The CNN Gong Show: dunces, dimwits, and vipers

The CNN Gong Show: dunces, dimwits, and vipers

by Jon Rappoport

June 29, 2017

“Television is not the truth…We deal in illusions, man…We’re all you know. You’re beginning to believe the illusions we’re spinning here. You’re beginning to think that the tube is reality and that your own lives are unreal.” (Unhinged newsman, Howard Beale, in the 1976 film, Network)

As I write this, CNN is mounting yet a new fake story: because Trump attacks CNN and other media as fake, this is making life more physically dangerous for journalists in war zones and at home. Well, well. I guess the takeaway is: don’t criticize mainstream news, keep your mouth shut and stay hypnotized…

The pack of losers at CNN are trying to save their operation. They obviously need to hire Jerry Springer as news director. The network is already a reality show; they just don’t know how to put one on. They require help.

Publishing fake news and airing talk-show hosts who spout venom doesn’t make it. It doesn’t go far enough. On camera, they need people breaking into the studio claiming their babies were fathered by CNN journalists; they need burly security guards tackling the intruders and bringing them to the floor. They need live audiences who hoot and holler and boo and applaud.

In the latest dust-up, CNN is “accepting the resignations” of three reporters, including a Pulitzer Prize winner, for writing a fake piece claiming the Senate is investigating a Trump buddy, Anthony Scaramucci, for his connections to a Russian investment company. CNN has retracted the article.

Meanwhile, independent journalist, James O’Keefe, has released two undercover sting videos which reveal CNN medical producer, John Bonifield, remarking that the whole Trump-Russia scandal is “mostly bullshit right now, like, we don’t have any giant proof”; and Van Jones, CNN political commentator, stating that “the Russia thing is just a big nothing burger.” Of course, CNN relentlessly pursues the Trump-Russia story as if God and a choir of angels have certified it as the truest, most important event of our time.

In case you’ve forgotten about the impressive array of past CNN looney tunes, here are just a few:

June 2017: CNN dumped Reza Aslan, the host of their network documentary series called Believer. Why? Because Aslan tweeted, “This piece of shit [Donald Trump] is not just an embarrassment to America and a stain on the presidency. He’s an embarrassment to humankind.”

October 2016: CNN contributor Donna Brazile was dumped, because she passed along questions that would be asked in an upcoming presidential debate, sponsored by CNN. Brazile passed those questions to the Hillary Clinton camp.

CNN reporter-dunce Chris Cuomo, during the 2016 election campaign, preposterously told the viewing audience that accessing Wikileaks’ treasure trove of John Podesta emails was a crime—for any member of the public. Only “the media” were permitted to perform that delicate operation and then decide what to report. Put a picture of Cuomo on your wall and pray to it every night.

On June 13, 2015, CNN host Fredricka Whitfield talked about the attack on the Dallas police headquarters. She said the shooter, James Boulware, was “courageous and brave, if not crazy.” Who’s crazy, Fredricka?

May 7, 2013: In an alleged “fake-set moment,” CNN reporter Ashleigh Banfield interviewed HLN personality Nancy Grace about a kidnapping in Cleveland. It seemed that the two were in different locations. But video sleuths soon began discussing the “same cars” passing behind Banfield and Grace as they stood in parking lots—i.e., the same lot, a few feet away from each other.

The 2016 Milwaukee riots. CNN aired a woman named Sherelle Smith telling the rioters, “Don’t bring that violence here.” She was calling for peace. Well, not exactly. The network failed to broadcast the rest of Smith’s advice: “Burning down shit ain’t going to help nobody! Y’all burning down shit we need in our community. Take that shit to the suburbs! Burn that shit down!”

The list goes on.

CNN is not just fake, it appears to be addicted to fakery. It can’t help itself. And it’s not good at hiding what it does. It may be issuing a cry for help: “Stop me before I fake again!”

Actually, it’s obvious that the network has a whole group of amateurs posing as professional journalists. They’re trying to bring off a smooth version of what they believe is a social-justice agenda. And they can’t do it.

Consider that their major daily news broadcast, headed by the thready and weak Wolf Blitzer, who achieved fame during the first Gulf War purely on the basis of his name laid alongside the US bombing runs—Wolf’s broadcast is called The Situation Room. What situation? What room? It’s a television studio, and the situation is “here’s the news.” Who came up with that idea?

