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CNN Moron Says Journalists Are Just Like U.S. Soldiers

Professor Joseph Holt isn’t employed by CNN, but the network was kind enough to give him a platform for his recent editorial defending the media from President Trump’s attacks. We’re sure that Holt, who teaches ethics at the University of Notre Dame, will have a cushy CNN job waiting on him whenever he wants to get out of the classroom. There’s nothing, after all, that CNN likes to do more than toot their own horn, lambast the president, and pretend that their version of journalism is the most important thing in the free world. Holt managed to touch all three bases in a single essay.

But the most outrageous part of Holt’s op-ed was not his defense of the media; it was this part, where he actually went so far as to compare reporters like Jim Acosta to the brave men and women of the United States military.

“We thank soldiers for their service because they devote themselves to protecting our freedoms, and we should,” Holt wrote. “But we should also thank the media for the same reason — especially when the stakes have never been higher.”

You know Brian Stelter and Wolf Blitzer were grinning and patting each other on the back after reading that gem. Maybe they even saluted each other. They probably should have, actually, because no one else is going to do it.

We’re not denying that responsible, courageous journalism is important to the fabric of our democracy. The media – when it’s actually doing its job – is absolutely essential when it comes to limiting government power, uncovering scandal, and keeping politicians accountable to the public. No question about it.

But let’s not go overboard here.

“Journalists are uniquely qualified to perform that vital role of discovering truth and combating falsehood,” he wrote. “They have the unique skills, training and resources required; the courage and commitment needed; and an obligation under a demanding code of journalistic ethics to be responsible for the accuracy and fairness of their statements in a way that other sources of news and opinions not bound by the code — including a President who impressively averages 7.6 mistruths a day — are not.”

Stop the presses. First of all, where is Holt getting that last figure? Oh right, from the same media that has been at war with this president from the very beginning of his campaign.

As for the rest of this tripe, let’s get serious. If there is a “demanding code of journalistic ethics” in place at CNN, it has been lost under a dusty cabinet somewhere or traded in for a Hollywood Style Guide: “How to Write Terrific Villains and Heroes.” What they’re doing at CNN (and they aren’t the only ones) can’t even be called journalism anymore. It’s WWE-esque theater, and Jim Acosta thinks he’s Hulk Hogan.

By peddling fake news with an agenda, the American mainstream media has indeed become the enemy of the people, just as Trump says. They certainly do NOT have America’s best interests at heart. Excellent journalists still abound, and they may take rightful exception to being thrown into the same category as the clowns on cable TV (or the ones scribbling fiction at Buzzfeed), but CNN has no right to complain. They’ve earned every bit of the president’s scorn – and the public’s.

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  1. I agree. Every time I’ve tuned into CNN for even a very short time over the past 18 months all I’ve heard is Trump-bashing. No real news, just words of hate…I stopped listening to them shortly after Trump went into office because they were not even interested in reporting truth, just bad-mouthing Trump — pushing on America their own agenda — where’s the journalistic ethics in that? I know they are not alone in this type of “reporting”, but they do seem to make the most noise and be the one that TVs are turned to in restaurants and doctor’s office…have they actually given a true report of any of the things that Trump has actually accomplished as our President??? Doubtful since they are usually too busy trying to get rid of him, or run him down…FAKE NEWS is accurate when you say CNN. What a shame.

    • Thank you concerned citizen!!! Well you are right on! And as for Professor Joseph Holt, he is a big part of the problem. He is one of those beanbrained professors secure in their Ivory Tower jobs and able to influence our youth that they should be living in Utopia. When really he and the rest of these so called professors are the ones living in Utopia. They are free to speek of the world from the view from behind rose colored glasses, but when these youth enter the REAL world they will have a rude awakening. They will either learn the hard way to deal with it or join the ranks of those who riot, protest and destroy hard working peoples’ properties to show their disgust for a world that is not one that their goofy professors said it would be. Raegan said that if the Us sinks into Socialism it will start with the liberal edcation system and the decadent Hollywood movie industry.

