Video: CNN climbing out of the tank?

posted at 7:20 am on June 9, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

CNN came to this story of Barack Obama’s first political campaign a couple of days late, but they pursued it from an angle that may surprise people convinced that the media is in the tank for the Democratic nominee. They note that Obama certainly didn’t mind playing old-school Chicago politics to kick out his Democratic opponents in the primary, leaving him alone on the ballot. He didn’t mind stabbing his mentor in the back while doing so, either:

As I wrote before, Obama used the rules to his advantage. Many of the complaints of his competitors sound like sour grapes; if they had followed the rules, they would have remained in the race. The excuse that no one had demanded enforcement of those rules in the past really doesn’t negate the fact that, as Obama’s team commented, shows that their lack of attention to them didn’t bode well for their performance in office.

That being said, Obama’s actions in that first campaign bely the rhetoric of “voter intent” that Democrats have used ever since they lost a tough election in 2000. Kicking fellow Democrats off the ballot doesn’t say much for party unity and loyalty, both of which Obama will now demand after Hillary Clinton’s departure from the race. It also shows how much he fears real competition; the only race he ever lost came against his most legitimate challenger for a House seat.

CNN emphasizes the most embarrassing aspect of this issue, which was how Obama used his hardball tactics against his political mentor, Alice Palmer. She originally didn’t intend to run for the seat, but later changed her mind and got back to collecting signatures. Obama not only chose to run against her, but also to apply the same bare-knuckles tactics against her. She never returned to elective politics after her protege essentially stabbed her in the back.

This clip from last week is more interesting for CNN’s perspective than on Obama’s tactics. They seem less mesmerized by leg-thrills than their counterparts at MS-NBC. Does this mean that Obama may find a post-Hillary race a little more challenging than they may have expected?


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That ‘s wonderful, Fox should take note & get a clue!

Anita on June 9, 2008 at 7:26 AM

I thought they were the “Clinton News Network”?

;-)

Cheers.

Jazz Shaw on June 9, 2008 at 7:28 AM

Yeah CNN seems to be a FOX mirror on the left, skewed liberal for sure, but not insanely so and they get both sides on there. MSNBC on the other hand is predominantly way out there in left field.

Anyway, good job CNN.

Dash on June 9, 2008 at 7:32 AM

When was CNN in the tank for Obama? A handful of the pundits like him, but most of them were Clinton loyalists to the end.

Typhonsentra on June 9, 2008 at 7:36 AM

How dare CNN question the Obamahdi?!! Hope! Change! Social Justice! Economic Fairness! Fired Up! Ready To Go! Get Under the Bus! er.. um…

Either that or they’re self inoculating so they can do a triple Lindy into the tank in the Fall. They’ll point to tough stories they ran June and July when most people aren’t paying attention to excuse fawning over Bambi in September and October.

trubble on June 9, 2008 at 7:39 AM

So any truthful reporting on Obama is a “hit job”. I see how it is.

ctmom on June 9, 2008 at 7:54 AM

Does this mean that Obama may find a post-Hillary race a little more challenging than they may have expected?

Don’t count on it. The reporter or editor behind the scenes is probably a disgruntled Hillary support. Once Obama’s magic starts to heal the democratic party, everyone’s back in the tank, even those who weren’t before. He’s magic, you know…a lightworker.

JustTruth101 on June 9, 2008 at 8:06 AM

Gee, they waited long enough to air this. What if they had aired it last January?

Sloan Morganstern on June 9, 2008 at 8:08 AM

Dash on June 9, 2008 at 7:32 AM

I generally go with CNN most of the time, Fox is a little too “busy” for my taste and a thinking person can get down to brass tacks by watching CNN.

Squid Shark on June 9, 2008 at 8:09 AM

Good for you CNN… Now, how about addressing some of these lil items of interest…

A little over one year ago:

1) Consumer confidence stood at a 2 1/2 year high;
2) Regular gasoline sold for $2.19 a gallon;
3) The unemployment rate was 4.5%.

Since voting in a Democratic Congress in 2006 we have seen:

1) Consumer confidence plummet;
2) The cost of regular gasoline soar to over $3.90 a gallon;
3) Unemployment is up to 5.5% (a 10% increase);
4) American households have seen $2.3 trillion in equity value evaporate (stock and mutual fund losses);
5) Americans have seen their home equity drop by $1.2 trillion dollars;
6) 1% of American homes are in foreclosure.

America voted for change in 2006, and we got it!

Remember it’s Congress that makes law not the President. He has to work with what’s handed to him.

