HBO Teams with CNN's Brian Stelter for Documentary About the Rise of Fake News

Written By BlabberBuzz | Source: Breitbart | Thursday, 16 January 2020 00:30
Just a week after news broke about CNN settling a massive lawsuit over its fake news coverage of Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann, WarnerMedia announced Wednesday that CNN’s Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter is making a documentary about the rise of fake news that will debut in March on HBO.

After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News will examine the phenomenon of “fake news” in the age of social media and the impact that the trend has on average citizens, according to a release from WarnerMedia, the parent company of both CNN and HBO.

Brian Stelter is serving as an executive producer of the documentary, with Andrew Rossi directing. The CNN host said in a tweet Wednesday that he has been working on the project for “a couple of years.”

The left-wing CNN has been one of the worst among the elite media’s fake news offenders. CNN came under fire during the 2016 presidential election when it was revealed that the network leaked debate questions to Hillary Clinton via then-network contributor Donna Brazile.

Since President Donald Trump took office, CNN has made a slew of gross journalistic missteps that have required retractions or major corrections. One of its biggest embarrassments was a 2017 report about a Russian investment fund that allegedly had ties to certain Trump officials.

CNN retracted the story after significant flaws in the reporting came to light, resulting in the resignation of three journalists.

The following year, CNN erroneously reported that Donald Trump Jr. had coordinated with WikiLeaks on the publication of emails from the Democratic party and Hillary Clinton campaign. The story quickly went viral before it was revealed that CNN mixed up the dates, showing that WikiLeaks and Trump, Jr. communicated after the emails were published.

The network was also caught deceptively editing video to make it look like President Trump had rudely dumped a box of fish food into the water during a photo op with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe. It was later revealed that President Trump was simply copying Abe’s behavior.

CNN recently settled a $275 million lawsuit brought by Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann, who alleged the network defamed him in its coverage of his confrontation with a group of activists during a pro-life rally.

The lawsuit alleged the network put its anti-Trump bias ahead of journalistic standards in portraying Sandmann as the aggressor. Full video of the incident revealed that the Covington students didn’t initiate the confrontation.

CNN personalities have repeatedly praised and lauded left-wing terrorist group Antifa. Just last year, Stelter downplayed the group’s brutal beating of journalist Andy Ngo.

In addition to hosting Reliable Sources, Brian Stelter serves as CNN’s chief media correspondent, a beat he previously covered at the New York Times.

Revealed: Bernie Sanders Pays Female Staffers More than Elizabeth Warren

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is accusing her progressive rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), of sexism, but at least by one measure the Vermont septuagenarian has a stronger record of empowering women.

Congressional salary data analyzed by Breitbart News indicates the female employees in Sanders’ Senate office are paid more than those employed by Warren.

According to pay data compiled by Legistorm for the 2019 Fiscal Year—October 1, 2018 through September 31, 2019—the average salary for a full-time female employee working for Sanders was more than $68,000 annually. Female staffers working for Warren on average made only slightly over $63,500-per-year.

Congressional Salary Data for Fiscal Year 2019, LegiStorm

Breitbart News also determined the median salary for female employees in both offices to account for the disparity between senior aides and entry-level staffers. For example, the legislative directors of both senators made well over $100,000-per-year, while staff assistants, usually recent college graduates, only made a fraction of that figure.

The median salary for women in Warren’s office was $52,633, but with a less equitable distribution between the top and bottom. Only three female full-time employees made above six figures throughout the entire fiscal year, followed by two women who made between $75,000 and $85,000. The overwhelming majority, though, landed between $39,000 and $64,000-per-year.

Sanders’ office, in comparison, had a median female salary of $59,015, with only two out of 19 women making less than $45,000 annually.

When conducting its analysis, Breitbart News only included full-time employees on payroll throughout the entire Fiscal Year. As such, Warren’s chief of staff Anne Morris Reed, who was hired on October 4, 2018, did not make the cut. Similarly, Ari Rabin-Havt, who serves as Sanders’ deputy chief of staff but splits his time with the senator’s presidential campaign, was also not included.

Although both senators pay women more than men, Sanders had more women in senior leadership roles on his staff. Apart from having a female chief of staff and legislative director, the self-described Democratic socialist also had women serving in the positions of health policy director, constituent services director, and associate media producer, among others.

The same could not be said of Warren’s staff. In the Massachusetts Democrat’s office, senior leadership tended to be evenly split between men and women. The figure, though, is somewhat misleading, as men tended to dominate positions dealing with policy and politics, while women were relegated to scheduling and administrative positions. Most notably, women tended to be over-represented among staff assistants and regional state directors.

Overall, women accounted for 76 percent of Sander’s full-time congressional staff. Warren, on the other hand, had a more even balance, with 55 percent of her staff being female and 45 percent male.

The staffing and pay revelations come up as Warren has accused Sanders of sexism. Earlier this week, CNN reported that during a private conservation in December 2018, Sanders told Warren he believed a woman could not win the presidency. Sanders allegedly made the remarks when attempting to convince Warren to bow out of the race for the 2020 Democrat nomination, according to CNN:

The two agreed that if they ultimately faced each other as presidential candidates, they should remain civil and avoid attacking one another, so as not to hurt the progressive movement. They also discussed how to best take on President Donald Trump, and Warren laid out two main reasons she believed she would be a strong candidate: She could make a robust argument about the economy and earn broad support from female voters.

Sanders responded that he did not believe a woman could win.

CNN published the accusation based on the accounts of four individuals, none of whom were in the room when the conversation is to have taken place.

Sanders, for his part, vehemently denied the accusations when they first surfaced, arguing the notion he would tell Warren that a woman could not win was “ludicrous.” The senator added to his defense during Tuesday’s Democrat presidential primary debate in Iowa, when questioned on the topic.

“Anybody [who] knows me, knows that it’s incomprehensible that I would think that a woman cannot be president of the United States,” Sanders said, before urging everyone to look at his record for proof of his views on female empowerment.

This article was sourced from Breitbart