Once again, CNN has tracked down an innocent American and publicly “flogged” her, this time, on an embarrassing “gotcha” video, simply because she holds a political view that is in opposition to theirs.
The disgusting video below, shows the very desperate and #VeryFakeNewsCNN tracking down and exposing an innocent, elderly woman at her Florida home and attempting to “out” her for the crime of promoting President Trump on Facebook. In a move that was embarrassingly hypocritical, CNN attempted to shame Florine Gruen Goldfarb because she encouraged the people who followed her pro-Trump Facebook page to attend a pro-Trump rally. CNN never mentions, at any time during their interview, that they actually sent a crew to New York City to cover an anti-Trump rally organized by the same group of Russian trolls, as revealed in recent documents released by Facebook to Congress.
The Federalist – After spending more than a year hyping narratives that advance Russia’s election meddling goals, the network sent reporter Drew Griffin to confront Florine Gruen Goldfarb. Goldfarb runs a Facebook page that Russian operatives targeted during the 2016 election, and that page promoted a pro-Trump rally the Russians had organized, through invitation posts and pictures of the event. She seems to have had no idea the event was created by Russian operatives when Griffin showed up on her front lawn.
“The Russians? I don’t care if they were involved or not, that to me is the least important thing,” she said.
“But they were involved with you, did you guys know that?” Griffin asked.
“They weren’t involved with us,” she replied. “You know, just make sure that you report it correctly that you know –”
“But you guys were involved with Being Patriotic, right?” he pressed.
Goldfarb didn’t realize he was talking about the name of a Russian front group’s Facebook page. The page she runs is different: Team Trump Broward County.
“Very,” she replied. “Very patriotic, but not –”
“Being Patriotic,” Griffin interrupted. “Being Patriotic was the group that contacted and helped to organize some of these activities that you posted on your own Facebook account.”
By the end of the brief interview, it’s clear this woman has no interest in working with Russians and had no idea she encouraged people to attend a rally for Trump that Russians had organized. It’s also apparent CNN didn’t have any real purpose for the interview, except to embarrass and shame a random American with different political ideas who, while in denial about or not understanding the trivial accusations against her, did nothing wrong.
CNN actually posted senior citizen Florine Gruen Goldfarb’s name and exposed the front of her home during the video confrontation that would have made Hitler’s propagandist Joseph Goebbels smile.
Her Facebook page is easy to find — a search for her name brings up only one result — and since the interview aired she’s been inundated with hateful messages and memes accusing her of treason, mocking her appearance, and calling for the federal government to put her in prison. Here are just a few examples of the comments (cuss words amended).
“You rotten traitor pig. Rot in hell you ignorant traitor slime.”
“You are a crazy as h-ll trump loving Russian sympathizer. Move to Russia b-tch.”
“YOU ARE A TRAITOR RUSSIAN TROLL BAIT. Your profound stupidity, willing ignorance, and blindness to accept you were duped proves why New York says good riddance to you. As a Jew myself, YOU utterly disgust me.”
This isn’t the first time CNN has harassed a Trump supporter. After President Trump mocked the network in a tweet featuring a GIF that had been circulating online last year, CNN took the time to track down one of the meme’s originators then threatened to reveal his identity if he didn’t properly apologize.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2017
But this latest instance is special, because CNN was duped in exactly the same way by these same Russian operatives (the network gave an anti-Trump rally the trolls helped organize glowing coverage) and has wittingly pushed narratives for more than a year that advance Russia’s interests.
At the .50 second mark of the video, the MSNBC hosts asks NBC reporter Morgan Radford “Do you know who organized this event? Radford completely dodged her question, and instead, talked about what a great event she was attending, and how even though the protesters were holding hateful signs up behind her, that the rally was really about love and inclusiveness. Noticeably absent, however, in her glowing coverage of the anti-Trump rally is an explanation about how the event was actually organized by Russians, as they attempt to divide our country.
CNN’s coverage by Brynn Gingras, is equally as stunning, as she tells the CNN host: “It is the most organized protest that I’ve seen here in New York City.”
Special counsel Robert Mueller and U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia’s election meddling through political social media posts aimed to sow discord and undermine the public’s faith in the U.S. democratic process. While there is no evidence Russia’s meddling had any impact on the election result, a year out from the election it’s looking like Russia’s goal of breeding distrust and disunity has been realized, thanks in large part to news outlets like CNN.