Ethics & Religion
A Column by Mike McManus
January 26, 2017
CNN Lied About Trump's Crowd
By Mike McManus
CNN aired photographs that lied about the size of Trump's crowd at his
CNN compared photographs that appeared to show almost no one on the mall
for the Trump Inauguration compared to a full mall for Obama's
However, an online media company called Faith Family America sagely
reported Wednesday that CNN's photos of the Trump Inaugural were taken
early in the morning, perhaps 8:30 a.m. - before any crowds arrived.
Photos taken during his Inaugural Address show a completely packed mall
in front of the Capitol.
CNN LIED TO AMERICA.
I wrote an email to four CNN correspondents: Jim Acosta, Dana Bash, Dan
Berman and Gloria Berger, stating: "You must apologize, and show
accurate photos taken during the Trump and Obama Inaugural Speeches."
"Apparently CNN belatedly, `quietly released an updated pic showing
Trump's Inaugural Crowd Size Greater than Obama's 2009 Inaugural Crowd,'
according to "The Gateway Pundit."
However, the accurate photo comparison was not shown by CNN during prime
time broadcasts on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.
Nor was there any response from any CNN correspondent to my email
question, and no apology on air for the CNN Lies.
This is totally unacceptable.
Ironically, President Trump accused the media on Saturday of
deliberately misstating the size of the crowd at his Inauguration on
Friday. He called journalists "among the most dishonest human beings on
earth." He said that up to 1.5 million people had attended his
inauguration, "a claim that photographs disproved," erroneously stated
the New York Times.
However Trump complained that the news media's photographs of "an empty
field" apparently showed that his Inauguration did not draw many people:
"We caught them in a beauty, and I think they are going to pay a big
No, the news media did not acknowledge that Trump was right - and its
own assertions were flat out wrong. Not only CNN, but The New York Times
and others who used CNN photos that seemed to show an empty mall.
Sean Spicer, Trump's new press secretary asserted that Trump had drawn
"the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration," a statement
"that photographs clearly proved false," countered the New York Times on
Spicer said photographs of the Inaugural ceremonies were deliberately
framed "to minimize the enormous support that had gathered on the
National Mall," although "he provided no proof of either assertion," the
However Trump and Spicer were correct. Who proved them right?
Shamefully, no major news media did so - not CNN, The New York Times,
ABC, CBS, NBC.
However, a tiny online publication, "Faith Family America," reported
correctly that CNN's photo of Trump delivering his Inaugural Address,
shows the crowd "stretched to a block from the Washington Monument."
Randy Lavorante, editor of Faith Family America, charged that "CNN is
trying to push the narrative that that not a lot of people showed up to
support Trump. They are calling him a liar, promoting fake news."
In fact, sadly, it was CNN that who was the liar, promoting fake news by
continuing to show a photograph clearly taken early in the morning - not
the shot CNN itself aired to the public during Trump's Inaugural
Trump told the CIA on Saturday, "I have a running war with the media.
They are among the most dishonest human beings on earth."
As a member of the news media for more than half century, I initially
took offense at Trump's remarks. Sadly, however, in this instance, he
was correct - and the news media has covered itself with dishonor.
With one important exception. Faith Family America honestly reported the
truth, and correctly criticized CNN for its false and repeated
misleading information about the attendance of the public at Trump's
Copyright (c) 2017 Michael J. McManus,
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