(Tea Party PAC) – You think for all the fuss CNN makes about being called “fake news,” they’d at least try to behave like a proper news network once and awhile.
As the right-wing news exploded with Joe Biden’s comments that if an African American votes for President Donald Trump then they “ain’t black,” the famously fake news network tried their best to avoid the biggest 2020 election news story of the week.
Biden made his controversial comments during an explosive interview with Charlamagne tha God on the radio show “The Breakfast Club” when the two discussed Biden’s record with the black community.
“I tell you if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” Biden said.
The former Vice President appeared to walk abc these remarks during a conversation with black business leaders, although he couldn’t bring himself to apologize.
“I’ve never ever taken the African-American community for granted, had their support … I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy. I shouldn’t have been so cavalier,” Biden later said, according to Fox News. “I don’t take it for granted at all, and no one, no one should have to vote for any party, based on their race or religion or background.”
Nonetheless, the hashtags #YouAintBlack and #JoeBidenIsARacist began trending on Twitter.
Fox News and MSNBC both covered the story, and ABC, CBS, and NBC addressed it during their evening programs.
CNN, on the other hand, was far too timid.
“Fascinating to watch how the left-leaning cable networks have covered Biden’s ‘you ain’t black’ comment. MSNBC has discussed it nearly every hour… CNN hasn’t mentioned it once,” former CNN digital producer-turned-media critic Steve Krakauer tweeted, Fox reports.
Fascinating to watch how the left-leaning cable networks have covered Biden’s “you ain’t black” comment.
CNN hasn’t mentioned it once. pic.twitter.com/InRhcMkTUD
— Steve Krakauer (@SteveKrak) May 22, 2020
He wasn’t alone. Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University noted the “crickets” from CNN, while RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel called the network out for allowing hours of coverage to pass without mention of Biden’s comments.
“It’s been over 5 HOURS since Biden told Black people they ‘ain’t black’ if they support @realDonaldTrump. How many times has CNN mentioned his bigoted comment on air? ZERO. Unreal,” McDaniel tweeted.
It’s been over 5 HOURS since Biden told Black people they “ain’t black” if they support @realDonaldTrump.
How many times has CNN mentioned his bigoted comment on air?
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) May 22, 2020
Later, she noted it had been “12 hours” since Biden’s “bigoted remarks,” and tweeted, “We all know that if a Republican made a similar comment, CNN would have reworked their entire day of programming to feature 9-person panels condemning it. The bias is unbelievable.”
“When you take into account how both MSNBC covered this repeatedly and Biden decided to issue a mea culpa, you’re left with no conceivable excuse for CNN other than they did so on purpose,” managing editor for Newsmax, Curtis Houck told Fox News. “Instead, they decided that trashing the administration for allowing houses of worship to reopen and gleefully touting negative hydroxychloroquine headlines were jobs one and two.”
“CNN has their insane way of going about their newsgathering, presentation and selection, but ignoring a story like this for hours and hours reminds us that their demands that other news organizations act like they do should not only be dismissed but laughed out of the room,” he continued.
So what did the network cover instead, you may ask? Fox News explains:
CNN didn’t offer a full on-air report of Biden’s remarks until the end of the 7 p.m. ET hour, when anchor Erin Burnett spoke with Charlamagne tha God about the interview, making it the last major news network to report on Biden’s comments. It had articles published on the website earlier in the day.
Instead, the network spent much of the day offering critical coverage of the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak.