Headline of the day?

posted at 10:45 am on June 14, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Lots of people are picking up on CNN Money’s headline on top of an analysis of Republican positions on debt-ceiling increases by Jeanne Sahadi, such as Jammie Wearing Fool and Rob Port, among others.  On top of a picture of Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, and Marco Rubio, CNN Money headlines the piece … well, you can read it for yourself:

Yeah, “wingnut” is such an objective, descriptive term, isn’t it?  It’s not incendiary in the least.

To an extent, this misses the point, and misses a larger problem.  Sahadi’s essay is pretty clearly an opinion piece, not objective news reporting.  I don’t know if Sahadi chose the headline or not, as writers often suggest headlines but rarely have final approval on them.  The word “wingnut” doesn’t appear at all in Sahadi’s piece, although it’s clearly derisive of conservative positions on the debt ceiling.

However, who does Sahadi use to represent the “wingnut” position?  Two people who will have no say at all on the debt-ceiling increase, and a Senator from the minority party in the upper chamber.  Gingrich and Palin may have interesting perspectives on the issue, but they’re not going to get a vote on it.  As far as Rubio’s position goes, Sahadi seems lost in her criticism:

Freshman GOP Sen. Marco Rubio proffered a long list of demands that he wants met before he would support a debt ceiling increase.

Writing in a Wall Street Journal opinion article this spring, Rubio’s list included several demands pertaining to the budget: entitlement reform, tax reform, discretionary spending cuts and a balanced budget amendment.

Putting aside for the moment that realistically speaking such a list is too large to be accomplished in a few months, Rubio then added an entirely extraneous demand: overhaul the regulatory structure.

Well, it’s hardly wingnuttery to demand a streamlining of regulatory structures, nor to push for spending cuts and entitlement reforms.  Note that Sahadi doesn’t actually offer any criticism of those demands, either, just that it will take too long to accomplish them.  I’d guess that Rubio would work on timing if we had agreement on entitlement reform and spending cuts in hand.  In fact, the entire essay by Sahadi is almost substance-free, the literary and intellectual of a derisive snort rather than a reasoned analysis.

In that sense, the headline makes perfect sense, and reveals much about both Sahadi and CNN.

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The enemies of freedom are always the enemies of truth. Straight from Hades, they seek only to destroy what is good, starting with the jewel of His creation – man, constantly seeking to reduce him and his behavior to that of a animal. Satan and the left are but one! Ask Saul Alinskiwho the left’s god is.

Don L on June 14, 2011 at 10:50 AM

we should just be happy we weren’t called TEABAGGRZ!!/

ted c on June 14, 2011 at 10:51 AM

nope no bias there

djohn669 on June 14, 2011 at 10:51 AM

I can’t wait until the CNN tea party debate. I hope they bring back Susan Roesgen to moderate.

Jon Fezzik on June 14, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Why dont CNN have a picture smearing Bachmann…

the_nile on June 14, 2011 at 10:53 AM

I’m shocked!!
/s

angryed on June 14, 2011 at 10:54 AM

I’m going to bet that CNN will state that this was an “accidental”, pre-publication headline that mistakenly got posted. And “apologize” to those who were offended by such an obvious joke.

So they’ll
1) deride those on the right as being humorless and unable to distinguish between malice and accident
while
2) ignoring their own obvious bias.

rbj on June 14, 2011 at 10:54 AM

CNN beclowns itself.

ted c on June 14, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Wingnuts, that’s the professional term the media uses for people who want to save the Republic? What is the professional name for CNN – Media Ho’ers.

Dr Evil on June 14, 2011 at 10:55 AM

I clicked on a link to that story earlier and it was already changed.

lizzieillinois on June 14, 2011 at 10:57 AM

we should just be happy we weren’t called TEABAGGRZ!!/

ted c on June 14, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Pay Mr. Treacher his nickel, please.

KingGold on June 14, 2011 at 10:57 AM

John King: “Wingnut or racist?”

steebo77 on June 14, 2011 at 10:58 AM

“What Liberal media?” -Lib

visions on June 14, 2011 at 11:00 AM

ROFL

Soon CNN will skip the pretense and start calling all the GOP candidates “Nazis”.

