CNN's Soledad O'Brien Quotes Left-Wing Blog to Attack Ryan Plan
CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien has been caught using left-wing blog Talking Points Memo to counter Virginia House of Delegates member Barbara Comstock on the House GOP budget.
As Ali Akbar of Viral Read discovered:
Tonight, she was the substitute host for Anderson Cooper, a program
that boasts of its reputation for “keeping [politicians] honest.” During
her interview with Virginia House of Delegates Republican member Barbara Comstock,
O’Brien became visibly flustered and was actually caught doing finger
stress exercises as she attempt to insert editorial commentary while her
guest, a former skilled Republican operative, defended the House GOP budget, designed by Budget Chairman Paul Ryan.
Accidentally, a cameraman captured O’Brien furiously flipping through
notes, only to cut out seconds later. What was she viewing?
Footage proves it was a printed email, talking points and opposition research.
Here is a picture of her flipping through her "notes."
If you take a closer look, she's reading a blog post titled, The Myth of Paul Ryan The Bipartisan Leader. Once again, TPM is a left-wing blog.
Here's a closer look:
Viral read continues:
The contents? There was a blog post from Talking Points Memo, the popular liberal blog. She was reading The Myth of Paul Ryan The Bipartisan Leader.
She never cited it, but used its contents. In fact, she claimed to be
reading a direct statement from Senator Wyden’s (D-OR) office, but was
in fact reading this excerpt from the blog:
The Romney campaign’s lone evidence that Ryan is a
bipartisan leader amounts to a vague blueprint he co-wrote with
Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) late last year that mirrors key
elements of his Medicare plan. Wyden voted against Ryan’s budget and
said Romney’s characterization of their work was dishonest.
“Governor Romney is talking nonsense. Bipartisanship requires that you not make up the facts,” Wyden’s office said in a statement.
“I did not ‘co-lead a piece of legislation.’ I wrote a policy paper on
options for Medicare. Several months after the paper came out I spoke
and voted against the Medicare provisions in the Ryan budget. Governor
Romney needs to learn you don’t protect seniors by makings things up,
and his comments sure won’t help promote real bipartisanship.”
In the very same segment where she then interviewed Obama deputy
campaign manager Stephanie Cutter, she used no notes, no research, and
what are generally accepted as softball questions.
To any casual outside observer, the contrast of O'Brien's treatment of Democrat and Republican guests, plus her use of left-wing talking points, this is not the work of a non-partisan, objective journalist.