CNN, lest we forget, is a news organization. They want us to respect them. How desperate for ratings they must have become. With MSNBC presenting the execrable Olbermann, even though no one watches him, CNN cannot stand still. Out goes the wretched Sanchez, in comes the sleazy Spitzer.
Well, I guess it’s okay. The ex-gov of New York’s prostitution scandal was way back in 2008. Who can remember? And no one cares that he had spent years prosecuting hookers in the most draconian fashion while simultaneously employing them personally. One thing we know about our Eliot — he’s no libertarian when it comes to the world’s oldest profession. He’s a monumental hypocrite — the kind of guy who would arrest you for possession of marijuana while privately making sure he had the best stash in town. And we’re supposed to trust what he says on TV?
Remember when CNN was founded in 1980, how revolutionary it was — the first cable news network? Well, it’s declined to the level of bear-baiting.
Of course, along the way it hasn’t been exactly distinguished. Sanchez and Spitzer are but sideshows compared to the network’s self-admitted deception in its coverage of Saddam’s Iraq. As you may recall, in April 2003, CNN’s then chief executive producer Eason Jordan wrote an op-ed for the New York Times titled “The News We Kept to Ourselves” — in which Jordan detailed how the network deliberately misreported or downplayed Saddam’s atrocities, allegedly to protect its Iraqi employees. Actually, it seems to have been even more about the network’s maintaining near-exclusive access to a brutal dictatorship, whitewashing many forms of extreme torture in the process. Shades of Walter Duranty. Of course, CNN came back to say everything bad possible about Abu Ghraib. They knew George Bush wouldn’t cut their employees’ tongues out or, worse yet, kick the network off the air.