CNN’s silence

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Greg Sargent: As you’ve surely heard by now, two GOP convention attendees were ejected from the festivities last night after throwing nuts at a black CNN camera-woman. The words “this is how we feed animals” were uttered.

…. CNN put out its own terse statement last night confirming the bare minimum about the affair ….. the question is whether CNN, which presumably knows all the details about the incident, will treat this as a news story, and report in full detail what happened.

…. It’s a tough spot for the network, but CNN is a news organization. It’s not in the business of withholding information about newsworthy events. Given the seemingly deplorable nature of this event, and given that it took place on the scene of the biggest story in politics right now, you’d think CNN will eventually err on the side of informing people, rather than the opposite.

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Andrew Sullivan: Why CNN Sucks – Because it has a huge story on its hands – an insight into ugly racism among the GOP base….

…. If I were the camerawoman involved, this would not be enough. CNN has now run a small story on the incident but doesn’t seem to be pushing it. Why? Because this awful notion of balance – which requires journalists to be lobotomized when assessing reality – is “on-brand”. Oy.

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81 Responses to “CNN’s silence”

  1. 1 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 29, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Good morning, TOD

  2. 2 proudmemberofglobalzero
    August 29, 2012 at 12:02 pm


  3. August 29, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    They’ll throw their own employees to the wolves if it means protecting their corporate/GOP interests.

    • 4 utaustinliberal
      August 29, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      And this incident shows it clear as day.

    • 5 nathkatun7
      August 29, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      You probably right that CNN’ silence about this ugly racist incident is all about “protecting their corporate/GOP interests.” But I also think that the silence reflects CNN’s culture of ignoring or minimizing racial hatred directed at Blacks and other people of color.

  4. 6 Mariele K.
    August 29, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    shame Shame…..

  5. August 29, 2012 at 12:06 pm

  6. 13 amk for obama
    August 29, 2012 at 12:06 pm

  7. 15 andogriff
    August 29, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    This is sickening. Just watching the convention with CNN International is horribly biased enough… but THIS!! And one of their own employees was involved in it. Just hope the incident gets the coverage it deserves.

  8. 16 yardarm756
    August 29, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    The sad part is the camerawoman will loose her job if she talks, I bet. MSNBC hasn’t said too much about it either. Go figure.

  9. 18 amk for obama
    August 29, 2012 at 12:10 pm

  10. 19 Ladyhawke
    August 29, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Republican Convention recap: America sucks and “WE BUILT THIS”

    by Eclectablog


    You SURE you want that message?

    Last night at the Republican Convention in Tampa, multiple speakers got up to tell us how much America sucks right now. Despite an economy that is recovering, they stood under a giant debt clock and declared “We built this”. It’s an odd message, given how responsible Republicans are FOR that national debt.
    Wars unpaid for. Prescription drug benefits unpaid for. Monstrous tax breaks for monstrously wealthy Americans unpaid for. That all adds up and, yes, Republicans, you DID build that.

    While Ann Romney got up to nominate her husband for “Husband and Dad of the Year”, she declared, “Tonight, I want to talk to you about love.” A short time later, she was repudiated by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who declared, “Tonight, we choose respect over love”.

    The theme of “We built this” flies in the face of reality. As Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren put it, “We built this together.”



  11. 20 dotster3
    August 29, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Almost every detail of this Repub convention is mind-boggling. as tone deaf as can be

    • 21 utaustinliberal
      August 29, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      In the land of you can’t make this shit up. These folks really want Romney to lose the election right? 🙄

      • 22 susanne
        August 29, 2012 at 3:50 pm

        more like, we know we’ve got a loser on our hands, but let’s take him for whatever perks we can while his koch buddies are footing the bill.

  12. August 29, 2012 at 12:14 pm

  13. 24 jeff
    August 29, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    This is most disturbing. I wouldn’t be surprised at this point of CNN will blame the victim and have her along with the other employee and if either come forward they will fire them.

