CNN's double standard
Two weeks ago, The New York Times quoted CNN president Jonathan Klein saying that connections between on-air contributors James Carville and Paul Begala and Hillary Clinton should be "disclosed as much as we can." Klein noted that Carville "has disclosed all of this previously and repeatedly on our air" but added, "He happened not to last night, and it's an unfortunate omission."
Klein was referring to Carville's November 15 appearance on CNN to discuss the Democratic debate that the cable news channel had just televised. Klein explained that though Carville is not on the Clinton campaign payroll, his support still required disclosure:
"He's not on the Hillary payroll, but he's on the Hillary bandwagon, and that should be disclosed as much as we can," Mr. Klein said. "I wasn't comfortable with it myself as I watched it.
It isn't exactly a state secret that James Carville and his fellow CNN contributor Paul Begala like the Clintons. They are, after all, James Carville and Paul Begala. Still: Klein was right. When Carville or Begala appear on CNN to comment on the presidential candidates, their support for one of those candidates should be disclosed.
But there was another CNN employee who participated in the channel's coverage of that November 15 debate without disclosing a conflict of interest. And Jonathan Klein hasn't apologized for that "unfortunate omission." Nor has The New York Times published an article about it.
Now who could that be? Could it be a CNN anchor and a moderator of the debate? Could media really be this duplicitous?
When did 'we the people' become we the ignorant, we the uninformed? I wonder how that could have happened?
Thanks media, for following the money and leaving your responsibilities behind.