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CNN's Deceptive Reporting on Foreign Arms Sales

CNN's Deceptive Reporting on Foreign Arms Sales


Wednesday, 06 February 2019 12:07 PM Current | Bio | Archive

President Donald Trump and his supporters often attach the name “fake news” to media outlets that are critical of the administration, with CNN and MSNBC generally the target of their abuse.

While the vast majority of news outlets make every effort to keep their reports accurate and complete, mistakes are occasionally made along the way in an effort to be first. That’s regrettable but understandable.

But it’s unacceptable and not at all understandable when a news outlet — especially a major one — engages in deceptive reporting to fit a particular narrative.

CNN apparently did that this week in its exclusive report headlined, “Sold to an ally, lost to an enemy,” which describes how both military weapons and secrets that were delivered to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates eventually found their way to al-Qaeda and Iran.

CNN accurately reports that the startling “developments come as Congress, outraged with Riyadh over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year, considers whether to force an end to the Trump administration's support for the Saudi coalition.”

The report goes on to report, again accurately, that “some of America's ‘beautiful military equipment,’ as US President Donald Trump once called it, has been passed on, sold, stolen or abandoned in Yemen's state of chaos,” and wound its way into the wrong hands.

CNN also accurately observed that “US lawmakers are trying to pass a resolution ending the Trump administration’s support for the coalition.”

The report’s final paragraph begins, “In the wake of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi murder last year, Trump said it would be foolish for the US to cancel multi-billion dollar arms deals with the Saudis.”

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., was understandably livid.

“BOMBSHELL REPORT,” he tweeted. “The ‘beautiful military equipment’ Trump sold Saudi Arabia and UAE is now in the hands of Al Qaeda aligned militias. One group drives U.S. made armored vehicles now. This is what happens when you flood a war zone with more weapons.”

Daily Wire senior editor and frequent Fox News contributor Ashe Schow noticed Murphy’s anger and looked beyond the headline to discern what the story actually said.

“The sale occurred in 2014,” she replied to Murphy, then rhetorically asked, “Who was president then?”

Schow added, “In Chris’s defense, CNN does bury this information WAY down in the report.”

To be exact, it wasn’t until far down-story — around paragraph 35 — that we find that the transfer “was part of a $2.5 billion sale to the UAE in 2014” — during the Barack Obama administration.

Schow closed her tweet with one final observation: “Gotta keep that narrative going.”

Obama’s name isn’t mentioned even once in the article; Trump was named four times.

The year of the sale — 2014 — was mentioned once in the article, and one other time in a photo description.

Although the reporting was true and accurate, it was nonetheless deceptive.

Back in the day, when CNN was in its infancy and offered hourly reports on location during the first Gulf War, along with colorful twice-daily briefings from Gen. Herbert “Stormin’” Norman Schwarzkopf, the fledging network’s motto was “The most trusted name in news.”

Since then it’s become, “This is CNN.” Smart move.

Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports - Click Here.

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