Well the anti-blogger people just keep popping up. Today we have two of CNN’s anchors calling for a “crackdown on bloggers” that you can watch for yourself in the above video.
Evidently Kyra Phillips and John Robert’s must not like the competition, which appears to be a growing trend, one that I’d think would only happen in places like China, not in the US.
This certainly adds to the suspicious nature and timing of things happening with blogs such as iPBFree and Blogetery going offline, the EU wanting to crack down on bloggers who are skeptical of global warming, an attorney in Las Vegas who wants to sue bloggers. We now have some CNN talking heads wanting to crack down on bloggers. You have to really start wondering WTF is going on here when one form of media wants to start cracking down on another form of media. Regardless what media we talk about, it’s an Insane Minds thing to have one dissing the other. It’s like they’re saying we’re better than you and our first amendment rights should not be infringed, but you? Well, you’re a lowly blogger, you shouldn’t have any rights at all.
CNN is using the Shirley Sherrod incident as an example of the blogosphere running wild. But was it really the blogosphere running wild? Or, was it the Obama Administration freaking out that caused the problem? They got her to resign, not the blogosphere.
The head of the USDA also admitted jumping the gun without investigating any claims being made about the video.
The NAACP were “appalled” by her actions before they bothered to look into it. The latter is a concept I find especially hilarious since they’re the one’s who had the original tape and one would think that someone there would have had the thought to look at the original tape before they got all instantly “appalled” about it.
It seems all three were more interested in covering their asses, in a hurry. But now that Shirley has been deemed innocent by the mainstream media, they’re now in another big hurry to cover their asses. What better scapegoats than bloggers?
All three entities have apologized to her, which is very telling. To say the least is that all three put their collective foots in their collective mouths about this whole incident.
What I find amusing is that I haven’t heard CNN offering an apology, yet they’re quick on the trigger to point the fickle finger of fate at the bloggers. Somehow I think they should worry about cleaning up their own mess before they start casting aspersions elsewhere. They act like most of the liberals in America, they can’t accept the blame for anything, it’s always someone else’s fault.
Regarding who broadcast what, where and when, we get this from Wikipedia, which can be found here if you want to read the whole bloody mess…..
The Breitbart video was first broadcast that evening on the The O’Reilly Factor, a talk show on the Fox News Channel. Bill O’Reilly stated that Sherrod should resign.. At the time of the taping of the show, news of Sherrod’s resignation had not yet been reported, nor had the NAACP yet released the full video. However, the program was not broadcast until after Sherrod resigned and O’Reilly’s staff confirmed that fact by corresponding with the USDA. The video was mentioned again on Hannity and On the Record with Greta Van Susteren (both on Fox) as well as on Larry King Live and Anderson Cooper 360 (both on CNN).
So who did what? Who’s the naughty network on the block? Everyone’s been yelling about Fox, yet CNN is acting like they should be called the NVN (News Virgins Network) instead of CNN (Communist News Network). I found this little tidbit at Mediaite, which can be found here if you want to read their whole article that again, goes into more detail than I am here…..
And that doesn’t mean FNC was the only one to mention the story Monday night either. It was referenced by a guest on Larry King Live, and Anderson Cooper did have a brief segment as well on CNN. By Tuesday morning, all three cable networks were leading with the Sherrod video. (The original one because the “full” version hadn’t been out yet)
It doesn’t sound like CNN is very innocent to me. Here’s more…..
On Tuesday, FNC covered the story a lot – 39 times according to TV Eyes. MSNBC covered it 21 times, but CNN? They mentioned Shirley Sherrod 63 times.
Yes, good old sweet and innocent CNN, who broacast about this 63 times.
CNN having the audacity to complain about bloggers causing all these problems seems to me to be the proverbial case of the drill calling the hammer a “tool.” Sounds more like CNN is the “tool” in the shed if you get my meaning.
You have to also just “love” this quote from Phillips which shows you the hypocrisy at CNN…..
“There’s going to have be a point in time where these people have to be held accountable,” Phillips said. “How about all these bloggers that blog anonymously? They say rotten things about people and they’re actually given credibility, which is crazy. They’re a bunch of cowards, they’re just people seeking attention.”
Gee Kyra, wasn’t CNN reporting all this “rotten” stuff, too? Oh, that’s right, we’re supposed to forget about all that aren’t we? CNN is pure as those 72 virgins that martyred muslims get.
If you want a second timeline on who did what, when, that’s in more detail, you can go here to Media Matters where they have a timeline on the whole thing. As you can see CNN was right in there Monday along with everyone else.
Based upon the Media Matters timeline, it appears that CNN didn’t start heading in the “she’s innocent” direction until 5:20 PM the following day (Tuesday). Therefore I can’t fathom how CNN can claim righteous indignation about bloggers when they were doing the same thing everybody else was.
I can only surmise that they either think they’re better than everybody else, or that they have different first amendment rights than bloggers.
It’s premature to be pronouncing anyone innocent or guilty, including Shirley Sharrod as there just seems to be more and more things coming out about the whole incident, including more allegations about Mrs. Sharrod and her husband. You can hit the links to see what I refer to as I’m not getting into it.
This is only about the seeming meglomania at CNN.
Sources: I Hate the Media, I Hate the Media, Wikipedia, Mediaite, Media Matters, YouTube