The Americans who are comparing him to those remarkable predecessors are putting a lot of faith in a man they barely know.
Which is a remarkably tacit way for Mann to damn his fellow media men–after all, if Americans truly are “putting a lot of faith in a man they barely know” that constitutes one epic failure amongst those whose job it is to inform them. But then, the modern function of the news media is to withhold information, not disseminate it. Something CNN has been quite good at in some areas—less so in others.
Related: Magical thinking at MSNBC: “Anchor Frets: Why Hasn’t Obama’s Election Ended Terrorism?”