CNN says ‘Stupid Girls’ was ‘poor choice’ for Palin segment

posted at 6:01 pm on July 31, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

Uh huh:

“The music selection was a poor choice and was not intended to be linked to any news story,” a CNN spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter. “We regret any perception that they were planned together.”

Several outlets are headlining this an “apology,” but it’s about a quarter-apology— the even lazier cousin of the half-apology so often adopted in media and politics.

Strange how these musically misogynistic mishaps always happen with prominent conservative women, huh? Well, there was this one, which throws off the pattern. Maybe it’s just women running to the right of Barack Obama?

Do we really think that, if CNN had made a similarly “poor selection” for a Nancy Pelosi story— say, I don’t know “A Perfect Lie”— it wouldn’t have issued an on-air apology?

But enough of this weak sauce. Let’s check in on the Brian Ross situation. Surely, ABC’s moving toward some sort of formal punishment for its investigative reporter after he erroneously connected Colorado shooter James Holmes to the Tea Party with nothing more than his gut and a Google search. Right?

ABC president Ben Sherwood did face questions about Ross’ flub at a Television Critics Association event, but it looks like Ross will face no formal reprimand of any kind. ABC is the UN of journalism, issuing “strong, stern” talkings-to to correct behavior:

“He was not suspended and there was not a formal reprimand, although we had the first conversation like that that he and I have ever had.” Mr. Sherwood was referring to the “stern and serious conversation.”

Improbably, in a panel discussion, Sherwood seemed to congratulate ABC for correcting the error quickly:

“It was a mistake; we recognized it immediately and owned it immediately…We corrected it immediately, and we apologized,” Sherwood told TV critics, adding that Ross has reached out to the other man in Aurora, to “express his regret.”

Stephanopoulos, host of “This Week,” was sitting across from Ross accepting his report credulously, but he seemed pretty laid back about it, too:

Stephanopoulos, who appeared at the press tour via satellite with the rest of the “GMA” on-air gang, also apologized for the mistake.

“This was a breaking news situation and people are going to make mistakes,” Stephanopoulos said, adding “The test of a good journalist and good news organization is how you handle and how transparent you are with the viewers” when a mistake is made.

Or, you could say, in the moment, “Hey, Brian, do we actually have any proof that’s true?” That’d be a good test of a journalist.

And perhaps most improbably of all, both Sherwood and Stephanopoulos claimed there was no political motivation behind the mistake:

“We all know that our work can become political fodder,” [Stephanopoulos] said. “I don’t think there was any political motivation behind the mistake.”

Sherwood:

“We — all news organizations — are interested in finding out as much as we can about [Holmes], about his affiliations, his associations,” he said, adding that a “rich profile” of a person who may be responsible for the worst mass shooting in U.S. history has “journalistic relevance.”

Indeed, and I’m sure Ross would have reported immediately if he had Googled “Jim Holmes” + “Aurora” + “locavores and vegans.”

Sherwood said the “buck stops” with him, but that Brian Ross is an “outstanding investigative journalist,” and after all, wasn’t ABC’s coverage pretty awesome aside from that?

Exit question (Allahpundit™): Is Stewart losing his touch?


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Just one quick question. Why play a song with words “Stupid Girls” when discussing anyone?

arnold ziffel on July 31, 2012 at 6:05 PM

I’m surprised CNN addressed this issue at all. Their mask slipped long ago.

MisterElephant on July 31, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Harry Reid’s dead father told me that some Gay activist posing as a producer at CNN is the one responsible for playing “Stupid Girls” during their Sarah Palin attack segment. Now, do I know that that’s true? Well, I’m not certain, because Harry Reid’s father is dead!

OxyCon on July 31, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Ross has reached out to the other man in Aurora, to “express his regret.

