CNN’s Citizen project streamed live a panel discussion on Wednesday at 2 PM. The topic was “Lessons of the Rebellion: Where are We Now?” Dana Bash was the host of the panel. She also answered questions from the audience.
You might be shocked to learn CNN didn’t pick the question I sent, asking if the Portland riots in the summer of 2020, and attempts to light the federal courthouse on fire, amounted to an “insurrection.”
Instead, halfway through, Bash read a vague question about how do we prevent democracy from falling apart, and then joked “that’s such an easy question to answer.” Why pick that question? Evidently, it served as a launch point for CNN to attack Fox News.
Here is Alex Marquardt’s answer to the question
ALEX MARQUARDT: It’s hard not to despair right now, and to go back to the previous question about truth and the news and that kind of thing, you know, we can put out as much as we possibly can about what happened that day, what happened during the election, and it’s not going to Reach the most vulnerable people in your community to help heal this divide.
Yes, CNN is with Trump voters. They are always trying to heal the divisions …..?.?
MARQUARDT: If anything, since January 6, I feel like this chasm between, you know, frankly those who are living in reality and those who aren’t, has only grown bigger. And that is fueled by lawmakers who won’t tell the truth, fueled by those right-wing outlets who won’t tell the truth. And who are you know, and whose viewers and audience are, continue to believe things that simply aren’t true.
You can’t persuade people to believe Trump won by a landslide. CNN has never admitted that the majority of Fox viewers do not believe Trump won by landslide. After that, the whole attack began:
MARQUARDT : That’s what I meant. I believe one of the benefits is. One of the benefits of this Jan 6 committee is that we now see, you know the relationship the ex-president had with Fox News members and how they were kind of one and the same thing. and how they realized on January 6 what was happening and then, in the case of Laura Ingraham, comes out that night and says ‘oh no, these protesters were actually Antifa.’
This is not a true quote. Ingraham claimed that there were “some reports that antifa sympathizers might have been scattered throughout the crowd.” Even PolitiFact noted “Ingraham did tweet out a BuzzFeed News story on Jan. 7 disproving an erroneous Washington TimesArticle she had quoted Jan. 6 that falsely claimed that antifa activists were among the rioters.
In minute 47 Manu Raju, CNN, launched into an argument about how facts are important, but CNN is not partisan.
RAJU: I’m also just a firm believer that the facts do matter. Even though people are more likely to choose their facts than others, they still have the right to be able argue from the same facts. The facts are what matter to me. The media’s job is to present the facts. If we make mistakes, admit it and build trust with viewers and readers. If partisans of either side wish to speak their minds, they can. However, we must keep it simple.