CNN Faces Growing Criticism Over Use of ‘Traumatized’ Children to Push Anti-Gun Agenda

The far-left cable channel CNN is facing a growing storm of criticism over its frequent use of minor children (14 to 17) to further its anti-gun agenda.

Already a number of the children, those who witnessed last week’s shooting massacre at a high school in Parkland, Florida, have made countless appearances on the anti-Trump cable network. In furtherance of its anti-gun propaganda push, CNN’s anti-Trump pundit, Jake Tapper, will host a town hall Wednesday night featuring these children.

Many, however, see CNN’s use of these minors as an act of partisan exploitation that is not only immoral, but also not good for the mental health of children so soon after they have witnessed such a traumatic event.

Appearing on Fox News, the Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway said, “There’s been unfortunate media handling of these traumatized children. They’ve used them as ways to enact what they always like to do, a gun control agenda,” she said before referencing CNN’s upcoming town hall. “These children aren’t forcing their ways on to CNN, town halls, or covers of magazines. Media is choosing them to put there, to shut down debate and keep people from having a conversation about gun control.”

Truth Revolt also singled out CNN. “[The children’s] outrage is more than understandable after witnessing a mass shooting and fearing for their lives, but it’s shameful that CNN, and many other leftist outlets, would exploit them over and over again online and on-air to push the media’s gun control agenda. ”

The Federalist asks, What if putting “traumatized teenagers” on TV is “not healthy?”

“But what if putting traumatized teenagers, mere days removed from a shocking and life-changing event, in front of cameras and crowds is not healthy? Have we thought that through,” the Federalist asks, before closing with this, “Leave the kids alone. It’s our job to lead, not theirs.”

In her syndicated column, Michelle Maklin writes, “Many [of these children] may be exceptionally smart, passionate, and articulate beyond their years, but they do not possess any semblance of wisdom because they have not lived those years. Their knowledge of history, law, and public policy is severely limited … And their moral agency and cognitive abilities are far from fully developed.”

She adds, “Most are in no position to change the world when they can’t even remember to change their own bedsheets … Yet, [Lawrence] Tribe relishes the opportunity to hide behind the young Parkland activists headed to CNN’s propaganda town halls[.]”

At National Review, Ben Shapiro writes, “CNN plans a full primetime special with the victims’ classmates, parents, and community members … What, pray tell,” Shapirios asks, “did these students do to earn their claim to expertise? They were present during a mass shooting, and they have the right point of view, according to the Left.”

Singling out CNN, Shapiro points out that “There’s a reason that producers at CNN are eager to put [high school] junior Cameron Kasky in front of the cameras: He says things like ‘You’re either with us or against us.’ It seems a stretch to think that if Kasky were instead advocating for more armed school security, CNN would be breaking into its primetime lineup to air his views.”

Talking about CNN and other left-wing news outlets, National Review’s Dan McLaughlin writes, “’I’m never in favor of the whole spectacle of using kids as political props, which both sides do, but it’s one thing when it’s relatively benign stuff — a politician campaigning with his family … Those aren’t efforts to use kids as human shields against hard questions being asked in a serious public-policy debate.”

Hot Air’s John Sexton believes CNN is feeding these traumatized children talking points: “Perhaps what’s most striking is how closely some of [student Emma Gonzalez] points seem to mirror talking points tweeted out a couple days earlier by, wait for it, CNN. It’s almost as if CNN is feeding the students information for the events it then covers as the authentic voice of the students.”

Sexton also worries if CNN is exploiting these kids to promote its agenda. “Is it odd to anyone else that a CNN news story about student gun control efforts features a segment promoting CNN’s own town hall event? Is CNN reporting here or promoting an agenda?”

When Tapper himself, the former Salon writer and host of CNN’s upcoming anti-gun town hall, was criticized for “using traumatized teenagers,” he avoided the subject by accusing his critic of lying.

Twitter user @kengardner11 tweeted to the left-wing Tapper, “Using traumatized teenagers who don’t even yet know enough to have coherent political views as emotional props to push a particular political agenda is not healthy or logical.”

