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CNN analyst Chris Cillizza deletes tweet showing Trump in crosshairs

Chris Cillizza, a political analyst for CNN, deleted a tweet he sent out Tuesday that included an image appearing to show President Trump in crosshairs. In a separate tweet, Cillizza said the graphic was unintended and the result of a computer program he and his team used. “I’ve deleted a GIF about President Trump,” he wrote. “We use @GifGrabber to make our GIFs and it defaults to the image below as a first frame. To clear up any unintended confusion, I’ve removed the tweet.” A GIF is a type of digital graphic that sometimes show motion in the image. Cillizza sent the initial tweet Tuesday morning using a photo of Trump, who spoke that day at the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service in Washington. “Donald Trump, pointing to heavens to commemorate police officers killed in the line of duty,” Cillizza wrote in the since-deleted post. Mike Cernovich, an online provocateur and Trump supporter, saved an image of Cillizza’s tweet and called it “an assassination threat on our President!” Images of crosshairs have drawn controversy in politics in the past.

It’s hard to explain this Tweet pic away as anything other than a pic of Trump in a rifle crosshair lens.  Chris just got busted, and is doing his level best to tip toe his way out of it.  And CNN wonder’s why it’s ratings are in the toilet.  People are sick of this crap.  Just fathom if a journalist had done this to Obama…  The story would be EVERYWHERE, and there would be people saying it was a “hate crime” and so on…and we ALL know it.  Typical liberal media hypocrisy.  Anyway, to see the pic in question, click on the text above and you be the judge.

CNN’s April Ryan hit for saying Melania Trump is ‘not culturally American’

Critics are slamming CNN contributor April Ryan for suggesting that First Lady Melania Trump is “not culturally American” when discussing the “Be Best” campaign to combat cyberbullying on Monday night. “This is a first lady who is not culturally American, but she is learning the ways and this is not just an American issue. These are not just American issues,” Ryan told “OutFront” host Erin Burnett. “These are international issues. Cyberbullying is an international issue. Social media is international and also the opioid addiction issue, so it’s not just here, but it’s abroad as well.” CNN did not respond to a request for clarification. The first lady was born in Slovenia but has been an American citizen since 2006 and has lived in the country since 1996. NewsBusters Managing Editor Curtis Houck told Fox News that “Ryan is showing that she’s anything but a journalist” and is more of a liberal advocate. “Her comments are absurd considering how long the first lady has lived in this country,” Houck said. “Regardless of one’s views of the president, the first lady is an example of ‘Only in America’ could this be possible.” This isn’t the first time Ryan has caused a stir and Houck said her “comments about the president and behavior in the briefing room show Trump Derangement Syndrome in full force.” Conservative commentator Carmine Sabia told Fox News that he remembers “when people were called racist” for saying the same thing about President Barack Obama. “I also remember people like April Ryan saying that we are a nation of immigrants. This is racism and reprehensible and she should be ashamed,” Sabia said. Conservative commentator Glenn Beck agrees and took to Twitter to blast Ryan for the comment. “April Ryan – I know when some said that Obama wasn’t fully ‘culturally American’ reporters cried racism. Now that you, a reporter, are saying the same, can they cry racism? Or do you just hate foreigners? Wow, this is easy, I see why the left likes it,” Beck wrote. White House Director of Strategic Response Steven Cheung wrote, “What does that even mean? On a day when Mrs. Trump unveiled a very important initiative #BeBest, reporters can’t bring themselves to talk about anything but rumors and innuendo.” Ryan twisted Sarah Sanders’ words on Thursday night in order to make the absurd suggestion that the White House press secretary is looking for a physical confrontation with the star reporter.

April Ryan is a nauseating hypocrite.  It’s stunning that she still has White House press creds.

