CNN’s at it again. Turns out the cartoonist let go following the publication of the above submission — the taste and decorum of which is certainly debatable — was let go after turning in the cartoon, but not because he turned it in.

According to John Ellis of PJ Media, CNN’s piece on the firing of Canadian cartoonist Michael de Adder alluded heavily to the the above cartoon as the reason he was fired. The CNN piece, entitled “Canadian Cartoonist Loses Job After Illustration of Trump Went Viral,” opened like this:

A Canadian cartoonist’s illustrations of Donald Trump playing golf over the bodies of two drowned migrants went viral Wednesday. Two days later, Michael de Adder said on Twitter that he had been let go by a publishing company in New Brunswick, Canada.

You, dear reader, should connect those cause and effect dots immediately and be sufficiently outraged at the injustice of it all.

But CNN, ever vigilant to potential liability, isn’t stupid enough not to cover themselves many paragraphs into the story (as they are wont to do), reports Ellis:

Buried deep in the article, CNN posted a statement from the publishing company Brunswick News, Inc. denying that de Adder had been fired over the cartoon. In fact, the cartoonist wasn’t even an employee of the company to begin with. He was a subcontractor.

So de Adder already knew he was leaving when he created his ‘toon, and CNN was apparently aware of that fact because they buried it in their story.

But boring personnel changes don’t drive a narrative. As Ellis puts it: “With the 2020 presidential election looming, we can expect CNN and their MSM buddies to do whatever they can to paint a world filled with oppression generated by President Trump and his supporters. Fearmongering is a great way to entice people to vote for whichever socialist the Democrats nominate.”

Manufacturing consent by frightening people into compliance seems an odd affectation for an ostensibly free press.