Tapper fired back with a non sequitur: “You said something demonstrably false and now you’re trying to change the subject.”

Gardner replied, “Um…really? What did I say that you claim that was demonstrably false? Demonstrate it to me. But focus on what I actually said.”

Tapper was then forced to change the subject, arguing that Gardner accused him of bias. When Gardner challenged Tapper to point out where he did this, Tapper abruptly shut down the discussion. “[T]his doesn’t seem a conversation you’re trying to have in good faith, so adios! Have a great weekend,” Tapper snarked.

https://twitter.com/KenGardner11/status/965324948767170560

Tapper’s intellectual dishonesty has been the typical response from CNN to those criticizing the last-place network for using children, who are obviously traumatized, as a means to push its anti-gun agenda.

Rather than address the actual issue at hand — Is it appropriate to use children as young as 14 in this way? — CNN manufactures arguments its critics did not make or focuses on straw men, like a few conspiracy theorists claiming these children are actors.

CNN has yet to address the matter directly or to bring mental health experts on the air to discuss it.

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CNN COLLAPSES: Ratings Plunge, Forced To Lay Off Dozens Of Employees As MSM Dies

B| CNN is preparing to lay off up to 50 employees mostly from its digital projects, after another ratings debacle for 2017 and a subsequent failure to reach expected ad revenue targets, a report says.

The news of the layoffs came from Vanity Fair’s Joe Pompeo, who reported on February 12 that CNN “is targeting big savings on the digital side” by shedding employees who work in the cabler’s “premium businesses including CNN Money, video, product, tech and social publishing.”

It appears that some of the initiatives that CNN chief Jeff Zucker has touted as the future of the network are being re-tooled and scaled back.

According to Pompeo:

Several high profile digital initiatives are being scaled back, including CNN’s virtual reality productions and its efforts on Snapchat, where CNN recently nixed a live daily webcast after just four months. CNN’s business-oriented MoneyStream app, as BuzzFeed reported earlier this month, is in the gutter as well. A team that works on the digital extensions of documentary-style TV shows, such as Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown and Lisa Ling’s This is Life, as well as the Brooke Baldwin series American Woman, is also being reorganized.

Tucked down in the story, Pompeo related what some of those revenue losses look like saying, “CNN missed its target by tens of millions of dollars, according to a person with knowledge of the numbers…”

This news comes two months after the tabulations for cable news ratings were released for the 2017 cable TV season, numbers that showed CNN coming in third place behind extremist, left-wing network MSNBC.

For a cable news network that was once considered the top name in cable news to come in third behind the partisans at MSNBC must be particularly galling.

As Breitbart’s John Nolte reported in December, the 2017 review not only found that CNN had come in last place, but even its primetime viewership eroded by double digits. And this was as second place MSNBC’s ratings soared, and ratings champ Fox News held tight to its top cable news spot.

CNN was in third place in total daily viewers by nearly 100,000 viewers behind second place MSNBC.

  • FNC: 1,501,000 (up eight percent)
  • MSNBC: 885,000 (up 47 percent)
  • CNN: 783,000 (up four percent)

Finally, it is clear that at present, ratings champ Fox News has nothing to fear from its competition. In 2017 Fox attracted almost as many viewers throughout the day as MSNBC and CNN combined. Fox News also doubled CNN’s growth (eight percent, compared to just four percent).

Under the leadership of Jeff Zucker, CNN has continued to struggle as the odd man out, commonly falling to last place in nearly every viewing hour.

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Democrat Congresswoman Returns From Syria with Proof Obama Funded ISIS, Exposes It LIVE On CNN

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard appeared on CNN after finding facts that she believes proves Obama’s involvement in funding ISIS and Al-Qaeda.

Gabbard went to Syria, then was interviewed by CNN afterward with Jake Tapper where she unloaded with information that Tapper didn’t want to hear. Tulsi Gabbard revealed solid proof that the Obama administration was funding the terrorist groups.

