCain has also regularly spoken out against Trump.

Now, technically these things really happened.  But it’s the context that’s misleading.  Yahoo NewsFlake and Cork are both leaving the senate because they are too unpopular in their home states to get reelected, and the aging McCain, bitter over his failed presidential bids, is sick and also will not be reelected.  The story, at least the lead-in, makes it seem as if Republican leaders have turned on Donald Trump, when in effect it’s a handful of bitter people on their way (unwillingly) out.

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Yahoo: “Nothing to see folks, move on”

But even that is not the main point.  Yesterday’s political news was an explosion, where it was revealed that the Clinton campaign actually paid for an operative to collude with Russia to falsely implicate then-candidate Trump in a series of preposterous allegations about sex and money in Russia.  I’m talking about the Fusion GPS report that has been discredited as a scam by just about everyone.  Then they gave it to the Obama-era FBI who actually began the now pervasive Trump-Russia probe based on a phony set-up by the Dems and Clinton.

My amazement at this turn of events is overwhelming.  But my point here is that YahooNews (motto: Fake News On Demand) ignores that and runs with a “Trump Dissed by Fellow Republicans” story instead.  It’s designed clearly as cover for the Dems.

Is it any wonder nearly two-thirds of all Americans believe the media news about Trump is either fake, or they aren’t quite sure yet?  Thanks, Yahoo, for proving the point.

Will Weird California Join the Secession Bandwagon?

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California is at it again.

You may have heard Catalonia, a region in northeast Spain where the tony resort city of Barcelona is located, wants to secede and become independent.  The French-speaking province of Quebec tried the same thing with Canada a few years earlier.  And the quirky Scots narrowly failed to vote independence from England and the British Empire.  The separatist sentiments continue to smolder in all those regions.

Experts say the quest for separation is due to differences from the rest of the country in a region’s culture, language, religion, ancestral origins, or relative prosperity.  Quebec, for instance, speaks French and has a more robust industrial base than other areas—all English speaking—of Canada.  The Catalonians also have a unique local language and are by and large wealthier than elsewhere in Spain.  And the Scots?  Well, they’re just Scots; there’s really no one else like them.

So how is California so different that it wants to be separate from the rest of America?  HardWired News has done an exhaustive scientific study and learned exactly why.

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So there really are fundamental differences between California and authentic America.California Secession  To be clear, we are talking about the uber-left western regions such as LA, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Berkeley (of course), San Jose (school’s still out on San Diego).  The northern-and-easternmost areas are quite normal and would likely remain American.

So should we let the over-the-moon, whacko liberal areas secede and become their own California nuclear explosioncountry?  It’s an interesting proposition.  Eventually, America could establish diplomatic relations and allow well-regulated tourism and trade between the countries.  Although we could never, ever—under any circumstances—allow them to acquire nuclear weapons!  It would be the same as giving your toddler scissors to run around with.

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Liberal Media Steps in Own Doo-doo: Attracts Disbelief

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Media Taking Lie-Detector Test

Is it any wonder?  A Politico poll found that a whopping 46% of people believe the media makes up negative stories about Donald Trump, with another 17% undecided.  Only about a third believe they don’t.

 

Let us give you a recent example among many of why.  This week the president called the mother of a U.S. soldier just killed in Niger supporting local anti-terrorist forces.  Not all presidents have made such personal calls.  During the telephone conversation, strident Democrat lawmaker Frederica Wilson, a member of the Trump-wilson-frederica_edited-1.jpghating Congressional Black Caucus, allegedly listened in on the call and later claimed to the media that the president had “disrespected” the fallen soldier’s memory and family by saying “he knew what he signed up for.”  The phrase has been used many times before by others to note the bravery of our fallen soldiers who knowingly and voluntarily went in harm’s way, suggesting their loss is all the more White House Chief of Staff General John Kelly delivers remarks during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington.heroic for having accepted the awful risk.  White House Chief of Staff
and retired general John Kelly, himself a Gold Star father, said the military officer who called him after Kelly’s own son had been killed in combat said the same thing, and it was taken as a sincere tribute.

The surprising thing is not that Representative Wilson, a known Trump-basher, would make such a preposterous inference, but that the national media would run with it as tantamount to a political scandal, not implicating Wilson, but instead Trump.  It was the major story on the national broadcast, print, and cable news outlets, particularly so with NBC and CNN.  Obviously, Donald Trump was praising the young soldier’s selfless heroism in his personal outreach to the family.  But for the traditional news sources to position it as a Trump scandal is laughable.  Is it any wonder that most people simply don’t believe them anymore?