I hope he brought his checkbook with him.

tims472 on July 31, 2012 at 6:06 PM

It’s ABCNews’ funeral. If they wish to go the way of MSDNC and CNN, fine by me. I don’t know when these news organizations(and I use that term generously) are gonna realize they’re not immune to the realities of the free market. If they alienate too many potential viewers, they’ll be left with a skeleton crew in a few years.

Doughboy on July 31, 2012 at 6:06 PM

and was not intended to be linked to any news story,

So what exactly was the intention ?
Clearly someone made a great effort to find this song, cue this song and play this song , WHY ?

burrata on July 31, 2012 at 6:07 PM

I’m surprised CNN addressed this issue at all. Their mask slipped long ago.

MisterElephant on July 31, 2012 at 6:05 PM

I am sure it is part of their “new thinking”.

tims472 on July 31, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Let’s check in on the Brian Ross situation. Surely, ABC’s moving toward some sort of formal punishment for its investigative reporter after he erroneously connected Colorado shooter James Holmes to the Tea Party with nothing more than his gut and a Google search. Right?

Since Dick Cheney has laid claim to the heart, maybe Mr. Ross should be sent on a years-long trek to locate missing brains and courage.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 31, 2012 at 6:10 PM

These people live in la-la land.

What is their unmitigated hatred of Sarah Palin all about? Why do they feel the need to destroy her? I just don’t get it? We are 4 yrs. out from the election. Let it go, libtards. You look like total morons everytime you try to reinforce that you think SP is a moron!

JAM on July 31, 2012 at 6:11 PM

That was a stupid move to play that song!..Very stupid!..:)

Dire Straits on July 31, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Just one quick question. Why play a song with words “Stupid Girls” when discussing anyone?

arnold ziffel on July 31, 2012 at 6:05 PM

This my friend is the question. My additional question to CNN is who made the decision? I would like a name, a position, and a punishment appropriate to the infraction.

Bmore on July 31, 2012 at 6:12 PM

“Poor Choice” – sure. “Factually Inaccurate” – wellll…

inthemiddle on July 31, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Do the dirty deed, then apologize for it…but the dirty deed was still done.

But then who watches CNN?

albill on July 31, 2012 at 6:13 PM

“We all know that our work can become political fodder,” [Stephanopoulos] said. “I don’t think there was any political motivation behind the mistake.”

Honestly, you can’t parody these clowns.

Cicero43 on July 31, 2012 at 6:14 PM

The war on women continues unabated.

KMC1 on July 31, 2012 at 6:14 PM

I would like a name, a position, and a punishment appropriate to the infraction.

Bmore on July 31, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Bmore, you’ll be about as successful getting rid of someone at CNN as you are getting rid of someone here at HA. :)

inthemiddle on July 31, 2012 at 6:15 PM

As to Ross google his name in conjunction with various and unsundry activitys. It’s fun for the whole group. Not family friendly however. Poor, poor Brian Ross, he got a stern talking to. Up twinkles. ; )

Bmore on July 31, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Alternative Newsweek: The Wimp Factor: “You Didn’t Bowl That!”

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/07/alternative-newsweek-you-didnt-bowl-that.html

Resist We Much on July 31, 2012 at 6:15 PM

What is their unmitigated hatred of Sarah Palin all about? Why do they feel the need to destroy her? I just don’t get it? We are 4 yrs. out from the election. Let it go, libtards. You look like total morons everytime you try to reinforce that you think SP is a moron!

JAM on July 31, 2012 at 6:11 PM

I read an article on this topic once and see it with my liberal acquaintances. Obama was such a poor choice, even the liberals truly know that although they can’t admit they were wrong. So they say, well Obama was at least better than Palin, so they try to demonize her to justify their choice of Obama.

