Facts? Who needs facts?
Palm Beach County Democrat and political powerbroker Andre Fladell is as angry at CNN’s fake news as Donald J. Trump.
And, it sounds a little different when it’s coming from one of the most powerful Democrats in the Sunshine State.
“What’s hurting the country the most, in my opinion, is the dysfunctional and disgusting reporting of a cable channel called CNN,” Fladell said during a meeting earlier this month of the United South County Democrats.
Once awarded the honorary title of “Prince of Palm Beach” by the county’s commissioners, Fladell is a legendary political operative recognized across Florida, in part for the way he united six warring Democrat clubs and establishments into a united faction: the South County Political Cooperative. His history is a fascinating one, to say the least.
He is, in short, a man of immeasurable influence and power among liberals, which makes his remarks about the news media — and especially CNN — that much more glaring. Listen to some of his speech below:
Fladell rightly noted that both MSNBC and Fox News at least admit their biases up front.
“Chris Mathews, Chris Hayes, Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, Al Sharpton — they don’t pretend to be news. They pretend to be commentators,” he said.
“That’s what the First Amendment’s about. … That’s what commentary properly should be. But when CNN pretends that Jake Tapper, Wolf Blitzer and John Berman are news programs and journalists, and they give you the same garbage as every other commentator, then I have a question that the country’s being misrepresented and the news of the world is being misrepresented.”
He then listed a bevy of examples to back up his argument, such as when CNN (and in fact the entire left-wing media) tried to score a gotcha’ moment on National Security Adviser John Bolton by revealing what he had written on his legal pad to the entire world.
“Recently, John Bolton made a speech,” Fladell explained. “They took a picture off his notepad, blew it up, turned it around and noted that it said ‘5,000 troops Columbia.’ And the news reported that. They reported the notes of the (national security adviser’s) notepad, not something he said.”
“And then they spent a day evaluating what that really meant. Do you know how dangerous it is for them to take notes off someone’s notepad related to troop movements?”