President Lincoln taught us that you can’t fool all the people all the time.  LincolnEveryday citizens aren’t stupid and can see through the hysterical attempts by the media to spin harmless events into anti-Trump tirades.  The notoriously left media is both incensed at the president’s unexpected and unwelcome thrashing of liberal darling Hillary Clinton and outraged at the charges of “fake news” by the president, which stings all the more because they are true.

The media is in a bed of their of making with most people either convinced of or still wavering as to their deceit.  For our money, it couldn’t be happening to a more deserving group of people.

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Top Ten Ways to Know Hillary Clinton is Running for President in 2020

What Happened 2Hillary Clinton has been busy making public appearances ostensibly promoting her new book, What Happened, a list of pathetic excuses for her 2016 election loss to Donald Trump.  HardWired News opined that it was simply a money-play (How to Tell Hillary Clinton Loves Money…).  But some pundits claim her appearances sound more like political positioning for another run at the White House.

Recall that first she tested the waters unsuccessfully against the ultimate Democrat gore.jpgnominee Al “I invented the Internet” Gore in 2000, and again struck out as her party’s nominee in 2004 when John “Mr. Excitement” Kerry ran against Bush II.  Then in 2008 the self-proclaimed heir-apparent-to-greatness lost in a trouncing to unaccomplished newcomer Barack Obama.  Most famously, she took a woodshed beating from our current Commander-in-Chief, quirky Donald Trump in her 2016 failed attempt.

But now she is sounding candidate-like again, with posturing on national policy questions and assuming the role of denouncer of our sitting president.  So how can we really know if she is preparing for yet another run?

HardWired News has discovered the Top Ten Ways to know if Hilarity is planning another presidential run in 2020.  They are…

10  Publicly came out in support of “taking a knee” by NFL players during our National Anthem, another doofus move unpopular with mainstream voters just like her previous campaign positions

 9 Wrote a humiliating book, What Happened, trying to convince herself that she now knows how to fix what went wrong

 8 Sees that the ineffective Republicans, in control of Congress and the White House, are so hapless in trying to get anything done they couldn’t elect a dogcatcher in 2020

 7  Taking “Tweeting” lessons to out-Tweet the Tweeter-in-Chief

 6 Recently added twenty new pantsuits to her wardrobe

 5 Signed up for charm school

 4 Bought a fifty-five gallon drum of industrial strength No-Doze pills so she can stay awake long enough to campaign in the swing states she ignored and lost the last time

 weiner3 Mastering social media technology by commissioning Anthony Weiner, former husband of her closest advisor Huma Abedin, to teach her the fine art of Snap Chatting photos

 2 Had longtime pal Harvey Weinstein recruit ten thousand Hollywood extras to pack her events and make it look like she is popular in return for undisclosed favors

And the Number One Way to Know Hillary Clinton is Running Again

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 1 Had husband Bill Clinton’s mouth and one other undisclosed aperture surgically sewn up so they can’t humiliate her again

Can’t wait to see Hillary where she rightfully belongs (insert your preferred destination here…)

Monday Potpourri – Liberal Hypocrisy

 

As we’ve done in the past, we’ll take a moment on this Monday to comment from a HardWired News perspective on weekend developments that didn’t receive much coverage

Comedian George Lopez Booed; Contributes to Racism

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Racism Purveyor

Hispanic comedian George Lopez was booed from an event he was supposed to be moderating in Denver over the weekend for his continued Trump-bashing jokes and anti-white comments.  He referred to people in the audience disparagingly as a bunch of “old white men,” and ranted about white privilege.

When minorities seek justice by bashing whites, they are guilty of the same racist philosophies as those who insult them.  Racism is, of course, the practice of attributing faults to an entire group of people based on their ancestry.  It’s wrong when white people practice it against blacks, Hispanics, and others.  But when turnaround is used by minorities, it simply justifies and ratifies the process, thereby contributing to the spiral of racial divide.  And the frenzied Trump-bashing by Lopez and his buddies on the left is so over the top, rational people begin to simply dismiss it out of hand rather than seriously consider the arguments of those who oppose Trump.

I can tell you from experience as a white man in America that there are others of my background and ethnicity who are racist (I am not).  But for every one that is, there are many, many more who are fair-minded and sympathetic to the concerns of minorities.  Behavior such as Lopez displayed turns these people off, and gives permission to the racists for their behavior.