She stated that Syrians “expressed happiness and joy at seeing an American walking their streets.” But they also wanted to know “why is it that the United States, its allies and other countries, are providing support, are providing arms, to terrorist groups like Al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda, ISIS, who are on the ground there, raping, kidnapping, torturing, and killing the Syrian people?

“They asked me why is the United States supporting these terrorist groups who are destroying Syria – when it was Al-Qaeda who attacked the United States on 9/11, not Syria. I didn’t have an answer for that.“

Jake Tapper, responded with: “Obviously the United States government denies providing any sort of help to the terrorist groups you are talking about, they say they provide help for the rebel groups.“

Gabbard then responded to Tapper saying, “The reality is, Jake, and I’m glad you bought up that point. Every place that I went, every person I spoke to, I asked this question to them. And without hesitation, they said ‘there are no moderate rebels, who are these moderate rebels that people keep speaking of?’

“Regardless of the name of these groups, the strongest fighting force on the ground in Syria is Al-Nusra or Al-Qaeda and ISIS. That is a fact. There are a number of different other groups, all of them are fighting alongside, with or under the command of the strongest group on the ground that is trying to overthrow Assad.”

If this isn’t definitive proof Obama helped ISIS gain power, I don’t know what is. Share this everywhere if you think Barack Obama should be brought to justice!

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CNN Hack Wolf Blitzer Just Got the Worst News of His Career

Smug CNN host Wolf Blitzer came completely unhinged on Friday as he harassed Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, for releasing the much-anticipated FISA memo and doing so not at the same time as the Democratic Party minority memo, so that a side-by-side comparison could be made.

Breitbart reported that Blitzer accused Stewart and the rest of the Republican Party of allowing Russian President Vladimir Putin to succeed given the member created doubt in U.S. government agencies.

If you’re so confident, congressman, why didn’t you release the Democratic minority report, the 10 pages that they wrote rebutting many of the points you’re making right now?” Blitzer asked Stewart. “Why not release them simultaneously?

Stewart explained that the contents of the memo were too important and had too great an impact on the broader probe into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia for it not to be released immediately, but Blitzer was still not satisfied with this.

Because the contents of the memo, congressman, the contents of the memo are being seen as political,” Blitzer said. “So this has seen by at least a big chunk of the American public, congressman, as being a politicized moment in American history, which you could have avoided by simply releasing both memos at the same time, which has always been the case.

So, Putin has succeeded because that’s what’s happening right now,” he said. “The whole nature of the support for the intelligence community, the law enforcement community, the fighting that’s going on here in Washington, he’s sitting back and he’s smiling, saying, guys, good work. We succeeded.

Twitter users, however, weren’t having any of it:

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CNN’s Tapper: Trump’s ‘Americans Are DREAMers, Too’ Statement ‘Offensive’ to Dems

Following President Donald Trump’s delivery of the State of the Union address on Tuesday, CNN host Jake Tapper said Trump did not “understand” how offensive it was to Democrats for him to state that “Americans are DREAMers, too.”

According to Tapper, Trump did not understand that Democrats were going to be offended by the phrase “Americans are DREAMers, too” and other language used by Trump on immigration.

“[B]y the same token, I think President Trump doesn’t actually necessarily understand just how offensive many Democrats in that chamber are going to find some of the things he proposed and some of the things he said in terms of, there are Americans who are DREAMers, too, etc., some of the things he said about immigration that are going to turn off a lot of people in that chamber,” Tapper said.

Network political analyst Gloria Borger followed by saying that she agreed with Tapper’s assessment of Trump’s language.

“I want to echo something Jake said,” Borger said. “Because on the one hand, the speech could be kind of sunny and moving when you talked about some of the anecdotes and the people who were in that gallery. And then he would turn quite quickly to America first, to saying that Americans are DREAMers too, to policies that are quite divisive. And I think he’s gotten a little more adept at doing this. And we see that in this speech.”

 

Source:www.breitbart.com

BREAKING: They’re Calling It Quits At CNN After 21 Years Because Of Trump!

