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Forget Piers, Soledad, and Candy: CNN's D.C. Chief Claims They Never Took Sides for Obama
NewsBusters.org ^ | November 11, 2012 | Tim Graham

Posted on 11/11/2012 4:52:54 PM PST by Kaslin

Tommy Christopher at Mediaite embarrassed himself in a servile interview with CNN Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist, who, we’re told, “explained how preparation and perspiration helped deliver the night for his network, and cemented their brand, as they see it: the network you can trust.” Is this an interview, or a commercial? Even Mediaite reported Fox News easily won the night in prime time. CNN only won if you keep counting until 2 am, or about three hours after the election was called and Republicans went to bed or flipped to sports.

Then Christopher let Feist claim – against all evidence – that at CNN, “our network is the only one that hasn’t picked sides in the election.” Forget Piers Morgan, forget Soledad O’Brien, or Carol Costello, or Candy Crowley “moderating” a debate in Obama’s favor:

Our viewers trust us. I believe that our network is the only one that hasn't picked sides in this election, and I think that, on election night, that means something," Sam said, adding, "Viewers might expect one of the news channels to lean a certain way," a veiled shot at MSNBC. "We're not going to lean, we haven't picked sides in the election, they have. Even if the others call a race, we're perfectly happy for viewers to turn to us to find out, for sure, who the winner is."

...Although he tries to be diplomatic, there is an unmistakable superiority to Sam’s pride in his network’s down-the-middle brand. “Fox has decided that they want Mitt Romney to win,” he said, “and MSNBC has decided that they want Barack Obama to win, and they make it clear in their story selection, they make it clear with their anchor, and their guests.

Where was the pushback from Christopher? Does Christopher ever watch CNN? He could have noted that Morgan gushed during Hurricane Sandy coverage that "whichever side you're on, you cannot say that President Obama has not so far done an excellent job." Or that Morgan told The Hollywood Reporter that "We should collectively as a network be more aggressive, more provocative, more debate-y."

Feist apparently brought up Crowley’s debate gaffe without any question from Christopher. But then, Christopher asked why Crowley seemed to back off her shoving Romney around:

Sam also brought up debate moderator Candy Crowley’s on-the-fly fact-check of Mitt Romney on the President’s response to the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya. I asked him why Crowley then decided to follow up a cut-and-dried read-back of a transcript by volunteering a more subjective defense of Romney.

“You could argue that, in a larger sense, the administration did try to distance itself from the notion that it was a terror attack,” Sam replied. “Her mission , at that point, was to give the audience another opportunity, and say ‘Gentlemen, let’s move on.'"

Her mission, it seemed quite apparent, was to protect Obama against being questioned on Libya -- which led Romney to decide not to take on Obama aggressively on Libya in the third debate. CNN's "moderator" took a side, and changed the direction of the campaign. Lying about that now to publicists at Mediaite isn't going to remove the stain.


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1 posted on 11/11/2012 4:53:00 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Nice try Sam, but half of the country (probably more) is past the point of expecting anything resembling the truth from you MSM clowns.

Way past.

2 posted on 11/11/2012 5:03:15 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Kaslin

What we have traditionally thought of as the “mainstream” media is an integral part of the DNC.

We keep saying that they’ve really done it this time, exposing their fealty to the DNC but thats silly. They are the DNC.

Our challenge is to find and build information sources that we trust. And use them. Never mistake NBC or CNN for a news organization. They are first, foremost, and only, propagandists.

As various older “news” organizations collapse, it may be possible for investors to pick them up for a song (Newsweek went for a dollar, after all) and then mold them into something worth using. Otherwise, organizations like the Blaze and Breitbart (and FR) are becoming our first pick when we are looking for the news.

Because, seriously, when you find yourself going again and again to foreign news sources to find out what is happening, there is a vacuum that is begging to be filled.


3 posted on 11/11/2012 5:05:45 PM PST by marron
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To: skeeter
it is stunning to see and hear the media say they're not biased.
Voter fraud, the results do not add up , people still do not have power , food, water, after Sandy.

Those are the last two weeks and they say they;re not biased, FFS I've frigging had it , my dream is before I die and I have a few decades yet to live is meet these biased corrupt media elitist turds and give them a piece of my mind

4 posted on 11/11/2012 5:16:27 PM PST by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: Kaslin

FU Sam Feist!! You are our enemy and an enemy of this country. Not enough bad things can happen to you and your family!! I am so sick of this crap! These people are destroying this country!!


5 posted on 11/11/2012 5:19:58 PM PST by Batman11 (We came for the chicken sandwiches and a Sweet Tea Party broke out!)
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To: marron

there was a video on the internet showing Clinton fans and obamna voters aiting so see Clinton and they knew nothing about Libya

The Dems have the dumbest idiots out there and in the history of this country.
The Dems do not want a well informed population because they know they will never get power.

Will the GOP actually name names and call out the media on their outlets, well they hell


6 posted on 11/11/2012 5:26:20 PM PST by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: manc

Piece of your mind? I dream of rope & lamp posts.


7 posted on 11/11/2012 5:46:47 PM PST by skeeter
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To: skeeter
Forget Piers Morgan, forget Soledad O’Brien, or Carol Costello, or Candy Crowley “moderating” a debate in Obama’s favor: Our viewers trust us. I believe that our network {CNN} is the only one that hasn't picked sides in this election, and I think that, on election night, that means something,"...

That's about as 'out of touch' as a person can get and still be considered functional...

8 posted on 11/11/2012 7:17:01 PM PST by GOPJ (Petraeus confession: like something from a 'Soviet purge trial'....)
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To: skeeter

I think North Korea is more reliable than CNN and MSNBC.


9 posted on 11/11/2012 7:43:57 PM PST by IslamE (epiphany)
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