Right on cue, CNN delivers the fakest of fake news about a flailing Gov. Northam

Right on cue, CNN delivers the fakest of fake news about a flailing Gov. Northam
No - your other "D," CNN. Ralph Northam video via CNN, Twitter

CNN hasn’t exactly been the gold standard of journalistic accuracy or integrity in recent years, but the cable network’s coverage of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam on Friday evening set a new bar that’s low even for CNN.

The governor had a tough week, first gaining notoriety for supporting a full-term abortion proposal in the state legislature with language that basically outlined infanticide.  He followed that up with a Friday from hell, in which yearbook entries from the 1980s linked him to a photo of men wearing black-face and Ku Klux Klan attire, along with a racist-sounding undergrad nickname at VMI.

Northam later had to acknowledge he was one of the men in the embarrassing photo.  A growing chorus of Northam’s fellow Democrats is calling for him to resign from office.

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Did we say “fellow Democrats”?  For most readers, that probably didn’t have to be clarified.  Yes, Northam has spent his political life as a Democrat. He entered Virginia politics running for the state senate as a Democrat in 2007.  He ran successfully for lieutenant governor as a Democrat in 2013, and ran for governor as a Democrat in 2017, opposing Republican Ed Gillespie.

So perhaps it should come as no surprise that on Friday evening, when CNN aired Northam’s apology video for the black-face/KKK yearbook photo, the network whiffed on the key descriptor for Northam in the chyron (you’ll need to play the video clip to see it in the CNN caption):

Folks on social media think that was pretty darn … sloppy of CNN.

Some aren’t convinced it was just sloppiness.

One tireless tweep found a couple of instances in which Fox News labeled a politician’s party incorrectly.

We report. You decide.

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