CNN boss Jeff Zucker is separating from his wife, Caryn, after 21 years of marriage. In a joint statement, the couple who is worth over 50 million dollars, said they realized that their marriage was over and have come to the tough decision together that separating is the only way to go. They went on to state that they would remain friends and that their primary focus is the well being of their four children.

The two lovebirds met at the media network, NBC, when Jeff was an executive producer of the Today show. Caryn was a supervisor for Saturday Night Live. They went on to marry in 1996 in lavish style only royalty and wealthy could afford. They have four children together; three boys and one girl.

Confidentially several friends of the couple have told local news outlets that the couple was growing apart for over a decade now. One friend confirmed that Jeff is a workaholic who is obsessed with news and obsessed with being the best, along with an unhealthy obsession with taking down President Trump. His network promoted during the primaries because they thought he would be the easiest candidate for Hillary Clinton to defeat.  Caryn seems to be much more laid back, mellow, and social. She spends a lot of time with their kids and enjoys being part of the Upper East Side social circuit. Perhaps not far from other elitists who claim to know the plight of America’s working class.

Via Yahoo News:

“Jeff Zucker Seeks To Assure CNN Staff After Death Threats Cite “Fake News”

CNN Worldwide Chief Jeff Zucker has sought to calm Atlanta staffers after a report that a man had phoned multiple threats to the cable news network’s Atlanta operation, saying he was heading there to “gun” them all down because they are “Fake News.”

In a memo to staff Zucker said he would address the threat and increased security, at his regular weekly broadcast company “town hall.”

FBI arrested the man at his home in the Detroit area last week. CNN on Monday issued a statement: statement saying, “We take any threats to CNN employees or workplaces, around the world, extremely seriously” and “have been in touch with local and federal law enforcement throughout, and have taken all necessary measures to ensure the safety of our people.”

On Sunday, April Ryan, told CNN’s media pundit Brian Stelter that, in the President Donald Trump era, news outlets have “the FBI and local police on speed dial” for death threats against reporters, “for asking questions and reporting.” She counted herself among those who have received death threats.

Ryan concurred with Stelter that the Trump’s ongoing “Fake News” attacks on media are “poisonous,” adding, “There’s a war on the press by the White House, led by this president.”

From Zucker’s email about the “significant security threat that was aimed at our employees at the CNN Center in Atlanta earlier this month”:

I want to make sure you all know that we were in close contact with local and federal law enforcement from the moment the threats were made, throughout the entire investigation, and up until the suspect was arrested last week. We continue to remain in contact with them about this matter.

I know the details of this will seem frightening to some of you, and I understand. I can tell you that, at no time, as these phone calls came in did the federal law enforcement officials feel that there was an immediate threat of danger to any of our employees. With that said, we still stepped up our security procedures in Atlanta and elsewhere, as a precautionary measure.

Sadly, this is part of the reality we live in, as members of the media. I want to assure you that at every level of this company, nothing is more important than your safety. While you know we don’t talk publicly about security measures, let me assure you that we have addressed this situation.

I have a regularly scheduled broadcast town hall on Thursday at 1pm ET. I’ve asked Jeff Gilbert, who heads up Turner Security, to join me to update all of us, with as much detail as he reasonably can, on security at CNN. Please join me then, and send me your questions in advance or during the town hall.”

Did Zucker have an obsession with President Trump? Did that potentially contribute to the end of his marriage? How much did the pressure of President Trump contribute to this divorce that leaves three children in the middle of a million dollar problem?

Source:freedomdaily.com

Another Media Fail: Only 24% Want Oprah Winfrey to Run for President

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Oprah Winfrey arrives with the Cecil B. DeMille Award in the press room during The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Only 24 percent of American voters want Oprah Winfrey to run for president, according to a Morning Consult poll of some 2,000 registered voters. When broken down by party affiliation, only 38 percent of Democrats want her to run.

