December 13, 2020

APRIL RYAN OUTS HERSELF* AS A DEMOCRATIC OPERATIVE WITH A BYLINE: CNN’s April Ryan suggests journalists shouldn’t expose Biden’s contradictions, use leaked recordings.

Vice journalist Edward Ongweso Jr. responded with a tongue-in-cheek scolding of such journalistic practices.

“It is irresponsible and sets a dangerous precedent for journalists covering the incoming administration to be able to use secretly recorded conversations in their stories,” Ongweso Jr. tweeted. “To parse out Biden’s thoughts and anticipate his policy commitments, you must go through proper channels.”

Ongweso Jr. continued sarcastically, “The White House Press Secretary, the spokespeople for the President and Vice President, senior officials (without attribution), and the President’s public statements are all designated and responsible sources for information about the President’s thoughts and intentions.”

“Revealing a contradiction between Biden’s private thoughts and public statements is dangerous because it erodes public trust in the President, the Office, and the media itself,” the Vice reporter concluded.

Stunningly, the outspoken anti-Trump American Urban Radio Networks reporter and CNN analyst offered her endorsement of abandoning basic journalistic practices.

“You hit the nail in the head! This is not good at all,” Ryan said in response to the first tweet. She then “liked” the other two tweets in the thread.

Ongweso Jr. shared screenshots of Ryan’s response to his tweets, reacting “Folks… I can’t.”

Ryan’s tweets caused a frenzy among critics on social media.

“This is one of the most shocking things I’ve seen on this website,” former Intercept editor Glenn Greenwald reacted.

“Would you consider yourself a reporter at this point or is that more of a former job description,” progressive journalist Eoin Wiggins asked Ryan.

* Not that there was much doubt before, of course: CNN’s April Ryan To Kamala Harris: It Gives Me ‘Chills’ That I Could Call You ‘Madame VP’ In January.

 

 

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