CBS News president covers Obama fundraiser?

posted at 1:36 pm on June 7, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

When I worked as a manager in the call-center business, I would often go out in the center to take calls myself and handle other traffic when it got busy.  It sent a message to those who worked for me that I was expected to pitch in, and that the work was important enough for everyone to take seriously.  Plus, I just enjoyed that aspect of the job, and it kept me in touch with the issues that my team had with customers and the support systems we deployed to serve them.

It’s good to see that kind of philosophy at a major, unbiased news organization, too.  The Los Angeles Times covered the latest in Barack Obama fundraisers, this one staged by the LGBT Leadership Council in Beverly Hills, part of a two-day, five-event fundraising tour.  Their reporter ran into CBS News president Les Moonves in line waiting for his wristband, mentioned at the bottom of the article (via Just the Tip):

Before the event began, a long line of partygoers waited on the sidewalk outside the hotel to check in. CBS chief Les Moonves and his wife, Julie Chen, waited patiently for their wristbands. Obama, Moonves said, “has shown great leadership” on the issue of gay marriage.

Though he heads a news division, Moonves said, “ultimately journalism has changed … partisanship is very much a part of journalism now.”

He hastened to add that despite his presence, “I run a news division. I’ve given no money to any candidate.”

Oh, yes.  I’m certain that Moonves was only there to cover the event, and got in for free.  For the record, Open Secrets does report that Moonves’ only donation in the 2008 and 2012 cycles is one donation of $5,000 to CBS’ PAC last year, at least so far, but the reporting period for this event comes at the end of this month. We’ll see if Moonves got a free pass to a tony Beverly Hills fundraiser for Obama at that point.

That still wouldn’t answer the question of why the president of a supposedly unbiased news organization would be attending a fundraiser for a presidential candidate, unless Moonves was planning on submitting a pad-and-paper report for the website — and if so, why bring the wife?  Other networks have suspended on-air talent for making donations to candidates and damaging the perception of fairness at the network, most absurdly in the case of NBC with Keith Olbermann. What about having the boss cheering on a presidential candidate at a ritzy fundraiser, even if it is from the cheap seats, assuming that there were any to be had, and then rushing to insist that he hasn’t donated any money while waiting to be admitted to said big-ticket fundraiser?


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Money given to Obama would be more useful being set on fire to provide a little heat than it will be for his re-election. Because it’s not going to happen.

wildcat72 on June 7, 2012 at 1:39 PM

What a joke. Even Moonves knew he was caught dead to rights, since he was so defensive in his comments. Just admit it Les! It’s not like we don’t already know, and no one watches your channel anyway.

MTF on June 7, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Hasn’t CBS been one of the Cheerleaders (at a minimum) of the DOTUS and his Administration?

meh, we know the Traitorous Media is in cahoots with the Progressive Communists/Socialists/Democrats.

PappyD61 on June 7, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Can the bias get any more obvious than this?

Conservalicious on June 7, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Maybe he’s writing a run-up to Mardi Gras?

AubieJon on June 7, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Though he heads a news division, Moonves said, “ultimately journalism has changed … partisanship is very much a part of journalism now.”

No sh-t, Sherlock. But you should at least attempt to keep it out of your coverage as much as possible. CBSNews still has the stench of Rathergate and the Palin/Couric interview that it can’t shake with the 40% of the country that calls itself conservative, and now the damn president of the news division is showing up at an Obama fundraiser?!

Doughboy on June 7, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Obama, Moonves said, “has shown great leadership” on the issue of gay marriage.

lolwut?

cajun carrot on June 7, 2012 at 1:43 PM

The Mainstream Media is DEAD.

But they just know that their breathing has gotten shallow.

For the first time ever during an important election I didn’t even watch the television. I just followed it on Twitter (most had links to various streamings, and NONE of it was Network/Cable).

PappyD61 on June 7, 2012 at 1:44 PM

CBS? Oh, are they still in business?

cynccook on June 7, 2012 at 1:44 PM

This is a big f’ing deal and I’m glad to see HotAir covering it. SeeBS has just totally removed itself from any pretense of objective coverage of this campaign and should be treated accordingly, like MSNBC.

rockmom on June 7, 2012 at 1:44 PM

That still wouldn’t answer the question of why the president of a supposedly unbiased news organization would be attending a fundraiser for a presidential candidate, unless Moonves was planning on submitting a pad-and-paper report for the website — and if so, why bring the wife?