One A Day: CNN Hosts Porn Star’s Lawyer Michael Avenatti 59 Times in Less Than Two Months

CNN has exhibited a fetish for the Stormy Daniels story, particularly for her Trump-smacking lawyer, Michael Avenatti. In less than two months (from March 7 to April 30), Avenatti has been a guest on CNN a total of 59 times – an average of more than once per day. MRC analysts combed through transcripts of all of CNN’s 2018 coverage looking for references to interviews with Avenatti, and then double-checked using our video archive. Since Avenatti’s first appearance on March 7, he has been interviewed on CNN a whopping 59 times, more than one-third of which (19) were with Anderson Cooper — who, of course, interviewed Stormy Daniels on CBS’s 60 Minutes back in March. By comparison, CNN hosted House Democrat Adam Schiff (CA) – who had been a favorite of the network – ten times during the months of March and April. That would be a generous portion of airtime for any politician, but it was barely one-sixth the exposure granted to a lawyer overwhelmingly known for representing a porn star. Unfortunately for the Congressman, CNN’s interest in Schiff was noticeably higher before Avenatti showed up. In January and February, the Trump-bashing Democrat was interviewed a total of 17 times; in March and April, that fell to just ten times, a decline of roughly 40%. Here’s another statistic that should put CNN’s interest in Avenatti into perspective: From March 7 to April 30, all 51 Republican Senators combined received just 34 interviews on the cable network. Though CNN has eagerly hosted Avenatti at seemingly every opportunity, some at the network have commented on his inordinate on-air presence. On April 6, New Day stand-in host David Gregory elicited a laugh from his fellow panelists when he sarcastically referred to “rare public comments from Michael Avenatti.” And on April 30, CNN legal analyst Paul Callan characterized the lawyer’s most recent lawsuit against the President as “a publicity stunt” during yet another appearance by Avenatti on Cooper’s show. Despite these remarks by Gregory and Callan, it remains to be seen whether CNN will ratchet back the absurd amount of coverage they have given Avenatti.

…which, of course they won’t.  THIS is why the President refers to CNN and other similar networks as “fake news.”  Its total garbage…and we’re happy to help document it here at The Daily Buzz.

CNN star Jim Acosta slammed for ‘harsh,’ ‘inflammatory’ questions to Trump in front of children

CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta was slammed on Monday for shouting questions at President Trump while he was coloring with young children at the White House Easter Egg Roll. The annual Egg Roll brings families from all over the country for a day of Easter-related festivities, which Trump’s 12-year-old son, Barron, and many of his grandchildren also attended. But Acosta, while the president was seated with a group of youngsters, shouted, “Mr. President, what about the DACA kids? Should they worry about what is going to happen to them, sir?” Trump responded, saying Democrats let them down, and continued coloring with the children. The response wasn’t good enough for Acosta, the CNN star who spars with Trump and his surrogates on a regular basis. “Didn’t you kill DACA, sir? Didn’t you kill DACA?” Acosta aggressively asked. Daily Caller reporter Benny Johnson brought Acosta’s outburst to light, tweeting video of the CNN star interrupting the lighthearted family event. Psychotherapist and author Jonathan Alpert told Fox News that journalism ethics “seem to be a thing of the past” in the modern era of 24/7 news coverage, but he said “one would expect a certain level of respect and sensitivity at an event where kids” are in attendance. He explained that Barron Trump is most likely accustomed to negative commentary around his father, but the rhetoric could have a negative impact on the other kids. “The word ‘kill’ might be seen as rather harsh and inflammatory in the young minds of the attendees,” Alpert said. “As for CNN’s Jim Acosta, there’s a time and place for everything and maybe the family-oriented Easter Egg Roll wasn’t quite the right place.” Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale chimed in, suggesting that the White House pulls Acosta’s credentials. “Maybe it is time for Jim Acosta to get a suspension for breaking protocol. He continues to embarrass himself and CNN,” Parscale tweeted. Acosta eventually responded to Parscale, saying he was doing his job “which is protected by the First Amendment.” While some Acosta apologists feel the question was appropriate because Trump hasn’t held a traditional press conference recently, others mocked the CNN reporter. “Jim Acosta often acts more like a political activist than a journalist, frequently clowning himself and the network he works for,” Redstate’s Brandon Morse wrote in a piece that points out Acosta’s frequent attempts to catch Trump in a “gotcha moment.” Earlier this year, Trump kicked the CNN star out of the Oval Office after Acosta badgered the president with racially charged questions. Acosta has made a habit of grandstanding and interrupting when Trump and members of his administration are available to the media. He has been among the most outspoken critics of President Trump and is a significant part of CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker’s apparent anti-Trump programming strategy. Trump has famously dubbed CNN “fake news” and pointed directly at Acosta, calling him by the disparaging moniker in the past. Last December, Acosta was shut down by White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders when he tried to hijack a press briefing. Acosta told Sanders that journalists make “honest mistakes” but that doesn’t make them “fake news” before attempting a question. Sanders quickly cut him off. “When journalists make honest mistakes, they should own up to them. Sometimes, and a lot of times, you don’t,” Sanders said as Acosta tried to interrupt. “I’m sorry, I’m not finished,” she said. “There is a very big difference between making honest mistakes and purposefully misleading the American people… you cannot say it’s an honest mistake when you’re purposely putting out information you know is false.” Acosta has also gotten into combative arguments with other members of the administration including Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, Senior Policy Adviser Stephen Miller and former Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

