The G7 summit took place this past week and rumors and news stories over what went down have been swirling throughout the media. Talks of tensions between President Trump and other French and Canadian leaders have been rife. But one story in particular that has people talking is a fake picture that a CNN producer published that was reportedly inaccurate in its writing.
The Daily Caller reported,
“White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called out a CNN producer for fake news about the G7 Summit on Saturday. The saga started when Dan Scavino, an assistant to the president, tweeted out a behind-the-scenes photo of “negotiations” at the annual summit. CNN producer Greg Hughes, apparently unhappy that the photo showed a number of world leaders gathering around President Trump, insisted that the photo was just “clever visual messaging” and claimed without evidence that the event was a “group signing.”
“Pretty clever visual messaging here from the White House — taking some kind of group signing event and framing it instead to show President Trump seemingly holding court,” Hughes tweeted. Sanders hit back hard at Hughes, tweeting, “Congratulations! Once again you are wrong.” “There was no ‘some kind of group signing’ taking place,” she wrote. “It was all negotiations. We were there. You were not.” Sanders finished by asking if the CNN producer would retract his “‘clever’ and completely inaccurate tweet.”
UPDATE (Sunday, June 10, 10:00 AM ET): Hughes deleted his tweet and apologized on Saturday evening. “Earlier today, I tweeted a photo of leaders at the G-7 and mistakenly referred to it as a signing event,” Hughes wrote in his apology tweet. “The White House says the images were taken during negotiations between the leaders. I was incorrect, have removed the previous tweet, and apologize.”
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@Scavino45) June 9, 2018
“Pretty clever visual messaging here from the White House — taking some kind of group signing event and framing it instead to show President Trump seemingly holding court, with the rest of the G7 leaders clustered in around him
Dear @newsbyhughes @CNN,
Congratulations! Once again you are wrong. There is no “some kind of group signing” taking place. It was all negotiations. We were there. You were not. @Scavino45 tweet is 100% factual. Will you retract your “clever” and completely inaccurate tweet? https://t.co/iWhFfByiLn
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) June 9, 2018
Earlier today, I tweeted a photo of leaders at the G-7 and mistakenly referred to it as a signing event. The White House says the images were taken during negotiations between the leaders. I was incorrect, have removed the previous tweet, and apologize.
— Greg Hughes (@newsbyhughes) June 9, 2018
This is not the first time that CNN has been caught being unethical journalists or pushing fake narratives. Recently, Sarah Huckabee Sanders called on all Americans to watch a video put out by Project Veritas where a medical producer from CNN was seen referring to the network’s coverage of the Trump-Russia investigation as bullshit.
Business Insider reported,
“On Tuesday, Project Veritas released a secretly-recorded video showing John Bonifield, a CNN health editor who is not involved in Russia-related coverage, questioning the network’s decision to focus on the investigations of the Trump administration’s Russia connections, considering the lack of direct public evidence suggesting any collusion between President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia.
Several hours later, Huckabee Sanders attempted to use the producer’s opinion to condemn the media in general for reporting on the unfolding Russia investigations. “There’s a video out there circulating right now, whether it’s accurate or not, I don’t know, but I would encourage everybody in this room, and frankly, everybody across the country to take a look at it,” she said, after referring to CNN as “that outlet.”
“If it is accurate, I think it’s a disgrace to all of media, to all of journalism. I think we have gone to a place where if the media can’t be trusted to report the news, then that’s a dangerous place for America, and if that’s the place where certain outlets are going, particularly for the purpose of spiking ratings, and if that’s coming from the top, that’s even more scary, and that’s even more disgraceful.”
The network released a statement on Tuesday defending its coverage and the producer who expressed skepticism. The White House has been particularly critical of CNN throughout the past week. Trump made a false claim about CNN’s ratings on Tuesday after the network retracted a story that said Congress was investigating a Russian investment fund with ties to Trump officials, prompting the resignations of respected journalists Thomas Frank, the story’s author, as well as investigative editors Eric Lichtblau and Lex Haris.
And on Monday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer taunted CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta, implying that he was only asking aggressive questions of the administration because the cameras were rolling. “There’s no camera on, Jim,” Spicer said. “Maybe we should turn the cameras on, Sean,” Acosta replied, referencing the decision to hold fewer televised press briefings. “Why don’t we turn the cameras on? They’re in the room. The lights are on.”
📬: “CNN stands by our medical producer John Bonifield. Diversity of personal opinion is what makes CNN strong, we welcome it & embrace it.”
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) June 27, 2017
This is not the first, the second, the third or the last time that CNN has or will be finding themselves in hot water. They have had an acrimonious and anything but kind relationship with the current administration and they routinely get in trouble for it – with both the president and the press secretary using social media to call out the network for some of their nefarious and downright unethical work.
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