Trump Campaign Charges CNN With Breaking Federal Law Over Bias
Trump Campaign Charges CNN With Breaking Federal Law Over Bias by Bob Adelmann for The New American
Outraged over disclosures by Project Veritas that Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide, is using his CNN network to attack and bring down the Trump presidency, Donald Trump’s reelection campaign sent a scathing letter to Zucker and his attorney on Wednesday. When it was released to the public on Friday the letter revealed that it charged them and the network with violating the Lanham Act.
James Murphy, writing for The New American, reviewed the Project Veritas videos that had been released and concluded that the network, in its first video, exhibited “a racial bias in its coverage of [mass] shootings … stories were picked based on the newsroom’s agenda and on what type of stories drive ratings.” Additional videos “paint a picture of CNN president Jeff Zucker as a vicious, agenda-driven corporate autocrat who is using the network to grind his own personal ax.”
Murphy, in a second article for TNA, wrote that “the network seems to be pushing certain candidates … by concentrating election coverage on just a few candidates, the network is attempting … to keep its viewers focused only on what it considers [to be] serious candidates.” Murphy concluded that “CNN is not truly a news source but a propaganda outlet.”
Trump’s campaign attorney Charles Harder agrees. In the letter released to the public on Friday, Harder relied heavily on the Project Veritas videos that have been released so far, claiming that they provide significant, satisfactory and persuasive evidence that the network is violating federal law. Harder wrote that CNN sells itself as “The Most Trusted Name in News,” and declares that its journalists are “truth seekers” and that the network stands for “excellence in journalism.” Instead, according to Harder, CNN actively violates the code of ethics espoused by the Society for Professional Journalism.
That code demands that “ethical journalism should be accurate and fair [and] that journalists should be honest … in gathering, reporting and interpreting information.” The code holds journalists to the highest standards of integrity, taking special care “not to misrepresent or oversimplify in promoting, previewing or summarizing a story … never deliberately distorting facts or context [and] avoiding political … activities that may compromise integrity or impartiality, or may damage credibility.”
For proof, Harder referred to the Project Veritas videos in his letter to Zucker and his attorney:
Recently released video footage of individuals alleged to be your employees indicates that your reporting relating to President Trump is contrary to your own mission and the aforementioned Code of Ethics. Your own employees appear to state that CNN is focused on trying to “take down President Trump,” [and] is driven by a “personal vendetta” that Mr. Zucker purportedly has against him, rather than reporting the news in an objective manner.
In the footage your employees appear to state that CNN attempts to make its reporting appear neutral and unbiased, when in fact its reporting is far from neutral and highly biased against the President.
Harder noted that additional footage coming from Project Veritas is likely to add more proofs: “We also expect substantial additional information about CNN’s wrongful practices to become known in the coming days and weeks.”