Video: CNN hammers the Democrats on pork again

posted at 2:37 pm on May 31, 2007 by Allahpundit

If you’re keeping score, this makes not one, not two, but three hard slaps on ethics delivered in the span of nine days. Exit question one: What gives? And exit question two: How soon before the Democratic candidates boycott CNN debates, too?

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I’ll be damned two in a row. Is this a series of get yer act together pieces? The media does do those occassionally to warn the Dems they are asking for trouble.

Bad Candy on May 31, 2007 at 2:40 PM

Exit question one: What gives?

I don’t know. I just. don’t. know.

[shakes head in disbelief]

db on May 31, 2007 at 2:41 PM

Murtha may want to redeploy to Okinawa until this heat blows over.

CNN, who’da thunk it??!?

omnipotent on May 31, 2007 at 2:43 PM

Bias is bias, but slapping down the fat cats usually trumps all.

Number 2 on May 31, 2007 at 2:44 PM

What gives?

They are getting in digs now because once the primaries start they will treat the dems with a ‘hands-off’ attitude.
Just keeping up the market share while the news is slow.

Limerick on May 31, 2007 at 2:47 PM

THIS is CNN?

Correct Limerick, they will handle the Dems with kid gloves. The only way Dems would boycott the debate would be if Lou Dobbs moderates.

Brat on May 31, 2007 at 2:53 PM

Wow, gotta love Drew Griffin…hope he has a bodyguard, and a good accountant for when the IRS comes after him in retaliation for reporting on Murtha’s activities.

JustTruth101 on May 31, 2007 at 2:54 PM

Vote against all incumbents, it is the only way to clean out institutionalized attitude of entitlement our national lawmakers now have. Let them go enjoy the benefits of Social Security and the discount card AARP gave them. Let’s just get rid of the incumbents. All parties.
It is kind of like a prison. The inmate that has been there the longest knows best how to take advantage of the system and get the most perks.

LakeRuins on May 31, 2007 at 2:54 PM

I think Glenn Beck (who has a nightly show on CNN) would make an excellent moderator !!

stenwin77 on May 31, 2007 at 2:58 PM

Wow … kudos to CNN. Of course democrats simply ignore this. Murtha probably sits back in his office watching this on his taxpayer bought 54″ plasma while drinking taxpayer bought Scotch while laughing his fat, crooked ass off.

We must march on D.C. and throw these bums out …

darwin on May 31, 2007 at 2:59 PM

Dunder-Mifflin at the Office.
Who’s in charge Dwight Scherute?

Kini on May 31, 2007 at 3:01 PM

Exit answer 1: morning after uugh-leeeee!

I swear I’ll never drink hard stuff again!

Exit answer 2: Obviously just a tool of the vast right wing cabal.

Again, a third party is looking really good right about now….

locomotivebreath1901 on May 31, 2007 at 3:04 PM

Exit question one: What gives?

Everyone is getting tired of it – on both sides. The NDIC isn’t the FBI, CIA or Pentagon. It needs to be cracked open – now.

My exit question: Is CNN just siding with the minority in Congress?

MAJOR Kudos to CNN.

amerpundit on May 31, 2007 at 3:06 PM

I’m with LakeRuins, to a point. Yes, every member of congress who supports a bill including earmarks is a part of the problem. Sadly, many otherwise ethical and well-meaning folks that get elected, are quickly taught to go along with the prevailing system, and are soon playing the game as loosely as the rest.

Tossing them all and starting from scratch would be a nice concept. But imagine the entire country agreed to do just that. Come election day, people in each district would realize that if their congresscritter gets re-upped, they’d be automatically senior to everyone else. Most likely it would backfire. The best that could be hoped for is that more citizens become acquainted with the actual voting record of their Congressmen.

Some manner of serious reform on earmarks is absolutely necessary, no question. To start with, how are Murtha’s earmark requests not available for public scrutiny? To carry that thought to conclusion, how can anything done by our elected legislators be kept secret, other than necessary national security matters? We’re their boss, they have no right to hide what they do from us if it doesn’t impact the military or national security.

Freelancer on May 31, 2007 at 3:10 PM

Ouch…that’s gonna leave a mark.

I guess I’ll have to lighten up a bit on CNN. They’re gettin’ it done (sometimes).

flipflop on May 31, 2007 at 3:11 PM

Vote against all incumbents, it is the only way to clean out institutionalized attitude of entitlement our national lawmakers now have. Let them go enjoy the benefits of Social Security and the discount card AARP gave them. Let’s just get rid of the incumbents. All parties.
It is kind of like a prison. The inmate that has been there the longest knows best how to take advantage of the system and get the most perks.

LakeRuins on May 31, 2007 at 2:54 PM

Amen. I remember a campaign some years back–might have been 20 years ago or more–called “Throw the Rascals Out”. Basically it was a campaign to vote against any incumbent. I think it’s time again.

flipflop on May 31, 2007 at 3:13 PM

Trouble is nobody watches CNN anymore. But what gives? Obviously the executive editorial staff is on vacation. When the rats away, the mice will play.

Drew Griffin has always been a great reporter. That’s why you haven’t seen much of him. :)

Griz on May 31, 2007 at 3:13 PM

It sounds to me like CNN is attacking the Dems from the left, holding them accountable for promises they made before the election to make all of this transparent and ethical…

Seixon on May 31, 2007 at 3:13 PM

Trouble is nobody watches CNN anymore.
Griz on May 31, 2007 at 3:13 PM

Except in Airports.