Jim is a self-righteous, grandstanding, egotistical, agenda-driven hack.  He’s not an honest journalist.  And his behavior at the Easter Egg Roll was beyond outrageous.  Yes, Jim..  You DO have certain First Amendment rights, like the rest of us lowly minions.  But, nowhere in that great amendment does it say you, personally, have the right to White House Press Credentials.  They should be revoked by the White House immediately.  And, CNN should be put on notice that having press credentials is a privilege; NOT a “right.”

Analysis: After Slamming Trump’s Alleged Stormy Affair, CNN Declares JFK’s Serial-Adultery ‘Legendary’

The same CNN launching puritanical attacks against President Donald Trump over a disputed one-night stand with a porn star over a decade ago is now glorifying John F. Kennedy’s serial-adultery as “legendary.” Fox News reports that CNN promoted its documentary The Kennedy’s by “hail[ing] the 35th president’s ‘legendary love life,’ before asking, ‘Did one of his affairs connect him with the mob?’” Obviously, the far-left cable channel is once again revealing its partisan double standard. Twenty-five years ago, CNN worked overtime to earn the nickname “Clinton News Network” over its zealous defense of former-President Bill Clinton during the many sex scandals that exploded during his time in office. Clinton had an affair in the Oval Office with a 22-year-old subordinate and was credibly accused of everything from groping to rape. Clinton also settled a sexual harassment lawsuit for $850,000 after Paula Jones accused him of flashing her. Nevertheless, CNN was there to dismiss every accusation and to advance the administration’s personal attacks against his accusers. John Kennedy also had countless adulterous affairs while president, numerous reports say this included a mobster’s girlfriend and Marilyn Monroe, who he reportedly passed off to his brother, Attorney general Bobby Kennedy. Many believe her treatment at the hands of the Kennedy brothers led Monroe to suicide in 1962 at age 36. There are also reports that John Kennedy was a “predator president” who ordered a 19-year-old intern (he had already deflowered in his wife’s White House bedroom) to give his assistant oral sex. For CNN to glorify this kind of compromising, predatory, and destructive behavior “legendary” is something the far-left cable network would only do for a Democrat. A possible one night stand 12 years ago does not even begin to compare with the reckless and immoral behavior of both Clinton and Kennedy, yet the basement-rated place cable channel seeks to protect both Democrats while at the same time seeking to destroy Trump over something that may or may not have happened more than a decade ago. CNN is facing widespread ridicule and criticism over its shameless Kennedy/Trump double standard, which again shows that this last-place news network remains a laughingstock that no one can or should take seriously.

Agreed!  And well said, John.  John Nolte is responsible for that outstanding op/ed exposing the brazen hypocrisy, and double standard by CNN.  One thing we love to do here at The Daily Buzz is to expose the hypocrisy of the dominantly liberal mainstream media.

