Accuracy in Media

CNN’s Chris Cillizza found that much of Sen. Jeff Flake’s (R.-Ariz.) speech on the Senate floor to be agreeable with his own worldview. Of the 20 lines Cillizza analyzed, he could not disagree with any of Flake’s major points.

Cillizza did not disagree with the controversial line from Flake’s speech comparing President Donald Trump to Josef Stalin, the Soviet Union dictator whose gulags remain infamous for their cruelty and death toll. Here’s the line from Flake’s speech on Trump-Stalin:

“It is a testament to the condition of our democracy that our own president uses words infamously spoken by Josef Stalin to describe his enemies.”

This is what Cillizza said about the line:

This is the line that has drawn the most attention — and controversy — from Flake’s speech. “Sen. Flake, turn on the news,” tweeted Republican National Committee Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel. “It’s wall-to-wall with biased coverage against @POTUS. He has every right to push back. Comparing the leader of the free world to murderous dictators is absurd. You’ve gone too far.”

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