Collusion … In a recent newsletter I wrote about how the “Comey Memos” outlined the collusion between Comey, Clapper, and CNN. On Tuesday, Tablet magazine’s Lee Smith took a deep dive into the subject. Smith makes a strong case that not only did CNN collude with Comey and Clapper to create news events that CNN then reported on, but it looks like Clapper was rewarded financially with a contributor contract with the network.
It wasn’t just CNN. Smith also goes into how NBC may have rewarded Clapper’s and Comey’s intelligence colleague and former CIA chief John Brennan with a contract after he leaked to the network. These are the sorts of things you won’t see CNN’s media critic/cheerleader Brian Stelter report on his – ahem – totally “unbiased” media watchdog show, “’Reliable’ Sources.” Because it breaks his narrative.
Bravo … Yesterday’s newsletter featured a discussion about disclosure and Vox. In reporting on the T-Mobile-Sprint merger, Vox – as well as NBC News – did not disclose that one of Vox Media’s largest investors is Comcast/NBC Universal, which owns a mobile telephone company.
Well, someone employed at Vox Media takes journalistic ethics seriously. The Verge’s Jacob Kastrenakes disclosed the relationship in a discussion about Xfinity Mobile. Kastrenakes wrote, “Disclosure: Comcast is an investor in Vox Media, The Verge’s parent company.” I suggested that Matt Yglesias should maybe contact Kastrenakes for a refresher in disclosure on Twitter this morning.
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Cuomo’s true colors … Yesterday Cenk Uygur, proprietor of The Young Turks and one of the nation’s leading progressive new-media celebrities, praised CNN’s Chris Cuomo for asking Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu if Israel has nuclear weapons. Cuomo replied, “High praise!” Really?
You can’t pretend to be an unbiased journalist when you are gushing like a schoolgirl over the praise of a rabid left-wing “celebrity.” That just doesn’t compute.
What could go wrong … According to BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith and Mat Honan, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg told media executives that company is now ranking news organizations by “trust.” In the article, Smith and Honan write that the rankings are based on surveys of Facebook users. The goal stated by Zuckerberg is to “find common ground.” Zuckerberg admitted that the data is being used to suppress some content.
As this project goes on, Facebook needs to be transparent about the rankings and allow organizations to challenge their rankings. Groupthink, which this seems to be a form of, never ends well.
I’m not going to give spoilers here, but when watching “Avengers: Infinity War” this weekend, I asked myself this very question. PJ Media’s Jim Treacher asks, in an article heavy with spoilers: “Why is Thanos from ‘Infinity War’ considered the bad guy?” If you’ve seen the movie, you understand the question. Shoot me an email with your thoughts on Thanos or something you’ve seen the media do. As always, please consider forwarding this email to your friends using the forward link below.
Robert Eno is the editor of the WTF MSM!? newsletter and director of retention for Blaze Media.