CNN employees and contributors are absolutely beside themselves after the network decided to grant former President Donald Trump a platform during a town hall event earlier this week.
And their collapse is glorious.
Highlights of the event included Trump fact-checking moderator Kaitlan Collins pulling printed receipts from her jacket pocket, a pledge to pardon the Jan. 6 rioters, Ashli’s defense Babbitt and the call of the cop who shot him a ‘thug’ and staying on the offensive against writer E. Jean Carroll who just won a $5million verdict after a jury found him responsible for sexually assaulting and defaming her.
All to the delight of the very pro-Trump crowd and to the chagrin of Collins, who tried in vain to attack the Republican candidate.
For much of the night, Collins starred as Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips as Trump fired back with “Look at me.” I’m the captain now.
Trump just pulled out receipts to refute Kaitlin Collins’ claims about CNN town hall…and the crowd cheers!
This is NOT going the way CNN intended. pic.twitter.com/7byCeFkCHr
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) May 11, 2023
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Is CNN’s town hall leading to an employee revolt?
To be clear, CNN employees would have a catastrophic panic attack if any the conservative voice was given a platform on their network. They are simply not emotionally equipped to handle differing viewpoints.
But the fact that it was the ultra-scary “Orange Man” made it all the more daunting. And the ensuing collapse is something to behold.
Semafor reports that “Five CNN employees” told them “how upset and disturbed they were by the event”.
They note that CNN senior reporter Oliver Darcy openly criticized the network in his publication Reliable Sources, an online news bulletin with the most inaccurate title possible.
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“It’s hard to see how America has been served by the show of lies airing on CNN Wednesday night,” Darcy wrote, seemingly unaware that his network and the propaganda bulletin it produces is a “show of lies.” For years.
—Olivier Darcy (@oliverdarcy) May 11, 2023
In an internal call with staff, CNN Chairman and CEO Chris Licht, who insisted he was trying to steer the network away from the network’s usual hyper-partisan coverage, defended the decision. to run Trump for a mayoralty.
“I absolutely unequivocally believe that America was very well served by what we did last night,” he said, noting that Collins would have held Trump accountable by countering some of his claims.
“I absolutely, unequivocally believe that America was very well served by what we did last night,” said CNN President Chris Licht. https://t.co/vn1vCZap8x
— NYT Politics (@nytpolitics) May 11, 2023
RELATED: Trump Defends ‘Patriotic’ Ashli Babbitt at City Hall, Calls Officer Who Killed Her ‘Thug’
The rage continues
Old Media Room Monitor Brian Steeler walked in to dry Darcy’s tears and express that “many CNN employees appreciate” what his colleague had said.
Stelter was fired from the network for being one of those aforementioned hyper partisan and generally uninteresting commentators.
Speaking of tears, CNN contributor Adam Kinzinger almost reprized his role as Michael Jordan’s crying meme, saying he “wasn’t going to pretend it was easy for me to see the former president get this forum. This evening”.
Shouldn’t he sob uncontrollably and tell Collins how admirable it was that she “held the line” against the insurgent?
“As someone who has spent the past two years countering lies, I’m not going to pretend that it was easy for me to watch the former president get this forum tonight – to lie to the American people again and again and Again.”
— Bill Grueskin (@BGrueskin) May 11, 2023
CNN anchor Jake Tapper went back to the old race book by claiming that Trump’s criticism of the officer who shot Ashli Babbitt was because he was black. You know, and not for the fact that he apparently shot an unarmed woman. without warning.
“He called a black policeman a thug. He said people here in Washington, DC and in Chinatown don’t speak English. He attacked Kaitlan (Collins) as a mean woman…he made fun of the sexual assault (of E. Jean Carroll) and many in the audience laughed,” Tapper told fellow presenter Anderson Cooper.
If Babbitt had been black and the officer white, Trump might still have called him a thug. But, in that same scenario, you can bet your Tapper ass wouldn’t dare to respond.
Jake Tapper goes on a psychotic rant about CNN’s Trump TownHall:
“He called a black law enforcement officer a thug, he said people in Chinatown don’t speak English, he attacked Kaitlan like a mean woman… perhaps the scariest the day after that. a jury found him guilty of sexual assault… pic.twitter.com/DGiI23BBzb
— Marianne (@lonestarherd) May 11, 2023
Tapper, who must think wearing glasses is the key to looking smart, was pretty reasonable (relatively) before he was busted like a bronco by Donald Trump.
Meanwhile, Cooper gave a post-mortem speech at the town hall looking like a dog with his tail between his legs.
“You have every right to be outraged and angry today and never watch this network again,” he said.
Eeyore would struggle to appear sadder, more sorry, and generally pathetic to his viewers.
Still, at least Cooper was brave enough to point out that CNN viewers should stop living in a group thought bubble.
“But do you think staying in your silo and only listening to people you agree with is going to make that person leave?” He continued. “If we all only listen to those we agree with, it could actually do the opposite.”
Yes Anderson. Yes, your viewers actually think conservative America will disappear if they continue to ignore it.
If I’m Licht, I’ll fire Anderson Cooper tomorrow. And Type. And anyone who tries to lead a mutiny. CNN will never move remotely into the middle until it gets rid of current talent who clearly have no motivation to avoid being Democratic Party activists. https://t.co/TrTCztUoMA
—Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) May 12, 2023
If you’re ever interested in understanding the extent to which Trump has left CNN viewers and their employees utterly broken by his town hall, take to Twitter and read some of the reactions to Cooper’s remarks about living in a bubble.
This is a case study on anxiety and dementia.
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