CNN certainly has a long history of refuting President Trump’s statements, and the article by Chris Cillizza is no different. The article, titled, “This Donald Trump answer on Russian collusion is a real doozy”. While I don’t intend to discuss the specific of the ongoing Trump-Russia debate, it is clear to see what CNN and other liberal news media believes. The situation has been ongoing since the 2016 election, and this article was front page on CNN’s website, along with numerous others covering the issue. In what seems like endless perpetual news about something in the past, CNN continues to cover the story at extremely high rates.
This article is pinned as analysis of Trump’s response to the charges, and dissects his message down to each word. While the Russia collusion scandal may be newsworthy, deep analyzation of a statement is extremely unnecessary. Cillizza is classified as a political reporter, covering the White House and other congressional affairs across the country. It is very clear that instead of political reporting, this article’s purpose is to bash Trump and reaffirm liberal thinking.
This is a prime example of agenda-setting, as Cillizza’s article has one specific purpose, to continue to smear the President and his statements. It reinforces beliefs many readers of CNN have, and acts as a tactic to increase disgust in Trump. While agenda-setting is generally seen in more in-depth articles to provide a point of view on a news issue, this article is something entirely different. Instead of legitimate political reporting, this is clear defacing of Trump and serves no actual purpose instead of setting an agenda.
Throughout the article there is an undertone of satire, as Cillizza makes sure to emphasize that the statement made was idiotic or moronic. Here is a direct quote from the article that shows sarcasm and mockery of the statement.
“Trump’s answer runs 121 words. It’s eight sentences long. He uses the phrase “no collusion” four separate times — not to mention references to “no coordination” and “no nothing. And there’s a “witch hunt” thrown in for good measure!”
This type of “journalism” has no place on a reputable news outlet like CNN. This is clearly framed to direct attention away from the content of the statement and the actual issue. There is a distinct bias in this article and it is very clear that the author is extremely partisan. While bias exists in virtually every aspect of media, outright slander towards the other ideology is overtly unjust.
Towards the end of the article, he outlines all of the legal issues the President might face, and ends his article on another satirical note. “In the face of that hugely complex thicket of legal, criminal and political issues, the President of the United States just keeps shouting “No Collusion.” Make of that what you will.”
This is another example of extreme bias, as he is clearly indicating that Trump is not being straightforward or intelligent about his responses.
While this type of journalism is certainly prevalent, especially from outlets that take a definite stance to one side or the other, it is very irresponsible and does serve any further purpose than bias and agenda-setting.