Journalistic Garbage: CNN Wins Walter Cronkite Award For Parkland Townhall

Journalistic Garbage: CNN Wins Walter Cronkite Award For Parkland Townhall

Journalistic Garbage: CNN Wins Walter Cronkite Award For Parkland Townhall

In the realm of ‘you can’t make this shit up’ the Norman Lear Center decided that CNN portrayed stellar journalistic excellence with that Parkland town hall mess a year ago, and gave them a Walter Cronkite award. No, this isn’t parody, it’s garbage.

“Celebrating the indispensability of the free press to the health of American democracy, the winners of the 10th biennial Walter Cronkite Awards for Excellence in Television Political Journalism were announced today by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
“If the press is the ‘enemy of the people,’” said Annenberg professor Marty Kaplan, director of USC’s Norman Lear Center, which administers the award, “then being on this ‘enemies’ list is a badge of honor for these exceptional journalists.””

Oh well aren’t you too cute for words! Marty, defensive much?

As for WHY the center decided CNN was worthy?

“”CNN Parkland Town Hall, a two-hour special, aired only seven days after 17 students and teachers were murdered by a gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. In this “compelling and powerful” forum, moderator Jake Tapper deftly gave generous space to speak to gun control advocates, politicians, Parkland students, parents and a representative from the NRA. The program helped “advance the national conversation on gun control and violence,” the jury said.””

Nope. Sorry. But the CNN town hall was a piece of shit on a stick.

  • The audience was hostile from the very start
  • Jake Tapper was incredibly ineffectual as a moderator. In fact he didn’t even try to keep a handle on things
  • Scott Israel, no longer the sheriff, was an arrogant ass the entire time
  • Questioners were rude and condescending
  • The only solutions offered involved MOAR gun control and not a thing was said about the shooter’s mental health issues which were already becoming known

There was not one damned thing EXCELLENT about that entire shit show. Not. One. Thing.

No CNN and Jake Tapper, this is NOT something to celebrate.

Understandably there are many who are not amused with this award. Dana Loesch thought it was a joke at first. Then realized it wasn’t.

Yes, there they were pointing fingers of blame at Dana, and trying to physically attack her because GUNZ BAD! I guess it was easier to do that than to blame the shooter for his horrific choices that day. I guess it was and is still much easier to blame those bad guns for what happened instead of holding Scott Israel, Drew Peterson, and the Broward School district responsible for not protecting the students. I guess it’s much easier to blame the evil NRA rather than address the mental health issues that led to what happened on that day.

Yes, it was disgusting on all levels. And quite frankly the Norman Lear Center has taken the true meaning of excellence and dumped it into the sewer. I agree with the following tweets:

The Sun Sentinel should be receiving this award. But noooo…the narrative was then and is today GUNZ BAD!

The town hall was a garbage show, and because Dana made it clear that she thought this award was totally bogus, Jake Tapper decided to unfollow her on Twitter. Nice going champ. Can only assume that she hit a nerve and he couldn’t handle it.

Yet CNN still wanders around wondering why nobody trusts them. Awards such as this for town hall shit shows are the answer.

Feature Photo Credit: DonkeyHotey Jake Tapper – Caricature via Flickr, cropped and modified

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4 Comments
  • Scott says:

    Great post Nina! Sadly, I think the NRA has actually helped the narrative that they’re to blame, by their past actions. (please don’t misunderstand, I’m a Benefactor member, and have supported the NRA for decades, and still do, but I think we need to be clear about the repercussions that our actions have). In 1999, the NRA was scheduled to have their annual convention in Denver. Then Columbine happened, and out of deference to the victims, the NRA cancelled all but the business meetings that year. While their hearts were obviously in the right place, and clear thinking people would see this, and give them credit for it, the anti-gun mob is neither. The immediately jumped up and said “Look, they feel so guilty, they cancelled their convention! They know they’re to blame!”. The NRA in this instance failed to recognize that their attempt at compassion would be taken for weakness and guilt by the totalitarians on the left.

    • Nina Bookout says:

      Thank you Scott. And Wow. I had forgotten about the NRA choosing to take the compassionate stance right after Columbine and getting dragged for it.

      NOT a good luck for the anti-gunners but then again, how do you push back on that other than saying…Look, this is not the time? The anti-gunners don’t care about anything or anyone but narrative

  • GWB says:

    Celebrating the indispensability of the free press to the health of American democracy
    I’m thinking they’ve lost the bubble on what a “free press” is.

    If the press is the ‘enemy of the people,’”
    No, just certain portions of it. Like almost the entirety of the mainstream media apparatus. Or, as Glenn would say, the “Democratic operatives with bylines.”

    moderator Jake Tapper deftly gave generous space to speak lie, bully, and propagandize to gun control advocates, politicians, Parkland students, parents and forced anyone else to submit to the bullying
    FIFY

    Scott Israel, no longer the sheriff, was an arrogant ass the entire time
    So were the juvenile pr*cks that were being held up as heroes.

    Kyle Kashuv
    There’s a young man who has grown up. Even if we disagree on some things, I respect that he has actually grown up.

    The Sun Sentinel should be receiving this award.
    They’ve actually done some journalism on all this. Kudos to them.

    One thing you didn’t hammer on was the fact they did this only a week after the shooting. That was definitely too soon. It was bound to generate some anger. But that’s exactly why CNN did it then – they WANTED a mob. They WANTED anyone supporting a free, armed citizenry to be cast as monsters by the crowd. They WANTED to use the hatred to generate their desired political outcome.

    Remember this: the folks at CNN do NOT want you to be free. They WANT you to be a subject of their technocracy, NOT a citizen in a republic. Act accordingly.

    (And, yes, Scott, thank you for that reminder about how compassion was treated that time.)
    (And for the reminder that the gun-free zone target-rich environment stupidity has been going on at least 20 years.)

  • sound awake says:

    probably says more about walter cronkite than it does cnn at this point
    everybody knows cnn is terrible
    the ratings prove it
    not everybody knows how bad cronkite was back then

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