Saturday, March 04, 2017

America's Major Media: A Cesspool of Misinformation

America’s Major Media: A Cesspool of Misinformation

by Stephen Lendman

The late actor/writer/comedian Ernie Kovacs once said he knew why television is called a medium - “because it’s neither rare nor well done.” 

The same applies to so-called print journalism - like television, featuring fake news, not the real thing.

The deplorable state of America’s media keeps reaching for new lows of misreporting, manipulating readers and viewers, suppressing hard truths, spreading misinformation on vital world and national issues.

At her weekly press briefing, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova blasted CNN in response to its irresponsibly calling Moscow’s ambassador to Washington, Sergey Kislyak, “a top (Kremlin) spy and recruiter of spies” - citing the usual unnamed US officials, past and currently.

She called US major media reports “disgrace(ful), a manifestation of media vandalism,” adding:

“I have a question. Is it rock bottom which the US media has reached or is there an even greater depth for them to dive.” 

“They crossed the line far beyond the professional ethics and their competence. They accuse and judge by simply fabricating false information.”

After the briefing, CNN International reporter Matthew Chance approached Zakharova. She refused to answer his questions, saying “Mr. Kislyak is a well-known, world class diplomat, who was a deputy minister of foreign affairs in Russia.”

“He has communicated with his American colleagues for decades in different fields, and CNN accused him of being a Russian spy, or recruiting spies? My god -stop spreading lies and false news.” 

“This is good advice for CNN: Please stop spreading lies and false news.” She walked away with no further comment.

On air, Chance hyped misinformation about nonexistent Russian US election hacking, adding Zakharova “pushed back strongly on the idea that the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, was in any way related to espionage.”

Separately, he tweeted “Russian officials and @realDonaldTrump us(e) similar (lies and fake news) language to deride coverage.”

Only when it’s true, he failed to explain. CNN is cable television’s leading proliferator of fake news - a disgrace to journalism the way it’s supposed to be.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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