Kini on May 31, 2007 at 3:15 PM

Old news. Fox was reporting about this days ago. They even included CSPAN footage of Murky Murtha angrily yelling at the Republican representative on the House floor!

kevcad on May 31, 2007 at 3:16 PM

Exit question one: What gives?

CNN showing they are “fair and balanced”.

And exit question two: How soon before the Democratic candidates boycott CNN debates, too?

CNN better watch out or the Dems will make sure the Fairness Doctrine cleans this all up.

CNN – Conservative News Network???

Rick on May 31, 2007 at 3:18 PM

Exit question one: What gives?

They figured out liberal bias doesn’t pay. And maybe they figured out that the conservative, context filled reporting of Fox News is what allowed them to go from zero to a major competitor in a short period of time. They are aiming at Fox’s core audience. Everybody hates pork so they risk little in the way of losing their liberal audience.

Theworldisnotenough on May 31, 2007 at 3:18 PM

What? You mean the Democrats made false promises prior to an historical election in order to sway votes by telling the sheople voters what they wanted to hear knowing full well they were lying to the sheople voters all the time? No way!

“If you can’t dazzle ‘em with brilliance, baffle ‘em with bull$hit!”

SilverStar830 on May 31, 2007 at 3:20 PM

Ouch…that’s gonna leave a mark.
flipflop on May 31, 2007 at 3:11 PM

I know Flip. I just pinched myself really hard to make sure I wasn’t dreaming.

soulsirkus on May 31, 2007 at 3:20 PM

Answer: CNN attempting to build credibility as even-handed so it can use that credibility to push the Dem in the Presidential election.

Spirit of 1776 on May 31, 2007 at 3:22 PM

Actualy, I think that with the Repubs out of power in Congress, they were running out of story material…

They bashed the Repubs for the years they were in power… and often rightfully so… now they are going to shed some light on the Dems… and pretty much ignore the Repubs…

Its more about who is in power and hypocracy, than a straight political agenda (although that agenda does show through at times).

Romeo13 on May 31, 2007 at 3:28 PM

Whoa..did hell freeze over? Are pigs flying? Did the cows come home?

CNN…the the news station formerly known as the Communist News Network?

heatherrc77 on May 31, 2007 at 3:38 PM

What gives?

Yeah vote on one little bill to fund the war in Iraq and Afganistan and you’d think they had done something wrong ?

William Amos on May 31, 2007 at 3:54 PM

Amen. I remember a campaign some years back–might have been 20 years ago or more–called “Throw the Rascals Out”. Basically it was a campaign to vote against any incumbent. I think it’s time again.

flipflop on May 31, 2007 at 3:13 PM

An easy sell for Republican voters this time around…how are we going to convince the Democrats?

James on May 31, 2007 at 3:55 PM

Exit question one: What gives?

It’s the Kiran Chetry effect.

fogw on May 31, 2007 at 4:01 PM

Murtha, I served with Marines. I knew Marines. Marines are friends of mine. Murtha , you’re no Marine

Wade on May 31, 2007 at 4:15 PM

CNN is covering now for the coming Holocaust of Leftist Bias in the Presidential election campaign.

Smart.

Jaibones on May 31, 2007 at 4:16 PM

Was reading a little bit about Murtha on Wikipedia…intereseting, and looking at how varied his political views are, is probably why he doesn’t get slammed as much as others.

The guy’s getting old…how many terms does he have left? And if he’s still around when they re-district in a few years, I’m sure he’s going to have to face another House Member. Western Pennsylvania continues to bleed population. If PA doesn’t lose a seat in the next re-districting, the districts will be skewed even more towards the Philadelphia and Harrisburg markets.

asc85 on May 31, 2007 at 4:18 PM

Exit question one: What gives?

Advertisers are “What Gives”. CNN needs revenues more than they need to promote their ideals.
Simple math…middle of the roaders and conservatives purchase more than leftists (Tofu and Doritos excempted).

Give the others about 6 months, after they see the revenue increase in CNN, and they will be the rightwing lap dog.

right2bright on May 31, 2007 at 4:26 PM

After the Democrats two years in Congress I’d like to see a comparison in how much pork got through when they were the majority and how much got through when the Republicans were the majority.

Nonfactor on May 31, 2007 at 6:07 PM

Murtha is involved? Why am I not shocked….

Tim Burton on May 31, 2007 at 6:19 PM

CNN is being hard now so they won’t have to ask real questions of the demcrats in the debates.

SouthernGent on May 31, 2007 at 6:54 PM

Limerick on May 31, 2007 at 2:47 PM

I think you hit the nail squarely on the head. This way they can show themselves to be the balanced network we all know they are :-P

thedecider on May 31, 2007 at 9:10 PM

Nonfactor on May 31, 2007 at 6:07 PM

Ours is a Parliament Republic of Whores (as J.P. O’Rourke so nicely wrote a wonderful book) – it really doesn’t matter much which side is in power. The pockets get stuffed by same and different lobbyists, but none can claim superiority in any way. I bet you anything that the numbers won’t vary much.

But the whores are ultimately us, us the voters.

Entelechy on May 31, 2007 at 10:48 PM

An excerpt of this story (and Fox’s) would make a dandy REPUBLICAN commerical next year.

Especially that last part: “The Democrats promised reform and it’s not happening.”

VOTE DEMOCRAT, VOTE FOR CORRUPTION AND GRAFT!

georgej on June 1, 2007 at 8:49 AM