CNN Is Fake News: 10 Examples

CNN is fake news. Numerous studies have shown that CNN is not an objective news outlet. In addition, they have spread numerous lies on their network. In this article, I will be covering the top 10.

The studies show that media outlets like CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, and MSNBC are all left-leaning outlets, that frequently have negative coverage against Republicans and Conservatives.

It is also very common for CNN to spread misinformation to promote their left-wing political narrative.

They say that the disinformation that they promote is just a mistake, but the so-called mistakes they make usually tend to go in one direction. They tend to promote a negative view of Republicans while promoting a positive view of Democrats.

A majority of Americans don’t believe the mistakes that the mainstream media makes are unintentional. They believe they’re done intentionally to promote an agenda.

According to the results of a Gallup/Knight Foundation survey, “70% of respondents are concerned that owners of media companies are influencing coverage to push an agenda. 57% of respondents believe that the news they view is biased, and 52% of respondents believe that inaccuracies in reporting are a deliberate attempt to misrepresent the facts.”

In this article I will be covering the top 10 CNN lies. Most of these lies/falsehoods resulted in hundreds, maybe thousands, of individual lies related to each topic. This misinformation pushed by CNN has led people to lose trust in the news.



CNN was one of the main outlets that helped push the Trump-Russia Collusion Hoax. CNN lied numerous times over the two year period that they covered the myth. For this example, I will only highlight one, the Scaramucci lie–

On June 22, 2017, CNN falsely reported that the Senate was investigating Anthony Scaramucci, a Trump aide. CNN claimed that Scaramucci was involved with the Russian Direct Investment Fund. This false story was an attempt to tie the Trump administration to the Russian government. It turned out that Scaramucci was never involved with the Russian Direct Investment Fund, nor was the Senate investigating him. CNN had to retract the story and fired the three reporters that broke the story.

In 2017, Project Veritas released two undercover videos showing that high-ranking employees at CNN were aware of the Trump-Russia Collusion story being false. One undercover video showed a CNN supervising producer saying that the story was “mostly bullshit”, admitting that it was being pushed to lead to higher rankings. The other undercover video showed Van Jones, a popular CNN political commentator, admitting that there was no evidence of Trump colluding with Russia. Jones said, “The Russia thing is just a big nothingburger. There’s nothing there you can do.”


Before the 2020 election, the New York Post had broken a story of then-US presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, likely being involved in a major corruption scandal with his oversea business dealings.

CNN falsely claimed that the story was “unsubstantiated” and/or “Russian disinformation.”

It was confirmed that the laptop and it’s contents did belong to Hunter Biden. The contents on the laptop potentially point to criminal activity.

The mainstream media and social media companies were responsible for misleading the public about this vital election information.


In the United States, shortly after the pandemic started in January 2020, the mainstream media helped push the narrative that the pandemic started at a Wuhan fish market.

Many people from the beginning opposed this view, instead believing that the virus was leaked from the nearby lab, the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Both claims have never been 100% proven. I’m not going to try to prove or disprove either claim. Instead, I’m going to show you that the origin of the virus was unknown at the beginning; but instead of CNN and the mainstream media being objective about that fact, they decided to mislead people for political reasons.

One of the main reasons CNN and the mainstream media dismissed the lab leak theory, was because it was supported by prominent Republicans. President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Senator Tom Cotton all supported the lab leak theory.

Without any evidence, the mainstream media claimed that the lab leak theory was a far-right conspiracy theory that had been debunked. Some outlets even suggested that the lab leak theory was racist.

Despite the media’s best attempts, many people supported the lab leak theory.

According to a Morning Consult survey, 46% of adults in the U.S. believe COVID-19 was leaked from a lab, compared to 26% that believe the virus began naturally, and 28% that were not sure.

According to a Politico-Harvard poll, conducted in July 2021, 52% of Americans believe that the virus leaked from a lab, compared to 28% who believe COVID-19 naturally took place through the process of zoonosis. Zoonosis is when a disease is transmitted to humans from animals.

