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CNN Hire Creates Newest Smear

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John Harwood (formerly of CNBC, now at CNN) was a debate moderator  questioning  candidates at the third Republican Presidential Debate hosted by CNBC, in October of 2015, in Boulder, Colorado. (Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images)

By with Michael R. Shannon
Saturday, 08 February 2020 11:50 PM Current | Bio | Archive

We have long thought that the CNN in CNN stands for Creating the News Network.

The airport cable torture-system does nothing to dispel that impression with its newest hire.

RedState.com informs us that John Harwood has left CNBC for a new spot at CNN as White House Correspondent.

There, Harwood will vie for airtime with incumbent diva Jim Acosta.

Harwood will be a good fit for CNN. As the Federalist.com observed, "Tuesday was now former editor–at–large for CNBC John Harwood’s first day at CNN as a network White House correspondent. Less than a week after CNN complained that one of its reporters was called a 'liberal hack' CNN hired a liberal hack."

The Federalist.com continues, citing this example as one among many, "In September 2015, Harwood sought the advice of [senior] Clinton adviser John Podesta on what to ask former Florida Governor Jeb Bush in an interview."

Harwood hit the ground running at CNN with an entirely new way to smear conservatives and Republicans — guilt by geography.

Harwood tweeted: "of 51 Republican senators who voted to block John Bolton’s testimony in Trump impeachment trial, 25 represent states of the Confederacy during the Civil War the old Confederacy represents the bulwark of the 21st century GOP."

Would it be too much to ask that so-called journalists at least be able to add and subtract the "facts" they use in their attacks? Evidently, yes.

RedState.com ran the numbers, "That tweet was eventually deleted because of the obvious error included in it. There were only 11 confederate states. So obviously there could not be 25 current Republican Senators from 'confederate states.' Further, one of those states has a Democrat as a senator, further making Harwood’s numbers off."

Then Harwood "corrected" his error with another obvious error (fact-checking isn’t his strong suit): "deleted a tweet because I made a tabulation mistake. 23 of 51 Senate GOP votes to block Bolton testimony came from states of the old Confederacy, not 25. apologies for the error."

Charles C. W. Cooke demolished this "corrected" guilt by geography with a series of three tweets: "Still completely wrong. There were 11 states in the Confederacy. Each state has two senators. Virginia has two Democratic senators and Alabama has one. That’s 19 Republicans, out of a total of 51 who voted against witnesses (and 53 Republicans in total).

"This is before we note, as @baseballcrank has, that one of those nineteen is African-American, that two are the children of Cuban immigrants, and that the former *capital* of the Confederacy has unified Democratic government adjacent to two Democratic senators. The case is dumb.

"His serial innumeracy aside, it's peculiar that a political analyst who has been a political analyst for as long as Harwood has is incapable of surveying the scene and providing a better explanation than one would expect from an entry level commenter on a partisan Facebook group."

We predict not only will CNN do nothing about this inaccurate smear, it may well enhance Harwood’s reputation for "analysis and insight" at the Creating the News Network.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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