But they are exposed in their foolishness.

redeye on July 31, 2012 at 6:16 PM

ABC announced they are overhauling their News Division and all their shows will get new names

Evening News => Stuff We Heard on the Phone Today
This Week => Stuff We Found on the Internet
20/20 => Yeah, But What If It Was True?

pedestrian on July 31, 2012 at 6:16 PM

If it wasn’t a swipe to Sarah Palin…..why did they make sure the song was playing while displaying her picture?

terryannonline on July 31, 2012 at 6:16 PM

These people live in la-la land.

What is their unmitigated hatred of Sarah Palin all about? Why do they feel the need to destroy her? I just don’t get it? We are 4 yrs. out from the election. Let it go, libtards. You look like total morons everytime you try to reinforce that you think SP is a moron!

JAM on July 31, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Simple. She’s a force to be reckoned without even holding an elected office(check out the Ted Cruz victory speech in a few hours if you don’t believe me) and she was arguably the first prominent political figure to effectively mock The One which is tantamount to blasphemy among many in the Democrat/media complex. For that alone, she and anyone close to her must be hounded til she draws her final breath.

Doughboy on July 31, 2012 at 6:16 PM

As soon as Obama wins his second term, the mainstream press pinky-promises to totally straighten up its act. Seriously.

Cicero43 on July 31, 2012 at 6:16 PM

I just thought they were referring to their news anchorettes.

kbTexan on July 31, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Bmore, you’ll be about as successful getting rid of someone at CNN as you are getting rid of someone here at HA. :)

inthemiddle on July 31, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Little one, it is CNN’s decision to take action. The same holds true for HA. Didn’t Ed explain that to you in your several conversations you had with him?

Bmore on July 31, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Little one, you did have those conversations with Ed, didn’t you? Certainly you’re not lying again are you?

Ed has your number and knows what you are (failing) to do.

inthemiddle on July 31, 2012 at 12:49 PM

I’ve already spoken to Ed via email and told him about these tactics. He has already assured me that what some of you are doing will not work and only he has the power to ban. Nice try, though!

inthemiddle on July 29, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Didn’t you?

Bmore on July 31, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Sherwood said the “buck stops” with him, but that Brian Ross is an “outstanding investigative journalist,” and after all, wasn’t ABC’s coverage pretty awesome aside from that?

Yes, like how the Batman movie was great except for that possible/potential Democrat who shot up the place. I don’t know for sure if Holmes does or might ever lean Democrat, but the possibility is always there. You never know! (ref. http://hotair.com/archives/2012/07/31/harry-reid-this-might-be-not-true-but-some-bain-investor-who-i-wont-name-told-me-romney-didnt-pay-income-taxes-for-10-years/ )

The director or producer who planned the bumper music knew exactly what he was doing, hoping only the ‘initiated’ and ‘enlightened’ would get the point. As usual, however, liberals overestimate their assumed cleverness. Then they face backlash they never expected. Unused to being fought, the MSM keep trying the same thing over and over.

And the media wonder why people on our side tell them to kiss (our) azz.

Liam on July 31, 2012 at 6:27 PM

CNN: Falling Backward.

Joe Mama on July 31, 2012 at 6:27 PM

I don’t care about an apology from either of them. They ceased being relevant to me at least a decade ago. They’re sad, bitter, alchoholic has beens, muttering nonsense on the park bench. Best just to hurry along and avert the children’s eyes from them.

rbj on July 31, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Strange how these musically misogynistic mishaps always happen with prominent conservative women, huh?

Extra points for triple alliteration!

E-R

electric-rascal on July 31, 2012 at 6:28 PM

CNN says ‘Stupid Girls’ was ‘poor choice’ for Palin segment

It was no more of a poor choice than Brian Ross and George Stepanopolous accusing a TEA Party man of being the Aurora killer was.

In other words, it was entirely intentional CNN just didn’t expect to catch hell over it.

SWalker on July 31, 2012 at 6:31 PM

rbj on July 31, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Excellent point.

