Tag: Fake News

No, That “Drunk” Pelosi Video Wasn’t Doctored

Did President Donald Trump share a video of Nancy Pelosi that was doctored to make it appear that she was drunk? That’s the charge Trump faced immediately after tweeting out said video.

The Washington Post used this as an opportunity to draw attention to the supposed epidemic of faked Pelosi videos being shared on social media nowadays. Vox posted a 1,100-word article on the allegedly doctored video that devoted zero words to the evidence of doctoring in that particular video. Meanwhile, “conservative” (the CNN kind) commentator S.E. Cupp blasted the GOP for not objecting to Trump sharing the “fake video.” Sore-loser-in-chief Hillary Clinton called the clip “sexist trash.”

Once again the media and company have mindlessly run with a narrative, and no one in their bubble will ever bother to check it. While we’re told the video was deceptively edited to make Pelosi appear drunk or otherwise incompetent, it was not. Rudy Giuliani did come under fire for sharing a different video of Pelosi he later deleted (also showing her stammering) before Trump shared his, and it was doctored, but that isn’t the video in question here. I guess they assumed that because Giuliani shared an entirely different video of Pelosi that was altered, therefore every video a member of the Trump administration shares of Pelosi is doctored? Who knows.

As PJ Media’s Matt Margolis noted:

Nancy’s speech is not altered in the video. The video is a series of clips made into a montage—a common method for saving time. The video Trump shared is a clip from Lou Dobbs Tonight on Fox Business from the same day. Greg Jarrett (filling in for Lou Dobbs) aired the montage from her press conference and discussed it with his guest, former Reagan White House political director and Fox Business political analyst Ed Rollins.

In fact, the video Trump shared is identical to what aired on Lou Dobbs. You can watch that segment below (the video should begin at 8:33), where the chyron reads “Pelosi Urges Trump ‘Intervention’; Stammers Through News Conference.”

The Dobbs video and the version Trump shared are identical. What will liberals try to argue now – that Lou Dobbs deceptively edited the clip himself? If that’s the case, then they can simply watch Pelosi’s press conference as uploaded by the far-left “NowThis,” which sounds identical.

So to recap, journalists told us that a doctored video of Pelosi was spread by the President. This narrative was then used to justify cracking down on misleading content on social media by many on the Left, which we are all aware is a Trojan Horse to crack down on right-wing content more generally (regardless of how factual it may be). The media ran with this narrative in unison, while the only “editing” done was splicing together different clips without changing the context. “Editing” is not “doctoring.”

In reality, Trump probably just watched Fox News and shared a video of what he saw.

And lastly – I’m not arguing that Pelosi actually was drunk in the video.  She really just is this incompetent sober.

CNN Hilariously Claims it’s “Misleading” to Call Lying Reporter “CNN Journalist of the Year”

CNN hilariously took issue with the headline of a bongino.com article titled, Really Fake News: CNN’s 2014 ‘Journalist of the Year’ Admits to Faking Stories, Sources.

In CNN’s “Reliable Sources” newsletter last Thursday, the network’s senior media “reporter,” Oliver Darcy called the title of our post “misleading” and lamented how “right-wing” outlets used the story about lying reporter Claas Relotius to “smear” the network.

(Relotius–as we pointed out last week–was a reporter and editor for the popular German magazine Der Spiegel and resigned after it was revealed that he fabricated a number of stories and sources. In 2014, he received the “CNN Journalist of the Year Award.”)

The newsletter states, in part:

Meanwhile, right-wing outlets dishonestly use scandal to smear CNN…Darcy emails: The right-wing universe is often too predictable. Thursday was no exception. Outlets and individuals living in this space seized on the Der Spiegel scandal to…slime CNN. How did they do this? Well, it turns out Relotius was once honored at a CNN-backed awards ceremony for German-language journalists several years ago for a story published in a Swiss magazine. That prompted misleading headlines like this one from Sean Hannity’s website, which read, “Really Fake News: CNN’s 2014 ‘Journalist of the Year’ Admits to Faking Stories, Sources.”

Now, we know what you’re thinking: “I don’t see any mention of bongino.com in that CNN newsletter…”

Well, that’s because CNN (shockingly) got their facts wrong. The article cited was tweeted from Hannity’s account, however, the article itself was indeed from bongino.com, not Hannity’s website like Darcy suggests.

We’ll let that one slide, Ollie.

Apparently, applying the proper title designated by CNN itself is now considered “misleading” by the network.

Note the current caption of a CNN.com photo of Relotius from the 2014 awards event, which reads, “Claas Relotius was named CNN journalist of the year…”

Another caption on CNN.com reads, “Claas Relotius is awarded the CNN journalist of the year accolade by Parisa Khosravi, senior vice president for CNN Worldwide.

A CNN senior vice president literally handed Relotius his award…and yet, the network wants you to believe they are victims of a vast right-wing smear campaign.

CNN’s own Vice President of Communications and Digital Partnerships, Matt Dornic, went on a Twitter crusade, personally tweeting to multiple conservative figureheads and news sites to “correct” the record, writing:

“1) He never worked for CNN, never published by CNN.

2) Honored for a piece published by a Swiss magazine – 4+ yrs ago.

3) German award & unique to that market.

4) The award was sponsored by CNN but judged by an independent jury.

5) His award was revoked by that panel this AM.”

December 14, 2017: Ep. 612 Is the Fake News Media Getting Played?

Liberals are blaming “climate change” for the California fires. But, was it liberal policies to blame?

Here are some sobering numbers about our exploding national debt.

This reporter may have uncovered the explosive reason for the outbreak of fake news.

Check out the US Army’s sharp new pistol.

Trump’s impressive war on government red-tape.