Friday, February 17, 2017 by Jayson Veley
Between their fake news charade with BuzzFeed, their consistently low ratings, and their ongoing feud with the President of the United States, CNN just can’t seem to catch a break. Now, the network is in the news yet again for getting kicked out of Venezuela. That’s right. We couldn’t make this stuff up if we tried.
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro demanded that CNN leave his country at once for spreading fake news and interfering in things that don’t concern them. “CNN, do not get into the affairs of Venezuelans. I want CNN well away from here. Outside of Venezuela. Do not put your nose in Venezuela,” President Maduro said in a statement. The remarks come after CNN allegedly distorted facts regarding irregularities at Caracas public high school.
“Some media like CNN tried to manipulate. They cannot manipulate! That is our business, of the Venezuelans!” Maduro declared. It turns out that CNN can’t get away with spreading their propaganda and fake news no matter where they go. Inside or outside of the country, people just don’t put up with it.
Last week the PanAmPost ran a story on a student who went on national television and demanded that President Maduro do something to improve the quality of his school. More specifically, the student asked for improvements in infrastructure, security, and food so that his classmates wouldn’t collapse from hunger anymore. (RELATED: Read about what some people in Venezuela are forced to do just to get food). CNN en Español visited the school to ask faculty members about the student, and whether President Maduro had made any improvements.
President Maduro responded by saying he “wants the youth to tell the truth, to be critical and revolutionary, for us to go to solve the problems.” He added, “to attend to those problems, we must build a sense of belonging in each school. Lyceum belongs to me and I must take care of it.”
The demands from the Venezuelan president also come a few days after CNN finished an investigation into another controversy, whereby Venezuelans at the embassy in Iraq allegedly sold Venezuelan passports to suspected terrorists. The entire year-long investigation reviewed thousands of documents and included interviews in the United States, Spain, Venezuela, and the United Kingdom.
CNN doesn’t have much luck with the president here in the U.S. either. Last month, when CNN teamed up with BuzzFeed to promote a damning yet unverified 35-page dossier, Donald Trump certainly didn’t pull any punches. When Senior White House Correspondent for CNN Jim Acosta tried to ask Trump a question, Trump let him have it. “Not you. Your organization is terrible,” he said bluntly. “I’m not going to give you a question, you are fake news.”
The President got into a heated exchange just this past Thursday, again with CNN’s Jim Acosta. Donald Trump declared that he wanted to “turn in CNN for not doing a good job” and that the reporting is an example of fake news. “The press has become so dishonest that if we don’t talk about it, we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people,” he said.
While Donald Trump is certainly not perfect, you have to admire his courage and willingness to stand up to the mainstream media, which for years has harassed conservatives with virtually no pushback whatsoever. Media networks like CNN do not consist of journalists; instead, they are replete with liberal activists, all of whom are determined to bring about the downfall of conservatism and the Republican Party. (RELATED: You won’t believe what CNN said about Donald Trump and Mike Pence before Inauguration Day).
CNN needs to learn that this is no longer business as usual. The American people (and evidently the Venezuelans) are waking up to their lies, their mischaracterizations, and their distortions of the truth. Those days are quickly coming to an end.