As top Democrats and more of the public began to support the lab leak theory, the media outlets, social media, and fact-checking websites shifted their positions.

Angela Rasmussen, a prominent virologist, criticized the media’s sudden shift in reporting. Rasmussen said that “the media has chosen to dress up old speculation as new information and claim that it’s evidence. It’s not. It’s speculative, and all origin hypotheses remain possible.”

Not every journalist supported the left-wing media narrative. Here are some examples—

New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait said, “Story after story depicted the lab-leak hypothesis as clearly false and even racist… The outlets that fared worst were those like the Guardian, Slate, and Vox (which is owned by the same company that owns New York Media), which embraced a ‘moral clarity’ ethos of forgoing traditional journalistic norms of restraint and objectivity in favor of calling out lies and bigotry.”

New York Times reporter, David Leonhardt, said, “I think people made this mistake. I think a lot of people on the political left and a lot of people in the media made the mistake. They said, ‘wow if Tom Cotton is saying something, it can’t be true.’ Or they assumed that. And that’s not right.”

Washington Post’s Josh Rogin said, “Most MSM reporters didn’t “ignore” the lab leak theory, they actively crapped all over it for over a year while pretending to be objective out of a toxic mix of confirmation bias, source bias (their scientist sources lied to them), group think, Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) and general incompetence.”


CNN and the mainstream media portrayed Kyle Rittenhouse as a white supremacist, who crossed state lines with an illegally acquired rifle, looking for protesters to kill.

This of course was false. Rittenhouse wasn’t a white supremacist, an FBI investigation proved that after scouring through his phone records.

He didn’t cross state lines with his rifle. His rifle was already located in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

His rifle wasn’t illegally acquired. He was legally allowed to possess it under Wisconsin law.

He wasn’t looking for protesters to kill. He was there to clean graffiti and provide medical aid to injured rioters. After putting out a dumpster fire, a group of rioters pursued and violently attacked Rittenhouse. He shot three of them, killing two, in self-defense.

Despite, killing them in self-defense, he was charged with murder. A jury of his peers found him innocent of all charges on Nov. 19, 2021. The judge overseeing the trial, was Judge Bruce Schroeder, a Democrat.

Here’s a list by Newsmax, covering “20 Biggest Media Lies in the Rittenhouse Case.” (Click here)

Here’s a list by New York Post, covering “10 heinous lies about Kyle Rittenhouse debunked.” (Click here)


The mainstream media falsely claimed that a pro-Trump High School student, named Nick Sandmann, and his friends surrounded and mocked a Native American man, named Nathan Phillips.

After the news aired the story, Sandmann was labeled a racist and a white supremacist. He and his family received death threats.

The problem was that the story was false. When the whole video was examined, none of the events that Phillips claimed took place. The High School students never said anything racist. Instead, it was Nathan Phillips who confronted the teens. It was Phillips that was the one who was doing the taunting.

This led to several outlets having to make public apologies and retract their articles. Sandmann and his family sued several media outlets. He settled a lawsuit with the Washington Post and CNN for an undisclosed amount.


Similarly, to the Nick Sandmann story, the mainstream media helped push the false narrative that, Jussie Smollett, a black homosexual actor was attacked by two white Trump supporters.

On January 29, 2019, Smollett alleged that he was attacked after picking up a sandwich in East Lower North Water Street in Chicago, IL, around 2 a.m.

He claimed that it was two white men with “Make America Great Again” hats that attacked him. They put a noose around Smollett’s neck, shouted racial slurs at him, and poured bleach on him.

From the very beginning, the Chicago police department was skeptical of Smollett’s claims.

However, the mainstream media completely bought the story without any further investigation.

According to an article by Jack Crowe for the National Review, “While TMZ and other “celebrity” outlets led the way in reporting Smollett’s claims uncritically, mainstream outlets, including CNN, Vanity Fair, the Washington Post, and others accepted Smollett’s version of events and cited it as yet another example of rising homophobia and racism in the Trump era. Several reporters and editors at outlets including the Post, the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, and Reuters similarly endorsed Smollett’s version of events on their personal Twitter accounts.”

