CNN Justifies Mueller Coverage: ‘We Are Not Investigators’

“We are not investigators.”

CNN President Jeff Zucker defended his network’s coverage of the Russia investigation in the New York Times Tuesday, telling the paper he was “entirely comfortable” with their reporting.

“We are not investigators. We are journalists, and our role is to report the facts as we know them, which is exactly what we did,” Zucker told the Times. “A sitting president’s own Justice Department investigated his campaign for collusion with a hostile nation. That’s not enormous because the media says so. That’s enormous because it’s unprecedented.”

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However, not everyone was as charitable toward the job done by CNN reporters.

After CNN’s chief media correspondent Brian Stelter tweeted Zucker’s quote, it sparked criticism from many commenters on social media.

Reuters journalist Matthew Keys was one of the first to react, saying part of a journalist’s job description is holding “people in power accountable” by “investigating what they do and say.”

Writer Josh Jordan pointed that Zucker had previously admitted to ratings being the primary reason for their extensive Russia coverage.

Federalist editor David Harsanyi accused the network of making “dozens of mistakes” in their reporting.

Some accused the network of lacking self-awareness.

Other users mused that CNN has an entire section on their website dedicated to investigations.

In the aftermath of the Mueller report finding no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, many have been critical of the media’s coverage of the investigation.

In the days since former Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted his report to the Department of Justice, CNN has devoted coverage to Democrats’ demands for the full document to be released and claims that Attorney General William Barr is biased.

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