Bmore on July 31, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Totally in the tank for the Democrats…THIS IS CNN.

kingsjester on July 31, 2012 at 6:32 PM

THIS is CNN…

ccrosby on July 31, 2012 at 6:32 PM

What is their unmitigated hatred of Sarah Palin all about? Why do they feel the need to destroy her? I just don’t get it? We are 4 yrs. out from the election. Let it go, libtards. You look like total morons everytime you try to reinforce that you think SP is a moron!

JAM on July 31, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Why do you expect an answer from the liberals when there are plenty of regular HA posters who have almost the same level of hatred.

katiejane on July 31, 2012 at 6:34 PM

CNN – falling on Obama’s their sword again.

oldroy on July 31, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Ah, the “musically misogynistic mishaps.” Just more proof of who really has a war on women. It also makes me thankful I left that party in 2008.

The MSM is shameless. Liberals are shameless.

magicbeans on July 31, 2012 at 6:35 PM

What is extraordinary is that CNN does not see the Beavus&Butthead aspect to its behavior. Simply juvenile.

pat on July 31, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Ya think?
/

And yet some want to pretend that there is no bias in the media. Imagine the firestorm if she had a (D) next to her name. Heck Pelosi should always have that song played.

CW on July 31, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Bmore, you’ll be about as successful getting rid of someone at CNN as you are getting rid of someone here at HA. :)

inthemiddle on July 31, 2012 at 6:15 PM

You’re a whore.

CW on July 31, 2012 at 6:39 PM

What is their unmitigated hatred of Sarah Palin all about? Why do they feel the need to destroy her? I just don’t get it? We are 4 yrs. out from the election. Let it go, libtards. You look like total morons everytime you try to reinforce that you think SP is a moron!

JAM on July 31, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Why do you expect an answer from the liberals when there are plenty of regular HA posters who have almost the same level of hatred.

katiejane on July 31, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Since Sarah Palin has honestly never done anything to any of those who hate her to justify their hatred the only logical or rational explanation for that hatred is fear.

SWalker on July 31, 2012 at 6:40 PM

CW on July 31, 2012 at 6:39 PM

I understand. ; )

Bmore on July 31, 2012 at 6:40 PM

‘Poor Choice’.
Ya THINK?///

annoyinglittletwerp on July 31, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Poor CNN. Just like Obama and his ‘bitter clinger’ comments, they thought they were among FRIENDS. Wink-wink, nudge, nudge.

GarandFan on July 31, 2012 at 6:42 PM

If CNN had any journalistic integrity they would fire whoever it is that’s responsible. It was totally unprofessional and a violation of journalistic ethics. But since all of the corporate media outlets including Fox news are basically just propaganda outlets for different factions of the ruling class, nobody expects CNN to take appropriate action against those responsible.

FloatingRock on July 31, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Poor CNN. Just like Obama and his ‘bitter clinger’ comments, they thought they were among FRIENDS. Wink-wink, nudge, nudge.

GarandFan on July 31, 2012 at 6:42 PM

What CNN and their fellow travelers in the Fifth Column Treasonous Media do not seem capable of understanding is that America is not and never has been a center left or Marxist Friendly nation.

Once upon a time the Fifth Column Treasonous Media held a stranglehold like monopoly over the News. They consistently lied to the American Public attempting to indoctrinate us into Marxism. But then those damned meddling kids, err I mean the internet came along and ruined their plans, err exposed them for the lying douche bags they really are and more and more Americans everyday are waking up and telling the Fifth Column Treasonous Media to FOAD.

SWalker on July 31, 2012 at 6:51 PM

O/T
I got a presidential rating poll today, boy this is gonna be fun……….:-)

angrymike on July 31, 2012 at 6:53 PM

These people live in la-la land.

What is their unmitigated hatred of Sarah Palin all about? Why do they feel the need to destroy her? I just don’t get it?

