A Marriage Made in Heaven? Maybe not…

Politico’s Kenneth P. Vogel writes about controversy stemming from the announcement of CNN teaming up with the Tea Party Express for a GOP debate…

CNN political director Sam Feist defended the partnership as an appropriate way of covering an important constituency of the Republican Party.

“You knew that in 2012 there had to be a tea party debate,” he said. “The tea party movement has become iconic for Republican politics. … So we thought that it’s the right time and right place to do it.”

He also pointed out that CNN has chronicled the tea party movement “very extensively” since soon after it arose in early 2009 in protest of what its activists saw as the fiscally reckless policies of the Obama administration and the Democratic Congress.

Yet, MSNBC’s liberal anchor Keith Olbermann contended the move puts the lie to CNN’s effort to position itself as a more objective alternative to Fox and MSNBC and exposes an ongoing rightward drift.

“The alliance isn’t the problem. It’s the continuing pretense that CNN is neutral,” he wrote in an e-mail to POLITICO. “They’ve been hemorrhaging viewers not because they’re nonpartisan but because the viewers recognize they are arrogantly and condescendingly pretending to be.”

7 Responses to “A Marriage Made in Heaven? Maybe not…”

  1. Perhaps “Teaming up” is a misnomer. They’re jointly hosting a forum for political debate, one for the purpose of pushing an agenda and the other for the purpose of covering it. Unless CNN either favours or opposes the opinions and/or participants, I don’t see a problem.

  2. Olby says CNN is moving right and many conservatives (using the inequality between Parker and Spitzer, for instance) think CNN is moving left. Does this mean that CNN IS neural, or is Olby just delusional since, compared to him, 75% of the country is far right?

  3. Would teaming up with the Reagan library be a partisan move? Didn’t MSNBC did that last election?

  4. MSNBC’s liberal anchor Keith Olbermann

    That should read “MSNBC’s liberal anchor and part-time Democratic candidate donor Keith Olbermann.”

    Rimshot.

  5. Josh is right. They’re covering a Republican debate sponsored by the Tea Party Express. I don’t see the problem.

  6. If the “Coffee Party” (if it still exists) sponsored a Democratic candidates debate and MSNBC or CNN covered it there’d be no problem. All sorts of interest groups sponsor debates.

    And Mr. Olbermann certainly wouldn’t be complaining about it.

    Yeah, he’s low hanging fruit but what the heck.

  7. savefarris Says:

    Olby complaining about someone else’s “arrogance and condescension”?!?

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