Tuesday, April 02 2019
When CNN began boasting about receiving the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism from the Norman Lear Center for their “townhall” exploitation of the Parkland school shooting, rational people everywhere rolled their eyes. Media elites giving awards to media elites to celebrate how elite they are is as meaningful as when Hollywood does the same thing at their awards shows.
But despite the dismissive yawn that most folks give to this “achievement,” I can’t help but admit it is perfectly well deserved. For those who don’t remember, Walter Cronkite was the longtime anchor of CBS Evening News who narrated a number of important moments for millions of Americans watching on their TVs. But Cronkite was also a far-left activist who the destruction of American sovereignty from his perch at CBS. The impact of his infamous misreporting of events in Vietnam cannot be underestimated in any fair evaluation of the disastrous consequences of American withdrawal from the conflict.
If CNN was to win any award for the emotionally manipulative political rally Jake Tapper facilitated in Parkland, Florida, it is fitting for it to be named after Cronkite.
Truthfully, I’ve always admired the journalistic integrity of Jake Tapper. He was at ABC News when I was on the radio and remember often commenting that I thought of all the network reporters, he was one who worked hard to call balls and strikes, ask tough questions of both sides, and earn the trust and confidence of his audience. That’s why I was so surprised when Tapper agreed to join CNN.
CNN is a network notorious for hucksters and propaganda. It’s the network of Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy. It’s the network of “hands up, don’t shoot” false narratives, the network of Star Wars holograms, un-retracted “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain” , and “Malaysian Airlines has been sucked into a black hole” . It’s the network of Kathy Griffin stripping and swearing on New Years Eve, hosts on-air while drunk, and debate questions to favored presidential candidates.
It’s not the network of someone like Jake Tapper. But despite that reality, he chose to associate with them and so it was only a matter of time until he would find his own reputation sullied by another CNN disgrace. That disgrace occurred at the so-called Parkland Townhall event following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.
Republican Senator Marco Rubio and NRA Spokeswoman Dana Loesch were scapegoated and treated as murderers with the full and tacit approval of CNN. They shamefully coordinated the entire event to facilitate such hatred while completely ignoring the real failures that led to the massacre. Loesch herself chronicled them in a recent :
More than once I’ve wondered if Tapper, the host of this travesty, did. I continue hoping that he did not. Regardless, the suits at CNN knew what they were doing, they did it, and they feel no apparent remorse for their manipulation of the facts, exploitation of suffering families, or political activism they wrapped in the name of journalism.
And that’s precisely why the Walter Cronkite Award couldn’t be more fitting.