The answer is blatantly obvious. He is a democrat/progressive/Marxist, and as we all know all to well, democrat/progressive/Marxist have no morals or ethics, for them the only rule is, “The End Justifies the Means” If the means is lying and deceiving it’s no problem since having no morals or ethics means that lying and deceiving are only wrong when you get caught or somebody does it to you.

SWalker on June 7, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Hmmm…

Check photo

Which of those two people becomes a part-time shine-boy, on ‘job search’ 6 months from now ??

BigSven on June 7, 2012 at 1:45 PM

What’s CBS? Is that some kind of website or something? It doesn’t sound familiar . . . :-)

SoRight on June 7, 2012 at 1:46 PM

See-BS.

WhatNot on June 7, 2012 at 1:47 PM

It’s amazing that CBS has let Sheryl Atkisson submit any reports on her Fast & Furious coverage.

Bitter Clinger on June 7, 2012 at 1:48 PM

“We are the world” –most media, who live in Obama’s azz, consume the medium and mistake it for Beluga caviar.

Nov. 6 will be schadenfreudig…if only, if only the year w/b more sane.

Schadenfreude on June 7, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Does Julie Chen go down?

MNHawk on June 7, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Not all the way…..or was that someone else?

tommyboy on June 7, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Wasn’t Mark Knoller covering it for CBS?

Questions need to be asked.

Blaise on June 7, 2012 at 1:55 PM

CBS has a News Division?

Animal60 on June 7, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Hey Bill Clinton, have ya seen this?


Obama’s Third-Party History

Recently obtained evidence from the updated records of Illinois ACORN at the Wisconsin Historical Society now definitively establishes that Obama was a member of the New Party. He also signed a “contract” promising to publicly support and associate himself with the New Party while in office.

Barack Obama, candidate for State Senate in the 13th Legislative District, gave a statement to the membership and answered questions. He signed the New Party “Candidate Contract” and requested an endorsement from the New Party. He also joined the New Party.

Bill Clinton mocks Allen West: This isn’t the 1950s; nobody’s seen a Communist in over a decade

At a fundraiser for Obama tonight, Bill Clinton was arguing the case for how much Obama’s done in spite of criticism, and referenced Allen West’s comments that almost 80 members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus were Communists:

He’s had to get all this done with a House of Representatives that had one of the Tea Party members claim that 78 to 81 members of the Democratic Caucus were members of the Communist Party and neither the presidential nominee nor any of the leaders rebuked him for saying that! This is not the 1950s. At least Joe McCarthy could skate on the fact that there were one or two living Communists walking around. Nobody’s seen a Communist in over a decade!

SWalker on June 7, 2012 at 1:56 PM

CBS = C(ertified)B(iased)S(ocialists)

TeaPartyNation on June 7, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Obama motorcade has kept me trapped in my house for past 3 hours now and counting… I wish I could say the POS lost my vote, but that would be lying.

Chuck Schick on June 7, 2012 at 1:58 PM

It’s amazing that CBS has let Sheryl Atkisson submit any reports on her Fast & Furious coverage.

Bitter Clinger on June 7, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Only one reason for that-she broke the story in the first place.

Del Dolemonte on June 7, 2012 at 2:01 PM

CBS still isn’t as biased as NBC .

But…

the LGBT Leadership Council in Beverly Hills,

First: WTH and WTF?

Second: How much further out of the mainstream is Bark going to go to get his dollars?

CorporatePiggy on June 7, 2012 at 2:01 PM

For the record, Open Secrets does report that Moonves’ only donation in the 2008 and 2012 cycles is one donation of $5,000 to CBS’ PAC last year…

I didn’t know that CBS has a PAC. Looking at what network donates what to whom might make a good post.

joekenha on June 7, 2012 at 2:02 PM

“ultimately journalism has changed … partisanship is very much a part of journalism now.”

The only change I see is he openly acknowledges the truth for once.

DanMan on June 7, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Good.

At this point, we should be encouraging the progressives to go all-in on 0bama, and sending in every penny they have to his campaign.

When he loses – and he’s going to lose bigtime – it’ll be a blow to the MSM and the rest of the progressive movement that they’ll never recover from.

Rebar on June 7, 2012 at 2:05 PM

First: WTH and WTF?

Second: How much further out of the mainstream is Bark going to go to get his dollars?

