Some random hero happened upon Anderson Cooper and the CNN team during a live broadcast out of New York City when he decided to shout out “CNN IS FAKE NEWS!”
Cooper had stated, “How likely is it that there could be a video, kind of a martyrdom video so-called, which is what we saw in, I think when the Charlie Hebdo attacks, if memory serves me, there were some, and some of the attacks in Europe that we’ve seen…”
When our hero stepped into frame and said “CNN is fake news! CNN is fake news! Anderson Cooper is fake news!”
Here are some examples of fake news stories CNN has been accused of pushing.
False Story 1: CNN Reports Hands Up, Don’t Shoot
In December 2014, a CNN panel consisting of Margaret Hoover, Sally Kohn, Sunny Hostin and Mel Robbins all put their hands up and displayed a sign saying, “I Can’t Breathe,” a reference to the slogan “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” which is based on the idea that Michael Brown had his hands up when shot by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri in August 2014.
However, this claim has been proven to be untrue. Barack Obama’s Justice Department investigated the shooting and concluded that the use of force was not unreasonable and that Brown charged at Officer Darren Wilson before being shot.
False Story 2: CNN Falsely Claims Sherelle Smith Was ‘Calling For Peace’
Sherelle Smith, the sister of Sylville Smith, a black male shot by a black police officer in August spoke to news reporters after his shooting. CNN deceptively edited the clip to make it sound like she was calling for peace in response to the shooting, when in fact she was encouraging violent behavior in the suburbs of the city.
CNN correspondent Ana Cabrera said that Smith was “calling for peace,” and showed a clip of Smith saying, “Don’t bring the violence here and the ignorance here.”
In the full video, Smith also says, “Stop burning down s**t we need in our community. Take that s**t to the suburbs. Burn they s**t down. We need our shit. We need our weaves. I don’t wear it. But we need it.”
False Story 3: CNN Says It’s Illegal To Look At Wikileaks
In one baffling moment from October 2016, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo claimed that it was illegal to look at Wikileaks.
Of course, this isn’t true. It is not against the law to view Wikileaks or possess hacked documents, as long as you are not involved in breaking the law by hacking them.
False Story 5: CNN Had To Correct False Comey Report
An example most closely related to Trump’s comments Tuesday can be found in CNN recently having to correct their reporting about James Comey.
CNN reported on June 6th that Comey was going to contradict President Trump’s claim that he wasn’t under FBI investigation in his Senate testimony, a report which obviously was going to make Trump look like a liar.
The article, originally titled, “Comey expected to refute Trump,” featured in its byline Jake Tapper, Gloria Borger, Eric Lichtblau, and Brian Rokus.