Usually, when a large event such as a terrorist attack occurs, it grabs the attention of the country. Even botched terror attacks still manage to grab most people’s attention (remember the Christmas bomber of 2009?).
But CNN, despite the fact that a terror attack, botched as it was, took place, they still couldn’t talk about anything else other than the President. And it wasn’t even about anything major. They ignored the failed terrorist attack in favor of covering one of Trump’s supposed daily habits: how many Diet Cokes he drinks in a day.
I say supposedly because I don’t know the President personally, so I can’t confirm such mannerisms, but I don’t believe anything the fake news media says about him, no matter how mild it is.
But still, even though 27-year-old Muslim extremist Akayed Ullah planned to blow up a train station because of Christmas decorations, CNN decided that wasn’t worth talking about and instead favored the waste-of-time discussion of Trump’s dietary habits.
I do have to give CNN some points for at least mentioning it before focusing on the diet segment, but much akin to Whose Line Is It Anyway, those points don’t matter.
On CNN’s “New Day”, Alisyn Camerota mentions that: “We do have some breaking news we are following right now because there are emergency crews in New York City. They are responding to some type of possible explosion. We understand it’s near the Port Authority bus terminal.”
And that’s the extent of her coverage on the failed terrorist attack. Later on in the show, she begins focusing on Trump’s diet coke habit:
“This is about his Diet Coke habit. Let me read it to you. ‘Watching cable, he shares thoughts with anyone in the room, even the household staff he summons via a button for lunch or for one of the dozen Diet Cokes he consumes each day’ (A quote from the original story published by the NYT about Trump’s life in the White House)… Corey Lewandowski, his campaign manager, has a new book out about some of these very things. Corey’s book is called ‘Let Trump be Trump.’ Here’s what he writes. ‘On Trump Force One, there were four major food groups, McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, pizza and Diet Coke.’ When I read this, I think, this is not what doctors would recommend…”
Why is that trash segment worth more airtime than reporting on a developing story about a failed terror attack? Clearly, if you want to know what’s going on in the world, CNN is not a source to do so. I’ve known this for some time, but this is beyond fake news. This is altogether IGNORING the news.
Now, I know that this was a botched terror attack. According to the U.K. Daily Mail, which at the moment seems to be a far superior news organization: “The taxi driver behind the failed terror attack in New York City told investigators he meant to detonate his homemade pipe bomb in the busy subway station after seeing the walls festooned with Christmas posters – in revenge for violence against Muslims all over the world. While initial reports suggested the crude pipe bomb… had detonated prematurely, suspect Akayed Ullah, 27, insisted he set off the bomb deliberately.”
If you didn’t know the details of the terror attack, that one paragraph served a far greater purpose for you than CNN did. If you have family in New York City and you hear about a potential terror attack and tune in to CNN, you’re likely going to be decently and justifiably annoyed by their reporting of the President’s dietary habits.
CNN, at this very moment, is not just the Most Distrusted Name In News. They’re also the Most Useless Name In News. I don’t know if it’s the fact that this was an Islamic terrorist attempting to kill people the reason CNN avoided the story or the fact that the terrorist was so incompetent that he didn’t do any significant damage to anyone but himself (which at the time of the segment, people didn’t even know about that), but ignoring a terror attack, regardless of the result or damage created is unprofessional.
No, no one died from it and only the evil lunatic suffered serious injuries, but it’s still something worth talking about. Even the President himself talked about the attack, saying that “’lax’ immigration policies were to blame for the attack…” And he “urged Congress to ‘enact legislative reforms to protect the American people.’”, according to UK Daily Mail.
But CNN still decided it wasn’t important enough to steer them away from the ever-so-important discussion of how much soda the President drinks in a day.
Now, I understand that this attack wasn’t as big as, say, the Orlando night club shooting or the San Bernardino shootings or other multiple attacks made against America in New York City because no one died and the only person to get hurt is the devil worshipper himself. But any semblance of a terrorist attack, particularly one that’s inspired by ISIS’ calls “for militants and lone wolves to attack holiday markets”, according to UK Daily Mail, should still be a decently big topic of conversation.
Now, I could probably forgive them if they had been talking about the Alabama Senate Election, or Trump’s sexual assault accusers or anything about the Russia story, but certainly not “how much Diet Coke does Trump drink a day?”
All the other things are big talking points that most people will pay attention to and discuss with others. But who exactly is going to make a big fuzz about how much Diet Coke Trump drinks? Why is that a more important story than A TERRORIST ATTACK THAT COULD’VE GONE FAR WORSE?!
If a reporter asks a Trump supporter about the Russia story or the women accusing him of sexual assault, they are all likely to say that they don’t believe the stories. But if they ask a Trump supporter what he thinks about the President’s soft-drink-consuming habits, they’ll likely tell them: “This is the kind of media opposition Trump faces? He’s got nothing to worry about, then.”
That’s how ridiculous that segment was. Not one Trump supporter cares about how much Diet Coke Trump drinks. Beyond that, since this is coming from CNN, not one Trump supporter even believes he drinks that much.
But even if their credibility wasn’t as tarnished as it is, people are still not likely to care all that much about it. If you’re going to talk about Trump, at least talk about something worth-while.
I mean, seriously. The one time they don’t talk about Trump-Russia collusion but instead focus on something so irrelevant and it’s when there was a potentially catastrophic terrorist attack?
And remember, this was a couple of days ago. The bomb detonated at around 7:20 A.M on December 11th, 2017. Alisyn Camerota made the mention on her show, according to NewsBusters, at around 7:58 A.M. Eastern Time, and at around 8:38 A.M, she began to talk about the Diet Coke story.
THIS WAS A DEVELOPING STORY AT THE TIME OF REPORTING! Literally all she says about the attack is that there was a possible explosion near the Port Authority bus terminal. Presumably, that’s everything she knew about the incident at the time, which is understandable. But it’s HER JOB TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT IT IF POSSIBLE!
She’s a “journalist”. Journalists are supposed to investigate these things and report them to the public. I doubt she knew how much or how little damage was caused by the explosion. People could’ve been lying dead on the ground while she was talking about Trump’s apparent obsession with Diet Coke.
Now we know that no one innocent was hurt, but we didn’t know that at the time. Alisyn certainly didn’t either.
I can’t decide whether CNN is insanely incompetent or deliberately negligent of real news. And I’m saying this literally one article after talking about how they were wrong about a Trump collusion story. After that story, I learned that David Frum is an idiot. After this story, I learned that Alisyn Camerota is grossly incompetent in her job as well.
And these are the people that are telling me Trump cheated in the election?
These ungodly people clearly don’t follow this bible verse:
2 Timothy 3:17
“That the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”
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