Skip to comments.Obama and the Audacity of CNN
Posted on 01/31/2007 7:41:38 AM PST by expatguy
"That's the difference between talking about news and reporting it. You send a reporter, check the facts, and you decide at home."
Those are the words of CNN's Anderson Cooper described by Fox as the "Paris Hilton of television news". CNN would have you believe that they actually investigated this story and checked the facts in their reporting with their sophmoric attempt to debunk both Fox News and Insight Magazine.
On the ground in Jakarta, CNN's John Vause paints a rosy almost pristine picture of Obama's past primary school in Indonesia is like, taking time to note the Western-style clothes that the students are wearing as they play outside the school.
To an American viewer one might imagine that this school is close to being like any other school in school in America or the West, having a diverse and multicultural student body who enjoy religious freedom.
CNN's so-called debunking seems to be primarily focused on the statements of two individuals at the school, who are overly eager to paint a utopian picture specifically designed for foreign consumption of what their school is like now in what can best be described as nothing more than a fantasy for the misguided and naive proponents of multiculturism.
This hideously deceptive picture of what primary school is like in Indonesia leaves us wondering here if this entire "debunking" was actually staged or whether CNN simply has their own agenda and is not as impartial as they claim to be.
For anyone truly familiar with Indonesia, the following statement will give you a chill down your spine:
"This is a public school. We don't focus on religion," Hardi Priyono, deputy headmaster of the Basuki school, told Vause. "In our daily lives, we try to respect religion, but we don't give preferential treatment."
If CNN would have done their report on a Friday, they would have found that all of the students in this government school both muslim and non-muslim alike are all required to dress in Islamic clothing. It would seem that Mr. Hardi Priyono does not consider this to be preferential treatment.
Avoiding any high profile names of individuals or classmates of Obama's named in this blog or who have speaking to the Indonesian media for the last several months. CNN suddenly finds a previously unknown classmate of Obama's who claims that the school has hardly changed in the last 35 years.
"Vause also interviewed one of Obama's Basuki classmates, Bandug Winadijanto, who claims that not a lot has changed at the school since the two men were pupils."
Apparently neither Hardi Priyono or Bandug Winadijanto seemed to remember the Indonesian Constitution recently being amended in 2003.
"...MPR approved changes to the Constitution that mandated that the Government increase "faith and piety" in education. This decision, seen as a compromise to satisfy Islamist parties, set the scene for an education bill signed into law in 2003 that restricted religious freedom by forcing elementary and secondary school students to undergo religious instruction, sometimes in a religion other than their own..."
US State Department - International Religious Freedom Report 2005
Besuki Primary School is not a madrassa (religious school), it is considered a public school, but if this is what a so called public school is like in Indonesia, it makes you almost wonder what an Indonesian madrassa is really like.
CNN's reporting which was devoid of any real investigation in this story was both misleading, deceptive and appallingly irresponsible. Not only did CNN fail to report the story honestly and accurately, they failed to present a clear and concise picture to the American people of what primary school education is like in Indonesia.
The repercussions from CNN's irresponsible and shoddy reporting have the potential to be far reaching. Both government and non-government agencies working in Indonesia who depend on foreign funds and have been working hard to convince Indonesia's political parties to have and ensure respect for religious freedom and to embrace further democratic reforms will now find it more dificult to raise donations and funds from a placated Western audience who now believe that Indonesia's reform is farther ahead than it actually is.
Ironically it is Indonesia's children who stand to suffer for CNN's irresponsible reporting and lack of journalistic integrity.
"Paris Hilton of television news"
That's the best line I've heard to describe Anderson Cooper.
I really like the objective CNN had a picture of a Obama in his bathingsuit on their front page for a week straight. What pandering scum.
Then where the hell is the report with the 'correct' depiction? This is my problem with the right. Where is the response? Why don't we have a mechanism to react? Why to we tend to sit and have our ass fed to us?
Screw the children. CNN has bigger fish to fry.
What's more important, seeing that hundreds of thousands of cute little Indonesian ragamuffins don't get put on the fast-track to being suicide bombers or helping Obama get past his Scandal-of-the-Week?
CNN Debunked Hard
But then again, since when do facts matter to CNN?
Thx for the ping. Excellent article!
Even at FR bloggers are sent off the main page and CNN and other credible new sources the front page.
CNN has blasted their debunking all across the world and their is no response. I think I did a good job of debunking CNN, but how to get heard?
Please spread the link around. It is the best we can do.
With a straight face, Anderson Cooper says that they don't have the video but if they did have it, they would NOT air the video of the woman struggling to open her parachute.
This from the scum on CNN who thought nothing of airing the sniper film of our heroes being killed.
CNN makes me ill.
CNN's reporters must have graduated from the "Dan Rather School of Honesty".
Just wish these facts had more publicity.
Debunk CNN and no one hears you. :-(