It looks like CNN, the recently crowned champion of fake news is about to have the host of one of its programs do a documentary, and you won’t believe what the topic of that documentary is about, no really, you won’t believe it. That’s right, fake news!
On the heels of their recent debacles such as the leaked smear-campaign against President Trump or their out-of-court settlement over the lawsuit involving a high school student, it appears as if they are going for broke. How broke?
Well, as one story said it, “Just a week after news broke about CNN settling a massive lawsuit over its fake news coverage of Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann, WarnerMedia announced Wednesday that CNN’s Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter is making a documentary about the rise of fake news that will debut in March on HBO.”
Do you need a minute to process that (and to stop laughing)? Go ahead, take your time.
Somewhere, in some Vegas betting lobby right now, someone is placing bets on the Neilsen ratings for that show! Yes, this is that same CNN network, the one that had hours of video and audio recordings revealing the concern of their employees leaked, regarding the integrity and direction of the network.
And how does a major news network, after that embarrassing and damaging revelation not just keep their head down and get back to doing it the right way? We don’t know either, but this latest aforementioned lawsuit doesn’t suggest they are heeding that or any other pieces of wisdom.
The lack of trust, the questions surrounding their reliability, and the ugly legal issues make it difficult to even speak of CNN as a “news” network. Is anyone going to take this documentary seriously? Apparently, HBO is, or at least we think they are.
To be specific, according to the story, ‘After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News will examine the phenomenon of “fake news” in the age of social media and the impact that the trend has on average citizens, according to a release from WarnerMedia… .’ It does sound serious.
But maybe that is why WarnerMedia (parent company of both HBO and CNN) is airing this program on HBO. Maybe the lack of trust attached to the CNN name would wreck the credibility of such a documentary. Or maybe they are doing it because HBO is an entertainment network, or maybe HBO is just more trustworthy than CNN in the eyes of viewers now?
From this point, it is entirely too close to call, which is funnier? Is it the fact that the documentary is entitled “…the Cost of Fake News” being led by a news network host that has experienced that expense even within the same week the documentary was announced? Or is it that the host, Brian Stelter’s own show on CNN is called Reliable Sources?
Funny, unfortunately, might not be the proper verbiage in light of how many people have been led astray, defamed, or injured by these abuses. That lawsuit regarding Sandman, for example, was to the tune of $275 million. Perhaps sad, careless, or just plain wrong would be better descriptions?
Still, that isn’t stopping CNN’s parent company or its personalities from pressing on, as if it were business as usual. Unless there is a surprise coming during this new documentary? Can you imagine that…
“Hello ladies and gentlemen, this is Brian Stelter, and I am here to tell you – don’t do what we do and what we did at CNN…,” the host would begin. No, that isn’t going to happen, but it would be a start wouldn’t it?
What is the cost of fake news? Those costs are still being counted and they are going to be considerably more than $275 million. In fact, we will never know how much it costs in ways that can’t be counted in dollars and cents, and that isn’t funny at all.
Wasn’t there a time when CNN was a trusted source of news? Wasn’t there a day when they were deemed the iconic news source for media and television? And now?
Come to think of it, maybe a CNN host is the perfect candidate to lead a documentary about the cost of fake news after all.