So score one for the racists thanks to George Lopez.  Not to mention empowering the Trump supporters.  Thanks, George

Weinstein Brings Out the Worst in the Left

Harvey Weinstein, as everyone knows by now, is the uber-liberal Hollywood mogul recently called out for sexual aggression toward and exploitation of young Hollywoodweinstein-nyt1.jpg women.  The fawning left initially—for decades, actually—looked the other way, although his actions have become so notorious everyone is piling on (rightly so, in my view).  He has no cover.  But now the left is growing bizarre in their quest to draw-and-

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Bialik: Victim of Leftist Hypocrisy

quarter him.  An actress, Mayim Bialik of Big Bang TV fame, wrote that she condemned Weinstein, sympathized with his victims, and recounted how she has had to deflect unwanted sexual advances in Tinsel Town by making it clear she would not tolerate them.  Instead of praising her, the left attacked her for “implying” the victims had done something wrong by not emulating Bialik.  She, of course, said no such thing, but that did not calm the attacks.  As these things always seem to work out, she has now apologized to the left, for doing absolutely nothing wrong!  You can’t make this stuff up.

 

Those Who Profess Wanting to Save People from Gun Violence Threaten Others with Death

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Loesch: Threatened with Shooting by Anti-gun Activists

You heard me.  Anti-gun advocates are turning on NRA female spokesperson Dana Loesch and sending her death threats.  In the interest of stopping gun violence, these nuts are saying they will shoot her and “rape her to death.”  She points out, correctly in my mind, many of her detractors are also the ones condemning Weinstein for his abuse of women (see any irony here?) and “the left believes only non-conservative women deserve respect.”  The left could not show greater hypocrisy.

President Trump Takes the 25th—Or NOT

It’s complicated.

ConstitutionThe 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution addresses what happens if a president of the United States of America is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”  It was ratified in 1967 following the assassination of President Kennedy.  It seems our original Constitution was somewhat vague, confusing and contradictory concerning how a president should be replaced when necessary.  The amendment was passed to provide certainty and clarity.

It has come up recently because some pundits have speculated that President Trump, due to his unconventional behavior, could be removed from office without the necessity of impeachment.  A Vanity Fair article explained…

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has privately confided that he believes President Donald Trump only has a 30% chance of completing his full term a source told Vanity Fair

 

Trump ScowlingThe only problems are, the 25th Amendment is itself vague and in any event makes it especially difficult such that the removal of a president against his wishes is extraordinarily difficult and unlikely.

The death of a president is straightforward enough; the vice president succeeds him or pence.jpgher with a line of further succession should the veep be unable to serve, such as in the aftermath of a nuclear attack or some other deadly mass disaster.  And most of us know how impeachment works: the House and Senate must authorize and conduct a trial finding the prez guilty of “high crimes and misdemeanors.”  It is not simply a recall process due to the president’s unpopularity.

But what if the president is, say, in a coma, or has advanced Alzheimer’s?  He would be unable to act as Commander in Chief, unable to be trusted with the nuclear button.  That’s where the 25th Amendment kicks in.  And as we said in the opening statement, it’s complicated!

In all cases, if the president cannot serve, the VP takes over or the next in the long line of legal succession.  If the president willingly declares in writing he is unable (perhaps dying of cancer, God forbid), he notifies Congress in writing and the vice president steps in.  But if the president is unwilling to go, it gets interesting.

Trump CabinetIn that case, a majority of the president’s own cabinet plus the sitting vice president must notify both chambers of Congress in writing of the chief executive’s unfitness to serve (bearing in mind a president has the right to fire a cabinet member at will).  The vice president then takes over.  But the president can at any time notify Congress he IS able to serve and it’s all reversed.  The president is in charge again (including his ability to fire people).  His notification can only be overruled by a 2/3 vote of BOTH houses of Congress, an unimaginably difficult thing to achieve in today’s political environment.

Did I mention—it’s complicated?  Even then, there could and would be court challenges all the way up to the Supreme Court, disputing the meaning and validity of the accusation “unable to discharge.”  Remember, it’s not designed as a recall process for unpopularity.

In short, for President Donald Trump to be removed unwillingly due to his eccentricity or unpopularity, a majority of his own cabinet plus the vice president plus two-thirds of both houses of Congress plus the courts would have to agree.  Unlikely to the point of impossibility in our view.

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Love him or loathe him, it looks like we’re stuck with the Tweeter-in-Chief for the duration, barring some physical calamity.  Keep America Great Again, baby; full steam ahead!