Growing questions about CNN’s airport monopoly as network veers left

CNN’s ubiquitous presence in airports — where it broadcasts from thousands of screens to a captive audience of millions — is facing new scrutiny after the cable network’s hard left turn. The CNN Airport network dates back to when CNN was known for straightforward news programming — and has been a fixture at airports since before competitors MSNBC and Fox News even existed. But critics are now asking if busy travelers should be subjected to CNN’s increasingly ideological programming — at gates, bars, food courts and baggage claims — which can include on-screen chyrons or subtitles that gleefully mock President Trump. Many travelers have even taken to Twitter and started online petitions to urge airports to change the channel. Media Research Center Vice President Dan Gainor told Fox News that CNN has become more partisan than MSNBC since Trump moved into the White House and travelers should have the option of not watching the network. “How are airports justifying the idea of bombarding captive viewers with content many of them oppose? Sadly, almost any outlet is fairer now than CNN,” Gainor said. But CNN isn’t actually forced on travelers because airports are looking to disseminate liberal doctrine. It’s forced on travelers because of money. CNN pays airports to leave the network on, and many travel hubs even have agreements in which CNN pays for their TVs and infrastructure. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that airports also receive “up to six minutes each hour to promote the airport or local attractions” as part of the deal. “CNN Airport covers the costs related to the TVs and related infrastructure, provides programming specifically geared for airports, and pays us for the opportunity to be in our facility,” a representative from Minneapolis-Saint Paul International said, while Miami International’s spokesperson simply pointed us to a document proving that CNN is willing to pay the most. Long-term contracts typically give CNN the ability to curate content seen by travelers whether they like it or not. The eight-year contract that was signed in 2016 promises Miami International Airport “a maximum annual guarantee of $150,000” that may be adjusted annually to ensure the deal is on par with similar airports. “Airports feel like a lesser version of hell with dirty seats, overpriced food and propaganda posing as news on CNN,” Fox News host Tucker Carlson said last month. The agreements blur the lines between news and advertising as the network blurs the lines between news and political activism. Carlson said the agreement to air CNN on unsuspecting travelers made sense when CNN had a “centrist reputation,” but now the network “has strayed so far to the left, constantly promoting wacky Russia-related conspiracy theories.” A CNN Airport media kit says a whopping 323 million people view CNN Airport on an annual basis at the 2,400-plus gates throughout the country that carry the channel. “We have received complaints about CNN and the content they air,” a Salt Lake City International Airport spokesperson said…

It IS obnoxious just how much of a monopoly CNN has at airports.  I oftentimes find myself rolling my eyes at the stuff they put out while I’m waiting to board a plane…or waiting at baggage claim.  CNN used to be boring, middle of the road, reporting when it first aired.  But, in the last 10-15 years, it is become more and more liberal/left-leaning in its programming to the point where it is basically competing with MSNBC for being the most liberal cable network…and a large percentage of travelers are simply tired of it.  For more on this article, click on the text above.

 

Student Claims CNN Rewrote Town Hall Question, Told Him to ‘Stick to the Script’

A Florida student claims that CNN rewrote his question for the network’s Wednesday night town hall debate on gun violence. Colton Haab, a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were shot and killed last week, says he did not attend the event when he realized it would be a “total waste of [his] time.” CNN denies that it scripted questions for any of the participants at the town hall, which was attended by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch. On “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Thursday, Haab said he was contacted several days ago by a CNN producer who asked him to write a speech to deliver at the event, in addition to questions to ask. He said after some back and forth, he was eventually provided with a question that was not his own words. “They had taken what I had wrote and what I had briefed on and talked about, and they actually wrote the question for me,” Haab said, agreeing with Carlson that it seemed “dishonest.” He said that’s why he decided not to attend the town hall. “Originally, I had thought that it was going to be more of my own question and my own say. And then it turned out to be more of just a script,” Haab said. “And [the producer] had actually said that over the phone, that I needed to stick to the script.” When Carlson asked if he believes other students’ town hall questions were reworded, Haab said “absolutely.” “Honestly, it was very shocking to me, because we just went through such a horrific tragedy,” Haab said. “For them to take that and make such a big newscast over what they want to hear, it was very upsetting to me.”

I can imagine!  For more on this story, click on the text above.