It turned out that the attack was a complete lie that was fabricated by Smollett himself. He had paid two Nigerian American brothers to pretend to attack him.

It is believed Smollett did this to gain sympathy and further his acting career.

Later, Smollett was convicted of 5 out of 6 charges of felony disorderly conduct related to faking a hate crime.

Sharyl Attkisson, an Emmy-Award-winning investigative journalist, has compiled a list of 157 falsehoods by the mainstream media (Check out her full list). Number 70 on her list is related to the Jussie Smollett case.

Number 71 on her list is about “other faked attacks reported by the news as if confirmed.” She compiles a list of an additional 5 fake hate crimes reported by media outlets.


CNN, the mainstream media, and the Biden administration claimed that Texas border control agents were whipping Haitian migrants as they attempted to cross the border.

In September 2021, an image appeared to show what looked like a border patrol agent, on horseback, carrying what looked like a whip, while pursuing a Haitian migrant.

Mainstream media outlets quickly jumped to conclusions about the photo without any further investigation.

President Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Alejandro Mayorkas, the Secretary of Homeland Security, condemned the Border Patrol agent. Other top Democrats quickly joined in to condemn all Border Patrol agents.

But the problem is that it wasn’t a whip— it was just the horse reins. The border patrol agent never used the reins in any way other than it was intended.

To make matters even worse, on Sept 24, 2021, Alejandro Mayorkas was notified through an email, that the photographer who captured the photo said that the Border Patrol agent was not whipping the migrant in the photo.

Despite being notified, he continued to push the lie.

Not only did the mainstream media help push the lie that migrants were being whipped, but they also didn’t cover that Mayorkas, and the Biden administration, knowingly pushed the lie.

According to Fox News, “A review of Grabien transcripts by Fox News Digital found no mention of the story on CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, NBC News, or CBS News since it broke.”


CNN reported that when Joe Rogan contracted the coronavirus, he took the livestock version of ivermectin to treat himself. This was a lie. He took the human version of the medication that was prescribed by his doctor.


On April 16, 2020, CNN falsely claimed that Elon Musk never sent the ventilators he promised to California hospitals that were battling COVID-19. Elon Musk debunked these claims by providing receipts, emails, and photo evidence.

In late March, an e-mail from a Mammoth Lakes health official and an e-mail from Los Angeles County Health Services’ Director of System Operations and Support Services, Phillip Franks, confirmed Musk sent ventilators to those hospitals.

A photo was uploaded on April 9th, showing boxes of ventilator that were sent from Tesla to Martin Luther King Community Hospital in Los Angeles.

According to Dr. Ben Mu, a healthcare expert, “We got the ventilators from them over a week ago, [The Office of] Emergency Services had no right to say that, and CNN had no right to make a story like that without checking around. If they called here we could have told them they’re currently being used. Tesla is also at fault for not responding, but that’s their right too. It’s not irresponsible like, say, reporting something unsubstantiated.”


CNN and other mainstream media outlets claimed that Trump told people to drink bleach.

Trump never told people to ingest the bleach. He was interested in the possibility of scientists researching a way to safely administer disinfectants in the body to combat coronavirus.

He never said ‘bleach’, nor did he recommend anyone drink it.

During an April 23, 2020 briefing, William Bryan, the undersecretary for science and technology at the Department of Homeland Security, presented a study demonstrating that sunlight and cleaning agents effectively killed the coronavirus on surfaces.

After the presentation, Trump said: “So, supposedly we hit the body with a tremendous, whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light, and I think you said that hasn’t been checked, but you’re going to test it. And then I said supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way. (To Bryan) And I think you said you’re going to test that, too. Sounds interesting, right? And then I see the disinfectant, which knocks it out in one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning, because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it’d be interesting to check that, so that you’re going to have to use medical doctors with, but it sounds interesting to me? So, we’ll see, but the whole concept of the light, the way it kills it in one minute. That’s pretty powerful.”

There was no mentioning of drinking bleach.


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