CorporatePiggy on June 7, 2012 at 2:01 PM

I understand that he goes to Canine-Eaters of America (with braised lab on Watercress on the menu) next and then on to the Association of American Cannibals (serving what else, liver, fava beans, and a nice Chianti).

TXUS on June 7, 2012 at 2:06 PM

it’ll be a blow to the MSM and the rest of the progressive movement that they’ll never recover from.

Rebar on June 7, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Wishful thinking. They’ll be back eventually like a particularly vicious case of genital warts they caught from urban elitist.

CorporatePiggy on June 7, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Moonves said he hasn’t given money to any campaign. Is he saying that the Obama fundraiser was FREE?

hawksruleva on June 7, 2012 at 2:08 PM

The only change I see is he openly acknowledges the truth for once.

DanMan on June 7, 2012 at 2:03 PM

And yet, in the next sentence, he’s trying to portray himself as balanced and unbiased.

hawksruleva on June 7, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Maybe he’s writing a run-up to Mardi Gras?

AubieJon on June 7, 2012 at 1:42 PM

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TOO LATE !!!!

ExpressoBold on June 7, 2012 at 2:11 PM

it’ll be a blow to the MSM and the rest of the progressive movement that they’ll never recover from.

Rebar on June 7, 2012 at 2:05 PM

You mean the MSM will go all the way down?

Brat on June 7, 2012 at 2:12 PM

…yep!…he goes all the way down for JugEars…that’s why I always watch his news channels and look for any polls they do! pfffffft.

KOOLAID2 on June 7, 2012 at 2:14 PM

“… partisanship is very much a part of journalism now.”

Well now…

… I’m glad we finally have THAT settled.

Seven Percent Solution on June 7, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Someone in Moonves’ position saying “I didn’t donate to Obama. I’m just here as a fan!” looks worse than actually donating would.

Hucklebuck on June 7, 2012 at 2:21 PM

partisanship is very much a part of journalism now.”

Journalism Schools began teaching students in 1963 that just the facts weren’t enough. They were taught to also interpret the facts for the proles. Partisanship has been a part of journalism from before 1963 or they wouldn’t have decided to change what was taught in the schools.

chemman on June 7, 2012 at 2:21 PM

t’ll be a blow to the MSM and the rest of the progressive movement that they’ll never recover from.

Rebar on June 7, 2012 at 2:05 PM

A lot of us thought that after we terminated Carter in 1980. It appears that the youth have to be retaught that liberalism is a mental disorder at least once a generation.

chemman on June 7, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Second: How much further out of the mainstream is Bark going to go to get his dollars?

CorporatePiggy on June 7, 2012 at 2:01 PM

He’ll go down as far as he has to to grub for the last penny.

chemman on June 7, 2012 at 2:29 PM

TOO LATE !!!!

ExpressoBold on June 7, 2012 at 2:11 PM

LOL! There’s always next year!

AubieJon on June 7, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Dan Rather approves.

tommer74 on June 7, 2012 at 2:30 PM

You mean the MSM will go all the way down?

Brat on June 7, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Why does David Brooks come to mind?

AubieJon on June 7, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Back in the late 70s, when I was a Radio News Director in college, we were taught to be objective. Nowdays, jourlistic ethics are a contradiction in terms.

kingsjester on June 7, 2012 at 2:31 PM

What a joke. Even Moonves knew he was caught dead to rights, since he was so defensive in his comments. Just admit it Les! It’s not like we don’t already know, and no one watches your channel anyway.
MTF on June 7, 2012 at 1:41 PM

lol

tacodawn on June 7, 2012 at 2:35 PM

This love affair has about five more months before it is played out.

FireBlogger on June 7, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Goebbels is smiling at and, might I add, a little envious of the MSM in 0bama’s America.

jukin3 on June 7, 2012 at 2:40 PM

CBS? Oh, are they still in business?

Yes, but not the business of reporting the news. Their new business model is the dissemination of Democrat propaganda – it features lower costs and is a better fit to their core competencies.

drunyan8315 on June 7, 2012 at 2:49 PM

One note..

Les Moonves is not the President of CBS News. He is the CEO of CBS Broadcasting and is the co-president of Viacom. Moonves is not a journalist and never ran a news division in his early years. He was a Television programming executive.

