Donald Trump in Phoenix August 22, 2017 screen shot from Fox News Channel live broadcast

A scary new example of Fake News was fully on display Tuesday night when CNN hit a new low point – and that‘s saying a lot – in its coverage of President Trump’s speech in Phoenix. The former news channel is now little more than a depraved propaganda mouthpiece for the Deep State. On Tuesday, it used its Trump-hating anchor, Don Lemon, and a half dozen anti-Trump panelists, with no one representing a counter view, to introduce a new seditious meme: Not only is the 45th POTUS Donald J. Trump a racist and a Nazi-sympathizer but he’s also an imminent threat to U.S. national security!

Don Lemon impaired, CNN live December 31, 2016

To reinforce this dangerous spin which the Deep State hopes will instigate impeachment proceedings or a second civil war, CNN’s Lemon, who outed himself as a Trump hater in an out of control alcohol fueled on camera melt down last New Year’s Eve, trotted out CNN’s new contributor, former Obama regime Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Clapper’s incendiary comments about Trump’s Phoenix speech immediately went to the top of CNN’s Web site, and led many other mainstream news reports as well. Clapper’s and the other CNN commentators’ tirades Tusday night eclipsed any coverage of what Trump actually said in his 80 minute speech, delivered to an enthusiastic crowd of over 19,000 at the Phoenix Convention Center. home page August 22, 2017 11 PM PDT

Speaking of President Trump, Clapper said:

I really question his ability, his fitness to be in this office and I also am beginning to wonder about his motivation for it. Maybe he is looking for a way out.

In its article about Clapper’s appearance, CNN reported:

Clapper said he found the President’s rally “downright scary and disturbing.” Clapper denounced Trump’s “behavior and divisiveness and complete intellectual, moral and ethical void. How much longer does the country have to, to borrow a phrase, endure this nightmare?”

James Clapper on CNN August 22, 2017

Clapper continued to pile on. With his patina of national security expertise (and notwithstanding his obvious lie to Congress in 2013 while testifying under oath), he was accorded high expert status by program host Lemon.

Clapper also said he is worried about the President’s access to the nuclear codes. “In a fit of pique he decides to do something about Kim Jong Un, there’s actually very little to stop him,” Clapper said. “The whole system is built to ensure rapid response if necessary. So there’s very little in the way of controls over exercising a nuclear option, which is pretty damn scary.”

Lemon continued to refer to Clapper’s comments after his appearance ended. The one-sided echo chamber panel members, including Bakari Sellers and several other obscure talking heads, tried to one up each other in their disdain for the president. It was only 12 days ago that CNN fired its last conservative commentator and Trump defender, Jeffrey Lord, citing as an excuse his use of a politically incorrect tweet. On Tuesday, the “Republican” on the CNN panel, a Never Trumper named Rick Wilson, did his part to bash Trump. Wilson, by the way, revealed way back in March 2016 to the delight of the left wing media that he planned to vote for Hillary Clinton.

Rick Wilson

Lemon, for his part, delivered several emotive rants suggesting the sky was about to fall if Trump remains in office. Trump, Lemon said at 11:46 P.M. E.D.T.:

. . . is clearly trying to ignite a civil war in this country. . . If he was on my team in this newsroom and said those things [apparently referring to but not directly quoting what Trump said in Phoenix], he would be escorted out of the building.

CNN usually posts transcripts of most of its programs online. As of this writing, Don Lemon’s Tuesday post-Phoenix show has not appeared. But an article at Breitbart went to the trouble of transcribing one of Lemon’s numerous Tuesday night rants against President Trump.

I’m just going to speak from the heart here. What we witnessed is a total eclipse of the facts. Someone who came out on stage and lied directly to the American people and left things out that he said in an attempt to rewrite history, especially when it comes to Charlottesville. He’s unhinged, it’s embarrassing, and I don’t mean for us, the media because he went after us, but for the country. This is who we elected president of the United States. A man who is so petty that he has to go after people he deems to be his enemy, like an imaginary friend of a six-year-old.

His speech was without thought, without reason, devoid of facts, devoid of wisdom. There was no gravitas. There was no sanity there. He was like a child blaming a sibling on something else. He did it. I didn’t do it. He certainly opened up the race wound from Charlottesville. A man clearly wounded by rational people abandoning him in droves, meaning the business people and the people in Washington now questioning his fitness for office and whether he is stable. A man backed into a corner, it seems, by circumstances beyond his control and his understanding. That’s the truth. If you watch that speech as an American, you had to be thinking, what in the world is going on? This is the person we elected as president of the United States? This petty, this small, a person who is supposed to pull the country together? Certainly, didn’t happen there.

Later, Lemon quoted and showed onscreen a vile tweet by Ana Navarro, a notorious Trump hater, a frequent CNN contributor, and one of Lemon’s favorite guest commentators:

Only possible defensible explanation for Trump’s disgusting, unpresidential, narcissistic behavior, would be early-on-set dementia. Maybe.

Meanwhile, over at the Fox News Channel, anchor Bret Baier convened a much more fair and balanced panel after Trump’s speech ended around 8:25 P.M. P.D.T. FNC correspondent John Roberts had the opening comment:

BAIER: Alright, John. You hear these speeches. That was a stem winder!

ROBERTS: That was as good as anything I ever heard [from Donald Trump] on the campaign trail.

At 7:46 P.M. P.D.T., Fox News had a caption on the screen as President Trump spoke, paraphrasing what he had just said. “Pres Trump On the Media: These Are Sick People.” (See the photo above.) In light of how CNN and much of the rest of the mainstream media presented the news about President Trump’s speech in Phoenix, truer words were never spoken.

Peter Chowka is a widely published author and journalist. He writes most frequently these days for American Thinker and The Hagmann Report. His Web site is Follow Peter on Twitter.


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