Bishop on June 14, 2011 at 11:00 AM

C hahahaha N hahahaha N the most trus hahahaha truste hahahaha trusted name hahahaha in hahahaha news. It’s amazing that these people “accuse” Fox News of being biased and not a news organization. I’m sorry, but to me, this story is about as biased, and not worthy of a supposed news organization, as it gets.

Ed, I really like how you pointed out that only 1 of the people actually has a vote on this. I like that they pointed out Marco, however, it must mean he has them worried.

bflat879 on June 14, 2011 at 11:00 AM

A nut is someone that refers to spending authority as a “debt ceiling“. It’s an open air stadium.

cartooner on June 14, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Hey, I like wingnuts – they’re a great invention.

Lets call them thumbscrews when applied to the debt debate…

tomg51 on June 14, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Its amazing how low they sunk…they kinda of try to hide their obvious bias…which makes them look really bad…

Political Chef on June 14, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Look who’s missing from that!!!

Their #1 Pick for the GOP nomination!!!

Roy Rogers on June 14, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Alternate HA headline: Moonbat embarrasses self.

This smacks of a “haha, this is funny, I’ll just change it when I think of an actual headline” and then submitting it without remembering to revisit the hed.

Red Cloud on June 14, 2011 at 11:02 AM

uh,uh,uh,uh,uh,uh,uh….

d1carter on June 14, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Why dont CNN have a picture smearing Bachmann…
the_nile on June 14, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Give them time, young padawan.

CNN is waiting for the perfect shot of a young man listening to a Bachmann speech so they can make it look as if he is staring up her skirt.

Bishop on June 14, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Behold Obama’s new “civility”

Roy Rogers on June 14, 2011 at 11:02 AM

If that doesn’t lift the fog, and highlight the entrenched political bigotry of the part of CNN, nothing else will.

itzWicks on June 14, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Pay Mr. Treacher his nickel, please.

KingGold on June 14, 2011 at 10:57 AM

treacher beat me to it I guess.

ted c on June 14, 2011 at 11:03 AM

The enemies of freedom are always the enemies of truth. Straight from Hades, they seek only to destroy what is good, starting with the jewel of His creation – man, constantly seeking to reduce him and his behavior to that of a animal. Satan and the left are but one! Ask Saul Alinskiwho the left’s god is.

Don L on June 14, 2011 at 10:50 AM

For those who don’t know:

In “Rules for Radicals,” Alinsky wrote: “Lest we forget at least an over the shoulder acknowledgement of the very first radical, from all our legends, mythology, and history … the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom—Lucifer.”

Any wonder why Obama and his legion of demons in the LSM are so vile and vicious?

GrannyDee on June 14, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Wow, I just clicked over and the headline is indeed real.

Unlike, say, Harry Reid’s budget.

saint kansas on June 14, 2011 at 11:05 AM

we should just be happy we weren’t called TEABAGGRZ!!/

ted c on June 14, 2011 at 10:51 AM

I don’t mind being called that.We are usually the ones doing the bagging.

docflash on June 14, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Same headline is still up there.

Hmmm, if Rubio had a (D) next to his name he’d get away with just about anything on CNN. He’d be the next president! The FIRST Hispanic president and he would be praised for his youthful wisdom because of his stand on not wanting to raise the debt ceiling.

NYconservative on June 14, 2011 at 11:06 AM

treacher beat me to it I guess.

ted c on June 14, 2011 at 11:03 AM

He tends to do that. He’s good like that.

KingGold on June 14, 2011 at 11:07 AM

If you can’t handle questions from CNN, you have no business claiming you can handle the presidency.

Hollowpoint on June 13, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Del Dolemonte on June 14, 2011 at 11:07 AM

This Is CNN

aquaviva on June 14, 2011 at 11:08 AM

I clicked on a link to that story earlier and it was already changed.

lizzieillinois on June 14, 2011 at 10:57 AM

No. It’s still there. 3 hours after it was posted. No mistake.

kevinkristy on June 14, 2011 at 11:08 AM

I assume they are declaring this an in-kind contribution to the Obama campaign, right?

The article’s tone matches the headline; journalism, it ain’t.

michaelo on June 14, 2011 at 11:09 AM

They must be desperate for attention. They will get a lot with this garbage.

Southernblogger on June 14, 2011 at 11:10 AM

Del Dolemonte on June 14, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Hollow is looking forward to Nutroot Nation.

