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Friday, February 14, 2014

CNN Smerconish, Gingrich, Independent? Hardly!!!

CNN as Independent?  

Hire Micheal Smerconish and promote Newt Gingrich and his low information 'red meat' website.

          Gingrich Visit Questioned

“We are thrilled to have Michael join CNN,” Zucker said. “At a time when the cable news landscape has become increasingly polarized, his independence and passion for reasoned dialogue makes him the perfect fit for CNN.”

Checkout out this interview. My interest is at the 5:10 minute mark.

Smerconish and Zucker have their talking-point down as streamline as a GOP talking point. "Independent?"

Lest we forget Smerconish is a former conservative radio host who claimed to have evolved to a progressive out of contempt for what he came to realize about conservative America.

We assert CNN if far from Independent.

Zucker also mentioned "...reasoned dialogue."

Did Zucker not hire Ari Fleischer as an "on-demand" pundit for the GOP? Did CNN Hire Erik Erickson? We will give CNN hired Van Jones and Stephanie Cutter as co-host of Crossfire, but they also hired Newt Gingrich and the inimitable Palin-like S.E. Cupp. Isn't it a fact that CNN on some news shows will book two conservative pundits while booking only one liberal for the same show? 

Since we are on the topic of "Independent," and CNN hires, we should spend a few minutes on a topic from a recent post on Media Matters.

First, let's set a benchmark. We assert that there is no more prolific non-elected manipulator of US politics than Newt Gingrich. Palin runs a close second and should probably   receive special mention for her following when those who follow are trailing around behind an empty barn. 

Newt Gingrich, on the other hand, is crafty enough and wordy enough to make millions from periodic book sales and he is reported to command six figure speaker's bureau fees. It takes a special shtick and market niche to earn what Newt earns from publishing and speaking pure drivel. He is no political authority and his posits are often way-off base and fail well shy of reality (e.g., fire the NYC Janitors and hire inner city kids). He is also the master "dog whistler" and right-wing racial code "thrower,' (e.g. food stamps president).  

Many on the Right buy into his 'game' while remaining smart enough to avoid allowing Gingrich a shot at the GOP nomination for president. In other words, people know he is a fire breather and carnival barker.  What do you think happens when a 'fire breather' establishes a webpage that is open to email from anyone who wants to fire off a comment, insane thought or right-wing red meat?  Answer: Red Meat flows!

Media Matters on CNN, Gingrich and his web page.

Subscribers to CNN host Newt Gingrich's email list are receiving supposed insider information about cancer "cures," the Illuminati, "Obama's 'Secret Mistress,'" a "weird" Social Security "trick," and Fort Knox being "empty." 
Gingrich Productions, the company run by the Crossfire co-host, has been sending sponsored emails from shady sources filled with dubious claims. CNN has been helping Gingrich build his list by not only employing him, but also by promoting Gingrich Productions and its website. 
While Gingrich's team has previously claimed that they work hard to "vet" the organizations they rent the email list to, they have repeatedly violated their own apparently low standards. 
For example, Gingrich Productions has sent at least 15 sponsored emails for Stansberry & Associates since June 2013. Stansberry is a disgraced financial firm that was fined $1.5 million by the Securities and Exchange Commission for engaging in "deliberate fraud" and profiting from "false statements." The firm sells financial products by pushing conspiracies about the Obama administration. Founder Porter Stansberry recently said it's "fucking bullshit" that people get upset at him for using slurs like "nigger" and "fag" when he's "not the least bit bigoted."
 Gingrich is part of a movement where, as MSNBC's Chris Hayes noted, "much of conservatism is a con and the base are the marks." Fox News contributor Scott Brown was recently forced to distance himself from Newsmax after he sent a sponsored email for the group touting the findings of quack Dr. Russell Blaylock. The New Republic's Ben Adler wrote in a piece about Gingrich and fellow hucksters Herman Cain and Mike Huckabee that they "are pioneering a new, more direct method for post-campaign buckraking. All it requires is some digitally savvy accomplices--and a total immunity to shame."
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How is it possible "independent" CNN employed such an obvious charlatan like Gingrich?  Our use of Smerconish as a lead-in to this piece does not mean we have issues with the new show host. Our concern was Smerconish's exact quoting of the man who hired him over at CNN. In fact, it you recall the setup questions from Baldwin, you recognize it as a question to facilitate an advertisement for CNN as "independent." 

CNN is not independent.

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