HBO announced that it has teamed up with CNN’s Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter for a documentary about the rise of “fake news” just days after it was announced that the news network settled its defamation lawsuit with Covington Catholic High School student, Nick Sandmann (as pointed out by Breitbart).
The documentary, titled, “After Truth: Disinformation and the cost of fake news” examines the “rising phenomenon of ‘fake news’ in the U.S. and the impact that disinformation, conspiracy theories and false news stories have on the average citizen,” according to a Warner Media press release.
The announcement continues, “The film focuses on several high-profile made-up news stories in recent years with real world consequences, including the infamous ‘Pizzagate’ case, the disinformation campaigns that influenced the 2016 presidential election, the Jade Helm conspiracy, and others.”
The documentary is directed by Andrew Rossi and executive produced by Stelter himself.
The CNN host was thrilled to announce his role in the documentary yesterday, tweeting, HBO just announced something I’ve been working on for a couple of years: A documentary titled “AFTER TRUTH: DISINFORMATION AND THE COST OF FAKE NEWS.” The film will premiere on TV and online this March. Directed by @a_rossi“
HBO just announced something I've been working on for a couple of years: A documentary titled "AFTER TRUTH: DISINFORMATION AND THE COST OF FAKE NEWS." The film will premiere on TV and online this March. Directed by @a_rossi!
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) January 15, 2020
The partnership with Stelter is a head-scratcher given CNN’s lack of journalistic integrity and its egregious production of fake news.
As Breitbart points out, the network’s contributor Donna Brazile once leaked debate questions to Hilary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election. Once President Trump was elected, CNN had to retract a story about a Russian investment fund with allied ties to Trump officials, forcing three of its “journalists” to resign. CNN also falsely reported that Donald Trump Jr. coordinated with Wikileaks about the publication of DNC and Clinton campaign emails.
And then, of course, there was the recent news about Covington Catholic High School Student Nick Sandmann settling his defamation lawsuit with the network after it “elevated false, heinous accusations of racist conduct” against the teenager.
Virtually all of the news networks ignored the lawsuit, however, Stelter dedicated a measly 29 seconds of air time to the topic.