CNN seems to be on a mission to prove they are the most hypocritical mainstream media outlet in the world, and sadly for the state of modern journalism, they are doing a pretty good job.
The news network took a huge beating — verbally speaking of course — this weekend after exposing their hypocrisy by glorifying the infidelity of President John F. Kennedy after they’ve spent an absurd amount of coverage time berating Trump for allegations of extramarital affairs, many of which alleged occurred before his political career.
Fox News has the latest:
While promoting “The Kennedys,” CNN hailed the 35th president’s “legendary love life,” before asking, “Did one of his affairs connect him with the mob?” The tweet featured video detailing JFK’s relationship with actress Judy Campbell, who was allegedly intimate with the head of the Chicago mafia while also having an affair with the president.
“Hypocrisy at its finest,” one user responded.
Author Joshua Kendall responded that “legendary love life” is a poor choice of words because it makes JFK’s infidelity sound “glamorous” and attached a link to a recent Los Angeles Times op-ed headlined, “JFK may have been a worse philanderer than Trump. Does it matter?”
Daily Caller media reporter Amber Athey quoted CNN’s promotional tweet and wrote, “That’s certainly an interesting way to describe having numerous affairs while president. I think we need to get Anderson Cooper on this to find out if JFK was wearing a condom.”
After seeing the promo, pundit Stephen Miller sarcastically channeled his inner CNN and asked, “Why does no one take us seriously when we constantly talk about Trump’s behavior with women?”
Respected DePauw University professor Jeffrey McCall penned an op-ed for The Hill Friday headlined, “CNN lost its way in struggle to find an audience,” slamming the CNN Worldwide Jeff Zucker’s network’s obsession with women who have been friendly with Trump.
“CNN’s warped obsession with reporting about supposed adultery demonstrates a larger problem at the once-proud and groundbreaking channel,” McCall wrote.
“But was JFK’s love life really legendary? In actuality, JFK was an awful person in the bedroom who certainly would have been labeled a sexual predator in this #MeToo moment,” Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro wrote, linking to a 2012 Daily Mail story detailing the time Kennedy forced an intern to publicly perform oral sex on his assistant in the White House pool.
Once upon a time, journalists of all political stripes used to believe that it was their duty to present only the facts, the unadulterated truth so that their readers/audience could make informed decisions and draw their own conclusions about the right way to respond to the issues of the day.
Objectivity, integrity, honesty, were all traits that dominated the field. Tragically these have all been shot and buried, exchanged for big ratings, targeted branding, and agenda pushing.
In this modern world of journalism, villains can be painted up as heroes so long as they believe the right things — the right things being progressive ideology.
A democrat who is a scoundrel can practically get away with murder, while a republican is dragged over the coals for a minor indiscretion that happened decades ago.
Truly a sad time for journalistic integrity.