Hoping to get Franken and Ellison autograph his copy of “Rules for Radicals”

Roy Rogers on June 14, 2011 at 11:11 AM

The 0bamaGanda Media strikes again!

I have in my possession what could well be the last bumpersticker which reads, I Do Not Believe The Liberal Media”. The bidding for this priceless item starts at $50.00. /sarc

DannoJyd on June 14, 2011 at 11:11 AM

It was a typo.

The Mega Independent on June 14, 2011 at 11:13 AM

That Obama-water ain’t going to carry itself, you know!

Naturally Curly on June 14, 2011 at 11:17 AM

CNN the most Objective Name In News SNARK. So after this we can expect the Republicans to show up on Fox News for further debates? CNN had a chance to improve their ratings with the cable news demographic but they decided to alienate them instead. Time Warner, GE, and it appears Comcast, are more interested in Shilling for the Democrats, than looking after their reputation such as it is, and their business model. CNN’s business model, which appears to be low rated cable news outlet, that competes with the likes of MSNBC….where did they learn to set their sights so low?

Obama met for more than an hour with his Council on Jobs and Competitiveness in Durham, North Carolina, hearing a selection of proposals from panel members, including General Electric Co. Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Immelt and American Express Co. Chairman and CEO Kenneth Chenault, to create 1 million new jobs over the next two years.

Herman Cain there are between 13- 14 million Americans out of work…President Obama plans to put 1 Million of them back to work over the next 2 years. CNN cheers “Wow” what an achievement. Well whey wouldn’t corporate news shill for the Democrats? GE owns a share of MSNBC -corporate news network. They really think they can effect public opinion. I guess they missed the Mid Term election turnout.

Dr Evil on June 14, 2011 at 11:23 AM

Is CNN trying to race MSNBC to the bottom of the ratings?

originalpechanga on June 14, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Note that Sahadi doesn’t actually offer any criticism of those demands, either, just that it will take too long to accomplish them.

The bottom line is that “MoonBats”, will only offer opinion on how you can’t decrease the budget. Because to do that, you need to decrease entitlements. They won’t do that for one of two reasons. Some I guess might actually think that there is enough money in a rich man’s pocket (and our’s) to actually do all these good deeds. The second and more probable is that they know this is the main reason people vote for them and give them power.

As far as CNN, they’re seemed to have garnered a reputation lately as the least biased of the liberal news media. I never bought that. It’s not always as blatant as this headline, but CNN is still among the worst of them.

hawkdriver on June 14, 2011 at 11:28 AM

originalpechanga on June 14, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Good to see your comments. Where have you been for so long?

hawkdriver on June 14, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Wow, I just clicked over and the headline is indeed real.

Unlike, say, Harry Reid’s budget.

saint kansas on June 14, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Old Geezer Reid Refuses To Produce Budget During Economic Crisis

TN Mom on June 14, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Well, according to the Guardian, Margaret Thatcher thinks Sarah Palin is nuts.

Too bad it wasn’t true:

Former Thatcher Aide Nile Gardiner: The Iron Lady Did Not Snub Sarah Palin

steebo77 on June 14, 2011 at 11:30 AM

CNN thinks it’s going to re awaken Obama Mania? With high unemployment, price of gas at the pump, and inflation spiking….The folks who were following the progressives blindly are out of work. I seriously doubt they can afford cable television anymore – they are trying to keep roofs over their heads, and air in their bicycle tires. CNN stuck on stupid. Turns out all that wealth redistribution was into the Unions and Obama’s Cronies. Go figure politicians feather their own nest, and dumb media news outlets make themselves obsolete. CNN -viewers we don’t need no stinking viewers LOL!

Dr Evil on June 14, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Is CNN trying to race MSNBC to the bottom of the ratings?

originalpechanga on June 14, 2011 at 11:24 AM

CNN is taking the shot since Olbermann was fired

Roy Rogers on June 14, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Is CNN trying to race MSNBC to the bottom of the ratings?

originalpechanga on June 14, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Yes, but it is a close race, too close to call ;)

Dr Evil on June 14, 2011 at 11:33 AM

We wuz hacked!
It was a prank. No big deal.
Actually it might have been our headline, we can’t say with certitude.
Ok, the we did it. Sorry Breitbart, but you made me do it.
Author is pregnant. Maybe.
We’re seeking professional treatment (ie paid vacation).

redzap on June 14, 2011 at 11:35 AM

They must be desperate for attention. They will get a lot with this garbage.

