Friday, November 30, 2007

so much for weeding....

Now that we know at least eight of the questioners on the CNN YouTube Republican primary debate this week were historically hostile to Republicans, Democrat activists or actual Democrat campaign operatives, we wonder how well CNN prepared for this.

In other words, is this an example of media bias or media incompetence? Either is disastrous for CNN and the MSM in general, whose primary defense against the rise of the blogger is that "we are professionals and we check our facts", while bloggers are nerds in their pajamas blogging in their living rooms.

If this is an example of carefully prepared programming, CNN is an arm of the Democrat party.

If it is an example of unprepared programming, CNN might as well send out a memo to all employees to put on their pajamas and stay in their living rooms.

Here is an interview with David Bohrman, Washington bureau chief for CNN and the executive producer of this debate. It appeared on the New York Times website prior to the debate, and in it Bohrman specifically says they are addressing and removing potential Democrat questioners trying to worm their way in and embarrass Republican primary candidates:

“There are quite a few things you might describe as Democratic ‘gotchas,’ and we are weeding those out,” Mr. Bohrman said. CNN wants to ensure that next Wednesday’s Republican event is “a debate of their party.”

Clearly CNN wanted the public to know that it was well aware that this was happening and was vetting videos with this in mind.

I submit, Milud, that CNN is NOT guilty of incompetence and IS guilty of agenda journalism of a nature so obvious and shocking that-- aw, never mind.

It's not shocking. Its just another nail in the coffin lid that is slamming shut on the MSM, briskly whipping off their phony veil of 'factual neutrality'.

Reporters and journalists are now trusted less by the general public than used car dealers. This is yet another manifestation of the reason.

The New York Times' stock shares are worth less than half of what they were a few years ago, and have recently been downgraded by a major brokerage house-- to SELL.

Readership of major papers diminishes on average between 5 and 10% a year, while the American population count continues to rise.

Fox News continues to massacre all the other cable news networks, and major network news audiences continue to diminish.

And Dan Rather still believes the documents were real and the story was true. No kidding.

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