How do you know when the liberal media
meltdown is approaching an apex? Just look for apples, bananas and a
strong smell of smug.
Reaching deep in their drawer of smug, CNN unleashed a “Facts First”
initiative, starting with an ad featuring an apple, with a voice-over
warning viewers that some awful, yet unnamed, person or network is
trying to convince you the apple is a banana. While a juvenile attempt
to discredit President Trump’s complaints about the network’s shoddy
news coverage, they manage only to remind us of why they’re in this fix
in the first place.
What CNN reveals with this abject sanctimony is their contempt for the
viewers themselves. “This is an apple. Some people might try to tell you
that it’s a banana. They might scream banana, banana, banana, over and
over and over again. They might put BANANA in all caps. You might even
start to believe that this is a banana. But it’s not. This is an apple.”
And then the words “Facts First” appear on screen.
This is 30 seconds of CNN condescendingly treating news consumers as
idiots, unable to judge for themselves. Think about this: Someone at CNN
thought it would be a great idea to suggest people who don’t trust CNN
are either brainwashed or just plain stupid.
Think about this: Someone at CNN thought it would be a great idea to
suggest people who don’t trust CNN are either brainwashed or just plain
They must be feeling very, um, special right around now as sole
possessors of the truth, as a Harris Poll in May found that 65 percent
of voters feel that fake news in the mainstream news media is a big
From May 2017, The Hill reported, “Nearly two-thirds of Americans say
the mainstream press is full of fake news, a sentiment that is held by a
majority of voters across the ideological spectrum. According to data
from the latest Harvard-Harris poll … 65 percent of voters believe there
is a lot of fake news in the mainstream media. That number includes 80
percent of Republicans, 60 percent of independents and 53 percent of
And why might Americans (including the president) consider CNN fake
Consider some recent headlines: Huffington Post: “CNN mistakes sex toy
flag for ISIS Flag at London gay pride.” Daily Mail: “CNN anchor
mistakes Star-Spangled Banner for French national anthem.”
Federalist: “CNN producer fesses up: We’re just doing the Russia stuff
for ratings.” Referring to the Project Veritas undercover video of a CNN
producer, they reported, “When asked if he thought the Russia collusion
story was legitimate or all hype, [John] Bonifield said it’s ‘mostly
[expletive] right now.’
” ‘Like we don’t have any big giant proof,’ he said. ‘I think the
president is probably right to say, like, “Look, you are witch-hunting
me. You have no smoking gun. You have no real proof.” ‘ “
That looks an awful lot like a banana, no?
The New York Times referred to CNN as having a “unique role as nemesis
for Mr. Trump.” Really? Also The New York Times: “3 CNN journalists
resign after retracted story on Trump ally.” A story with three
reporters and one anonymous source. When the target of the hit piece,
Anthony Scaramucci, threatened to sue, only then did the network retract
I guess that’s what happens when you’re an official “nemesis” — your
prize is a basket full of bananas.
National Review: “CNN calls attacked Jerusalem synagogue a mosque;
equates terrorists with victims.”
And let’s not forget CNN hunting down and threatening a person on Reddit
who created an anti-CNN WrestleMania gif, featuring President Trump
wrestling a man (with a CNN logo head) to the ground. Yes, it was funny
because it was a joke. Then CNN went … bananas.
The Hill reported on CNN’s bizarre reaction about the hunt for the
person who dared to make fun of the network: “He is a private citizen
who has issued an extensive statement of apology, showed his remorse by
saying he has taken down all his offending posts and because he said he
is not going to repeat this ugly behavior on social media again.” The
story, titled “How CNN found the Reddit user behind the Trump wrestling
GIF,” quotes from CNN.com: “CNN reserves the right to publish his
identity should any of that change.”
And that’s how #CNNBlackmail began to trend on Twitter. A senior
reporter at Vox tweeted, “I can’t emphasize how bad this is on CNN’s
part. This is basically ‘don’t post stuff we don’t like or we’ll dox
you.’ Extremely unethical.” To say the least.
The Federalist reminds us of another CNN banana: “A banana is when you
run conspiracy-mongering pieces that assert Republicans want to make
rape and domestic violence pre-existing conditions in their Obamacare
repeal bill when there is not a single word or action that backs up the
CNN’s history is replete with getting things wrong. And then a producer
gets caught on a hidden camera admitting that he knows what they’re
promoting is bunk. And then you have three high-value journalists resign
because a major story is insupportable and has to be retracted.
This is what happens when you decide to call your crusade against a
politician you don’t like “news.” Sorta like calling an apple a banana.
Tammy Bruce is a radio talk-show host, New York Times best-selling
author and Fox News political contributor.