Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Keeping CNN honest regarding Governor Sarah Palin

Hi all:

You may be familiar with CNN's tagline "keeping them honest," which their reporters like to say over and over again. But somebody needs to keep CNN honest - particularly in regards to Governor Sarah Palin.

First we had Drew Griffin's interview with the VP candidate during the election in which he misquoted another reporter who had written that after reading some commentators, a voter wouldn't know whether Palin was corrupt, evil, incompetent, or worse.

Griffin asked Palin what she thought about the writer who said she was corrupt, evil, incompetent, or worse. She asked Griffin who had written it, and he flubbed some nonanswer, so she said she'd like to meet that person to talk with them.

Griffin later apologized to the original writer for misquoting him. And apparently when CNN reran the interview they cut that question out.

But they never came on-air to admit their mistake. And no one apologized to the Governor herself.

And now, two months after the election, CNN is still dishonest. And still making some corrections, literally in the dark of night, with no public acknowledgment of wrongdoing.

I'm copying the Newsbusters article in its entirety below. BTW, I recommend checking Newsbusters.org every day to keep on top of the blatant bias in ALL of the mainstream media ...


Published on NewsBusters.org (http://newsbusters.org)

CNN Scrubs Palin from NewsBusters Covered Criminal Politicians Story

Created 2009-01-06 02:23

As most of you know, I originally posted this story on Sunday under the headline CNN Places Sarah Palin With 2008's Criminals, Sex Addicts, and the Corrupt [1] here at NewsBusters. It raged all day Sunday in the Blogosphere and into the night among Palin fans and center right bloggers. Gretta Van Susteren [2] even posted about it on her FoxNews blog (It garnered 4 pages of comments there, too). A quick Google of the title of my NewsBusters piece gives several pages of hits all across the web. FreeRepublic, Lucianne.com, dozens of blogs and message boards took CNN to task for their outrageous inclusion of Sarah Palin's name among the year's worst criminal politicians.

Well by the time Monday morning arrived, CNN quietly and without explanation or apology erased Sarah Palin from the article I describe earlier.

So, it appears that CNN has thought better of including Governor Sarah Palin's name among the other criminal politicians of 2008. They quietly and without explanation removed her from their slide show. We have a small victory for holding the Old Media accountable here, I suppose, but it is awfully interesting that CNN just rewrote history without explanation. Don't you think?

Josh Painter of RedState [3] also wrote of this scrubbing:

An outcry immediately went up from the Sarah Palin blogging community, and other conservative bloggers quickly followed suit... Now, without posting an apology, retraction or even a single word of explanation, Sarah Palin’s name has been completely removed from the piece as it now appears on CNN’s website. Such “scrubbing” is a familiar tactic employed by the left, as they take their cue from the Communist Party style book. The damage has already been done, so a retraction wouldn’t mean much, except to demonstrate that CNN has at least a modicum of journalistic integrity left... Apparently it does not.

I can't say I disagree with a word Josh wrote there!

Not liking, even hating Palin -- like a choice few here at NB do -- is one thing. But it is simply illegitimate to place her among the criminals that CNN grouped her with. It is just beyond that pale plain and simple. Even CNN finally came to realize that.

So, what say you NewsBusters readers? A victory, or even more proof of bias and underhandedness from CNN?


Anonymous said...

CNN should have a "most unqualified politician" list. She would be number 1, and no one could touch her.. except maybe Joe the fake Plumber.

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