David Rhodes is the President of CBS.

willytvirgin on June 7, 2012 at 2:52 PM

A vote for Romney is a vote against the lamestream media.

Christian Conservative on June 7, 2012 at 2:55 PM

… partisanship is very much a part of journalism now.”

That should read “… partisanship is very much a part of leftist mainstream socialist journ-O-lism permanently.”

stukinIL4now on June 7, 2012 at 3:04 PM

If the Rev. Al can lead a protest march and inject himself into a murder investigation in Fla, then this guy can go to a presidential fund raiser. Anything goes now, don’tcha know.

Kissmygrits on June 7, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Obama, Moonves said, “has shown great leadership” on the issue of gay marriage.

Though he heads a news division, Moonves said, “ultimately journalism has changed … partisanship is very much a part of journalism now.”

This guy toking while waiting? Leadership? Hahahahaha!!!!

Oh, and news organizations engage is partisanship now? Gee, thanks Les. Never would have guessed it if you hadn’t pointed it out.

GarandFan on June 7, 2012 at 3:19 PM

One note..

Les Moonves is not the President of CBS News. He is the CEO of CBS Broadcasting and is the co-president of Viacom. Moonves is not a journalist and never ran a news division in his early years. He was a Television programming executive.

David Rhodes is the President of CBS.

willytvirgin on June 7, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Nice try, but he was President and CEO of C-BS Television for 5 years. As such, he would be ultimately in charge of their News Division, even though he was not their actual director.

In other words, the buck did stop with him.

But also remember-it’s not Ed Morrisey of Hot Gas claiming he’s the CBS News President. Ed is simply quoting the LA Times and Mooneves himself.

Though he heads a news division, Moonves said, “ultimately journalism has changed … partisanship is very much a part of journalism now.”

He hastened to add that despite his presence, “I run a news division. I’ve given no money to any candidate.”

Del Dolemonte on June 7, 2012 at 3:20 PM

One more time: The leftist “news” operations are *businesses*.

Why are WE doing any business with them?

There are Web sites that monitor and expose their support of left-wingism.

There needs to be a similar effort to monitor their advertisers and business partners, and to provide leftist ratings for companies (GE and Ben And Jerry’s Ice Cream would get high ratings for their support of leftists for example), and to maintain a ranking of the most destructive business organizations in America, based on their support for the anti-capitalist leftists (meaning the Democratic Party).

Every day I check Rasmussen Reports to see if more of the public has come to understand what a truly disastrous presidency this is. It’s a quick check of a couple of graphs. I check stocks quickly. From time to time I check the FIFA world soccer rankings, updated monthly.

I also want to see a quick-check ranking of the most destructive leftist-supporting businesses in America so I and others can choose to work with their competitors whenever possible (i.e., it wouldn’t be a boycott situation per se), and for that list to be well publicized, to give them the contradictory anti-business stigmas they deserve.

Allendundit on June 7, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Maybe he’s gay.

BKeyser on June 7, 2012 at 3:34 PM

He hastened to add that despite his presence, “I run a news division. I’ve given no money to any candidate.”

Yeah, he’s not donating money… sure.

This is like catching the Governor entering a whorehouse and he explains he’s not there to procure a prostitute; he’s just checking their OSHA safety regulations.

You can believe that if you want; but it doesn’t make you clever.

gekkobear on June 7, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Certified Barack Station.

hillsoftx on June 7, 2012 at 4:31 PM

One note..

Les Moonves is not the President of CBS News. He is the CEO of CBS Broadcasting and is the co-president of Viacom. Moonves is not a journalist and never ran a news division in his early years. He was a Television programming executive.

David Rhodes is the President of CBS.

willytvirgin on June 7, 2012 at 2:52 PM
Nice try, but he was President and CEO of C-BS Television for 5 years. As such, he would be ultimately in charge of their News Division, even though he was not their actual director.

In other words, the buck did stop with him.

But also remember-it’s not Ed Morrisey of Hot Gas claiming he’s the CBS News President. Ed is simply quoting the LA Times and Mooneves himself.

Though he heads a news division, Moonves said, “ultimately journalism has changed … partisanship is very much a part of journalism now.”

He hastened to add that despite his presence, “I run a news division. I’ve given no money to any candidate.”
Del Dolemonte on June 7, 2012 at 3:20 PM

—-

I never suggested the buck did not stop with Moonves nor do I care if Ed or the L-A Times authored the article.