JAM on July 31, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Because more than anyone else on the scene today, she has the ability to fire up conservative voters. She is the anti-Obama; and incidentally she’s the anti-GOPe. That’s why she’s hated by many in both parties.

ddrintn on July 31, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Q: What does CNN, the GOP insiders, the Democrat Party, Mitt Romney, Romney supporters, and Dick Cheney all have in common?

A: Way too much for comfort!

DannoJyd on July 31, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Still wait for an apology from CNN, NBC, CBS, and ABC, for linking Palin to Tucson.

idesign on July 31, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Why do you expect an answer from the liberals when there are plenty of regular HA posters who have almost the same level of hatred.

katiejane on July 31, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Yep.

ddrintn on July 31, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Just one quick question. Why play a song with words “Stupid Girls” when discussing anyone?

arnold ziffel on July 31, 2012 at 6:05 PM

The View.
Next question? Quick.

Barnestormer on July 31, 2012 at 7:01 PM

“We all know that our work can become political fodder,” [Stephanopoulos] said. “I don’t think there was any political motivation behind the mistake.”

Really? Want to bet it never occurred to Ross to google “Jim Holmes” + “OWS”?

Rod on July 31, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Poor choice? I don’t suppose that it was a slanderous attack upon here because of the media agenda?
“Poor choice” is like “Mistakes we made” or, “I don’t recall” all tried and true basic deceit answers of the Godless left.

To them lying and deceiving are badges of honor. Evil is as evil does.

Don L on July 31, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Whatever makes these media imbeciles think Sarah Palin is stupid? She probably knows more about oil and gas than any politician except Bobby Jindal!

How about for ABC’s next segment on Sarah Palin, they play Heart’s “Barracuda”?

Next segment on Fox News: Barack Obama tells Dmitri Medvedev he will be more flexible with Vladimir Putin after he is re-elected, and the musical lead-in is the Beatles’ “Back in the USSR”.

Or when Michelle Obama takes her next vacay in Spain or Martha’s Vineyard, they play “You’re a Rich Girl”–the one that says “You can rely on the old man’s money”.

Steve Z on July 31, 2012 at 7:08 PM

I’d bet my next paycheck whoever decided to play that song thought of themselves as “brilliant”. As it turns out? Pretty stupid.

scalleywag on July 31, 2012 at 7:14 PM

“CNN says ‘Stupid Girls’ was ‘poor choice’ for Palin segment”
…yeah, their FIRST CHOICE was The Fishbone Song ‘Lyin’ Ass Bitch’, but leftist buffoon and OBOZO butt-kisser Jimmy Fallon already used that on his show to insult Michele Bachmann.

TeaPartyNation on July 31, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Methinks the so-called apology is about as half-hearted as the very definition of the phrase half-hearted. It carries about as much sincerity as does Rahm Emmanuel’s definition of “values”, not to mention the total weight of the conservative-defending achievements of Nancy Pelosi.

In short, it is emptier than a stale donut hole.

pilamaye on July 31, 2012 at 7:15 PM

“CNN says ‘Stupid Girls’ was ‘poor choice’ for Palin segment”
…yeah, their FIRST CHOICE was The Fishbone Song ‘Lyin’ Ass B*tch’, but leftist buffoon and OBOZO butt-kisser Jimmy Fallon already used that on his show to insult Michele Bachmann.

TeaPartyNation on July 31, 2012 at 7:16 PM

CNN says ‘Stupid Girls’ was ‘poor choice’ for Palin segment
It was no more of a poor choice than Brian Ross and George Stepanopolous accusing a TEA Party man of being the Aurora killer was.

In other words, it was entirely intentional CNN just didn’t expect to catch hell over it.

