Aug
18

Has CNN Grown A Pair?

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What’s happened to the usual obeisance to false equivalency and fact-check-free repeating of talking points?

Soledad O’Brien has been on fire this week. Now that’s bulldog work.

[h/t Crooks and Liars]


Comments

  1. They have grown an intense desire to reclaim eyeballs since their collosal fail on the day of the ACA decision.

    Give them a few weeks and they will go right back to repeating talking points.

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  2. RHS says:

    Don’t worry it’s just a fluke. Soon some group will claim that the earth is flat and the moon is made of green cheese and Wolf Blitzer will be there to “hear from both sides on these controversial issues.”

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  3. TJ says:

    “Soon some group will claim that the earth is flat and the moon is made of green cheese and Wolf Blitzer will be there to “hear from both sides on these controversial issues.”

    You mean it’s NOT?!

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  4. Tom Sullivan says:

    James Fallows points to hints of a “a growing cleavage within the political media” between a stenographer press more invested in horse race politics and reporters who have “concluded that ‘post-truth’ politics requires reporters to do more than call play-by-play.”

    2) An excellent recent item by Jay Rosen, at Pressthink, working from the same MacGillis article and this follow-up. These discussions were touched off by Mitt Romney’s repeated use in his stump speeches of claim he knows to be flatly untrue. As MacGillis put it, in describing Romney on the stump:
    He got his biggest applause during this riff:
    “I want you to know I heard something the other day that really surprised me… What I heard is that the president is taking the work requirement out of welfare. (Boos.) Yeah….I’m gonna put work back into welfare and make sure able-bodied people can get jobs.”

    Romney proceeded straight from this into a retelling of Obama’s “you didn’t built that” line, but even that did not get the applause the welfare riff did. After the speech, several in the audience told me that their favorite part had been Romney’s calling out Obama for weakening welfare work requirements. Yes, one of the more depressing parts of the job of being a political reporter is watching an audience fully absorb a blatant and knowing lie. Which is, of course, what this is.

    Alec MacGillis at the New Republic thinks he-said-she-said reporting and ignoring the repeated Obama-out-of-context Republican talking points and ads demand that someone, you know, do their jobs:

    Ah yes. If only there was someone whose job and calling it was to ferret out the truth of such things, to provide some context for voters. Let me think, there must be someone we can think of, a profession of some kind perhaps, sort of like a researcher but also a communicator…

    Maybe Soledad O’Brian got the memo.

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