During his eight years as president, Barack Obama pardoned or granted clemency to 1,927 people. Quick, without looking it up, name one.

On June 6, CNN’s editor at large, Chris Cillizza, penned a commentary on the Point, a CNN political blog, titled, “Another day, another clemency — what Trump’s pardons are really saying.” If you care to read the commentary it can be found at: cnn.com/2018/06/06/politics/donald-trump-alice-johnson-pardon/index.html

Since becoming president, Donald Trump has pardoned a handful of people. Given the media coverage and over-analyzation, one would have thought it had been 6,000 people.

Most anyone following the news knows Trump pardoned Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, George W. Bush staffer Scooter Libby, the late boxer Jack Johnson, author Dinesh D’Souza and, recently, housewife Alice Johnson. Trump evidently is considering allowing former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich out of prison early as well.

Have you come up with an Obama pardon name yet?

Cillizza went into great detail to criticize each of President Trump’s meager number of clemency selections. Not surprisingly, he sees conspiracy behind each pardon.

Cillizza is the same guy who once penned an article on a second-by-second analysis of a handshake between French President Emmanuel Macron and President Trump. (Who read that?) It would be a safe bet to say Cillizza might have what commonly is known as “Trump Derangement Syndrome,” or TDS.” Cillizza is employed by CNN, so he would have come about his TDS disorder honestly, given the malady has gone viral at CNN headquarters in Atlanta.

Having erroneously pre-ordained Hillary Clinton as the 45th president, the Jeff Zucker-led network has unleashed an unabashed torrent of yellow and slanted news reporting against anything President Trump. They administer a daily biased thumping of the Trump administration. Disdain drips from the mouths of nearly every CNN employee, as if their bonuses depend on it.

Zucker, if you recall, was the CEO of NBC at the time they became embroiled in the Jay Leno-Conan O’Brien debacle, which eventually caused Leno to leave “The Tonight Show.” NBC, under Zucker’s watch as CEO, fell from being the No. 1 rated network to the lowest rated of the four networks. The situation got so bad, NBC occasionally was beaten in the ratings by some cable channels.

NY Times columnist Maureen Dowd quoted one top television executive stating, “Zucker is a case study in the most destructive media executive ever to exist ...” Based upon those credentials, in 2013, CNN hired Zucker as their CEO.

To be fair, under Zucker, CNN has increased viewership by 51 percent, surpassing that “ratings powerhouse” MSNBC to second place behind Fox. A case could be made he merely divided liberal viewership between CNN and MSNBC. It would be my opinion Zucker has, through yellow journalism tactics, done more to divide the country politically than any one politician could, with the possible exception of Obama.

The anti-Trump’ers flock to CNN to see more of what they want to hear, rather than what the facts might be.

Witness these recent headlines in various CNN diatribes:

“Trump to NFL players: Patriotism is my way or the highway.” He did not say this although his stance on kneeling is well known and is in accord with a majority of the nation.

“Donald Trump’s G7 temper tantrum.” This is fair and balanced? Are there any adults working at CNN?

“Trump withdraws from Iran nuclear deal, isolating him further from world.” This particular headline is going to look even sillier if new reports on Obama allowing Iran to sidestep sanctions using American currency come true.

“Michelle Wolf was the big winner of the WHCD, not Trump.” This requires no further comment.

“Trump’s idea to pardon Muhammad Ali is weird and beside the point.” In this particular piece, they called Trump “pardon happy.” To date, Trump has pardoned five people. At that rate, he is on track to surpass 27 pardons in eight years as president.

In May 2017, the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy reported 93 percent of what CNN publishes was anti-Trump, as compared to only 41 percent for Obama in the same time frame. With that kind of slant, how is anyone watching going to get an honest reporting of facts?

As Ryan Fournier, chairman of Students for Trump tweeted in December 2017, and which would seem absolutely appropriate to the folks over at CNN:

“Absolutely amazes me how American citizens want the president of the United States to fail. You morons live here, too.”

Alan Webber can be contacted at awebber1957@gmail.com.