    • Just how can they compare themselves to Soldiers. When the report nothing but lies, like MSNBC Racheal Maddow, and yes its a everyday event. They go to a republican rally, and when they are here the Boo’s they sit down and cry like baby’s, throw their lips out of gear. They skew everything into somthing else, since they can not bribe OBAMA anymore, or bribe Hillary.
      These networks are just as corrupt as the Clinton’s, wasn’t it CNN that gave Hillarys all the debates questions ahead of the debates with Trump and she still made a ass out of herself!

  2. This is a bunch of BULL S–T when this excuse for a professor says that journalist are ANYTHING like a soldier. Very few journalist have ever PUT themselves into a combat situation where that could get shot or might even have to fight for their lives. They get paid a hell of a lot more that soldiers could even dream of getting paid. Soldiers go where they are ordered to go like it or not. Journalist go where the rating are good and the money is great. One of the FEW real journalist that I might consider a soldier is Joe Galloway. He went INTO the pit of hell in Vietnam and stayed until the end!

    • I agree with you David my same thoughts. Anyone can carry a microphone and say inane and stupid comments. Very few can carry a weapon, go to the front lines and confront the enemy head on. Does anyone really think a reporter can do that??

  3. First of all. Ethics at the University of Notre Dame is a joke.
    Second of all. Take all of your liberal biased journalist (in their own minds) and put them on the front lines in Afghanistan or better yet have them roam the streets of the ghettos in Chicago on a Friday or Saturday night.
    Then come back and lecture us on how you think the media could even shine a soldiers boots.

    • Oscar, if that happened, they would sh_t in their underwear. You could easily find them by the trail they leave behind. lol

  4. acosta is brain dead. Soldiers put their lives on the line to protect our country. cnn destroys everything these soldiers work so hard for. NEVER has there been a president attacked like this one. NEVER have his followers been harassed and attacked like they are. I remember a congress member calling out “YOU LIE” to b HUSSEIN o. It was like the world came to an end. How dare he call the president a liar, which was the truth. He opened his mouth and he was lying. It is a disgrace what the democRATS say and the names they call him. When b HUSSEIN o was in office I heard people on the left “say you should respect him, after all HE IS THE PRESIDENT.” well guess what? those same people are guilty as hell of disrespecting THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

  5. ND Needs To Fire That Idiot As A Vet I Feel Insulted By This Moron LIES Compairing US That Are Seveving Or Who Has Sereved To Idiot Reporters Holt Grow Up And Retract Yous Statement Of Lies To All Vets You’re A Coward

  6. The solution is fairly simple. Boycott the liberal mainstream media in all its different forms and double or tripple check everything you hear or read to make sure they have the fact straight for the stuff you do use as your primary news sources. Since lying has become fashionable in America you are much better off by going by what you see or experience than what you hear or read. There was a time when you could believe most folks. Now you have to be skeptical because you don’t know where people are getting their information from and whether or not they take the time to double check anything. Sorry state of affairs but that’s what we have at the moment.

  7. Please quit asking the democrats/liberals, “How stupid they can get.” They take it as a challenge and sure enough they find something more stupid than the last.

  8. I think this idiot professor and wittle Jimmy Acosta should be put in a unit of soldiers in the middle of war and show them what real military men and women do. They should have to serve in the military before starting any job concerning the public’s right to hear real news. What a bunch of wimps.

  9. CNN Moron ?Professor? Joseph Holt Says Journalists Are Just Like U.S. Soldiers

    Hey joseph holt, I can see/tell that you want to past yourself off as an accredited educator

    and so’far lately you’ve been awesomely successful

    BUT Now, your liberal lyin moron self, has finally come in the open, and your accredited University

    is now laid bare

    you comparing lyin fake news reporters & journalist, especially cnn & their affiliates

    to any of our honorable US Military Active, Retired & Honorably Discharged Service Men & Women

    is such a disrespect to our US Military Honorables

    and damn you for your aweful disrespectful you damned moron

    this is a Truth
    this is my TRUMPing Truth

    because I am 1 of many Honorable US Veterans!!!