In the wake of her speech at the Golden Globes last Sunday, Hollywood and the elitist media — two left-wing  institutions currently facing mushrooming sexual misconduct scandals —  spent a full week attempting to convince the public that Winfrey would be a perfect choice to challenge Trump for re-election in 2020.

Naturally, the far-left CNN was the most exuberant. But it was all fake news, all propaganda spewed from the provincial bubble of Hollywood and media…

On top of not even garnering the support of a quarter of American voters, in worse news for an elitist media rapidly losing its moral authority and ability to move public opinion, a solid majority of 59 percent do not want Winfrey to run.

The news gets even worse when Winfrey is matched directly with Trump, who she only tops by a measly two points, 40 to 38 percent.

After years of adoring press coverage and a full week of the media celebrating and promoting her presidential prospects, Oprah has only managed to pull ahead of Trump within the margin of error — and Trump is the guy the media have been smearing and trolling for nearly two years now. This is a terrible showing for Oprah.

On top of that, Oprah is at her most pristine politically. Because the media have even gone so far as to cover up her indefensible Swiss race hoax, Winfrey is currently unblemished in the political arena, a status she loses, though, the moment she decides to step into the arena.

The Morning Consult poll also showed that the media’s obvious desire to see Trump challenged by a woman of color is facing headwinds with Democrat voters who prefer (by wide margins) two very old white guys over the billionaire mogul: former Vice President Joe Biden (54 to 31 percent) and Senator Bernie Sanders (46 to 37 percent).

While the week is not yet over, this is the third embarrassing setback for the national media in just a few days.

On Wednesday, a poll clearly showed that the public is waking up to months of media lies about the GOP tax bill signed into office by Trump last month. Even before American workers have had a chance to see their own personal tax cut in next month’s pay checks, already a plurality support the bill — a massive turnaround thanks to the tax cut already inspiring some 194 companies to offer substantial bonuses and pay raises to some two million employees.

Also, on Monday, after weeks of flat-out lies and wild-eyed conspiracy theories about Trump’s mental health, the White House doctor confirmed that the president scored a perfect 30-for-30 on a difficult and widely respected mental acuity test. As a result, the media was again was exposed as serial betrayers of the public trust.

Source: www.breitbart.com

Trump Kicks CNN’s Jim Acosta Out of Rare Press Briefing, His Reaction Is The Icing On the Cake [VIDEO]

Kirsters Baish| The mainstream media has been after Trump since day one. So, we can’t really blame him for any bias he may have against them. They won’t treat him fairly, and I don’t see this changing anytime soon. The numbers speak for themselves when it comes to the mainstream media.

Fox News reported that a Media Research Center study found that over the past there months, evening news coverage of President Donald Trump on the main broadcast stations has stood at 91 percent negative.

The Media Research Center explained that by the end of August of 2017, roughly 40 percent of coverage on ABC, NBC, and CBS’s nightly news coverage had to do with the Trump administration or what was going on in the White House.

I don’t see how this is remotely justifiable.

While President Trump was finishing up a press conference on Tuesday, one liberal big mouth reporter decided it was a good time to ask the President a ridiculous question and put himself right in the line of fire.

You guessed it. It was CNN’s Jim Acosta who has been known to harass White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders at just about every single press briefing. Trump wasn’t about to hold back on Acosta.

The Daily caller reported:

After the comments, Trump thanked the press for being there. As staffers asked the press to leave the Oval Office, a barrage of questions were shouted at the president. Many were shouted by CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta. Acosta loudly asked about Norway and Steve Bannon, causing the White House staff to reprimand him with a quick ” Jim, thank you. Please exit. Thanks, everyone.”

Trump, for his part, had a one word response to Acosta’s questioning: “Out.”

Acosta wasn’t exactly happy about that.

Sean Hannity reported that CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta decided to publicly complain about the treatment that White House officials gave him via social media on Tuesday. He complained that the press aides “shouted in his face.” He went on to claim that this was the kind of behavior you “would see in a different country.”

Acosta was all over Twitter this week complaining about President Trump and his administration. He cried that he “has never encountered” this kind of resistance from officials of the White House. He said it was “certainly” not something he expected to see in the United States.

