CNN takes every opportunity to smear US President Donald Trump, spinning even the most unlikely topics — such as Rep. Ilhan Omar's anti-Semitic outburst — against the Republican president, Fox News's Brian Flood wrote Saturday.
The Muslim, Somali-American Democrat has come under fire after she suggested that AIPAC — the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee — uses its funding to sway US congressmen to support Israel. Her remarks have been condemned both by Trump and Democrats like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
CNN, however, wants to shift the focus to Trump. In particular, Flood cites "CNN Tonight" host Don Lemon, who mentioned Trump's call for Omar to resign before going on a lengthy recap of the president's earlier controversial remarks, suggesting that Omar's gaffe was somehow justified by Trump's similar stumbles, and that those stumbles made it "stunning" that the president would even weigh in on the matter.
"Donald Trump said that congresswoman Omar should resign over a hateful tweet. You know who else has a whole lot of experience with hateful speech? Donald Trump."— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) 13 февраля 2019 г.
CNN's @DonLemon reviews Trump's history of controversial remarks: "Trump 101: Dodge, deflect and don't apologize." pic.twitter.com/pGZCPa9MYT
Comments similar to Lemon's were made by CNN's Erin Burnett and Chris Cuomo.
The President has a proven track record of racially and culturally insensitive comments.— OutFrontCNN (@OutFrontCNN) 13 февраля 2019 г.
So, @ErinBurnett asks, "can he really attack [Rep. Ilhan] Omar?"@keithboykin and @scottjenningsKY see it differently, and engage in a fiery debate accordingly.https://t.co/ChkQWbTPxU pic.twitter.com/f06b4AjLp9
"He's calling for Omar to get out, and that is interesting," Cuomo said Tuesday before playing a clip of Trump's speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition in 2015, when he told them he didn't want their money and therefore didn't expect their support.
"Called anti-Semitic? As a reminder, the Minnesota Democrat used an old trope, saying that Jews were buying lawmakers and ‘all about the Benjamins, baby.' This is the same woman who once called Israel ‘evil,'" Whitlock wrote in his editorial.
By contrast, a CNN tweet about Donald Trump Jr. read, "President Trump's oldest son made light of the US government's history of genocide against Native Americans as part of a slam against Sen. Elizabeth Warren and her claims of American Indian heritage."
"Note the editorializing here," tweeted "The Rubin Report" host Dave Rubin, posting screenshots of both CNN tweets. "CNN is propaganda."
Note the editorializing here.— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) 12 февраля 2019 г.
CNN is propaganda. pic.twitter.com/lJ3JHLVVC1
Flood's point is supported by Media Research Center Vice President Dan Gainor.
"Well, we had a few days where the media had to allow Democrats to look bad. Now, CNN hits the reset button and tries to make every bad thing Democrats do turn into a hit job on… Trump," Gainor told Fox News. "Every scandal is an anti-Trump scandal sooner or later."
Cornell Law School professor William A. Jacobson said in an interview for Fox News that CNN would do well to simply acknowledge it has an anti-Trump agenda.
"The conduct of CNN news reporters, particularly Jim Acosta, makes obvious CNN's anti-Trump and left-leaning bias. Transparency would be the best remedy," Jacobson said. "CNN should just admit its news division, not just its opinion commentators, hate Trump and want him gone."