  10. Neither Acosta nor CNN should ever be associated with the word journalist or journalism as neither come anywhere near the meaning of the words. They have both been proven, time after time to be FAKE NEWS. As for Acosta, if it were my decision, he would be banned from the briefing room as a major distraction to real journalists (if there are any left) doing their job. It would also set a precedence for what is unacceptable decorum during the press briefing. In my opinion, he is just grandstanding, and it seems that in his mind (?) he is more important than the overall event.

    • Acosta is nothing more than a narcissistic moron. He’s all about reporting fake news to make a name for himself among his followers. He wouldn’t know the truth if it hit him in his face. No wonder CNN ratings are so low with idiots like Acosta working there. He constantly disrupts White House briefings and President trump’s rallies, then wonders why Trump supporters are critical of him. Backlash he received paled in comparison to what Conservatives have been getting, but Acosta goes crying like the fifth little piggy who went wee, wee, wee all the way home.

  11. Thank you professor and cnn for PROVING OUR POINT … the PROFESSIONALISM in the msm is long gone… you have now shown your true stupidity … .NOT a single one of you is worth a tenth the value of any single AMERICAN MILITARY PERSON’s butt hair…. It will be a cold day in hell before you ever get me or many other MILITARY PERSONS to listen to your lies and fabrications with any minuscule amount of belief. You have zero credibility in the eyes of American Military people.

    • Billy Bob, I just simply have to follow your reactions: ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Yes Haw!!!!!! Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. lol

  12. I have a great deal of respect for journalists and I also think that they protect the rest of us from the over reach of big business as well as form the government. A really good journalists can be worth his or her weight in gold.
    My question is what does journalism have to do with CNN or what does CNN have to do with real journalism?

  13. I think they should give Jim Acosta and the rest of the CNN crew and that nutty professor a sight seeing one week ticket to Iraq or Afganistan. They couldn’t even carry soldiers’ back packs.

  14. Title given on Acosta article Moron is appropriate. He just continues to show how naive he is, and—–Stupid

    • Don’t believe for a second that itty-bitty Jimmy Acosta is naive. He is neck-deep in the conspiracy to destroy American sovereignty and plunge us into a one-world hell-hole the likes of which only those who have lived in an outright socialist or communist country can imagine. He should be tried as a traitor and when found guilty, hanged as the POS he truly is. And if you have a hard time imagining what those S/C societies are like, find someone old enough to remember Russia in the ’60s, ’70s, and even into the 2000s and ask them what it’s like…

  15. Lefty Communist always have believed freedom of speech is for them not anyone else.
    Think of these ugly faces of the Democratic/Communist Party Maxine Waters, John Lewis, Pelosi, Elijah Cumming and now Cortez (no not Aztec Chief)

  16. CNN, the worst ever. They need to be shut down. President Trump is right they are (FAKE NEWS). I think they have backing by (Hellary and O’blahma) with love and kisses from the liberals.

  17. What a dick! Any reporter who thinks he’s the same as a soldier either is an idiot , or should be carrying a rifle. These morons even think real soldiers should protect them when in dangerous situations, when in fact if they’re stupid enough to be there, let them take care of themselves. Wonder how many people have died because of some reporter. All bent on the public’s right to know, did they stop to think “if” the public even wanted to know. One thing I do give them cr

  18. Professor, you cannot seek shelter under the military’s tent.

    Right now the military is the ONLY trusted branch of government due to an unyielding 100% accountability and transparency and the warrior creed.

    We honor character rather than contrition
    We honor commitment rather than convenience
    We honor confidence and not conceit.

    And we do what we say we are going to do, and we are held accountable for our actions.

    You journalists are dishonorable comfort and fame seeking wretches.

    You are NOT worthy to join our ranks.

  19. These journalists from CNN are the the most juvenile adults I have ever seen. Acosta does his his little tricks for the bad publicity he gets from doing it. I wish no one would ay any attention to them at all.

