CNN covered post-election rallies that were designed to oppose President Trump. We know now from the Department of Justice that some of those rallies were orchestrated by Russians. Instead of doing some introspective reporting on how journalists were duped by the Russians, CNN sent out an intrepid reporter to harass a senior citizen.
The lady clearly has no idea she engaged with something the Russians orchestrated. And instead of trying to calmly explain the situation to her, the reporter decides to badger her about it and make her feel stupid.
I think CNN had the potential here for a good conversation with a lady who clearly had no idea she was being used by Russian trolls. But the interview was more verbal combat.
It is not very graceful, nor is it in any way edifying. CNN is not advancing news here. It is not shaping a story. It is ridiculing a senior citizen who got duped by the Russians and, to an extent, punishing her on national television.
This lady's Facebook page is now being overrun by American trolls harassing her, her family, and even ridiculing baby pictures.
But CNN got duped by Russians too. And CNN got duped by sources close to James Comey. And just today CNN's Chris Cuomo got duped by a teenager who claimed he bought an AR-15 and didn't.
Do better, CNN. I know you can and I suspect if you had it to do over you'd have done it differently.