On a FAR more serious note, how would you feel if you had supported, advocated, lied, and deceived (along with other networks) in order to sell George W Bush’s war on Iraq? Adding up all the deaths and casualties and destruction, how would you feel? Well, CNN was a leader in that cause. Have you ever seen a CNN executive express deep regret? Of course not. CNN is not in that business.

If you had lied about the significant presence of “moderate rebels” (actually terrorists) in Syria, in order to push the US further into war, how would you feel about it? No regret at CNN.

Like other major networks, CNN is in the business of hustling stories that result in ratings and ad revenue.

They’re children (pretending to be grownups) playing with very expensive toys no sane parent would give his child.

Earlier this year, CNN boss Jeff Zucker told the NY Times, “The idea that politics is sport is undeniable, and we understood that and approached it that way.”

Yes, and CNN has been presenting the sport with all the professionalism you’d expect from a crew broadcasting a junior high school soccer match in Mongolia.

While Zucker was CEO at NBC Universal (2007-2010), NBC Television’s ratings crashed from number one to four among the four major networks. Bottom of the barrel. On January 12, 2010, NY Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote: “’Zucker is a case study in the most destructive media executive ever to exist’, said a honcho at another network. ‘You’d have to tell me who else has taken a once-grand network and literally destroyed it’.”

On the principle that massive failure leads to another plum job, Zucker was gifted control of CNN. He may pull off the same stunt at there. On Tuesday, CNN came in last, behind FOX and MSNBC, in the oh-so-precious 25-54 age-group ratings.

CNN has the boss and the on-air talent to achieve a permanent place in the cellar.

A few more gaffes, a few more retracted articles, a few more firings, a few more fake stories about Russia and they’ll get there. Come on, boys and girls, you can do it. You know you want to be victims. You know you want to whine and moan. Go for it. Keep self-destructing.

Which brings me back to my first point. CNN is a reality show. But it doesn’t go far enough. If Jeff Zucker applied his talents to the task of tanking the whole network, he could stage flame-outs and scandals that would rock the house. Go big. Go wild. Hire a few dyed in the wool terrorists and put them on in prime time and let them talk. Bring Glenn Beck back, build him a studio that looks like a chapel with stain glass windows, and let him tell the audience what God wants him to do. Lure Scott Pelley and Megyn Kelly to CNN and team them together in a show called The Sadism Hour. Set up Michael Moore in a Burger King for 24 hours straight every weekend and have him talk non-stop (while he eats and slurps) about why he hates Donald Trump. How about an investment show hosted by George Soros called How to Kill the West?

The ideas are there, Zucker. Just get busy.

Your ratings will go through the roof and you’ll finally understand how mainstream media works.

You’ll commit professional suicide and come out smelling like a rose.

The Matrix Revealed

(To read about Jon’s mega-collection, The Matrix Revealed, click here.)

Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.

23 comments on “The CNN Gong Show: dunces, dimwits, and vipers

  1. procomptor says:

    I tell you Jon my side still hurts from laughing so hard! Excellent writing about the fall of the CNN empire and a way to save it…..he he he. Lovin every minute of it…..mike

  2. Greg C. says:

    How about CNN’s coverage of 9/11? The big money shot, the second plane hitting the tower, they covered up with a ridiculous black banner hiding one third of the screen. No one thought to replay the footage without the banner, so you could actually see the impact. Most of which you couldn’t see anyway, because there was a quick fade to black for a quarter second. Oooh – I can’t watch!

  3. sandielzinga says:

    That was simply beautiful. Jon, you just keep getting better and better.

  4. Michael says:

    I totally agree, go big or go home. Turn the whole thing upside down.

    Let’s jump-start this apocalypse into something more than a nothing burger with no pickles. Get involved don’t fight it, lets see how crazy it can get, it’ll be cathartic.

    You also forgot; could be the fluoride though. You forgot the Jim Acosta, “Can we turn the cameras on, for christ sakes. This is a new suit, and I want everyone to see my new suit. Sean…Sean..can we…can we turn the cameras on Sean. For God sake, aww the humanity. Turn the, turn the, turnthe.. turnthe..cameras on Sean.’

     And then the other shoe drops CNN’s ratings have never been higher.

    Time to roll out a fleet of nude Russian Barynya dancers, with a bottles of Vodka in each…daddadadadadadada…dadadadadadada da..hey… Oumpa

  5. truth1 says:

    WEll, all news has turned into a joke, as Jon put it, a reality show. One says I, that has nothing but but kooks and crazies on the island to entertain us.