Quote of the Day……..’My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you’ll join with me as we try to change it.’ — Barack Obama

Taxes…Whether Democrat or a Republican you will find these statistics enlightening and amazing.
http://www.taxfoundation.org/publications/show/151.html

Taxes under Clinton 1999 Taxes under Bush 2008
Single making 30K – tax $8,400 Single making 30K – tax $4,500
Single making 50K – tax $14,000 Single making 50K – tax $12,500
Single making 75K – tax $23,250 Single making 75K – tax $18,750
Married making 60K – tax $16,800 Married making 60K- tax $9 ,000
Married making 75K – tax $21,000 ; Married making 75K – tax $18,750
Married making 125K – tax $38,750 Married making 125K – tax $31,250
Obama; I will raise taxes, that is the kind of change I’ll bring.

Keemo on June 9, 2008 at 8:12 AM

Remember – cnn chose to show sniper terrs killing our soldiers. How soon we all forget. How can anyone trust any reporting the cnn scum do?

cnn never gets watched in my home – FOX only. I am a thinking man – I think cnn is a terr front.

Colonel_prop on June 9, 2008 at 8:19 AM

CNN emphasizes the most embarrassing aspect of this issue, which was how Obama used his hardball tactics against his political mentor, Alice Palmer.

And another one gone, another one gone another one thrown under the bus

(With apologies to both Queen and Weird Al.)

rbj on June 9, 2008 at 8:19 AM

A little off topic but CNN related. I watched part of a CNN show yesterday. The mediator, Fareed Zakaria, was pretty hostile to the US positions.

A. They were comparing Israel’s favourable treatment of immigrants from Russia to the US’s bad treatment of immigrants. The predominant view being that Israel did a great job whereas the US is being shown up as a hypocrite on Human Rights.

At no time did anyone mention that our problem is with illegal immigrants.

B. Natan Sharansky mentioned that the Arabs living in Isreal did not want to immigrate in fact some living in the Arab controlled areas wanted to become Isreali citizens. Christian Amampour retorted that this is only for economic reasons. Sharansky, quick as a flash, replied that it might have something to do with human rights in Israel.

davod on June 9, 2008 at 8:22 AM

Obama and his posse took out competitors by challenging the validity of their petitions to get on the ballot ….

“If [petition] names were printed, instead of written in cursive, they were kicked off.”

And Democrats accuse Republicans of disenfrachising voters? Proving once again if Dem candidates can’t win in a fair election, they’ll win with a team of lawyers reading the fine print on ballot issues.

Lawyers running for office.
Lawyers writing election laws.
Lawyers manipulating elections.
Lawyers screwing Joe Citizen.

fogw on June 9, 2008 at 8:28 AM

That’ll be the first and last time the MSM gets tough with Obama. Enjoy it while you can. Still, it was an amazing piece.
Obama and his fellow libs are very selective about which laws should be enforced to the letter. They’re kinda lax when it comes to, let’s say, illegal immigration.

infidel65 on June 9, 2008 at 8:32 AM

lightworkerweight

fixed

urbancenturion on June 9, 2008 at 8:34 AM

Good job CNN! Now back in the tank you go. That’s a good little MSM.

RMR on June 9, 2008 at 8:37 AM

Everyone talks as if this race has been decided.

Some simple questions. If between now and the convention interesting news should be discovered by Clinton operatives do you think they would sit on it? Do you think they have stopped looking? Do you honestly think that Hillary has given up? Would they go so far as to fabricate a scandal akin to the Wilson affair if they thought they could get away with it?

I keep coming up with yes.

patrick neid on June 9, 2008 at 8:39 AM

When will John McCain issue orders from his campaign headquarters for CNN to stop these negative attacks against his close personal friend from the other side of the aisle whom he has crossed many times to get things done on behalf of the American people since returning from Vietnam where he was a POW? Sigh…

sabbott on June 9, 2008 at 8:49 AM

I did not know Axelrod was Dlaey’s guy. Now it all sort of makes sense. Hussein is Daley’s puppet.

Chicago is the home of the most corrupt political system in the world, even more so than Moscow.

It all fits.

It all works for a ministerial-type politician.

drjohn on June 9, 2008 at 8:49 AM

CNN: The newest member of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy™.

ZK on June 9, 2008 at 8:49 AM

You know, this would make a great campaign:

A little over one year ago:

1) Consumer confidence stood at a 2 1/2 year high;
2) Regular gasoline sold for $2.19 a gallon;
3) The unemployment rate was 4.5%.

Since voting in a Democratic Congress in 2006 we have seen:

1) Consumer confidence plummet;
2) The cost of regular gasoline soar to over $3.90 a gallon;
3) Unemployment is up to 5.5% (a 10% increase);
4) American households have seen $2.3 trillion in equity value evaporate (stock and mutual fund losses);
5) Americans have seen their home equity drop by $1.2 trillion dollars;
6) 1% of American homes are in foreclosure.

