There is a plague of “fake news” apparently, and CNN is here to help you ‘dear voter’ see through the deception to the Clinton-campaign-confirmed narrative you should be paying attention. But just this weekend CNN was caught ‘stealth editing’ false claims it made against Trump. Fake news indeed…
It’s time for a new rule on the web according to CNN’s Brian Stelter:
“The rise of social media has had many upsides, but one downside has been the spread of misinformation. Fake news has become a plague on the Web, especially on social networks like Facebook. As I said on Sunday’s “Reliable Sources” on CNN, unreliable sources about this election have become too numerous to count.
So that’s what I recommended a “triple check before you share” rule.
New web sites designed to trick and mislead people seem to pop up every single day. For their creators, the incentives are clear: more social shares mean more page views mean more ad dollars.”
But then CNN lied about a Donald Trump quote he made at a rally in Colorado. And, when the network was called out on the mistake, they tried to stealthily cover it up.
In the original CNN article, they quoted Trump saying the following:
“If you go to university center, they’ll give you a new ballot, they’ll void your old ballot, in some places they do that four or five times, so by tomorrow, almost everyone will have their new ballots in.”
And here is the original screenshot:
Yeah, that’s pretty bad. It sure seems like the GOP candidate is pressing his supporters game the system and cast multiple ballots. Yet, that is not at all what he said. He said just the opposite.
Here is what he actually said:
“If you go to university center, they’ll give you a new ballot, they’ll void your old ballot. They’ll give you a new ballot, and you can go out and make sure it get’s in. Now in some places, they do that four or five times, but we don’t do that. So by tomorrow, almost everyone will have their new ballots in.”
Trump is questioning the system itself, much as he has done throughout the past few weeks where he’s complained about voter fraud and a “rigged” election and pointing out that “we don’t do that [cheat].”
Somewhere along the way, someone must have noticed this and CNN stealth edited the piece, changing the entire quote. It now reads as follows (still not accurate):
“They’ll give you a ballot, a new ballot. They’ll void your old ballot, they will give you a new ballot. And you can go out and make sure it gets in,” Trump said.
Registered voters in Colorado automatically receive a ballot in the mail, but can request a new ballot or vote in person if they have not yet mailed in a completed ballot.
“In some places they probably do that four or five times. We don’t do that. But that’s great,” Trump said Sunday, appearing to hint at the possibility of voter fraud in Colorado, a rare prospect Trump has continued to hammer on the stump.
So yes, be very careful on the web of “fake news” – it’s everywhere in the mainstream news and the Clinton News Network (CNN) is the fakest news site around.