The Cat-In-The-Hat and Racism

Popular dictionaries define racism as a belief that people’s characteristics, their qualities and faults, are determined by race (or ethnicity).  It was behind Hitler’s murder of millions of Jews and countless lynchings and shootings of blacks in the American South.  Needless to say, racism works profound injustice and is behind divisions that exist in America and many other societies.  Anyone with an ounce of sense and a modicum of human experiences knows that qualities and faults are individual and not determined by a person’s ancestral group.

There has been enormous progress during my lifetime in improving racial justice and Roofrace relations.  Nonetheless, racism continues to rear its ugly head.  A notorious recent example was the shooting of nine black people in a Charleston, South Carolina church in 2015 by the demented white supremacist Dylann Roof.  He is being tried for murder and very likely faces the death penalty.  Periodic events such as this cause people to rightly remain on edge, and society needs to continue to be vigilant regarding any embedded racism.

But it’s possible that vigilance can be carried too far.  Recently First Lady Melania Trump donated the iconic Dr. Seuss children’s books to school libraries as part of an effort toGrinch encourage reading by youngsters.  The librarian in a Cambridge, Massachusetts elementary school rejected the gift saying the books were “steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes.”  Then a black woman, a prominent Democrat and former Georgia legislator, LeDawn Jones, appeared on the Fox Network’s Tucker Carlson show to double down, saying that old Dr. Seuss was a well-known racist and a purveyor of racially charged images.

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Alleged Racist

Maybe you’re as surprised as I am that The Cat in the Hat not to mention Thing One and Thing Two are racist.  I can understand the evil Grinch—he was simply bad to the bone—and I’m not just saying that because he’s green.

 

It seems that Dr. Seuss, in his early years as a cartoonist, supported the World War II effort by creating some propaganda cartoons on behalf Seuss political cartoonsof the government lampooning Hitler and the Japanese war leader Tojo in, of course, an unflattering way.  And he also illustrated ads for a popular insecticide product, Flit.  Some of the illustrations contained figures that could be fairly construed as unacceptable stereotypes of Arabs and black Africans.  It’s noteworthy that these kinds of illustrations were in the context of the times and—while clearly insensitive especially by today’s standards—were in the mainstream then, particularly so with our government’s Seuss race cartoonwar propaganda effort.  One could fault FDR as much or more so than Dr. Seuss for the propaganda illustrations, and I don’t hear mainstream Democrats calling for the boycott of Franklin Roosevelt.  Dr. Seuss also was an outspoken voice for racial justice for African-Americans and published many illustrations supporting his point of view, which was quite unpopular at the time.

Even if you believe the venerable Seuss should be condemned for his racial insensitivity in spite of his public stand for racial justice, it’s hard to justify bashing Sam-I-Am or The Cat in the Hat.  After all, the sins of the father should not be visited upon the sons, as Shakespeare taught us in The Merchant of VeniceSeusss It seems to me there are plenty of real racial villains—David Duke, George Wallace, Dylann Roof…I’d name more but we’d run out of room.  Spotlighting Dr. Seuss and his cast of iconic characters as racist villains seems to cheapen the conversation about racism in America and undermine the credibility of those who are speaking out about it.  Maybe, as Dr. Seuss taught us, we ought to think a  little more carefully before we condemn.

“Think left and think right and think low and think high.

Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”

Weinstein Sex Escapades Spotlight Liberal Hypocrisy

harvey-weinstein-5.jpgIf you don’t know who Harvey Weinstein is by now, you’ve been living under a rock.  Born to a New York Jewish family, he made his mark as a Hollywood producer of films that roll off the tongue: Pulp Fiction, Gangs of New York, Chicago, Fahrenheit 9/11, Rambo, The King’s Speech.  I’d name more, but we’d run out of space.  A power-player fixture on the Hollywood social scene, he’s been generously awarded by the Tinsel Town elite and is a (in)famously connected liberal gadfly and supporter of the likes of Hillary Clinton, Barrack Obama, and a host of left-wing causes.

But you know him for his recent transgressions.  He’s finally—after decades of these misdeeds—been called-out for the sexual exploitation of vulnerable young Hollywood women, sometimes in the most deviant of ways.  And now he’s been forced to resign.  I won’t go into the sordid details (youWeinstein NYT can read or hear about them through any news outlet), but as a father of five daughters and a reinforced platoon of grand- and great-granddaughters, I am personally outraged.  I’m no prude, and I rarely condemn liaisons between consenting adults roughly equal in power and position, but his actions are a violation of decency toward women in the extreme.