Thank you, Democrats. We can’t afford more of this “change.”

drjohn on June 9, 2008 at 8:52 AM

Not to sound paranoid but I think they chose to run this particular story in order to up their “balanced reporting” cred while simultaneously knowing it will have almost no impact.

It’s a well produced swipe at a fairly lame vulnerability.

12thman on June 9, 2008 at 8:52 AM

fogw on June 9, 2008 at 8:28 AM

You have nailed a huge dynamic that has crippled America in so many ways in modern times. America has far too many lawyers trying to invent ways to make the big dollars. What professional category dominates our political make-up? Lawyers.

patrick neid on June 9, 2008 at 8:39 AM

Agree with you 100%… We have only seen the tip of the iceberg.

Keemo on June 9, 2008 at 8:53 AM

Hats off to CNN. Excellent piece. Of course, now it will help Hillary in 2012 if BO loses big on 11/4/08. It will be interesting to see if the Daly machine out powers the Clinton machine.
Personally, I’d like to see Chicago/Illinois political processes contained in that state. We don’t want that sleazy cancer to spread. DD

Darvin Dowdy on June 9, 2008 at 8:55 AM

This video helped me understand how Obama beat Hillary. He’s more focused on the process than is Hillary. It’s not simply just anti-white racism.

This does have the rather scary implication that he may get more done in DC than Hillary would have. Some degree of incompetence may be good in politicians as the less they achieve the less government we have.

thuja on June 9, 2008 at 9:03 AM

What a dishonorable scumbag. No wonder he avoided the armed forces; the armed forces hate the dishonorable. I wonder how well he’d hold up, if the same attacks were levied against him. This just goes to show how much of a dishonest punk and a weasel Obama is. This is the guy people want running the country? This guy that’s barely good enough to be calleda weasel? I haven’t heard of a single good politician coming out of Chicago, or even Illinois, in general, and, if this is the kind of crap they pull, it’s no wonder.

Virus-X on June 9, 2008 at 9:20 AM

sabbott on June 9, 2008 at 8:49 AM

The hyperbole and cute little sidebars add nothing to the debate. At least folks like LegendHasIt and highhopes provide useful talking points.

Squid Shark on June 9, 2008 at 9:25 AM

Keemo on June 9, 2008 at 8:12 AM

That gives me an idea for a Republican ad campaign. Just show Democrat Candidate X and Republican Candidate Y with large price tags hanging from their necks. Democrat Candidate X will cost you, the Average American Family, $16,800. Republican Candidate Y will cost you just $9,000! Just put it in the simplest terms possible for them – how much Democrats cost them personally versus how much Republicans cost them personally, and I think we might have a few swinging back to the right. $8,000 is a lot of scratch for a family making $60K per year!

aero on June 9, 2008 at 9:25 AM

Chicago is the home of the most corrupt political system in the world, even more so than Moscow.

drjohn on June 9, 2008 at 8:49 AM

I think Detroit could give Chicago a good run for their money.

Firmworm on June 9, 2008 at 9:30 AM

A bit off-topic, but has anyone else noticed that Obama is rarely referred to as African-American, despite the fact that, unlike most American blacks, he actually is African-American. And never referred to as bi-racial or multi-racial…..always the first BLACK candidate.

My experience in business has been that “African-American” is the politically correct term these days, so I suspect that this is at least somewhat intentional on the media’s part, helping to give him an a more “all-American black” identity, as well as to avoid any undue focus on his controversial childhood.

Priscilla on June 9, 2008 at 9:40 AM

Some nice commentary on Obama’s Chicago connections which have flown under the radar. The comments are enlightening.
http://fallbackbelmont.blogspot.com/2008/06/sent.html

a capella on June 9, 2008 at 9:47 AM

Keemo – thanks for the info and the link. I’ll be using this to prove my points on, of all things, a knitting site, battling against the Obamaniacs, who think this guy walks on water.

Blue-eyed Infidel on June 9, 2008 at 9:47 AM

Just goes to show the guy shouldn’t be underestimated. Obama will throw anyone under the bus to get what he wants. Begrudgingly my respect for Obama rose just a bit. He wont be a pushover. McCain is going to have to fight for this.

Yakko77 on June 9, 2008 at 9:47 AM

Andrea Mitchell doesn’t get Larry the Cable guy :)

http://insidecablenews.wordpress.com/2008/06/09/fisking-andrea-mitchell/

Dr Evil on June 9, 2008 at 9:52 AM

Messiah with a switchblade.

Watch your back.

profitsbeard on June 9, 2008 at 10:11 AM

Blue-eyed Infidel on June 9, 2008 at 9:47 AM

You’re most welcome… :)

Keemo on June 9, 2008 at 10:21 AM

NO wonder this scam artist fleeced Hillary at the caucuses. They know how to work a system.