  14. August 29, 2012 at 12:16 pm

  15. 26 dotster3
    August 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    And there’s Sam Stein again, fulfilling his self-appointed role as Miss Ann’s guardian angel, making excuses for speech deficiencies, defending her honor.

  16. August 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm

  17. 33 amk for obama
    August 29, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    • August 29, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      Because, their Viewership, which is already the Worst, would be zero, if they reported this.
      This channel created the Tea Party, it’s amazing that more baggers do not watch this Show. I guess, the Baggers are all watching Fox and not CNN?

    • 35 0388jojothecat
      August 29, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      CNN is waiting for the Democratic Convention when a white cameraman is bumped in a crowed convention by an AA or Hispanic delegate so that they can say “both partys do this and are racists”.

    • 39 Nena20409
      August 29, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      Amk TeaNN already had Teabaggers. Remember the SOTU rebuttal by Bachmann aired by TeaNN? CNN proves that they are NOT a Neutral station. They will NOT sit on this story had this was a Dem Convention.

  18. 40 TrumpDog
    August 29, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    DESERTFLOWER! I just read your post about baby Quayle losing his primary!

    Ok so Schweikart….can he be beaten in the district?

      • 43 FiredUpInCA
        August 29, 2012 at 12:51 pm


      • 44 Nena20409
        August 29, 2012 at 1:24 pm

        Remember the way CNN reported the Shirley Sherrod story? They went the Fox way until, Tony…..the Black former anchor, said on air, wait a minute and the next segment they had a different report from what their morning show was reporting. Tony knew the Sherrod Name and did further digging.

        CNN will go hard on any one but the right wingers. They had Trump on more than Fox did in 2011 during the birther Lie that CNN themselves have debunked.

      • 45 nathkatun7
        August 29, 2012 at 3:51 pm

        Even more likely, Edwina, if an AA DNC delegate shamefully abused a white employee “it would be BREAKING NEWS from now till the election.” And not only on CNN but on all broadcast media.

  19. 46 whatisworking
    August 29, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Good Morning TOD family

    I wanted to send in a quick encouraging update. Saturday and Monday I called into Colorado, almost all U voters (unaffiliated) with a few R or D sprinkled in. I had 10 supporters for the President in an hour. I had folks saying their whole family was in. Many were young (20-30).

    One woman sent me to a website she was building

    Let’s all give it a click


    The calls to Colorado a week ago were pretty tough, these past few days much better. I am hoping it is a trend….

  20. 49 Ladyhawke
    August 29, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Governors step on anti-Obama message

    By Steve Benen


    As we discussed in May, many of the nation’s key swing states — Ohio, Florida, Virginia, Nevada, Wisconsin, Iowa, Pennsylvania — are led by Republican governors, each of whom are eager to tell their constituents that the economy is looking up. They’re hoping to boost their own fortunes, but inadvertently, they’re also helping President Obama in an election year in which the economy is the nation’s top issue.

    Obviously, these governors don’t want the president to get credit for the fact that the economy improved after his administration and congressional Democrats pulled the nation back from the brink of a catastrophe. But that doesn’t change Romney’s central challenge: telling voters in these key states not to believe their lying eyes.

    “As the governors keep telling you, things are obviously getting better,” the Romney argument goes, “though I need you to believe they’re getting worse.” It’s no easy task.



  21. 50 whatisworking
    August 29, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    While Mitt Romney spews hatred, lets try and spread the vidoes of the folks asking for help as Bain shops their jobs overseas NOW.

    Here is my video of the day on this issue

  22. August 29, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Soon, the Robney Camp will have an ad out saying- that Obama supporters threw Grapes at Republicans. Seriously!

  23. 52 whatisworking
    August 29, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    For a web page with all the videos on the Freeport layoffs visit, when you see a video you want to share hover over the top of the video, a black bar will appear with the word share, click it and optionas appear for sharing on facebook, twitter, linking, etc.