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But our outrage is only enhanced by the hypocrisy of the left.  Saturday Night Live (SNL), the faux-comedy late-night TV show that is essentially a propaganda arm of the left, happily lampoons the foibles of the likes of Donald Trump, Sarah Palin, George Bush and a host of others from the right, but has remained pointedly silent on Weinstein.  It was reported that a few of their writers developed skits or jokes related to Weinstein’s now well-publicized problems, but they were killed.  SNL’s only explanation was that “it’s a New York thing,” apparently acknowledging that the problems of a prominent Jewish community member New Yorker who has made it big in uber-liberal Hollywood are off limits.

The left, of course, is famous for pontificating on what they see as moral causes: women’s rights, abortion, gun control.  But when one of theirs is the offender, they conveniently look the other way.  Remember Bill Clinton’s well-documented sexual exploitation of LewinskyMonica Lewinsky, Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey and a host of others.  He confessed to perjury on national TV, was impeached, barred from legal practice, and subject to court settlements for his activities.  But NOW, the National Organization of (liberal?) Women, sprang to his defense, and he remains the poster-child of Democrats and their liberal causes.  SNL is continuing that fine tradition of liberal hypocrisy in turning a blind eye to Weinstein.

Front Cover JPEG - Pestilence_edited-1Liberals love to paint conservatives wrongly as greedy, hateful exploiters.  In fact, we are in the main people who believe limited government, personal freedom, free enterprise and individual accountability along with its rewards and consequences will do the most to advance the American dream for everyone.  Some of the most generous and compassionate people I know are conservatives.  As my novel, Caine’s Pestilence fictionally explored, all too often those invested in the industry of liberalism are driven by the quest for money, power, prestige, and privilege, with their heartrending “causes” only a means to a more cynical end.

In fairness, some of the liberal elite can no longer ignore what Weinstein hasSteve Correll done.  The New York Times broke the story.  Then to her credit, actress Meryl Streep has belatedly condemned his actions and even poor CNN has been forced to report on them.  Saturday Night Live, however, continues the fine liberal tradition of hypocrisy and selective outrage.  Let’s see how the rest of the liberal establishment reacts.

 

 

CNN Goes Commando: National Enquirer Style

 

enquirer.jpgYou gotta’ love The National Enquirer, you know—the sleazy tabloid found near grocery checkouts that your mother used to glance at when she thought no one was looking?  It was as nutty as it was outrageous.  Here are a few of their iconic headlines:

 

Supreme Court Justice Scalia—Murdered by a Hooker (May 2016)

DEA Sting! Jeb Bush Snorted Cocaine on Night Dad Became Pres (Feb. 2016)

Rita Hayworth says…”I’m back from the dead: two years a Zombie” (Dec. 1968)

Cosby had Son Murdered (October 2015)

Like your goofy Uncle Barney’s outlandish stories he weaves after a few toddies, the attention-grabbing premises—built on the tiniest grains of truth—are too scurrilous to resist.

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But now the venerable Enquirer has some competition.  In the face of falling ratings, CNN has adopted an Enquirer-like disregard for realism, spinning every story possible with an “ain’t Trump awful” twist to appeal to the side of liberals that desperately wants to believe the silly articles.  Here are a few headlines from or about CNN:

 

“Donald Trump’s 57 Most Outrageous Quotes” (CNN Aug. 2017)

“Donald Trump’s last 7 days are just mind-bogglingly bad” (CNN Sept. 2017)

”CNN Faces Backlash over Doctored Trump Video” (CNBC July 2017)

Fake News CNNThese are just a few recent ones.  And if you think I’m overreacting, scholars at the notoriously liberal Harvard conducted a study of news coverage about Donald Trump.  They found CNN stories about the president were negative 93% of the time, the worst of any outlet studied.  The Washington Examiner (May 2017) said of the study

“..coverage was so negative it is hard to argue it was anywhere near neutral…CNN’s Trump coverage was 93% negative..negative stories outpaced positive by 13-1”

Hey, but maybe you think CNN’s exaggerated anti-Trump spin is just good business.  If so, you’d be wrong.  During the study period, CNN continued to have weak ratings.  According to TVNewser (adweek), a website devoted to covering media developments, CNN was only 8th among cable news programs, while Fox News easily held the Number One spot.

Fake News 8So is there a lesson here?  Maybe it’s if your theory is “sell the sizzle, not the steak” in news coverage, at least make sure there’s a real steak there.  Otherwise, you might just go hungry—at least TV viewer-wise.