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CNN article comparing soldiers to media is from 2018, not Veterans Day

November 11, 2021 GMT

CLAIM: CNN ran an article on Veterans Day arguing that “we thank soldiers for their service” and “should also thank the media for the same reason especially when the stakes have never been higher.”

AP’S ASSESSMENT: Partly false. While the opinion piece is real, CNN did not run the story on Veterans Day. It was published in August 2018.

THE FACTS: Social media users on Thursday, Veterans Day, shared a screengrab of a CNN opinion article that argued members of the media should be thanked for their service, as soldiers are.

While some simply decried the argument, many users on Twitter falsely claimed that CNN had published the article “on Veterans Day.”

However, CNN did not run the article on Veterans Day this year or in years past. The opinion piece ran on August 3, 2018, with the headline, “The press isn’t the enemy, it’s the protector.”

The article, which contained the comment about soldiers in its final paragraph, was written by Joseph Holt, an ethics professor at the University of Notre Dame.

The article was published after CNN journalist Jim Acosta asked then-White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to disavow President Donald Trump’s assertions that the media is the “enemy” of the people. Sanders did not respond, and instead she critiqued the media, including Acosta.

Holt’s opinion article was heavily criticized when it was published in 2018.

A spokesperson for CNN confirmed Thursday that the article was not in fact shared on Veterans Day.

“Yes it’s seriously an opinion piece dated August 3, 2018 (not Veterans Day),” Matt Dornic, the company’s head of strategic communications, said on Twitter in response to one tweet.

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