With a major tip of my imaginary hat to Matt Margolis of pjmedia.com, here are two takes on Mount Rushmore – both offered to us by CNN, which touts itself as “The most trusted name in news”.
First, from President Trump’s visit to Mt. Rushmore this weekend:
“President Trump will be at Mt. Rushmore where he’ll be standing in front of a monument of two slave owners and on land wrestled away from Native Americans told that [they are] focusing on the effort to, quote, tear down our country’s history,” reported CNN Leyla Santiago on The Lead with Jake Tapper.
“[A]t a time of racial unease, when protesters are tearing down statues of slaveholders and calling for the names of Confederate generals to be removed from army bases, the Rushmore event is a reminder that Trump is fighting to preserve these relics of heritage and history that some see as symbols of oppression,” said CNN Senior Washington correspondent Joe Johns. “And to indigenous people, Mount Rushmore, with four white presidents, two of whom were slave owners, is one of those symbols.”
And, from the Wayback Machine”, CNN’s take on Mount Rushmore when then-presidential candidate Barack Obama visited it in May, 2008:
“Obama arrived there late last night and got a good look around Mount Rushmore — it’s quite a sight if you haven’t seen it,” said CNN anchor Rob Marciano.
“Barack Obama is in South Dakota today. He arrived there last night. Take a look at this. He got a good glimpse of the majestic Mount Rushmore,” fellow CNN anchor Betty Nguyen said later in the same broadcast.
A few days later, CNN’s Jim Acosta described Obama’s visit to Mount Rushmore like this: “It’s a fitting campaign stop for a presidential contender looking to make history. Standing before Mount Rushmore over the weekend, Barack Obama was asked whether he sees his face joining the likes of Washington and Lincoln.”
Notice a difference? Notice the 180 degree turnaround when it is Trump instead of Obama? Notice the 100% dishonesty? Fraudulence? Hypocrisy?
CNN: The most busted name in news.
And it is far, far from the only one.