I was simply pointing out the fact that Moonves is NOT the CBS News President and never has been. He is also NOT a Journalist and never has been. I am correcting a factual error in the article and headline. I ask you not to read intention or bias in my answer. It is what it is.

willytvirgin on June 7, 2012 at 4:53 PM

One note..

Les Moonves is not the President of CBS News. He is the CEO of CBS Broadcasting and is the co-president of Viacom. Moonves is not a journalist and never ran a news division in his early years. He was a Television programming executive.

David Rhodes is the President of CBS.

willytvirgin on June 7, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Nice try, but he was President and CEO of C-BS Television for 5 years. As such, he would be ultimately in charge of their News Division, even though he was not their actual director.

In other words, the buck did stop with him.

But also remember-it’s not Ed Morrisey of Hot Gas claiming he’s the CBS News President. Ed is simply quoting the LA Times and Mooneves himself.

Though he heads a news division, Moonves said, “ultimately journalism has changed … partisanship is very much a part of journalism now.”

He hastened to add that despite his presence, “I run a news division. I’ve given no money to any candidate.”

Del Dolemonte on June 7, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Moonves is the equivalent to what Jeff Zucker was at NBC (although, unlike Zucker, Moonves will never come close to irreparably destroying an entire broadcast television network from top to bottom).

Zucker never headed either NBC News or MSNBC as an actual news director, but he was the driving force behind MSNBC becoming Pravda:TNG. Whilst Phil Griffin (who only got the job because of his past ties to Olbermann) gets all the credit.

Moonves is also why Julie Chen stayed on The Early Show practically forever, even though the show was always mired in last place during her tenure. Chen only left to host her own “View” rip-off that bumped off “As The World Turns” from the daytime schedule.

They have more influence than you think. And yes, I believe the LAT article was a subtle slap at Mr. Rhodes, by Moonves himself.

Myron Falwell on June 7, 2012 at 6:18 PM

One note..

Les Moonves is not the President of CBS News. He is the CEO of CBS Broadcasting and is the co-president of Viacom. Moonves is not a journalist and never ran a news division in his early years. He was a Television programming executive.

David Rhodes is the President of CBS.

willytvirgin on June 7, 2012 at 2:52 PM
Nice try, but he was President and CEO of C-BS Television for 5 years. As such, he would be ultimately in charge of their News Division, even though he was not their actual director.

In other words, the buck did stop with him.

But also remember-it’s not Ed Morrisey of Hot Gas claiming he’s the CBS News President. Ed is simply quoting the LA Times and Mooneves himself.

Though he heads a news division, Moonves said, “ultimately journalism has changed … partisanship is very much a part of journalism now.”

He hastened to add that despite his presence, “I run a news division. I’ve given no money to any candidate.”
Del Dolemonte on June 7, 2012 at 3:20 PM
Moonves is the equivalent to what Jeff Zucker was at NBC (although, unlike Zucker, Moonves will never come close to irreparably destroying an entire broadcast television network from top to bottom).

Zucker never headed either NBC News or MSNBC as an actual news director, but he was the driving force behind MSNBC becoming Pravda:TNG. Whilst Phil Griffin (who only got the job because of his past ties to Olbermann) gets all the credit.

Moonves is also why Julie Chen stayed on The Early Show practically forever, even though the show was always mired in last place during her tenure. Chen only left to host her own “View” rip-off that bumped off “As The World Turns” from the daytime schedule.

They have more influence than you think. And yes, I believe the LAT article was a subtle slap at Mr. Rhodes, by Moonves himself.

I never suggested Moonves didn’t have influence. As the CEO of CBS Broadcasting and Co-chairman of Viacom, one would hope he has some influence.

As I stated, I was correcting a factual error. Reading meaning or bias into correcting an error should be done so at your own intellectual risk. One final note, comparing Zucker to Moonves in title may be correct but not as a journalist. Zucker may not have been President of NBC News but he was the Executive Producer of the Today show and started his career in the NBC News division. Zucker began his professional life as a Journalist. Moonves, as I stated above, is not and never has been a Journalist.

Can we move on?

willytvirgin on June 7, 2012 at 6:56 PM

I remember Dan Rather attended a Democrat fundraiser years ago but he blamed his activist daughter for him going, not that he was leaning left. More of the same but no excuse was offered here.

waelse1 on June 7, 2012 at 7:55 PM