CNN is now reporting on themselves through the thin guise of “the media” as if they’re not THE MEDIA, so says “the best political team on television” network. They’re reporting on others’ reporting on Barack Obama, passively concluding that either:
1) They’re a shitty news organization that couldn’t think of a serious question for Obama over the last year and two months.
2) They’re a shitty news organization that now after CBS, FOX and MSNBC have all produced segements based on talking points from dubious e-mails that have been in circulation since last February and decided, “Shit. People seem to be really talking about the turban-Farrakhan-Rezko-SNL gate situation. Maybe we are going too easy on him. Yeah, yeah. That’s what it is.”
CNN. The network that does whatever FOX does, but crappier.
And I don’t know how you get crappier than FOX. At least FOX seems to really enjoy what it does. Their jaded cynicism mixed with fear-mongering, heaping of culture wars chatter shaken with pro-capitalist propaganda is, if nothing, a brand. You know what you’re getting. You knew it was going to be the most in-your-face putrid stew to ever fly out of a crazed, bullying Irish Catholic’s mouth. It’s news porn.
CNN was supposed to, I don’t know, be about something. But after FOX’s chicken fried chicken shit took the air and started beating the tar out of CNN in the ratings the networked blinked and started running to the right, parroting their number one rival. Which is bizarre. You’re competition out does you by going with a conservative flavor of the news and you try to beat them by becoming them? FOX is FOX for a reason. This is like when CBS threw their news credentials in the crapper to save money. Don’t be FOX, be yourselves but better.
Red staters have been craving red state spun news since the words “Liberal media” came into existence. Of course you were going to lose some viewers. Maintain and gain some by, I don’t know, being credible. Having some standards. Stop wasting money on fancy technical doo-dads and do some investigating. Be reporters! Uncover things! Harass people! Malinger! For the love of God, do something other than piggy back off of another network’s business model when they’re better at it than you.
It’s time to put down the FOX crib sheet and get a spine, CNN. Stop innovating or I’ll be forced to watch … gawd … MSNBC during the day.
But this tangent has taken me away from my original point: CNN is doing a piece linking every piece of innuendo, speculation, myth, distortion and supposed gaffe as if this were all part of a larger narrative. That Obama is secretly an American hating Muslim, colluding with terrorists, who doesn’t know the national anthem, hangs with black separatists and shady political financiers, smokes the dope and, quite possibly, bites off the heads off new born babies. That CNN is doing this piece because “now that Obama’s the front runner he is getting closer scrutiny from the press!”
Once again, ahem, you ARE the press, CNN. Don’t you know how you’ve been covering him? I’m sure you could rewind some tape or something.
All things being equal, you have been obsessed with Hillary Clinton to the point that I was sure someone’s syphilis had gone to their brain. Early on the press largely balked at Obama “not living up to his hype” and his poor performance in some of the earlier debates. So when Clinton was doing well it was, “Look at Hillary! She’s unbeatable! We’re totally going to ignore everyone else in the race, except for Rudy Guiliani, because, really, wouldn’t it be cool if it were an all New York final? Really, really? Because we all, like, live in New York and do a lot of navel gazing.”
Then Barack won Iowa and the press got all confused and started reporting the excitement people felt. You still didn’t report any news, but you were excited and now you would take a break from the Clinton Crack to report on Obama’s ascent.
And soon the story was, “he is perfect and she can’t do anything right. We knew she’d never make it, blah, blah, blah. So when do you think she’ll step out of the race?”
So now, for no reason really, after Saturday Night Live does one fucking skit that “validates” Hillary Clinton’s lament that everyone is picking on her for existing, the CNN goes “Oh! Tina Fey is yelling at us … we mean, the Press! How could she? Our feelings! Our widdle, widdle feelings! Wah! Wah! Tina Fey is so awful! Damn her and Amy Poehler for showing us how lazy we are!”
The way the media was enthrall over that SNL skit you’d think that if there’d been no writer’s strike the whole race would have been over by Feb. 5th as Hillary originally planned. I wasn’t aware that Lorne Michaels was the “puppet master” of the Mainstream Media.
Once again, this was a lot of navel gazing, but it was enough navel gazing to make CNN look up and see that every network was hitting the Obama hit pieces harder than them. So they needed their OWN hit piece. Only they didn’t have anything original (as FOX has been your go to network for all forms of Obama/Hillary slander), so they just sort of threw some emails to the wall and went with the “press reporting on itself” angle and did a “the press is getting tougher on Obama” segment.
Way to put on the big boy pants, Wolf Blitzer. I’ll see if I can round up Roger Ailes to help you zipper up.