    I always expected batter than that, but as I think about it now, I was foolish. How do you cover over truth and banish it? But giving it voice? Oh, God, NO! Not that! Lies can’t stand up to truth. Its like having a big fat ugly naked lady in view, and then putting up a gorgeous young woman of charm, again with nothing on. Honestly, who is going to be even remotely attracted to the fat lady when the eye candy is just to her left, our right? The fat woman has no chance. Same for lies.

    So no arguments about the logic of evil, cause there is none. No talk of its benefits because there are horrific consequences to be had. You can’t dress it up or hid it.

    So then! What to do ? The total opposite. Let me premise this with Pavlovs’s dogs. When you punish the dog no matter if he obeys you or not, he will just listening to you and turn his ears off to your commands.

    So lets put on a show that has not resemblance to reality. Make it look totally fake and absurd. Give us those horrible acting roles of old pathetic creature feature movies. turn logic upside down. And what will be the result. Same as the dogs. they tune out, and withdraw into their safe comfortable (in denial) withdrawn modes And won’t ever try to figure it all out. They will just allow themselves to be herded.

    Even the slightest exposure to reality could be deadly. INstead, nothing but clowns and bad acting. The more dramatic and phony, the better. 911 was gruesome. But that was far more tolerable than the possible realization that all doctors, lawyers, police, politicians, big business, employers and so much more are all against us and plotting our demise for which we can do nothing to stop any of it.

    Now that is the scariest movie ever. By comparison, 911 was a picnic and party. From here on in, It will only be bad acting, fake footage, lousy script writing with not even the slightest amount of reality involved. We’ve seen the clowns. Wait till you see the Aliens! Yeah, laugh now but you won’t be laughing then. And you’ll say, that damned Truth1! May he rot in hell for being right!

    Ya know, sometimes ya just can’t win 😉 😛

  6. From Quebec says:

    If you had lied about the significant presence of “moderate rebels” (actually terrorists) in Syria, in order to push the US further into war, how would you feel about it? No regret at CNN. (Jon)

    Yes they are bad, but what about this treacherous National security adviser H.R. McMaster, misleading Trump on Syria This is huge! Trump should fire him right now,

    Breaking news: :Globalists Planning Syria War To Stop Trump

    Mike Cernovich Returns From DC With Huge Scoops / Globalists Planning Syria War To Stop Trump

  7. IMNAHA says:

    It was reported last year that CNN was trying to buy the BBC. This at a time when their ratings were hurting. So what company would try to expand with withering audiences and ad revenue? THE Company, that’s who. IMHO , like the WaPo, CNN is yet another spook affilliate along with Google and Facebook. They slog away daily at their appointed task of social engineering AKA creating our reality. I would be shocked if CNN ever pulled the plug for “financial” reasons cuz Daddy Warbucks gots Deeeeep Pockets.

  8. bshirt says:

    CNN is the bottom of the poop bucket.

  9. Lord Windemere says:

    CNN? Does that stand for “Cunt Network News”?

    I think Donald Trump accepts money from the Energy Lobby. He appears to be a global-warming denier. Millions are spent in anti-global-warming public relations by corporations that deal in oil.

    This person knows all about that:

    I almost drank the Kool-Aid, but the entire anti-global-warming movement is just a public relations stunt created by vested interests to the detriment of the planet. They have been suppressing innovation since Tesla, and are actually spending millions shaping out reality and keeping the world running on oil.

    We could all be using perpetual magnetic motor generators, wind turbines, and solar cells to power our electrical fetishes. Anyone who says otherwise is just a tool, or deluded.

    • From Quebec says:


    • Michael says:

      What you think and what you know are two different things. Trump has his bad points, but getting out of Paris was not one of them.

      Oil is not a bad thing…

      The toxic waste from solar panels alone are 300 times that of nuclear power. 

      Why I banter with you idiots that have this religious belief about climate and mother earth. And that we are destroying the planet. The planet has gone through far worse than we can conjure up. Long before we came along. There have been five great extinctions before we came along, and one of them, took out 90% of life on this planet. This will happen again, and again.

      You might not like the facts but here they are…

      Wind turbines are hell on wildlife; large birds of prey are most susceptible, and a lot of wind turbines are closing down because it costs more to generate per watt that traditional methods. Most if not all, run on government hand outs. How will poorer people afford electricity, gain that power that equalizes us all, if it costs so much to produce.

