Ed Driscoll

For a 'News' Channel, CNN Can Sure Bury the Lede

CNN Special Report: Blitzer to Host ‘Voices of Auschwitz’ Jan. 27 at 9pm ET” said the spam from CNN’s marketing department that arrived in my inbox earlier today:

Eva Kor arrived at Auschwitz with her mother and twin sister in 1944, when she was just 10-years old. That day on the selection platform was the last time she would ever see her mother again. Eva’s mother was sent directly to the gas chamber. For the next nine months, Eva and her sister Miriam were housed in a rat-infested bunk with 300 other children and subjected to medical experiments daily. Despite the daily torture, Eva was determined to survive, telling CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: “I was not going to perish here in Auschwitz.” When liberation finally came on January 27, 1945, Eva and Miriam were at the front of the line as the children were led out of Auschwitz.

This one-hour special report, airing on the 70th anniversary of the camp’s liberation, will look back at the atrocities committed at Auschwitz through the eyes of those imprisoned there more than 70 years ago.

Isn’t the real lede here that after decades of drooling over the Soviet Union, Cuba, Saddam’s Iraq and China, CNN discovers a totalitarian socialist regime whose murderous crimes it can report on, straight, with no morally equivalent chaser? Of course, it’s one that America put out of business 70 years ago, but still as with Hollywood, CNN will take no firm moral stance before its time! (Nor maintain that stance for very long.)

And speaking of totalitarian regimes we put out of business 70 years ago:


During President Bush’s administration, there were lots of blog and video parodies imagining what CNN would have sounded like had it been in existence in the 1930s and ’40s. I’d say pretty much like this:

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Related: “Revealed: The video CNN will play when the world ends.” If Stanley Kramer were alive and directing his 1959 all-star end-of-the-world piously liberal anti-nuke morality tale On the Beach today, he’d have to include a scene where this clip plays before the Australians take their suicide pills. On the other hand, such a scene might confuse audiences: were the mass suicides occurring rather than risking the lethal radiation cloud about to sweep the island continent, or due to the Aussies having been forced to endure painfully lethal levels of CNN?