The protest is partly an effort by the Media Equality Project (MEP) to rebut criticism of conservative figures, The Hill reports. In a press release, the group said it would hold the demonstration to combat CNN’s “obsessive focus with conspiracy theories that have been debunked and stories based on discredited sources.”
And this is in lockstep with Trump’s increasing attacks on the cable news network. He’s continually referred to CNN as “fake news” or “fraud news”while his White House minions Kellyanne Conway and Sebastian Gorka have criticized the network during some of their appearances.
But perhaps the most interesting facet of this is that Breitbart also wears the fake news hat itself, having been branded as such due to the tsunami of stories in the wake of Trump becoming president, The International Business Times reports.
Breitbart and scores of other websites show up on a list created by Melissa Zimdars, an assistant professor of communications at Merrimack College. She created the list which categorizes websites and organizations that publish “false, misleading, clickbait-y, and/or satirical ‘news’ sources” as a resource for her students.
This irony is undoubtedly lost on the folks protesting CNN’s “fake news.”