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CNN: The Last Name In News
Contentions ^ | 11.29.2007 | John Podhoretz

Posted on 11/29/2007 7:55:34 PM PST by neverdem

I only saw a little of the Republican presidential debate last night, which featured video questions sent in through YouTube selected by CNN. There’s a lot of griping this morning about how the debate was an embarrassment and a bad night for the GOP in general because CNN chose questions that were either defiantly peculiar, beneath contempt, or freakish. I wonder if there’s a little oversensitivity at work here, because the great surprise of the first YouTube debate in September, featuring Democrats, was how substantive it was and how it forced the Democratic field to engage for the first time in discussing policy differences. That was even true about the question from the man dressed in the snowman costume.

What is notable, however, is what a hash CNN is making in this long election season of its self-described reputation as “the first name in news.” In two successive debates now, CNN has made editorial decisions that range from the bizarre to the scandalous. The bizarre conduct came in the Democratic debate in Nevada two weeks ago, which concluded with a bubbly young woman asking a vapid question about whether Hillary Clinton preferred diamonds or pearls. When that young woman came under withering assault for wasting time with something so stupid, she said she had wanted to ask about nuclear-waste removal but that a CNN producer had pushed her to come up with something lighter.

Think about that the next time someone tells you that CNN is preferable to the Fox News Channel because it is “more serious.” (Yes, for the record, I am a Fox News Channel contributor, but in this context, even MSNBC is positively Ciceronian compared to CNN.)

The scandalous aspect last night is that three Democratic operatives were allowed to pose as “unaffiliated voters” asking questions specifically designed to embarrass the entire Republican party, not just the candidates on stage. Given the fact that it took bloggers all of 12 seconds to figure this out, one has to ask how on earth CNN producers didn’t think to do the elementary spade work of simply Googling the names of the questioners to ensure they met the “unaffiliated voter” standard CNN and YouTube had set out.

It’s easy to see why CNN’s producers liked their questions. It’s because those questions echoed the partisan prejudices of CNN producers. This sort of liberal media bias would have been far less of an issue if we were talking about a debate between the Democratic and Republican nominees for president, because in those circumstances both candidates are seeking to govern all Americans, even those who don’t vote for them. But in a Republican primary debate, when it is GOP members who are trying to determine which candidate should best represent their party, an overwhelmingly Democratic institution like CNN needs to be specially conscious of the way its biases might play into question selection. If CNN had been conscious about this, and had therefore been prudent about checking out the identities and preferences of the video questioners it had selected, it would have avoided plunging itself into a days-long spiral of embarrassment about the network’s lack of professionalism, absence of care, and spiraling unseriousness.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cnn; commies; phonies; plants
The last link is really good.
1 posted on 11/29/2007 7:55:36 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

CNN, the Mosr Busted Name in News.


2 posted on 11/29/2007 8:02:11 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: neverdem
I'm a little disappointed that conservative spokesmen on this CNN debate issue are only talking about the guy being a Hilary supporter who asked a question. This allows the democrats (as I just saw on Hannity) to eventually ask what's the big deal, it's still just a question?

The republicans aren't mentioning that CNN broke its own debate rules by giving the guy a microphone in the audience, and allowing him to attack all of the republicans as a group, AFTER they answered his question. This outrageous behavior by CNN, combined with the guy being a Hilary supporter, clinches the issue.

3 posted on 11/29/2007 8:02:15 PM PST by Williams
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To: Balding_Eagle

Seesh, should read-

CNN, the Most Busted Name in News.


4 posted on 11/29/2007 8:02:55 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: neverdem

Can Podhoretz really be dumb enough to think that CNN didn’t know exactly who these people were? It HAD to be deliberate cheating in both debates. ALL of the questioners were bogus.


5 posted on 11/29/2007 8:04:07 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: neverdem

CNN has so many plants, it should be renamed “The Botany Channel”.


6 posted on 11/29/2007 8:04:53 PM PST by Palladin ("How do we beat The Bitch?"--John McCain Supporter)
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To: neverdem

The gay general was really a California National Guard retired colonel.

Another great job by Anderson Pooper of CNN!!!!


7 posted on 11/29/2007 8:05:52 PM PST by Plains Drifter (If guns kill people, wouldn't there be a lot of dead people at gun shows?)
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To: LibreOuMort

Discussion of “Clinton News Network” followup. Now you know why I ignore the airport monitors broadcasting their drivel to the sheeple.


8 posted on 11/29/2007 8:06:25 PM PST by sionnsar (trad-anglican.faithweb.com |Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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To: Williams
He wasn’t just a Hillary “supporter”. He works for her campaign... That’s a bit more serious...
9 posted on 11/29/2007 8:12:18 PM PST by DB
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To: DB

Yes I agree entirely, that is part of the scandal, I’m just saying that when CNN gave him a mic and a special platform from the audience which no one else had, that magnifies the scandal.


10 posted on 11/29/2007 8:16:25 PM PST by Williams
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To: Palladin
CNN has so many plants, it should be renamed “The Botany Channel”.

ROTFL!!!!

11 posted on 11/29/2007 8:17:20 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: Plains Drifter

Why couldn’t a candidate have the cajones to tell that rambling gay retired general “OK, you did all these great things in the military for 40 years, so then how did it matter that you couldnt run around telling everyone you were a homosexual?” It is an army, not a dating service.


