CNN Backpedals On Credibility Pledge, Hires Adam Kinzinger

CNN Backpedals On Credibility Pledge, Hires Adam Kinzinger

After firing a cadre of hyper-partisan ‘journalists’ who spent years promoting conspiracy theories and polarizing the nation, CNN boss Chris Licht has suddenly backpedaled on his goal of restoring credibility to the beleaguered network – by hiring hyper-partisan war monger Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) as a senior political commentator.

Kinzinger, a raging neocon who sat on the January 6th committee, wanted to investigate Elon Musk when Starlink went down over Ukraine (after Musk donated the system), and held up former Obama AG Eric “Fast & Furious” Holder as a paragon of virtue – will now fill CNN viewers with his special brand of propaganda.

“I’m pleased to welcome him to CNN. He’s appearing tonight for the first time in his new role, which is senior political commentator and congressman, we really are thrilled to have you on board, so welcome,” said CNN host Erin Burnett, announcing his position on air after his recent departure from Congress. “People have seen you over the past, of course, couple of years on the January 6th Committee and we’re so glad to have you on board.

Erin Burnett makes it official. Adam Kinzinger is now a senior political commentator for CNN. Selling out his party has paid off for him. Enjoy your new friends, Adam! pic.twitter.com/mbWkwxCXfP

— Kevin Tober (@KevinTober94) January 5, 2023

As Caitlin Johnstone greatly expounds on via her blog;

CNN has shattered the speed of light in its haste to recruit former representative Adam Kinzinger to its punditry lineup the millisecond he left congress.

Kinzinger, who prior to being redistricted out of his House seat received handsome campaign contributions from arms manufacturers Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman, was arguably the most egregious warmonger on Capitol Hill.

Nobody in congress lobbied as aggressively to start World War Three as Kinzinger did last year; he tried to advance a bill authorizing hot war against Russia if Moscow crossed specified red lines in Ukraine but couldn’t get cosponsors because even his fellow congressional hawks thought it was too insane. He was the loudest voice in the US government publicly advocating a no-fly zone over Ukraine in the early weeks of the war, an idea that was slammed by the mass media as it would necessarily have entailed the US military shooting down Russian war planes and aggressively tempted nuclear war.

All those calls for WWIII must have landed him this gig https://t.co/W5A9zOblNG

— Dave DeCamp (@DecampDave) January 5, 2023

Kinzinger was such a demented omnicidal maniac in 2022 that while still in office he became an official member of the empire-backed online troll farm known as “NAFO”, which was founded by an actual neo-Nazi whom Kinzinger openly supported both before and after revelations emerged of the founder’s expressions of hatred for Jews and fondness for Hitler. While still a sitting congressman he was flagging trolls with hashtags inviting them to swarm the social media comments of critics of US foreign policy who opposed his psychopathic warmongering.

Before the war in Ukraine Kinzinger was calling for the re-invasion of Afghanistan immediately following the US troop withdrawal and raging about public opposition to “endless war.” Before that he was cheerleading Trump’s assassination of Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani, calling for US interventionism in Venezuela, defending the US-backed war on Yemen, calling for the invasion of Syria, and just generally pushing for more war and militarism at every opportunity. Before that, he was helping the empire kill Iraqis as a member of the US Air Force.

Kinzinger is such an obnoxious warmonger online that I myself have called him “the single worst Twitter account that has ever existed,” long before his CNN gig was a twinkle in his eye.

So it’s no wonder a warmongering propaganda network snapped him up the instant he became available, ensuring that his warmongering receives as large a platform as possible. As Antiwar’s Dave DeCamp quipped regarding CNN’s hire, “All those calls for WWIII must have landed him this gig.”

Shame on my audience for getting such an obvious and easy question wrong (though MSNBC was certainly a reasonable guess): https://t.co/MAQjJraBrd pic.twitter.com/xcETe1fRJg

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 5, 2023

Kinzinger’s assimilation into the war propaganda industry was so predictable that Glenn Greenwald included it in a Twitter poll this past October asking his audience where they expect his career will take him after he leaves congress, with CNN being one of the options. As one Twitter follower put it, the “congressman to media commentator to lobbyist revolving door spins so fast in Washington, it actually affects the earth’s rotation relative to the sun.”

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Tyler Durden
Thu, 01/05/2023 – 22:00

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