The state of American journalism today has hit rock bottom — and if takes a barrage of hefty lawsuits against “Hate Trump” outlets like CNN and The Washington Post to fix the #FakeNews epidemic that’s tearing our country apart, then so be it.
Take WaPo and CNN: both are being sued for $250 million by Covington High School student Nicholas Sandmann who along with classmates on a school trip to D.C. last month were smeared by these outlets and others pushing a political narrative.
In an interview on Fox News, Sandmann’s attorney L. Lin Wood told host Mark Levin, “CNN was probably more vicious in its direct attacks on Nicholas than The Washington Post. And CNN goes into millions of individuals’ homes. It’s broadcast into their homes.”
“They really went after Nicholas with the idea that he was part of a mob that was attacking the Black Hebrew Israelites, yelling racist slurs at the Black Hebrew Israelites — totally false,” Wood continued. “If you took the time to look at the full context of what happened that day, Nicholas Sandmann did absolutely nothing wrong. He was … the only adult in the room. But you have a situation where CNN couldn’t resist the idea that here’s a guy, a young boy, with a ‘Make America Great Again’ cap on. So they go after him.”
Wood’s right. CNN’s coverage on the incident was part of a social media firestorm, destroying the teens reputations by painting them as racists who don’t respect people of color or veterans who risked their lives for the country. The backlash was so intense the boys were subjected to death threats and Covington High School had to be closed for “safety concerns” following the incident.
Then the truth emerged the Native American man, Nathan Phillips, wasn’t a “war hero,” that he never served in Vietnam despite the media’s portrayal of him. Then evidence surfaced that the boys didn’t accost Phillips — that he was the one who confronted them, instigating the provocation.
All of which illustrates that media today — acting as defacto PR firms for the DNC — will destroy anyone’s life or reputation in its ongoing war against Trump.
Facts be damned.
If media were vetting stories for truth and accuracy, the Covington students would not have been smeared the way they were.
Many news outlets also rushed to defend disgraced “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett who fabricated a hate crime against himself and made the allegation a political hit-job with his claim the fake assailant said “this is MAGA country,” during the assault. Media ran with the hoax, again, trying to paint Trump supporters as racist, violent homophobes. Smollett has since been arrested and indicted on 16 felony counts for making the whole thing up.
Perhaps a lawsuit or two will encourage media to start reporting the news honestly, fairly and objectively.
A tall order, I know.
Adriana Cohen is a nationally syndicated columnist, Herald Radio host and TV commentator. See adrianacohen.com.