This is overt politicking. When you tweet that lawmakers “refused” to vote for X bill, the obviously intended message is that they should have voted for X bill. When you post their NRA ratings, you obviously mean to imply that it was pressure from the NRA that led them to vote that way. Both of which are perfectly fine opinions I suppose, but if that’s the stance of CNN’s news division, that’s a problem.
The attached gif obviously took some effort to make, and it went out from CNN’s official Twitter account. This didn’t slip through the cracks. Some suit at CNN had no problem signing off on and devoting company resources towards a tweet that wouldn’t be out of place coming from the DNC.
It’s much the same on air. We had host Chris Cuomo yesterday asking indignantly “Who is calling for a repeal of the Second Amendment?” the day after a retired Supreme Court justice wrote a widely-shared New York Times op-ed arguing just that. When his guest Rick Santorum pointed out this discrepancy, Cuomo insisted the op-ed titled “Repeal the Second Amendment” wasn’t actually about repealing the Second Amendment.