CNN discovers that combining Trump Derangement Syndrome with ignorant reporters leads to embarrassing corrections

American Thinker:

CNN’s Chris Cillizza tried valiantly to hew to the Party Line when writing about the story that President Trump is exploring the concept of acquiring Greenland from Denmark. We know that everything the 45th President does is bad, so the only question for CNN people is how to pick and present the data that tries to prove the point.

Alas for Cillizza (a graduate of Georgetown University), he chose (or more likely was assigned) the task of using the precedent of acquiring Alaska from Russia to comment on the possibility of a second Arctic acquisition, and he came up with this howler, caught by Ellie Bufkin and Jerry Dunleavy of The Examiner:

CNN stated that the 1867 purchase of Alaska by the United States “didn’t work out so well” in an analysis article outlining potential problems if the U.S. pursued the purchase of Greenland.

“One of the last times the United States bought land from a foreign country was in 1867, when Seward orchestrated the purchase of Alaska from the Russians for $7.2 million,” reporter Chris Cillizza wrote. “It didn’t work out so well — and has gone down as ‘Seward’s Folly’ in the history books.”

Who could possibly write such drivel? And what kind of editor would let the contention that we’d be better off with Russia owning Alaska (and its vast natural resources including oil and many minerals) strategically placed at the top of the Western Hemisphere? And what about the nearly three quarters of a million Alaskans? I know that CNN wishes Sarah Palin had never been governor of a state, but really do we want to tell all those other Alaskans that they and their home state are a mistake?

Apparently, Cillizza and his editor had never read about “Seward’s Folly” in a history course. It took someone else to eradicate the embarrassing contention:

h/t Forcibly Deranged.

17 Comments on CNN discovers that combining Trump Derangement Syndrome with ignorant reporters leads to embarrassing corrections

  1. I am presently traveling in south asia, now in Sri Lanka.
    cnn is one of the few english news channels, aljazzera, and a chines news program are others…….
    I find cnn to be the least credible, most biased of the three

  2. They probably pulled 7.5 million worth of gold out of the streams the first week settlers arrived. Alaska is also plays a big part in why we are oil independent now, not to mention all the other minerals produced. Then there’s the seafood…..yeah it was folly.

  3. Don’t care if we buy Greenland or not, but we should be thinking of selling a few errant states ourselves.

  4. Also a strategic area close to Russia.
    I guess the Louisiana Purchase was a mistake ???
    We paid {I think} 7 million for Alaska?
    What a frickin’ deal!

  5. I had a great example of the crappola MSNBC & CNN feeds to its robotic audience, this week.

    On Monday, the ‘Democrat’ walked into the office announcing that his crop of tomatoes is thinning and watermelons should be ready soon. I thought it might be just a bit early to think the season is done. Well, he said, ‘it is the first day of Fall, you know, on Wednesday, 8/21’. Are you sure, I asked? I never take for granted that he’s off kilter, because I’m 76 and my HS education is long behind me.

    “Oh yes, I heard it on the news”, said the two media addict.

    So I checked my old brain, because maybe I’m finally losing it a bit. I looked it up on Tuesday, and the start of Fall is still where I learned it was,September 21.

    So, yesterday I asked him where he heard about Fall starting 8/21 and he confirmed, “the news”. I just politely corrected him and kept my snide remark to myself.

    But my thought, “Fake news in, Fake news out”, like a good robotic puppet.

  6. The real waste in this story is the fact that CNN has such prime network real estate and wastes it with agenda driven drivel.
    And, you can say CNN squandered whatever credibility they might have had by having a staff full of Cillizzas. That is a waste.

  7. Aside:
    And here’s an embarrassment for Thomas Lifson, who doesn’t catch the howler in the piece he selected from American Historama. The President of the U.S. in 1867 was Andrew Johnson, not Andrew Jackson. Oops.

  8. I will refer to him from now on as Chris Sillyassa. If I had my way I would ship him north to cover the news in Barrow, AK, and hope some hunter would mistake him for an overweight walrus.

    Whatta dopety-dope.

  9. What makes the author think CNN is embarrassed?
    CNN ought to be but I don’t think they are in the slightest.


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