On Tuesday afternoon, CNN announced plans to form an investigative team that is committed to “covering misinformation.”
The announcement came from CNN Business Managing Editor Alex Koppelman, as he wrote on Twitter, “I’m hiring 3 people for a new CNN team dedicated to covering misinformation.”
The Tweet went on to say, “What do we mean by covering misinformation? Really it’s about covering reality: The uses, abuses, and distortions of it, the people twisting it, and the effect that has on all of us. We already do a lot of important work on this; we want to do more.”
What do we mean by covering misinformation? Really it’s about covering reality: The uses, abuses, and distortions of it, the people twisting it, and the effect that has on all of us. We already do a lot of important work on this; we want to do more.
— Alex Koppelman (@AlexKoppelman) January 18, 2022
Following this announcement, conservatives took to twitter to mock CNN.
Along with NBC, the New Yorker, the Atlantic and NYT, Ground Zero for the insane Trump-is-Putin's-blackmail-pawn conspiracy theory was CNN. They were led around by CIA to spread the most unhinged conspiracy. Now they really believe they fight, rather than spread, "misinformation" pic.twitter.com/kGq8xhyrKn
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 18, 2022
This is rather surprising. You don’t normally hear of left-wing networks hiring staff to call out its fellow anchors, reporters and analysts for spreading nonsense. Kudos to CNN for finally looking in a mirror to call out their misinformation and disingenuous takes. https://t.co/puqrRbaPHU
— Jason Rantz on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) January 18, 2022
Everyone: we think the media is not honest and exaggerates stories for clicks.
CNN: what if we brought in the most fantastical spreader of disinformation on Twitter as a contributor?
— Drew Holden (@DrewHolden360) January 18, 2022
CNN is going to assemble a team to investigate themselves? Doesn’t make sense!
— politica_errada (@politica_errada) January 19, 2022