Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Quote of the Day

"Michele Bachmann is not the national spokesperson for the Republican Party. She is unlikely anytime soon to be chosen to be the spokesperson for her party. But tonight, inexplicably, a national news network decided that they would give Michele Bachmann a job that her own party never did. (It's) a remarkable act of journalistic intervention to elevate, in effect, a group with which they are co-sponsoring a presidential debate... to the level of the major parties in this country. (CNN) decided tonight not to just cover the news about the State of the Union, they decided to make their own."

-- Rachel Maddow on CNN's decision to air Michele Bachmann's rebuttal to last night's State of the Union address

As expected, there was Barack Obama, bringing you America's Sputnik Moment.

And Michele Bachmann -- bringing you America's Stupnik Moment.


Steven D Skelton said...

Rather than complain, progressives should cheer Michelle Bachmann getting time on CNN.

She is a clueless moron that makes small government/libertarian types (like me) look bad.

Chez said...

Oh believe me, I thought of that. But the fact that the outcome may ultimately be favorable for anyone with a brain doesn't necessarily get CNN off the hook for what was obviously a journalistically questionable -- if not downright unethical -- decision.

Nathan said...

Oddly enough, Tea Party Express didn't end up streaming it on their website. They pre-empted it for a White House panel dissecting the SOTU.

CNNfan said...

Rachel may just be worried that they may have decided to stop, "Not really trying".

Anonymous said...

I'd be genuinely curious how this was justified within CNN. Do you have any sources/insight on that Chez?

It's a tired refrain, but it's hard to imagine a scenario by which they would have followed up the official Dem response to a Bush SOTU with, say, Grayson.

And then GMA has Christine O'Donnell on for her response? Is this just the Snooki freak show factor at work?

Steven D Skelton said...

Just tried to watch it...made it 50 seconds!

Is that a record? Can anyone top that?

Chez said...

Honestly, if you remove the trainwreck-attracts-gawkers theory, as much as I hate to be conspiratorial the only thing really left is CNN's relationship with the Tea Party Express. Which, once again as Maddow alluded to, leaves CNN acting entirely unethically.

CNNfan said...

Journalism ethics are important principles, mostly accepted as true, that should be stuck to firmly in the news.

However, journalistic integrity is NOT journalistic infallibility, and should not rule out making judgment calls, putting the concerns of the audience first.

Most viewers, expect comprehensive news coverage on how to fix the economy, and agree it is almost too late, as the other Republican rebuttal pointed out.

Anonymous said...

Is the "train wreck attracts gawkers" a corollary of "if it bleeds, it leads?

SteveR said...

Given the amount and kind of coverage the Tea Party has been given to date, I see this as only a minor leap on CNN's part. They were always going in this direction for the trainwreck-attracts-gawkers-attracts-advertising-dollars reason, and the timing of the SotU address just bumped it up in the agenda.

By the way, she'll only be shunned by the faithful if she goes from stupnik to shtupnik.

Bill Orvis White said...

The Honorable Mrs. Bachmann hit the head on the nail: STOP THE SPENDING! STOP THE SPENDING! I was watching her Tea Party speech while cleaning the cherry pies off of my TV 'cause I was throwing them at the set during Hussein Obama's stupid speech for an hour. Lil Hussein's gonna make sure that I won't have any dropped calls? What? Here's an idea, you Marxist: get off my back!

I wish I could have done my own speech: "Hi, I'm Bill Orvis White and I'm coming to you tonight because I'm tired of being taxed and spent to death by a Kenyan Muslim who wishes to impose Shariah Law on us." They would have to cut me off because I could go on and on as you know.....

namron said...

to CNNfan:

Please wipe the CNN jizz from your chin before posting to this site.

Anonymous said...

... wow, this just made me laugh.

CNNfan said...


Always a pleasure to hear a new metaphor from a CNN-watcher. Such as "Jizz" to describe the general impression and striking characteristics of CNN.


I'd like to caption that picture:

Michele is saying, "This was the election year they knew it was time to abandon ship."

Polite humor, applied to either of the last two election years