Why is CNN Pulling an Anthony Weiner on Anderson Cooper?

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Why is CNN Pulling an Anthony Weiner on Anderson Cooper?

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2. Don’t be afraid to admit a screw up

7. Be open about your biases

Jour­nal­ism 101 via DaT­e­chGuy Feb 13th 2017

As I read CNN rush­ing to spin away the Tweet from Ander­son Cooper’s twit­ter account con­cern­ing the pres­i­dent I can’t but help but remem­ber another day when a major fig­ure of the left who ini­tially claimed Hacking?

You might recall when the story first broke the MSM claimed hack­ing and to a man attacked Andrew Bre­it­bart for sug­gest­ing the Anthony Weiner had not in fact been hacked and all kinds of elab­o­rate the­o­ries of how this hack­ing came out.

The prob­lem of course was, as noted by an inter­est­ing fel­low in the NY Post and else­where, that peo­ple all under­stood that the dif­fer­ence between a direct mes­sage and a pub­lic tweet was a sin­gle char­ac­ter nev­er­the­less some inter­est­ing the­o­ries came out

For the tweet to have come from Patroitusa76 AND deleted by Weiner in the sequence

1. Patriot76USA He (she) would have needed to know about the Yfrog tweet vulnerability/​feature

2. … would have had to have the exact code nec­es­sary to exploit that vulnerability/​feature

3. … would have had to have access of a pic­ture that Anthony Weiner will not deny is his…stuff

4 and over a memo­r­ial day week­end Anthony Weiner would have to be mon­i­tor­ing his twit­ter account, notice it at once and delete it within seconds.

For the tweet to have come from Rep Weiner he would have had to :

1. … hit the wrong char­ac­ter when send­ing a tweet.

2. … real­ize it and delete it

Which one would seem more likely?

As we all remem­ber occam’s razor and Andrew Bre­it­bart ended up win­ning the day

Now this busi­ness of Anderson’s Cooper’s tweet shown here

is, in my opin­ion a much smaller story. Partly because it’s not a few years ago when the MSM still kept up even a small façade that they are not, as Glenn Reynolds describes them as “Democ­rats with bylines” but mostly because given the open ani­mus between the MSM/​Left in gen­eral and CNN in par­tic­u­lar the idea that either Mr. Cooper or his assis­tant in a self-​righteous fit of piqué and rage might have vio­lated jour­nal­is­tic stan­dards con­cern­ing Don­ald Trump is entirely believ­able and would have been accepted, if cri­tiqued by peo­ple in general.

But for CNN to claim this after an “inves­ti­ga­tion”

That some ran­dom fel­low found the phone of Ander­son Cooper’s assis­tant and sent that tweet bends Occam’s razor to the break­ing point.

This is what I don’t get here. If Cooper just came out and said:

My assis­tant acci­den­tally sent that tweet from my account that he was logged into rather than his account that he thought he was tweet­ing from, and while I apol­o­gize for that mis­take I’m not going to fire him over a mis­take that any­one could have made and that given this con­tro­versy he’s unlikely to repeat any­time soon.

…a few voices might have jabbed him over it and while the White House (and the pres­i­dent on twit­ter) might have given him some grief, most peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly those who use twit­ter with mul­ti­ple accounts would under­stand how that could have hap­pened, accepted it and let it go.

Instead we have a news orga­ni­za­tion that has just spent a weeks recov­er­ing from blown sto­ries putting out a story that strains cred­i­bil­ity thus turn­ing a minor story of a lib­eral media hack going off on Trump to a much more news­wor­thy story: Did a CNN “inves­ti­ga­tion” cover up an inap­pro­pri­ate tweet by a staff mem­ber to pro­tect their week­day prime­time anchor?.

Given their daily attacks on the president’s truth­fullnes one would think that this would not be a posi­tion a news orga­ni­za­tion would want to be in but THIS IS CNN.

And they won­der why they are con­sid­ered fake news.

Maybe it’s some­thing in the water?

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Andrew Breitbart Weinergate’s Hero

2.  Don’t be afraid to admit a screw up

7.  Be open about your biases

Journalism 101 via DaTechGuy Feb 13th 2017

As I read CNN rushing to spin away the Tweet from Anderson Cooper’s twitter account concerning the president I can’t but help but remember another day when a major figure of the left who initially claimed Hacking?

You might recall when the story first broke the MSM claimed hacking and to a man attacked Andrew Breitbart for suggesting the Anthony Weiner had not in fact been hacked and all kinds of elaborate theories of how this hacking came out.

The problem of course was, as noted by an interesting fellow in the NY Post and elsewhere, that people all understood that the difference between a direct message and a public tweet was a single character nevertheless some interesting theories came out

For the tweet to have come from Patroitusa76 AND deleted by Weiner in the sequence

1. Patriot76USA He (she) would have needed to know about the Yfrog tweet vulnerability/feature

2. … would have had to have the exact code necessary to exploit that vulnerability/feature

3. … would have had to have access of a picture that Anthony Weiner will not deny is his…stuff

4 and over a memorial day weekend Anthony Weiner would have to be monitoring his twitter account, notice it at once and delete it within seconds.

For the tweet to have come from Rep Weiner he would have had to :

1. … hit the wrong character when sending a tweet.

2. … realize it and delete it

Which one would seem more likely?

As we all remember occam’s razor and Andrew Breitbart ended up winning the day

Now this business of Anderson’s Cooper’s tweet shown here

is, in my opinion a much smaller story.   Partly because it’s not a few years ago when the MSM still kept up even a small facade that they are not, as Glenn Reynolds describes them as “Democrats with bylines” but mostly because given the open animus between the MSM/Left in general and CNN in particular the idea that either Mr. Cooper or his assistant in a self-righteous fit of pique and rage might have violated journalistic standards concerning Donald Trump is entirely believable and would have been accepted, if critiqued by people in general.

But for CNN to claim this after an “investigation”

That some random fellow found the phone of Anderson Cooper’s assistant and sent that tweet bends Occam’s razor to the breaking point.

This is what I don’t get here. If Cooper just came out and said:

My assistant accidentally sent that tweet from my account that he was logged into rather than his account that he thought he was tweeting from, and while I apologize for that mistake I’m not going to fire him over a mistake that anyone could have made and that given this controversy he’s unlikely to repeat anytime soon.

…a few voices might have jabbed him over it and while the White House (and the president on twitter) might have given him some grief, most people, particularly those who use twitter with multiple accounts would understand how that could have happened, accepted it and let it go.

Instead we have a news organization that has just spent a weeks recovering from blown stories putting out a story that strains credibility thus turning a minor story of a liberal media hack going off on Trump to a much more newsworthy story: Did a CNN “investigation” cover up an inappropriate tweet by a staff member to protect their weekday primetime anchor?.

Given their daily attacks on the president’s truthfullnes one would think that this would not be a position a news organization would want to be in but THIS IS CNN.

And they wonder why they are considered fake news.

Maybe it’s something in the water?

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