This guy really doesn’t care about sharing the truth with the citizens of America. He wants to cry until he gets his way, which seems to be a trend among liberals these days. We all remember Acosta’s grandstanding about the statue of liberty. Stephen Miller wasn’t having any of it.

Reporters are definitely not supposed to act the way that Acosta does. The craziest part of it all? Acosta was actually recently promoted by CNN!

The Hill explained that Acosta was named CNN’s chief White House correspondent.

Acosta’s previous title was senior White House correspondent. He has covered both the Obama and the Trump administrations for CNN since 2013. CNN’s public relations department reported in an announcement, “CNN has announced a number of new assignments for its White House and Washington-based correspondents, timed to the start of President Trump’s second year in office.”

This just goes to show you that CNN really doesn’t know what they’re doing at all if they’ll promote someone like Jim Acosta.

Source:theviralpatriots.com

WATCH: Trump Kicks CNN’s Jim Acosta Out Of Press Briefing

Jim Acosta, one of the top liberal faces of CNN — the fake news network according to at least half the country — was just humiliated by none other than President Trump himself after asking the President the most asinine, racist question one could possibly ask.

Watching Trump tell this dweeb to get out of the room is the best thing we’ve seen so far this year…

Hannity reports:

President Donald Trump didn’t have time for CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta on Tuesday, telling the left-leaning reporter to “get out” during a press briefing with the President of Kazakhstan.

The President was fielding questions from journalists when Acosta pounced on his recent remarks regarding immigration; asking the Commander-in-Chief if he only prefers “Caucasian” and “white” immigrants from Norway other European nations.

“Mr. President, did you say that you wanted more people to come in from Norway? Is that true?” pressed the CNN reporter.

“I want them to come in from everywhere,” fired back the President.

“Just Caucasian or white countries, sir?” asked Acosta.

“Out,” replied the President, shutting down Acosta and pointing at the door.

The CNN reporter commented on the altercation on social media, saying he had “never encountered” that sort of behavior at the White House.

“As I attempted to ask questions in Roosevelt Room of Trump, WH press aides shouted in my face to drown out my questions. I have never encountered that before,” tweeted the correspondent.

Watch President Trump tell Acosta to “get out” above.

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A CNN REPORTER GOT TRIGGERED BY THE SIGHT OF A GUN – IN A WAR ZONE

Barbara Starr

CNN’s bias against President Trump has been pretty hard to ignore, especially when their reporters seem to lose their collective minds over petty things – like seeing a gun in a war zone.

CNN correspondent Barbara Starr is the latest reporter to nitpick the Trump administration in an attempt to make them appear incompetent. Besides the open questioning of the President’s ability to lead, the media has also questioned the competence of his leadership staff, including Betsy DeVos and Ben Carson. It’s part of a concerted effort to undermine the trust in the administration, and in some instances, it gets ridiculous.

Which brings us to Starr, who overreacted to an uneventful photo opp with Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer, who is currently in Afghanistan visiting troops for the Christmas holiday.

Starr retweeted a picture of Spencer addressing troops, but added the caption “Can someone explain why the civilian head of the Navy is wearing a sidearm?”

The implication is that Spencer doesn’t need a gun, but is wearing one out of a misplaced sense of machismo or he is merely “playing soldier.” Or perhaps the sight of a gun freaks her out, even if it is in a military base in Afghanistan.

Starr seems to forget that regardless of whether it is a common occurrence or not, Spencer is in an active war zone and is perfectly justified in wearing a sidearm. As a former Marine, he is certainly entitled to arming himself without having to totally depend on his security detail to defend him. Starr seemed to pounce on his civilian status, however, to make it appear as if he was somehow unqualified to carry a gun.

Here’s the tweet that started all the uproar.

That brought out this response from Starr.

That brought out a number of mocking responses mocking her petty observation. Like this one.

Starr doubled down, attempting to portray Spencer as merely carrying it around for show.

Spencer himself has yet to comment.

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