Cyka Bylat! The Meme Emperor Rises!
So by late 2016 the election was fast approaching and it didn't take a rocket surgeon to determine which horse CNN was going to back. I mean it's not like they would give one of the debate participants the potential questions they were about to be asked in the primaries or anything.
Unfortunately for CNN, even though they were able to push Hillary “Hilldog” Clinton through the primary they could not work that same magic for the general election. A main reason for this was that somebody who will remain nameless cough SETH RICH cough dropped a shitton of emails over to Wikileaks about some of the crazy shadiness that Clinton was up to. Well, there were other things too... Like Benghazi, having the illegal email server in the first place, and the pay to play allegations of the Clinton Foundation. Having the emails dropped into everyone's lap though, that was the real kicker.
I could write an entire equally sized expose about the content of those emails, but we're talking about CNN here so let's keep to brass tacks. So first CNN tried to convince everyone that it was illegal to even have the emails in your possession. You can imagine how well that worked out. People dropped that lie faster than Chris Cuomo drops a guest that tells the truth.
Yes is does Chris, just like your coverage of…. Well just everything.
When that idea quickly fell apart, they reverted to a different narrative from the Clinton camp themselves. Evidently Hilldog had a stroke, forgot that the cold war ended a couple of decades ago, and began to shriek that everything was the fault of the Russians. CNN took that ball and ran straight at the goal line, figuring that this was the touchdown that would finally sink the meme train that was the Trump Campaign. But that damage was done, Trump won in arguably the biggest upset of all time.
It goes without saying that CNN was PISSED. So they didn't let up. It was wall to wall Russia coverage, all Russia all the time. Rainy day? The Russians did it. Traffic backed up the 405? The Russians had to be involved. Caught your wife cheating on you? Them rooskie reds are at it again. This circle jerk went on for months and CNN just kept fucking that football, egged on by the launch of an official investigation.
Possibly not shopped
In all this baseless Russia talk, CNN had forgotten one thing: Journalism. You see fellow memeologists, when you turn your NEWS network into an OPINION network you immediately ignore your blindside. CNN staff got so cocky they were willing to chat it up with any old intern about how they were spinning the narrative. Then in walked an actual journalist to record the whole thing. Let's take a look at some stills to see how that turned out:
Oh fuck… well that really sucks huh Chris? Once this came out it was a Category 4 internet shitstorm. People hated on CNN and so did President Trump. It basically validated everything the Orange Dynamo was saying throughout the whole campaign. The media, particularly CNN, was actually out get him and you could now take their own word for it. But don't worry internet spelunkers, it's going to get even better and it's going to get there because of memes. Join whatcoulditmeme for part four, Meme War 2: Electric Boogaloo.
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