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Monday, November 28, 2005

EXXON Cheney Matter

Drudge follows the developments at CNN over the X on Dick Cheney's face during a CNN broadcast of a recent speech. A phone operator was fired for telling a complaining viewer:

"We did it just to make a point. Tell them to stop lying, Bush and Cheney. Bring our soldiers home."

In a release from CNN:

"A Turner switchboard operator was fired today after we were alerted to a conversation the operator had with a caller in which the operator lost his temper and expressed his personal views -- behavior that was totally inappropriate. His comments did not reflect the views of CNN. We are reaching out to the caller and expressing our deep regret to her and apologizing that she did not get the courtesy entitled to her. "

This is not an issue of "courtesy". It is an issue of CNN being exposed as anti-Bush. Every story will portray Democrats as "moderates" and every Republican as "conservative". While such is clear to anyone familiar with the news spin of the network, denial of such a bias is ludicrous. We are better served to know the ideology of the network and then interpret what it broadcasts, like Russians did for decades while reading Kremlin news outlets (read Natan Sharansky's Fear No Evil). I do that every weekend with my NYT. Find the spin, negate the statement and you find the news! It's a game.

CNN should have said, "At least we did not place a Swastika over his face". Now, would that be beyong the envelope?

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