  24. 54 dotster3
    August 29, 2012 at 12:35 pm

  25. 55 bjw2
    August 29, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Good after TOD!

    The media is also ignoring these stories:

    The major plot to assassinate the President.

    And the Latino lady who represented Puerto Rico, as she approached the podium to give the results of the roll call, she was met with shouts of USA. A Latino reporter said he was stunned.

  26. 57 Bill R.
    August 29, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Oops! Romney party yacht for billionaire donors is flying the flag of the Cayman Islands, how appropriate!

  27. 64 cluny
    August 29, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Please let’s all contact CNN to complain about them burying this story. If you are on twitter please tweet or fax, email, telephone. If you are like me and live in another country and can mange it call and leave a brief message of complaint. They need to be shamed about wimping out on a big story that is in the publics interest to know about. What happened is disgraceful and they are disgusting for covering it up.

  28. 66 Linda
    August 29, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Chris Christie Speech Blasted As ‘Off-Key’ By Chris Wallace

    I have to say, personally, I thought it was one of the most off-key keynote speeches I ever heard,” Wallace said.

    He noted that Christie said the word “I” 37 times, “Romney” seven times, and “jobs” one time.

    “[I]t seemed sometimes as if he was promoting his own candidacy more than he was Mitt Romney’s,” Wallce added. “People liked the speech, but not nearly the kind of intense reaction to it and intense listening to it that there was for Ann Romney.”

    Speaking to the New Jersey delegation on Wednesday morning, Christie actually addressed why he mentioned Romney so infrequently.

    “My job last night as I saw it, and I spent a lot of time talking about the speech before I gave it because, nobody would show up,” Christie joked. “I really felt that my job last night was to lay out the stakes in this election and the choice in this election. And as it turned out, with Mrs. Romney going first it freed me up — remember she was supposed to be going Monday night and because of the hurricane it was canceled — so instead both of us were on the same night.”

    Wallace, however, said Christie’s explanation is further evidence of his failure to do his job on Tuesday.

    “If you’re explaining the day after, that’s never a good sign,” Wallace said. “Obviously he’s not going to tell stories about life with Mitt Romney, but it seemed to me he could have done a better or more effective job. What’s the central issue in this campaign? Jobs, the economy, getting it started. But he never went after Barack Obama’s economic policies. He talked about a failure of leadership. I don’t know that that’s even the right critique of Barack Obama. It seems to me, for Republicans, it’s not that he’s failed to lead, it’s that he’s led in the wrong direction.”


    • 67 amk for obama
      August 29, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    • 68 dotster3
      August 29, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      I’m not sure I need to see Chris Wallace’s deep thoughts and regrets about Christie not mentioning that Obama led in “the wrong direction”.

      • 69 susanne
        August 29, 2012 at 4:02 pm

        yes, bad enough the media is already promoting the rethugs, but it’s another big leap to be handing them their lines.

      • 70 nathkatun7
        August 29, 2012 at 4:13 pm

        I wonder what’s the right direction Chris Wallace had in mind? Is it more tax cuts for the super wealthy? I have not seen Romney and the GOP offer any viable direction to fix the economy. May be Chris Christie knew fully well that the Republicans offered no viable solutions to the economic catastrophe that President Obama confronted upon taking office. I am just sick of these media people who want to sweep under the rag the horrible situation that President Obama inherited. Here is the question for all the media and the GOP haters of President Obama: Is the United States worse off in August 2012 than it was in January 2009? If they answer no then they must either be lying or suffering from amnesia.

  29. 71 Bill R.
    August 29, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Great News!

  30. 75 Bill R.
    August 29, 2012 at 12:52 pm

  31. 78 Bill R.
    August 29, 2012 at 12:55 pm

  32. 79 amk for obama
    August 29, 2012 at 1:05 pm

  33. 81 xtine
    August 29, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Convention of Racists & Bigots, Inc.!

    Wish they could all sail away under that Cayman flag.

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