Former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin recently blistered CNN, the floundering mainstream media cable news network, and said the network’s ratings are plummeting because CNN tries to fool Americans into believing the network is objective while its segments and reporting suggest otherwise.
Palin said CNN’s biases combined with the network’s disingenuous facade of objectivity have repelled voters, which is why the network’s last-place ratings are not matching those of its competitors.
“American viewers are smarter than you assume, and we simply want truth in reporting,” Palin wrote in her Facebook post.
Palin mentioned that last week CNN refused to disclose the author of an article that misconstrued Palin’s remarks at CPAC, John Avlon, is a founder of a political group, No Labels, that aims to elect as many moderate Republicans as possible. No Labels is a direct competitor to conservative grassroots organizations and is threatened by those like Palin, who, as Ted Cruz and Jim DeMint have noted, has the most influence when endorsing Republican candidates.
Palin referenced the Breitbart News article that debunked Avlon’s piece and noted the falsehoods in it. She said Blitzer’s recent coverage of the story was “blisteringly dishonest” because “he didn’t reach out to me or the SarahPAC staff for rebuttal” and “failed to disclose the anti-tea party associations of the ‘architect’ of this story.”
She claimed Avlon’s “organization is a competitor of my efforts to advance the candidacies of genuine grassroots conservatives – not those handpicked by the permanent political class.”
“As the article explains, in my recent CPAC speech I gulped and denounced the consultants who engage in campaign hopping and have made a racket out of multi-million dollar failures each election cycle for themselves and their cronies,” Palin wrote. “What a shame CNN continues to plug away in a floundering direction with reports like this”
Breitbart News noted that CNN, at the least, needed to tell its viewers that the author to whom Blitzer was speaking had an anti-Tea Party (and anti-Palin) agenda and then let the viewers make their own determinations. Blitzer also could have asked Avlon about the falsehoods in his article, like reporting SarahPAC received more donations in 2011 than in 2012, which FEC records show is not true.
Palin said CNN employs some “top-notch reporters who no doubt believe in truth in journalism,” but examples like Blitzer’s segment “diminish the good reporters’ good efforts.”
CNN’s biased reporting tarnishes the other shows on the network. For instance, the ratings for CNN’s new show that debuted last week, The Point, were some of the lowest for a show on the network this year, which is quite an accomplishment. One of the co-anchors of that show also happens to be the wife of none other than John Avalon.