LA Times Editorial: “CNN: Corrupt News Network”

Some harsh, but seemingly appropriate words for CNN concerning the CNN/YouTube Republican debate from, of all places, the Los Angeles Times editorial board:

THE United States is at war in the Middle East and Central Asia, the economy is writhing like a snake with a broken back, oil prices are relentlessly climbing toward $100 a barrel and an increasing number of Americans just can’t afford to be sick with anything that won’t be treated with aspirin and bed rest.

So, when CNN brought the Republican presidential candidates together this week for what is loosely termed a “debate,” what did the country get but a discussion of immigration, Biblical inerrancy and the propriety of flying the Confederate flag?

In fact, this most recent debacle masquerading as a presidential debate raises serious questions about whether CNN is ethically or professionally suitable to play the political role the Democratic and Republican parties recently have conceded it.

They do make an excellent point, have we heard enough about confederate flag questions? Seriously, who actually cares about that compared to major issues?

Why didn’t they discuss the decline of the dollar, the trade deficit to China, the threat of Iran, energy independence, or a whole number of other much more important topics. Out of the 5,000 questions, I can guarantee more useful questions were submitted than a Red Sox/Yankees question.

The editorial continues:

In other words, CNN intentionally directed the Republicans’ debate to advance its own interests. Make immigration a bigger issue and you’ve made a bigger audience for Dobbs.

That’s corruption, and it’s why the Republican candidates had to spend more than half an hour “debating” an issue on which their differences are essentially marginal — and, more important, why GOP voters had to sit and wait, mostly in vain, for the issues that really concern them to be discussed. That’s particularly true because that same Pew poll reported findings of particular relevance to Republican voters, the vast majority of whom continue to support the war in Iraq.

I’ve got to say, I agree with the LA Times on this issue. While the debate was entertaining, and had the highest viewership yet, over 4 million, it lacked a lot of substance.

Read the full editorial here.

Update from The Angry American: More information regarding the questioners has come to light. For example did you know that the “retired gay general” is in fact a retired gay colonel who was given the rank of brigadier general in the national guard by Arnold Schwartzenegger. This so called “General” happens to be apart of Hilary Clinton’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Steering Committee. Also Anderson Cooper(ever so not the genius) unknowingly let us in on the fact that the question and the asker was indeed planted by making sure to ask the “General” if he believed his question was answered to his satisfaction. Thus letting us know Cooper was fully aware of the intent of the question and it’s asker. They were purposely hoodwinking the Republicans. Cooper was playing right up to every Democratic supporter who asked a question.

From Fox:

Ted Faturos, 20, a student at University of California, San Diego, asked a question about corn subsidies. It turns out the urban studies and planning major also worked as an intern for Democratic Rep. Jane Harman. John Hess, Harman’s chief of staff, issued a statement Thursday saying Faturos is no longer affiliated with the office.

Another questioner, Leeann Anderson, asked about the danger of lead toys from China. Anderson, an activist on the issue, is reportedly an assistant to Leo Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers of America. The union endorsed Edwards earlier this month, and Anderson’s question is posted on the steelworkers’ YouTube page next to a picture of Edwards.

David McMillan, a screenwriter from Los Angeles who asked the candidates why they thought the vast majority of African Americans don’t vote Republican, has pictures of himself on his Web site attending a fundraiser for Barack Obama as well as several parodies bashing current and former Bush administration officials Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and Alberto Gonzales.

I concur…..Corrupted News Network indeed.

The real kicker to the whole story is CNN admitted it stacked the deck with Democratic Party supporter’s questions and then DEFENDED it’s doing so. Gee what does that tell us about CNN?