T J Green on June 9, 2008 at 10:35 AM

In a prepared statement, Senator Obama responded to the CNN piece with the following:

“I regret the tone used by CNN in this investigative report. It is merely a distraction from the real issues we are bringing to the American people, and such a discussion will do nothing to help my wife, Michelle, or our two kids.

This is not the CNN I knew…”

No further questions were answered, as the candidate had already answered, like, 8 questions already.

Captain Scarlet on June 9, 2008 at 10:39 AM

I thought they were the “Clinton News Network”?

Jazz Shaw on June 9, 2008 at 7:28 AM

They are. Obama was running against Clinton.

Jaibones on June 9, 2008 at 10:41 AM

Can I suggest a meme?

Obama uses people.

I know it cuts against the concern a lot of us have about some of his unsavory associations, but is it possible he just uses people (Wright/TUCC congregation, Ayers, Palmer, etc.) as stepping stones and doesn’t really believe in anything except his own ambition?

DrSteve on June 9, 2008 at 11:00 AM

Messiah with a switchblade.

Watch your back.

profitsbeard on June 9, 2008 at 10:11 AM

Ha! :)

loganthompson on June 9, 2008 at 11:02 AM

Gee, isn’t this story about 6 months old? Yeah, we get it Ed, you hate Obama but try and at least recycle stories in the current fiscal year please.

DanKenton on June 9, 2008 at 11:23 AM

Gee, isn’t this story about 6 months old? Yeah, we get it Ed, you hate Obama but try and at least recycle stories in the current fiscal year please.

I think it was the CNN piece that Ed was posting about….just saying, ya know.

Priscilla on June 9, 2008 at 11:35 AM

WOW AP, how naive of you….

Come on, we’ve all known this for months. When did CNN report it???????? The very next day after Obama secured the nomination!

This is just like Eason Jordan admitting CNN was in the tank for Saddam after he fell.

Climbing out the tank? Hardly, it’s just proof they where there all along.

—–

just living up to my moniker

Diogenes of Sinope on June 9, 2008 at 11:37 AM

Guess the suits at CNN headquarters are getting embarrassed by the poll showing the public believes they’re in the tank for the Obamassiah. Just a short term stab to try and regain their “credibility”.

GarandFan on June 9, 2008 at 11:43 AM

Anyone else having problems loading the video?

wrath187 on June 9, 2008 at 12:01 PM

undue focus on his controversial childhood.

Priscilla

Looks like another hit job. Please return to the Light.

snaggletoothie on June 9, 2008 at 1:03 PM

Gee, isn’t this story about 6 months old? Yeah, we get it Ed, you hate Obama but try and at least recycle stories in the current fiscal year please.

DanKenton on June 9, 2008 at 11:23 AM

Really? That’s your retort? Too easy.

geckomon on June 9, 2008 at 1:04 PM

“Hit job”, “Rehash”, “Change” whatever.

moxie_neanderthal on June 9, 2008 at 1:18 PM

I’m sort of looking forward to having Obama as president: I’ve never seen a Messiah crucified before.

Tzetzes on June 9, 2008 at 2:14 PM

Does this mean that Obama may find a post-Hillary race a little more challenging than they may have expected?

No, no it doesn’t. Let’s not kid ourselves: Come Labor Day, CNN will be fully on-board the Messiah Express.

Mike D. on June 9, 2008 at 2:29 PM

No, CNN’s not climbing out of the tank. They’re just changing the water.

This was a political tactic on CNN’s part, pure and simple. Their objective: to innoculate themselves against the charge that their coverage favors Obama. So they broadcast a single critique of Obama’s campaign focusing on the least controversial aspect of his rise to power (“He once had his opponents kicked off the ballots because they hadn’t followed the rules in obtaining the right signatures? Quelle horreur!“).

Then they pick a low-level flunky reporter to broadcast the story, ensuring that the story will fly under the MSM radar (“Let’s not give this one to Wolf.”)

Finally, just to play it safe, CNN airs that piece when Obama’s already got the nomination wrapped up so it’ll do him the least amount of damage.

Sorry, but I’m not buying.

DubiousD on June 9, 2008 at 5:18 PM

That’s astounding! I didn’t know they had it in them!

AbaddonsReign on June 9, 2008 at 5:33 PM

Barry’s connection to the Daley machine (through Axelrod) is the best part of this story.

As for whether this is a surprising hit piece by CNN, I say, not really, because it also serves a purpose of showing that Barry is tough and clever. I think we are meant to infer that if he can handle Alice Palmer he can handle Iran.

Buy Danish on June 9, 2008 at 8:00 PM