  20. CNN is a communist supported news agency ever since the war in Vietnam. Loved Jane Fonda and applauded the loss of Americans on the battlefield. Never told the truth and still lies to the public in order to support anarchy sponsored by the DNC

    • So So true, although I was not sent to Vietnam, others from my Unit the 4/18 were sent there. Those that talked wouldn’t fail to mention that Jane Fonda aided the Viet Cong. If you hear something once, you might pause, when you’re hearing the same from from many you tend to believe.
      When the media compares themselves to soldiers, they’re referring to ISIS, fighting for Socialism.

  21. The Democratic Party has long been destroyed by President Obama and not only them. Now this is the Totalitarian Party of America. Accordingly, the press of this party is a totalitarian press.

  22. What a sick cookie. Parents are spending big bucks to send their kids to be taught by morons like this.

    He should be made to serve as an orderly in a VA hospital for ten years. He should be stripped of his cushy tenure, have no job, no house, try to start over.

    A better comparison would have been journalists are just like MS13.

  23. Unfortunately there are so very few journalists now and they are not part of any nightly or daily broadcast. Those are mouth pieces, broadcasters nothing like someone who does the real work of investigating, researching, interviewing, piecing the details together like a detective, then reporting what was found in a detailed fashioned with out personal or political bias. That’s what makes a real journalist. Oh they will say that I am describing investigative journalists, precisely, yes I am. The rest are paid shills or propagandists nothing more than a mouth piece in front of a camera that does not deserve the protections of the press, key word is Press as in print not vocalizations from broadcast stations.

  24. Hahahahahaha IN YOUR DREAMS!! Such a statement is even an embarrassment to Our Precious War Dogs,
    You idiots don’t even come close to being anything like OUR SOLDIERS, MAYBE OUR SOLDIERS SHIT HOUSES, BUT NOT OUR SOLDIERS!!

  25. None Of These Has The Real Balls To Be A REAL Journalist! Those went away and actually many CREATED The REAL ALTERNATIVE NEWS! Which Are Watched By More Viewers Than MSM Fake News Combined!

  26. What a poor representative of an alleged college professor. There is no way being s reporter even remotely compares to being a solider. You apparently have your head so far up you butr it’s not even funny! In addition if reporters act like decent people there wouldn’t be as many problems Acosta is a whiny little baby when he doesn’t get his way. In my personal opinion he should be band from all WH briefings. hopefully replaced by someone with more sense than Acosta has shown.

  27. When was there a time when journalists took, or considered, the following oath with respect to their presentation of the news or facts which could affect national security?

    “I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.” (Title 10, US Code; Act of 5 May 1960 replacing the wording first adopted in 1789, with amendment effective 5 October 1962).”

    Journalists are NOT just like U.S. soldiers.

  28. Sure a lot of swamp rats in the mainstream media. My experience, after seeing a report on TV. Told reporter, that’s not what happened. His answer, I know, but that’s what our producer wants!

  29. There is absolutely no way to compare you FAKE NEWS wussies to a U.S.Soldier! Acosta, you ar just dreaming and hoping. Our U.S.Soldiers are honorable, ethical, professional physically and mentally strong. You fail on every count. Just go home and shut up!

  30. The good professor must believe the Belief System (BS) he is teaching the ‘Journalism” students. Jim Acosta and all the others need an IQ of greater than 85 to get into the military and it doesn’t seem that they have IQs higher than that because all I hear from them is an echo chamber. They aren’t even bright enough to use different words to describe the same insult.
    They also need to be physically fit and mentally awake – not a description I would give to those I see/hear ask questions during White House Press Briefings.
    I go back 100+ years to Samuel Clements (Mark Twain) who was an editor of his local paper for years: “If you don’t read the paper, you are uninformed; if you do read the paper, you are MIS-informed.”
    I submit that the “press” has been mis-informing us since at least the Vietnam War, and it has only gotten worse since.

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