      You talk about global warming; here the fact jack, it will cost $4 trillion dollars annually in increased carbon taxes.

      As far as the wonderful plant food carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, there is a deficit. We easily could use 800 to 1000 ppmv. And at present is 4 parts per 10,000 of this atmosphere, that less than your spit in a swimming pool.

      There is no global warming, you fool, we are currently in solar deficit, three years away from solar minimum; a cold one that hasn’t happened in 150 years. Solar cycle 24 is turning out to be very strange indeed. We go weeks without sunspots, and they generally are very weak.

      Climate changes, get use to it; it always has, right now you are living in a time of manufactured weather. 

      There was two miles of ice above our heads for well on 100,000 year. Now, we have the glacial remnants of that ice age, and the great Laurentide ice shelf. Eventually there will be more ice…

      The antarctic is gaining ice. The arctic fluctuates.

      There has been no increase in temperature in the last 17/18 years, and at present mean global temperature is dropping.

      This is the coldest summer I have experienced in Saskatchewan; the ground is cold, crops are very slow and all farmers are complaining. Garden around her are weak and failing. Some things are not growing at all. Last year at this time I was harvesting a lots of strawberries; I have lost a lot of plants and the crop is poor now, I have gained only a few quarts. 

      Tesla was dealing with some very dangerous technologies; do you think you would like WiFi’ed electrical energy…hm.

      There is no such thing as free energy, perpetual magnetics. There must be energy in to gain energy out. That’s a given except it. Zero point, or cold fusion these are pipe dreams. Gain an education first in physics before you spout of about some leftist idealism, it doesn’t exist .

      We are in a carbon deficit, and there are huge amounts of cheap coal available, and oil. But a marxist ideology, and that shit-head Soros have demonized it’s use. Why not use it?

      We have a long, long way to go before we become a type One civilization, and reap the vast energy put out ever single second of every day by this Sun. We haven’t finished dealing with people like yourself who live in a dark place, and are ignorant of any truth of these matters. Propagandized by your leftist religion.

  10. Steve says:

    You left out CNN’s Gulf War charade, where they were supposed to be reporting live from Saudi Arabia and were under scud missile attack, and it was all being staged right here in the USA at the CNN Studio in Atlanta.

  11. Theodore says:

    CNN death watch…

    CNN First Hour: June 1, 1980

  12. From Quebec says:

    Jon Rappoport on infowars today:

    Alex Jones (4th HOUR Commercial Free) Thursday 6/29/17: Jon Rappoport

  13. Larry says:

    “They require help.”

    There is little doubt that CNN is already being helped.

    They can’t be this fucking clueless all by themselves.

  14. David says:

    Quebec Canada
    It is unfathomable that CNN employs such stupid people.
    You would have to be even more stupid to watch it
    Then again ,perhaps they are stupid intentionally to let the people know what is happening.
    At any rate it is not worth viewing . Fake news obfuscation and lies, a. CIA front

  15. Winstone Smithy says:

    The Clown News Network isn’t totally useless…it is always good for a laugh.
    Yesterday the NY Post reported that if the AT&T buyout of Time-Warner goes through AT&T will “neutralize” Jeff Zucker.
    Microaggression trigger warnings for the word neutralize.
    Fresh crayons, coloring books, hot cocoa and Play-Doh are in the safe space for snowflakes upset by mere words.

  16. Terri says:

    The only difference between us and China, they know its all propaganda and read the news accordingly. Here, they eat it up without question.

  17. Wally says:

    I disagree. A Junior High Mongolian Announcer Team would do far better, and would be far more professional, than CNN will ever be.

  18. Jim says:

    True enough, but Jon needs to come to grips with the fact that Trump is a psychopath and would not have reached the White House if those in power were really staunchly opposed to him.

    For example, Trump ordered Tomahawk missile strikes against Shayrat air base in Syria, even though the U.S. intelligence establishment was telling him that no chemical weapons were used in the April 4th attack that was the excuse for the retaliation. See Seymour Hersh’s piece in Die Welt on the subject. It’s telling that Hersh had to get it published overseas.

    I see a lot comments dismissing global warming. I don’t think most people have the expertise to say one way or the other, but my personal opinion is that it’s happening, but it’s really being caused, on purpose, by geoengineering, which in true cabal fashion, the rulers of the planet trot out as the solution to the problem. Essentially, a problem-reaction-solution deal. Don’t know, just my opinion.

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