12 posted on 11/29/2007 8:18:56 PM PST by Williams
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To: Williams

good question.


13 posted on 11/29/2007 8:26:15 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (ENERGY CRISIS made in Washington D. C.)
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To: neverdem

see also

http://travismonitor.blogspot.com/2007/11/cnns-double-outrage.html


14 posted on 11/29/2007 8:27:29 PM PST by WOSG (Pro-life, pro-family, pro-freedom, pro-strong defense, pro-GWOT, pro-capitalism, pro-Romney)
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To: Williams

I had that same thought myself,why didn’t he come out sooner also Fox news is reporting that CNN paid his air fare to this debate.

Does anyone have an e-mail address foe Anderson Cooper?


15 posted on 11/29/2007 8:27:33 PM PST by Plains Drifter (If guns kill people, wouldn't there be a lot of dead people at gun shows?)
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To: neverdem

One issue that has flown under the radar is that youtube posts terrorist videos and propaganda.


16 posted on 11/29/2007 8:30:07 PM PST by Eagles6
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To: Williams
"Why couldn’t a candidate have the cajones to tell that rambling gay retired general “OK, you did all these great things in the military for 40 years, so then how did it matter that you couldnt run around telling everyone you were a homosexual?” It is an army, not a dating service."

Very well put! I'm trying to see how "don't ask don't tell" made any difference at all in this guys career.

17 posted on 11/29/2007 8:38:20 PM PST by boop (Who doesn't love poison pot pies?)
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To: neverdem
If CNN had been conscious about this, and had therefore been prudent about checking out the identities and preferences of the video questioners it had selected, it would have avoided plunging itself into a days-long spiral of embarrassment about the network’s lack of professionalism, absence of care, and spiraling unseriousness.

They are far from prudent and probably couldn't care less about whether they "embarrass themselves" or not. The liberals at CNN apparently enjoy flaunting their bias. I'm sure they don't see it as a "lack of professionalism", but as a bold statement (like the X over our VP). I'll bet the only ones talking about it will be preaching to the choir, anyway. (talk-radio and conservative websites).

CNN - They really are the Clinton News Network.

That being said, I felt the "questions" were answered very well despite the actual intention of CNN. (Yes, I know - I'm preaching to the choir.)

18 posted on 11/29/2007 8:50:43 PM PST by scan58 (Diversity results in a collection of unconnected individuals.)
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To: neverdem

Here is a link to the CLIFF NOTES of the DEMOCRATIC DEBATE.

Really worth watching.

Cover your keyboard or put down your drink first.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XMT4-QaR3I&feature=user


19 posted on 11/29/2007 8:54:07 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (- Attention all planets of the solar Federation--Secret plan codeword: Banana)
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To: WOSG

Thanks for the link.


20 posted on 11/29/2007 8:55:00 PM PST by neverdem (Call talk radio. We need a Constitutional Amendment for Congressional term limits. Let's Roll!)
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To: neverdem
If CNN had been conscious about this, and had therefore been prudent about checking out the identities and preferences of the video questioners it had selected, it would have avoided plunging itself into a days-long spiral of embarrassment about the network’s lack of professionalism, absence of care, and spiraling unseriousness.

Does Mr. Podhoretz actually believe that anyone at CNN is experiencing feelings of embarrassment over this? Does he also think that the departing ghosts of suicide-belt bombers over in the middle east experience a feeling of embarrassment at the way their corporial head pops up and then falls with a thud, rolling around like an unseemly cartoon among the gore of their fallen victims? It's about as likely, and for a similar reason.

21 posted on 11/29/2007 8:55:52 PM PST by Steely Tom (Steely's First Law of the Main Stream Media: if it doesn't advance the agenda, it's not news.)
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To: neverdem
He's right about CNN, but I also think that for much the same reasons, Podhoretz should disclose in the very first paragraph of any piece he writes that he's one of the perverts who is working for and advising Rudy.

I don't think any Rudy supporter is very happy about the way things have been going in the last couple of days.

22 posted on 11/29/2007 9:07:24 PM PST by tear gas (Because of the 22nd Amendment, we are losing President. Bush. Can we afford to lose him now?)
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To: UCANSEE2

Thanks for the link.


23 posted on 11/29/2007 9:12:16 PM PST by neverdem (Call talk radio. We need a Constitutional Amendment for Congressional term limits. Let's Roll!)
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To: neverdem
Yes, questions on the Confederate flag and the Bible are issues that define the Republican Party.

What a hatchet job!

24 posted on 11/30/2007 4:50:57 AM PST by fortheDeclaration (We must beat the Democrats or the country will be ruined! - Lincoln)
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To: neverdem
In reality, I would rather see both sides of the aisle handle questions from their opponents. Stack the Communist (er: Democrats) debate with people from the right and the GOP debates with the enemy of our country from the left and sprinkle some actual Conservatives just to make sure we are not supporting a group of RINOs.
25 posted on 11/30/2007 5:00:07 AM PST by Wurlitzer (Democrats= Phony Americans)
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To: neverdem

If c.n.n. were in paper form I’d leave it next to the toilet to use as it should be.


26 posted on 11/30/2007 5:08:46 AM PST by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: Balding_Eagle
CNN, the Most Busted Name in News.

Or, perhaps:

CNN, the Mistrusted Name in News

27 posted on 11/30/2007 5:23:18 AM PST by Fresh Wind (Scrape the bottom, vote for Rodham!)
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