SWalker on July 31, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Yes, it was intentional & and CNN knew all along that all they had to do was give some lame CYA apology and that would suffice.
The intended damage to the Republican was already done. By the time they’re finished with Romney he will be perceived as a bumbling, embarrassing, out of touch, rich fool.
Subliminal indoctrination is their weapon.
We must win this War.

redridinghood on July 31, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Yes, like how the Batman movie was great except for that possible/potential Democrat who shot up the place. I don’t know for sure if Holmes does or might ever lean Democrat, but the possibility is always there. You never know! (ref. http://hotair.com/archives/2012/07/31/harry-reid-this-might-be-not-true-but-some-bain-investor-who-i-wont-name-told-me-romney-didnt-pay-income-taxes-for-10-years/ )

The director or producer who planned the bumper music knew exactly what he was doing, hoping only the ‘initiated’ and ‘enlightened’ would get the point. As usual, however, liberals overestimate their assumed cleverness. Then they face backlash they never expected. Unused to being fought, the MSM keep trying the same thing over and over.

And the media wonder why people on our side tell them to kiss (our) azz.

Liam on July 31, 2012 at 6:27 PM

We haven’t heard what Holmes’s politics is, so I assume that he is a democratic. That’s just the way it works.

slickwillie2001 on July 31, 2012 at 7:18 PM

I am not privy to the personnel and compensation policies of either ABC News or CNN. However, it is a reasonable assumption that if either or both have “Pay for Performance” compensation plans to reward “Peak Performers”; that Ross, Stephanopoulos, and the unknown producer who chose the music got a little extra in their paychecks.

Subotai Bahadur on July 31, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Why do you expect an answer from the liberals when there are plenty of regular HA posters who have almost the same level of hatred.

katiejane

I don’t really expect an answer, of course. I really can’t wrap my head around anyone hating her. I guess it really is fear. The left demonize and demonize her like it is some “other” that isn’t human. They make themselves look silly, but the lengths they will go to to destroy this woman, I’ve never witnessed anything like it. I’m glad she is strong and that Todd is a badass. I worry for her safety. These people are sick.

Those on the right that hate her aren’t visceral. They just want her off the stage b/c they think she sucks up all the oxygen and I believe, they also have bought into the left’s meme that she’s stupid, so they wish to disassociate from her IMHO.

JAM on July 31, 2012 at 7:37 PM

CNN STUPID SH!TS says ‘Stupid Girls’ was ‘poor choice’ for Palin segment

KOOLAID2 on July 31, 2012 at 7:55 PM

I’ll accept CNN’s apology if, whenever they show Michelle Obama they play that song that goes “I like big butts and I cannot lie” between now and November.

Night Owl on July 31, 2012 at 8:13 PM

I hope Dear Leader takes the legacy media down with him…they have no credibility left to lose.

d1carter on July 31, 2012 at 8:24 PM

I’ll accept CNN’s apology if, whenever they show Michelle Obama they play that song that goes “I like big butts and I cannot lie” between now and November.

Night Owl on July 31, 2012 at 8:13 PM

…and the muslim evening call to prayer when little Bammie is on, which he called “one of the most beautiful sounds on Earth”.

slickwillie2001 on July 31, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Sure, CNN. Urinate on my back and tell me it’s raining.

The Monster on July 31, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Could of been worse. They could of made it look like they were targeting a single person with “Stupid Girl” by Garbage.

V-rod on July 31, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Could of been worse. They could of made it look like

Please stop destroying English.

The contraction “could’ve” is short for “could have“. It is not spelled “could of”.

-Language Martinet

The Monster on July 31, 2012 at 10:49 PM

I’m waiting for them to play “Half Breed” (Cher, duh) for Elizabeth Warren.

J.E. Dyer on August 1, 2012 at 12:11 AM

“We regret any perception that they were planned together.”

We’re sorry we got caught.

gekkobear on August 1, 2012 at 1:03 AM

Okay, so I’m in the grocery store, and this little brat is screaming her head off ‘cuz she needs “My Little Pony” ice cream like, right now! So I twist her ear and tell her to STFU. If I get caught — hey, mistakes were made — move along. If not, the ice cream sector is doing just fine.

Jeffster on August 1, 2012 at 8:50 AM