The Pardu

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

US Media And Its Shameful Role In Shaping Politics (Not Fox News)

If you continue to believe that the US, as a nation, has great and informative news coverage, you should place a bet WWE wrestling is not fake.  The WWE entertains people in a manner similar to that of current cable news managers. producers, and hosts. 

How many times have you heard CNN's over-the-top, "Go after?" When did US politics become the domain of the "bully metaphor?" When did the words "debate performance" or debate strategy die-off and morph into war-like figurative prose aimed at garnering ratings? Within the contents of my point which network leads the pack in wide-eyed host scripts focused on alarming its viewers; by far CNN. From Carol Costello's frowning early morning stumbling through daily segments to Smerconish's (weekend) overt nudging for the GOP. From Wolf Blitzer's outright "The sky is falling" mealy eyed deliver through Brooke Baldwins ever-present leg shots and battle analogies, the network has osmosed into a daily town-caller of freight, fear and "Oh my God" reporting. 

I may have actually caught the tail-end of a segment in which Smerconish stated he had registered as a Republican: Linked here. The CNN and talk radio host's reason for the public declaration of his political loyalty isn't a relevant point. The fact he clearly did so on international television is the salient point. If the life-long conservative (republican) moved to his self-proclaimed Independent status for a few years and has now oozed back to the GOP, his status as a news host should be questioned. Of course, all networks have hosts who are so obvious in their ideology it wrecks; but most do not perform on-air declarations. All MSNBC evening host are expected to vote Democrat, but I will wager you will not hear either say they are a registered Democrat.  Fox News...? Well, no need to comment on the GOP's communication division. 

Let's stay focused on CNN amidst its nascent, yet clear, mission to move Right. Do you recall when CNN actually ran commercials about its "neutral" Or "balanced" positions regarding news reporting? What you are about to read and she from Mediaite lays bare the level to which CNN has gone right-wing rogue.


Watch CNN Reporter Feed Bernie Sanders Attack Lines Against Hillary
by Tommy Christopher | 1:41 pm, April 15th, 2016



One of the standout moments at Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate was when independent Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidateBernie Sanders was unable to name a single decision that Hillary Clinton has made that was influenced by campaign contributions. The exchange cut against the Sanders campaign’s central argument against Hillary, that she can’t be trusted to take on corporate interests because she takes large campaign contributions.
In a most unusual move, right after Thursday night’s debate, CNN reporter Jeff Zeleny literally fed Bernie Sanders an attack line to use against Hillary in case the subject ever comes up again:

Zeleny: Did you forget to mention the bankruptcy bill tonight, when you were asked by Dana Bash to point out some examples of things where she voted, was that intentional, or was that…
 
Sanders: That’s a point that Elizabeth Warren made. 
Zeleny: But you didn’t make it tonight, you made it before.. 
Sanders: Well, I made a few other points, you can’t make ’em all.
Zeleny: Did you forget to mention the bankruptcy bill tonight, when you were asked by Dana Bash to point out some examples of things where she voted, was that intentional, or was that… 
Sanders: That’s a point that Elizabeth Warren made. 
Zeleny: But you didn’t make it tonight, you made it before.. 
Sanders: Well, I made a few other points, you can’t make ’em all.
Watch Cnn Reporter Feed Bernie Sanders Attack Lines Against Hillary
Zeleny is referring to a 2004 video in which Elizabeth Warren seems to accuse Hillary of switching her vote on a bankruptcy bill because of campaign contributions. Bernie circulated the attack in a campaign memo a few months ago, but then walked back from it in subsequent interviews. Maybe Bernie forgot, or maybe he knew that Hillary Clinton had a ready answer for that charge. I haven’t heard him repeat it since.
What’s unusual, though, is Zeleny weighing in here with an attack line, because he’s a reporter, not a commentator. If he thinks the bankruptcy bill is something that Hillary has to answer for, he should be asking Hillary about it, not feeding it to Bernie without any journalistic pretext. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a reporter chew a candidate’s talking point into a paste and then regurgitate it back into their mouths like a mother sparrow.
Interestingly, it was also Jeff Zeleny who wrote the characterization of the Clinton campaign’s strategy as “disqualify and defeat,” which the Sanders campaign then used as their excuse for Bernie lying and saying Hillary called him unqualified to be president. It seems Zeleny is a handy guy for the Sanders campaign to have around.
Zeleny is new to CNN, His employment came in close proximity to the hiring of former Meet The Press (conservative dance with Karl Rove) Gregory.
If seems CNN is going fullbore in stealing ratings from Fox News. Wonder if the network will pursue a contract with Pat Buchanan should Donald Trump walk wit hthe GOP nomination. Trump will need a solid what nationalist to serve on CNN and CNN would surely benefit with Trumps supporters turning end for doses of Buchanan racism.


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