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Mon Oct 21, 2019, 10:56 AM

CNN hired Sean Duffy, who immediately pushed conspiracy theories that CNN had already debunked



CNN’s new hire, former Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI), has used his first two appearances on the network to push a conspiracy theory that has already been widely debunked -- including by CNN’s own reporting.

The debunked Crowdstrike conspiracy theory is at the center of the impeachment inquiry into whether President Donald Trump improperly withheld congressionally approved military aid from Ukraine. The theory posits that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election on behalf of the Democrats -- conveniently exonerating Russia’s efforts to aid Trump -- and that a Ukrainian-owned company tried to cover the tracks and took the Democratic National Committee’s computer server that was hacked to Ukraine.

In reality, the FBI and Congress have investigated the 2016 election and found that Russia meddled extensively to push for Trump’s win. The company at the center of the conspiracy theory -- CrowdStrike -- is headquartered in the United States, not Ukraine. And there was never a physical DNC server that could’ve been taken to Ukraine.

But Trump still mentioned this theory during his now-infamous July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, saying, “I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike... I guess you have one of your wealthy people... The server, they say Ukraine has it." Thomas Bossert, Trump’s first homeland security adviser, said on September 29 that the theory “has no validity” and that he had warned Trump that he was chasing after a debunked conspiracy theory.

https://www.mediamatters.org/sean-duffy/cnn-hired-sean-duffy-who-immediately-pushed-conspiracy-theories-cnn-had-already-debunked




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Reply CNN hired Sean Duffy, who immediately pushed conspiracy theories that CNN had already debunked (Original post)
demmiblue Oct 21 OP
applegrove Oct 21 #1
Eliot Rosewater Oct 21 #2
tblue37 Oct 21 #8
Corgigal Oct 21 #3
NewJeffCT Oct 21 #9
renate Oct 21 #4
underpants Oct 21 #5
Takket Oct 21 #6
kentuck Oct 21 #7

Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 10:57 AM

1. Maybe they are showcasing the rot that is republicans.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 10:57 AM

2. CNN can go down in history then as one of the reasons the human race is EXTINCT

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #2)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 11:57 AM

8. Remember this?:

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 11:13 AM

3. Why?

He served no service to the public that wants to make decisions on their life in facts.

Stupid decision and I won’t watch when he’s on. Give us Malcolm Nance or Sarah Kendzior.

Cable news just doesn’t get their viewers.

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Response to Corgigal (Reply #3)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 12:08 PM

9. They're still following the path laid out to them by Newt Gingrich in the late 1990s/early 2000s

During the Clinton impeachment, ratings for the new Fox News network soared and CNN went down primarily because Republicans, en masse, all defected to Fox News and derided CNN as the Clinton News Network for daring to cover 'both sides" of the issue.

In an effort to win back disaffected conservatives, they met with Congressional leadership - Newt Gingrich and others - who advised them to put more conservatives/Republicans on the air. CNN obliged. Now, the liberals were pissed off and soon started flocking to MSNBC and outspoken Keith Olbermann and his nightly anti-Bush spiels and conservatives never really came back to CNN because they didn't trust them, having fallen in love with Fox.

So, CNN has generally been in the tank for a good 15 years now

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 11:42 AM

4. What a stupid, stupid decision

There wasn’t any other Republican available who would promise not to push debunked conspiracy theories?

There are plenty of other channels to switch to when his lying piehole opens up, and I will be switching to them.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 11:43 AM

5. Welcome to The Real World

You’re outside the right wing media bubble buddy

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 11:47 AM

6. Thanks to the modern media

Where idiots arguing draws better ratings than honest fact driven journalism. Ethics go right out the window when giving people what they want means more advertising sales.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 11:52 AM

7. He is a lightweight with nothing to offer.

Like cotton candy woven from fake sugar substitute.

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