Friday, May 26, 2006

CNN Gives an Open Forum to the Smug Man, William Bennett

Flipped on CNN to see William Bennett, moralist extraordinaire, delivering an uninterrupted series of rightwing talking points.

Was he challenged? Was his segment balanced by a progressive voice? Of course not.

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Blogger DownWithTyranny said...

He actually said that "The 2 million people who listen to the show" were not happy that Bush apologized and said he needed to speak in a more sophisticated manner. I've been a dj, on and off, since 1968 and, although a good radio personality can get a sense of what his or her amorphous audience is feeling, it is absolutely bizarre that someone would presume to speak for 2 million listeners. Once I realized that the blob of protoplasm being interviewed by Soledad O'Brien was Bennett-- I had just woken up-- it all started making sense. Pure right wing propaganda, like everything that comes out of his face. Why does CNN bother interviewing this blob as though he had something worthwhile to add to the national debate?

5/26/2006 10:58 AM  
Anonymous Gideon S. said...

Saw the same damn thing yesterday afternoon when John King, subbing for Blitzer, interviewed Dan Bartlett on "The Situation Room."

I don't expect much of Blitzer, but I thought King would do better. I was wrong, as the transcript of the interview shows.

Bartlett is allowed to speak far too long and to inject off-topic talking points into the mix. Further, King seldom pressed for an answer to the questions Bartlett evaded. The "interview" turned out to be free advertising for the White House as a result.

I wonder if Anderson Cooper would do better at the "Situation Room's" helm?

5/27/2006 6:33 AM  

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