Southernblogger on June 14, 2011 at 11:10 AM

I don’t know about that, after Robert Gibbs showed up last night,I changed the channel, and haven’t been back. I like to watch FBN.

Dr Evil on June 14, 2011 at 11:35 AM

At least the Republicans have an economic plan. All the Democrats have is a Weiner.

TN Mom on June 14, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Look at Jeanne Sahadi.

Mutt. Libtard. Never been done by an Alpha Male.

moochy on June 14, 2011 at 11:41 AM

But, but, Foxnews is biased!

WisCon on June 14, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Remember a time long long ago when CNN actually at one time honestly reported the news?

pilamaye on June 14, 2011 at 11:42 AM

The other night I listened to an NBC broadcast news report on Newt Gingrich’s staff resignations. The reporter actually said, “The worry is that some of these staffers will return to aid Governor Rick Perry in a campaign bid.” (I paraphrase, as I’m unable to recall the exact words, but he did use the word “worry”.)

Why is that a “worry”, NBC?

RebeccaH on June 14, 2011 at 11:44 AM

redzap you almost have it, but you have to blame Breitbart more.

motionview on June 14, 2011 at 11:45 AM

And yet we can’t muster enough courage to tell CNN to take a walk. We let them host our debates.

Geochelone on June 14, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Obama there are days when I say one term is enough….you and me both brother LOL!

So what happens when a Republican is President and CNN and MSNBC have burned their bridges through headlines like the one above, and John King’s performance last night with the Republican Presidential candidates. How will CNN and MSNBC gain access to the Power center in D.C.? Oh they’ll worry about that tomorrow just like our crippling national debt. Sahadi will wring her hands, and lament, there is nothing that can be done about it, if only someone had the foresight to come up with some kind of plan/ This is what the chattering calls sounds like, this is what the chattering class does, it chatters.

Dr Evil on June 14, 2011 at 11:46 AM

typo, This is what the chattering class sounds like

Dr Evil on June 14, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Remember a time long long ago when CNN actually at one time honestly reported the news?

pilamaye on June 14, 2011 at 11:42 AM

No, do you have a link?

Dr Evil on June 14, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Remember a time long long ago when CNN actually at one time honestly reported the news?

pilamaye on June 14, 2011 at 11:42 AM

No

Roy Rogers on June 14, 2011 at 11:50 AM

First time in years we have watched CNN.
Last time we will watch CNN.

dragondrop on June 14, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Look at Jeanne Sahadi.

Mutt. Libtard. Never been done by an Alpha Male.

moochy on June 14, 2011 at 11:41 AM

I think they were all upset about the Republican’s answer to Sharia Law. CNN thinks that Muslims are a protected class…apparently they don’t know how many Muslims there are in the world they are hardly marginalized of endangered. There is a quote from one of them somewhere that stated that Herman Cain had to be disqualified because of his statement on Muslims in his cabinet. I am pretty sure that Herman Cain is a U.S. citizen with first amendment rights he can express himself anyway he wants. It’s nut up to CNN to decide who get’s to run for President in this country. If they don’t like the answers they shouldn’t ask the questions. CNN the place for politically correct coverage.

Dr Evil on June 14, 2011 at 11:59 AM

But, but, Foxnews is biased!

WisCon on June 14, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Yeah, yeah and I hear them use MoonBat all the, well erm, actually never.

hawkdriver on June 14, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Typo Tuesday.

Dr Evil on June 14, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Overnight ratings for the debate must’ve come in…they need some more attention.

SouthernGent on June 14, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Marxist Journalism School Retard demands….

I’m down with descriptions of where people stand. If “wingnut” now means sustainable spending, so be it. That’s the good thing about not running from your positions in life, like a Marxist pu$$y.

MNHawk on June 14, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Useless biased site, why dirty your hands by clicking on the link

clnurnberg on June 14, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Van Jones is a normal, everyday guy.

Akzed on June 14, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Is this the new civility? I emailed CNN and told them what I thought of their headline, not that they’ll care of course.

GrannySunni on June 14, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Well, it’s hardly wingnuttery to demand a streamlining of regulatory structures, nor to push for spending cuts and entitlement reforms.

If memory serves me correctly, Obama suggested similar things in the 2008 campaign, including a balanced budget every single year.

