You may remember that in May of this year, CNN was first out of the gate with their supposed bombshell story accusing Attorney General Jeff Sessions of failing to report meetings he took with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak. Their reporting told the public that because Sessions did not disclose these encounters with the government, his security clearance form was therefore invalid. Worse, Sessions’ mysterious failure to report these meetings was proof that the Trump campaign – of which Sessions was a surrogate for – had colluded illegally with the Kremlin.
“He has come under withering criticism from Democrats following revelations that he did not disclose the same contacts with Kislyak during his Senate confirmation hearings earlier this year,” wrote CNN at the time.
Sessions insisted that the FBI excused him from listing contacts he made in relation to his work as a U.S. senator, but CNN said that was a bunch of bull.
“A legal expert who regularly assists official in filling out the form disagrees with the Justice Department’s explanation,” CNN reported, “suggesting Sessions should have disclosed the meetings.”
Now, this should have been a major red flag at the time. Sessions says that the FBI told him to leave his meetings with Kislyak off the record, but because CNN found some random “legal expert” to say that’s usually not how it’s done, Sessions was obviously lying? Awesome. That’s the very height of objective journalism right there, folks.
CNN’s story led to an explosion of mainstream media stories about the security clearance form – stories that served to erode public faith in the attorney general and contribute to ongoing suspicion about the Trump campaign’s relationship with Moscow.
So here we are, in December. And guess what CNN just discovered.
“A newly released document shows that the FBI told an aide to Attorney General Jeff Sessions that Sessions wasn’t required to disclose foreign contacts that occurred in the course of carrying out his government duties when he was a senator,” wrote CNN on Monday.
Well, how do you like that!
How much more of this can the American public take? The news media – and CNN is by FAR the worst offender – has completely abdicated their responsibility to the truth. Starting with Trump’s campaign and continuing on into his presidency, CNN and several other major news outlets have become little more than partisan shells of journalism. They are blatant mouthpieces for the Democratic Party, unpaid investigators for Robert Mueller, soldiers of vengeance for the fallen Hillary Clinton. They like to wax poetic about the freedom of the press, but can they even be CALLED the press anymore? Does this have anything to do with what we used to call “reporting?”
It’s a joke, and it’s not getting any funnier.