“BUSTED!”: another RW media tactic

Based on Breitbart’s story: https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/08/24/nolte-cnns-jim-sciutto-busted-for-two-fake-news-scoops-in-one-week/

Another right wing media tactic is try to *aggressively* debunk and single out a mainstream media reporter for getting a story wrong. In this case, Breitbart on CNN’s Jim Sciutto.

Then, Laura Ingraham, Drudge and other popular right wing sites write their own story, retweet and their story gets retweeted thousands of times and goes viral. This not only fuels #MAGA trolls but, more crucially, it casts doubt in the eyes casual low information “independent” voters. Ideally, these independent voters should do their own research and come to a conclusion, but this is not practical given we are drowning in content.


Breibart’s “debunking” is, of course, bullshit. If one clicks through enough of the links in the story and reads the original reporting, you can see for yourself. On the first story, Breitbart’s source is a Bloomberg reporter’s (Jennifer Jacobs) tweet based on her sources (she was “told”). So, it’s Sciutto against Jacobs, no debunking. On the second story, the article Breitbart links to on CNN has a paragraph that says “Cohen privately testified last year to two Congressional committees investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. A source familiar with Cohen’s House testimony said he did not testify that Trump had advance knowledge. Cohen’s claims weren’t mentioned in separate reports issued by Republicans and Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee”

In other words, CNN reported Cohen testified Trump didn’t know. Now, he has information Trump did know. Where is the lie and debunking?

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