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10.30.2006

The CNN Offensive

Wolf Blitzer opened a new front in the LWM's war on Republicans this weekend.

Here's more, courtesy of the American Spectator:

WOLF DEMOCRATS
Lots of headscratching was going on Friday evening and over the weekend about the decision by CNN producers and uberanchor Wolf Blitzer to blindside former colleague (she hosted "CNN Crossfire" back in the day) Lynn Cheney.

Aside from using questions culled from talking points on the Jim Webb scandal provided to a CNN associate producer by the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee, Blitzer, -- without checking out the veracity of the talking points -- quizzed Cheney about the techniques used against suspected terrorists and her views on the Bush Administration. Cheney had been invited to discuss her new children's book, but came prepared to battle Blitzer, and more than held her own.

Why was Blitzer so aggressive? "It was all about ratings, and the fact that we have this series of specials called 'Where the Right Went Wrong' running on the network," says the CNN insider.

Part of that series ran later Friday evening after Cheney's emasculation of Blitzer (video here).

In fact, CNN producers, with the approval of more senior executives, intend to run the highly politicized, pro-Democrat Party "Where the Right Went Wrong" in the days leading into Election Day. The series uses original reporting, as well as materials, including statistics and research developed by the DNC, MoveOn.org and the labor-funded 527, Americans Coming Together, though the those sources are never mentioned in the segments.

"There are people who are wondering why this is being run so close to election day," says the CNN employee. "The questions have been asked, but we haven't gotten a satisfactory answer. But as soon as we saw the Cheney segment, we knew what they were trying to do. It wasn't just about attacking Cheney. It was about building momentum for the other programming we are running. It's about counterprogramming Fox News."


No bias here. Keep moving.

Jed Babbin:

Bush Derangement Syndrome manifests itself differently among its sufferers. In the New York Times' case, it erupts consistently in its eagerness to toss its long-time pals over the side for any measure of deviation from the Nutroots fringe. Christopher Shays -- Connecticut Republican and recipient of several previous NYT endorsements -- suffered the Times' endorsement of his opponent last week for the same reason the paper is now tossing Ol' Joe to the sharks: he didn't oppose the Iraq war sufficiently or agree that the president should be impeached for it. The endorsement of Lamont closes the BDS loop. Inside the 527 Media loop, no candidate can be supported who ever had a thought that varied from the BDS chant voiced by Lamontocrats the night of his primary victory: "bring them home, bring them home..." The sad part is that the Republicans can't seem to grasp that this presents an opportunity for them. Well, not all Republicans suffer from that inability. At least two don't and they're both named "Cheney."

It's comforting to know that someone in the White House still understands what we're up against. When radio interviewer Scott Hennen talked to the Veep about treatment of terrorist prisoners one question was, "Would you agree a dunk in the water is a no-brainer if it can save lives?" Mr. Cheney replied, "Well, it's a no-brainer for me," which led to a Chernobyl-like meltdown among the 527 Media. At the White House briefing the next morning, Tony Snow withstood a hilarious onslaught of righteous indignation as calm and well stated as Clouseau's accusation that a suspect killed "in a writ of fealous jage." Some smiling smartass girl ranted on for at least three minutes insisting that Snow explain what "a dunk in the water" meant if it didn't mean "water-boarding." (By the way, "water-boarding" is a means of breaking down a prisoner's resistance to interrogation that makes the suspect believe he's drowning.) The rest of the media munchkins were too busy jumping to conclusions to even listen to the answers to their own questions. Which proves a point and poses an essential question.

The media, at least the surrogate Lamontocrats among them, insist that terrorist prisoners should be treated the same way the Supreme Court requires a beat cop to treat a purse-snatcher caught on Rodeo Drive. Mr. Cheney made a point that resonates with every sensible American. If you want people to interrogate terrorist prisoners effectively, you're going to have to use techniques that aren't permitted in civilian law enforcement. Cheney didn't agree with the idea of waterboarding, but so what? Was Khalid Sheik Mohammed "water boarded"? Possibly. And if so, that's just fine by me. Whatever was done to KSM, the record shows that it succeeded in extracting information that led to the capture of other high-ranking al Qaeda terrorists and leaders, certainly saving an untold number of lives. This is one of the choices on November 7: Do you want terrorist prisoners treated -- lawfully -- in rough and innovative ways that work? If so, don't vote for any Democrats.

And while the Veep was out there dispensing common sense, his better half was taking on the media in the way the Republicans should have been doing all year. On CNN with Wolf Blitzer, Lynn Cheney asked a pertinent question and made a couple of telling points.

CNN has been on an anti-Bush rampage unseen in its political activism since Rathergate put the phony Texas Air National Guard documents on the air. Its "Broken Government" special and anti-Rumsfeld rants dominate its pre-election "coverage". Which didn't escape Mrs. Cheney. Here's the money quote from October 27, CNN last Friday night:


MRS. CHENEY: Well, you know, right there, Wolf, "Broken Government." Now, what kind of stance is that? Here we are. We're a country where we have been mightily challenged over the past six years. We've been through 9/11. We've been through Katrina.

The president and the vice president inherited a recession. We're a country where the economy is healthy. That's not broken. This government has acted very well. We've had tax cuts that are responsible for our healthy economy. We're a country that was attacked five years ago. We haven't been attacked since. What this government has done is effective. That's not broken government...

BLITZER: You worked ...

L. CHENEY: I watched your program last night and I was troubled.

BLITZER: All right. Well, that was probably the purpose, to get people to think, to get people to discuss these issues because a lot of conservatives and ...

L. CHENEY: Well, all right, Wolf. I'm here to talk about my book, but if you want to talk about distortion...

BLITZER: We'll talk about your book.

L. CHENEY: Well, right, but what is CNN doing running terrorist tape of terrorists shooting Americans? I mean, I thought Duncan Hunter asked you a very good question and you didn't answer it. Do you want us to win?

BLITZER: The answer, of course, is we want the United States to win. We are Americans. There's no doubt about that. Do you think we want terrorists to win?

L. CHENEY: Then why are you running terrorist propaganda?

BLITZER: With all due respect -- with all due respect, this is not terrorist propaganda.

Oh, c'mon, Wolf. You're caught, and you know it. Media bias is a thing of the past. You, and the others like you in the 527 Media, are producing campaign commercials for the Democrats and trying to pass them off as news. Thus the ever-deepening Couric Crater, the falling stock price of the NYT (down almost 60% in the past few years) and so forth. (I know, I know. Internet competition is driving newspaper stocks down, but liberal activism accelerates their decline.)

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