In a bizarre turn of events, the hard-left Media Matters for America (MMfA) has sided with the Republican National Committee’s call for CNN and NBC to cancel their respective projects surrounding former Secretary of State and potential 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Unless these projects are canceled, the RNC will not partner with either network for its primary debates.
In letters sent to both networks, MMfA founder David Brock tried to make it sound as though his opposition is based on journalistic integrity. But a look between the lines reveals Brock’s real motivation, which is to protect the brands of the left-wing CNN and NBC for the coming battle to put Hillary Clinton in the White House.
In both letters, Brock asks the network heads, “How will your network respond to the right-wing noise machine that is already pressuring you to adopt its ideological lens on Clinton?” and “Is your network prepared to respond to criticism that it is not providing equal time to other candidates?”
That reveals a concern that has nothing to do with the high ideals of objective journalism and everything to do with a fear that CNN and NBC are leaving themselves open to legitimate criticism from the political right. And it is just a fact that the more CNN and NBC sully themselves in the minds of the public, the less effective they will be at persuading the public to vote for Hillary Clinton.
For as long as I can remember, but most certainly during the ’08 and ’12 presidential elections, CNN and NBC (as well as offshoot MSNBC) were both invaluable in the wars to destroy the Republican ticket and usher Barack Obama into office.
Brock is apparently concerned that these Hillary projects are a bridge too far in the coming war, and that the damage these projects will do to the reputations of both networks will, in the long term, do more harm than good to Hillary’s chances.
And if past is prologue, CNN and NBC hosting GOP primary debates is a much more effective way to put Clinton in the White House than a Hillary miniseries and documentary.
The left understand that CNN and NBC are at their most effective at winning elections for Democrats when they hide behind a phony shield of objectivity. For good reason, the left is concerned these Hillary projects might weaken that shield.
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