This week’s episode of “Today in Media” evaluated CNN’s latest public relations bid, which casts the network as a paragon of truth confronting a relentless barrage of fake news.
Cohosts Amber Athey and Kevin Daley also discussed the absence of coverage of new revelations implicating the Clinton Foundation and John Podesta’s lobbying shop in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The core of CNN’s investigative team resigned in June after the network ran a story alleging that longtime Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci dealt with a Russian investment fund currently under Senate investigation. The allegations were false and the story was retracted, prompting three of CNN’s most seasoned reporters to resign.
The network also hosted disgraced CBS anchor Dan Rather in July to discuss media coverage of President Donald Trump. Rather left CBS after he ran a false story claiming former President George W. Bush’s commanders in the Air National Guard repeatedly generated memos which were critical of Bush, and were pressured by the chain of command to improve his service record.
Some media writers have placed the network’s chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, at the vanguard of anti-Trumpism. Acosta’s newsroom colleagues told Politico that some inside the news operation believe he has transgressed the boundaries of straight reporting, but concede that management is pleased with his regular scuffles with the administration. Acosta himself told Politico that he was “overjoyed” by a heated exchange with White House aide Stephen Miller, during which time the young policy hand accused him of showcasing “cosmopolitan bias.” A CNN public relations representative quickly clarified that Acosta was being “sarcastic” in characterizing his reaction as “overjoyed.”
Acosta made the comments over a meal at the Sofitel, a luxury hotel just a block from the White House.
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