Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Silent Treatment

As promised overnight, today's column for the Daily Banter -- written before Wolf "Human Ambien" Blitzer and Erin "AmEx Black Card" Burnett decided that the factual errors in Paul Ryan's speech didn't matter -- takes aim at CNN just 24-hours after I uncharacteristically showed the network a little love.

Here's the opening shot:

"Well, it was nice while it lasted. I was allowed all of about 24-hours of magnanimity and good will toward CNN before something happened to kind of blow it all to hell. You’ll remember that when we last left your humble narrator, he was painting a mental picture of CNN functioning as a news operation that closely resembles the hyper-idealized and eminently ethical one depicted in Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom. I truly believed that CNN had the potential to stand tall and assume a mantle that no other network in the country has been willing to, one of a news organization wholly dedicated to fierce, adversarial journalism; committed to letting only the facts dictate the terms of a story and unwilling to allow anyone from any political stripe to get away with trying to dance around or flat out ignore those facts. I still think CNN is capable of becoming that kind of news network — in fact, I still think it’s uniquely positioned among its contemporaries to make that little dream come true for the news-hungry public.

But then it goes off and does something stupid — like what it did less than 48-hours ago in response to an incident at the Republican National Convention in Tampa..."

Read the Rest Here


Anonymous said...

As Sandy said re the peanut-throwing incident:

"...too bad there isn't a news gathering organization involved here
they would certainly get the story out"....

CNNfan said...

Showed love to who
at the network that
fired the guy who
fired the guy who
fired the guy who
fired you?