Perhaps “moderates” and “independents” will one day realise that if the press doesn’t deride those statements as being against the poor and radical, it’s because they know that Obama doesn’t actually mean it.

Roxeanne de Luca on June 14, 2011 at 12:34 PM

CNN anchor Ali Velshi has talked on air about his being muslim. Perhaps more on staff are Muslim and that’s why they didn’t like Cain’s response. Not that that is an excuse, journalists should be unbiased in their reporting.

GrannySunni on June 14, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Ed you obviously haven’t seen the NY Post headline today. It is by far a better “headline of the day”!

Wine_N_Dine on June 14, 2011 at 12:47 PM

A perfect reflection of the immaturity we see all around us. Politicians, Jounalists, Academics. A result of a giggling echo chamber where every witticism, no matter how poor or tasteless, brings chuckles of approval so long as the target of the jest is conservative. It is a training device we see on every news panel excepting Fox which tends to have an equal number of liberals and conservatives. Joe Scarborough is being trained as a good liberal before our very eyes, should one actually turn to MSNBC.It takes gravitas to resist. Which is why Krauthammer is so fun to watch.

pat on June 14, 2011 at 12:49 PM

CNN has so utterly marginalized itself that it probably competes in ratings with Naked News.

Putting Elliot Spitzer in a prime time slot is something you would expect to read in The Onion – not TV Guide.

CNN is beyond parody.

molonlabe28 on June 14, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Yeah, “wingnut” is such an objective, descriptive term, isn’t it? It’s not incendiary in the least.

I’ve never used that word, or Nutroot or whatever the counterpart is, party because I can never recall which one is which, and I’m not familiar with the etymology either and am not sure what they mean.

FloatingRock on June 14, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Why do Republicans continue to support CNN? Masochists? Death wish? Do they have a secret wish to lose like McCain?

The liberal old media is in its death rattle, and instead of kicking it over the edge Republicans are doing all they can to keep it on life support.

slickwillie2001 on June 14, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Now that I don’t fly anymore, I never see CNN…

Khun Joe on June 14, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Nutroots demand for elimination of a debt ceiling..

So they can spend and spend without a fake limit, that is just raised when the debt gets close to it.

tjexcite on June 14, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Well, it seems that CNN has acknowledged its own bias and has changed the headline to say “Goofy demands…” but the html tag still says “Wingnut demands…

You know they’ve been caught when they edit it, but only edit parts of it. I bet this will continue to get edited as the commenters pile on.

stevezilla on June 14, 2011 at 2:25 PM

They finally changed it.

Southernblogger on June 14, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Well, it seems that CNN has acknowledged its own bias and has changed the headline to say “Goofy demands…” but the html tag still says “Wingnut demands…”

You know they’ve been caught when they edit it, but only edit parts of it. I bet this will continue to get edited as the commenters pile on.

Have they disabled comments? I clicked on the link with no response.

Advertisers take note: CNN has defined their audience as taxpayers who aren’t concerned about government spending. And they didn’t have much of a market to begin with.

obladioblada on June 14, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Now the new, improved headline is “Goofy debt ceiling demands

Regardless, they need the House to raise the debt ceiling and I just don’t think that their sweet talking is getting it done.

Remember when Bush 41 accepted a compromise of spending cuts and tax increase? What ever happened to those cuts?

Laurence on June 14, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Now that I don’t fly anymore, I never see CNN…

Khun Joe on June 14, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Yep, dealing with the T&A is bad enough, on top of it we have to tolerate CNN.

slickwillie2001 on June 14, 2011 at 2:56 PM

When will they use the term “moonbat” to describe the Democrat position?

crosspatch on June 14, 2011 at 3:04 PM

I see CNN in only one place, in the lobby of a commercial data center in San Jose. Nobody watches CNN anymore.

crosspatch on June 14, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Lefties are thugs, revelation of the day!

Schadenfreude on June 14, 2011 at 3:32 PM

CNN has changed the headline to “Goofy Debt Ceiling Demands”…well, now, that is so much better.

d1carter on June 14, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Somebody went and took CNN seriously again. (Shaking head)

Slowburn on June 14, 2011 at 6:32 PM

CNN has since changed the headline to read:
Debt Ceiling: Goofy demands

Jason58 on June 14, 2011 at 6:42 PM