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
— Alex Pappas (@AlexPappas) December 13, 2017
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”
CNN Says Anderson Cooper’s Tweet Calling Trump A “Pathetic Loser” Came From A Hacker At The Gym https://t.co/Yj4s6uao3f
— 🕯🕯🕯🕯julia🕯🕯🕯🕯 (@juliareinstein) December 13, 2017
That some random fellow found the phone of Anderson Cooper’s assistant and sent that tweet bends Occam’s razor to the breaking point.
Does Cooper buy that story? Or is that the cover agreed upon so he doesn’t have to fire his assistant?
— Kyle Smith (@rkylesmith) December 13, 2017
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?.
That said, I cannot wait to watch the hour-long CNN special investigation to track down the Real Tweeter. It’s a stone cold whodunit.
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) December 13, 2017
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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