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A CNN Smear ^ | October 18, 2017 | John Stossel

Posted on 10/18/2017 6:34:13 AM PDT by Kaslin

Did you happen to catch CNN's latest smear?

Anderson Cooper's show recently featured a "two-part exclusive" that claims Donald Trump's EPA director had conspired with the CEO of a mining company to "withdraw environmental restrictions" so the company could dig "the largest open pit mine in the world in an extremely sensitive watershed in wild Alaska."

The report was enough to horrify any caring person. CNN showed beautiful pictures of colorful salmon swimming in Bristol Bay, and the reporter intoned dramatically, "EPA staffers were shocked to receive this email obtained exclusively by CNN which says 'we have been directed by the administrator to withdraw restrictions' ... (P)rotection of that pristine area was being removed."

No! A "pristine" area and gorgeous salmon were about to be obliterated by a mine!

I would have believed it, except I happened to report on that mine a couple of years ago.

I knew that the real scandal was not EPA director Scott Pruitt's decision to "withdraw the restrictions"; it was what President Obama's EPA did to the company's mining proposal in the first place.

Zealots at the EPA had conspired with rich environmental activists to kill the mine before its environmental impact statement could even be submitted. This was unprecedented.

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform later concluded: "EPA employees had inappropriate contact with outside groups and failed to conduct an impartial, fact-based review."

Now, appropriately, Pruitt undid that censorship of science.

But CNN, implying devious secrecy said, "according to multiple sources, he made that decision without a briefing from any of EPA's scientists."


But Pruitt didn't require opinions from scientists. He didn't approve the mine. He didn't make a science decision. He simply followed the law and allowed a company to submit a proposal.

Also, despite CNN's repeated depictions of salmon on Bristol Bay, it turns out that the proposed mine would not even be on the Bay. It would not even be 10 miles away, or 20 miles away, or even 50 miles. The proposed mine would be about 100 miles away.

Did CNN mention that? No. Never. We asked CNN why. And why not point out that the mining company is just being allowed to start the EPA's long and arduous environmental review? They didn't get back to us.

Of course, explaining that wouldn't fit CNN's theme: Evil Trump appointee ravages environment.

Their reporter did at least speak with the mine's CEO, Tom Collier, who tried to explain.

"It's not a science -- it's a process decision."

But the reporter, Drew Griffin, wouldn't budge. He called Collier "a guy who wants to mine gold in an area that many scientists believe will destroy one of the most pristine sockeye salmon sporting grounds in the whole world."

By the way, Collier isn't an evil Republican-businessman-nature-destroyer. He's a Democrat who once ran environment policy for President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore. CNN never mentioned that either.

Instead, the reporter implied evil collusion: "This looks like the head of a gold mine went to a new administrator and got him to reverse what an entire department had worked on for years."

Here at least the report was accurate. Obama's environmental department did try to kill that mine for years. They colluded with groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council, one of America's wealthiest environment groups.

The NRDC is mostly made up of anti-progress lawyers who want no mines built anywhere. Don't believe me? I asked NRDC spokesman Bob Deans:

STOSSEL: There are some mines where NRDC says, great, go ahead?

DEANS: It's not up to us.

STOSSEL: Are there any?

DEANS: It's not up to us to green light mines...

STOSSEL: Are there any you don't complain about?

DEANS: Yeah, sure.

So I asked him for some names. He and the NRDC still haven't provided any.

If these zealots and their sycophants in the media get their way, America will become a place with no mining, no pipelines, no oil drilling, no new ... anything.

The acronym used to make fun of anti-development attitudes used to be NIMBY -- Not In My Back Yard. Now it's BANANA: Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anybody.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: andersoncooper; barackhussein0bama; cnn; coal; corrupnewsnetwork; epa; fakesnews; scottpruitt; thired100days; trumpepa; worstpresidentever

1 posted on 10/18/2017 6:34:13 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

...and they wonder why we call them fake news?

2 posted on 10/18/2017 6:38:07 AM PDT by Made In The USA (Next thing you know, 'ol Jed's a millionaire)
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To: Kaslin

Oh Nyet!

It must be a Trumpski plot: can’t you see Russia from the lake?


3 posted on 10/18/2017 6:41:45 AM PDT by homegroan (Ambition can creep as well as soar.)
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To: Kaslin

CNN lies. What else is new?

4 posted on 10/18/2017 6:44:50 AM PDT by JimRed ( TERM LIMITS, NOW! Build the Wall Faster! TRUTH is the new HATE SPEECH.)
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To: Kaslin
Now it's BANANA: Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anybody.

And then they take the wide open areas that are away from everyone and declare them to be "national monuments" that are not to be touched.


5 posted on 10/18/2017 6:45:35 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (The 1st Amendment gives the People the right to a free press, not CNN the right to the 1st question.)
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To: Kaslin

Lying by omission! Standard trait of the Lying Stream Media! Particularly, CNN & MSNBC (NBC)!

6 posted on 10/18/2017 6:52:39 AM PDT by Road Warrior ‘04 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: Kaslin

Anderson Cooper: since I’m not a caring person, I don’t care.

7 posted on 10/18/2017 7:03:44 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: Kaslin

What’s a few little white lies when it comes to SAVING THE CLIMATE!!!

Or even a few major whoppers.


And we sure don’t want to get them from doing any mining...

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To: Political Junkie Too

Either that or go to Indian tribes and have them declare the sight a sacred ground, or happy hunting ground, or some such similar thing.

9 posted on 10/18/2017 7:09:48 AM PDT by Bookshelf
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To: Kaslin

Stossel fails to mention that the EPA and environmental groups have recently been on the losing side of lawsuits filed by the mine developers. Those have shown the collusion between EPA bureaucrats and environmentalists to stop development of the mine before an application was even filed.

10 posted on 10/18/2017 7:10:06 AM PDT by McGarrett (Book'em Danno)
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To: McGarrett

Maybe he’s not aware of it? I have no idea

11 posted on 10/18/2017 7:18:37 AM PDT by Kaslin (Politicians are not born; they are excreted -Civilibus nati sunt; sunt excernitur. (Cicero))
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To: Kaslin

Crap Not News

12 posted on 10/18/2017 7:21:45 AM PDT by bigbob (People say believe half of what you see son and none of what you hear - M. Gaye)
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To: Kaslin

the homo opens is pie hole once again. he’d better look out for his boy friend.

13 posted on 10/18/2017 7:31:40 AM PDT by RetiredArmy (We are in the Last Days of human history. Jesus is coming back, & soon! Do U know Him?)
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To: Kaslin

Pooper is WAY too white to be on TV.

14 posted on 10/18/2017 6:59:27 PM PDT by Paladin2 (No spelchk nor wrong word auto substition on mobile dev. Please be intelligent and deal with it....)
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