Wednesday, July 11, 2012

What CNN Doesn't Tell You Tells You More Than What They Tell You

Ramesh Ponnuru at the Corner draws attention to this abysmal article at CNN on how everyone is so fed up with the fight over Obamacare that Republicans should quit trying to repeal it.

Interestingly, I was working on this post relating to the article already when I saw his post. Just what I needed . . . a hook!

At the end of his post, Ponnuru says this:

[Author Halimah] Abdullah then brings in David Bositis, who attempts to support the voter-fatigue theory by pointing to the low approval ratings for Congress — which, again, obviously do not provide any support for the theory.

I had zeroed in on Bositis because he is presented without any other qualification or description other than where he works. Over to the article:

...frustration is pretty indicative of broader voter fatigue when it comes to debate over the health care law and most things in Congress, said David Bositis, a senior research associate at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, pointing to Congress' abysmal approval rating.

"I don't think voters are paying attention to what Congress is doing right now," Bositis said. "They think Congress -- especially the House -- is a bunch of fools. These guys are like characters out of 'Saturday Night Live.' "

Note how the article presents Bositis and the organization that he works for -- just name the outfit without any qualifier whatsoever. The reader is left to assume it must be some neutral organization, otherwise the article would have described its affiliation or political leaning, right?

Yeah, right. Here's the About page on the Joint Center's website:

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies works to inform and illuminate the nation's major public policy debates through research, analysis, and information dissemination, with the goal of improving the socioeconomic status of African Americans and other people of color

I'm beginning to think the Joint Center and Dr. Bositis may have needed a bit of a qualifier or description. And while we're at it, here's a bit from their Energy and Environment section:

Although African Americans contribute 20 percent less than white households to the causes of global warming, research suggests they are more vulnerable to the types of extreme weather that science has shown is exacerbated by environmental changes

Oh, and wait for it...

African Americans and other people of color are also vulnerable to the risks associated with increases in energy prices, and would benefit from job growth associated with the adoption of...

I trust you already know that that sentence doesn't end with "...an all of the above approach to access the nation's many sources of cheap, abundant energy." Oh, no of course not, they're much more, well, progressive at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies...

...a clean energy plan.

Yup. That'll solve everything.

CNN presents David Bositis as if he's a neutral observer. He's not. But then again, neither is CNN.

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