CNN Finally Lost Me, I Think

Wow. Both of the big “news” outlets regularly annoy me with the heavy-handed, pointed interviews. But CNN? You clinched it for me this afternoon.

No, it wasn’t another Molson-drinking squirrel.

It was the Rick Sanchez replacement. Brooke Baldwin’s interview with Republican candidate Iott was over the top. I’m not defending this guy’s politics, but way to imply that those who participate in historical reenactment are Nazi sympathizers if they dress up as SS for a reenactment. It’s not like he was wearing this stuff to a costume party; he’s a re-enactor. Icing on the cake? Pointedly drag the guy’s kid into it.

So, Brooke, when you gonna have Kenneth Branagh, Stanley Tucci, and Colin Firth on the show to ask about their stints as Nazis on TV in Conspiracy? They dressed up as Nazis. They must be anti-Semites.

So disappointing and insulting to me as a lover of history. From a journalism and political point of view, I just don’t get it. Is this what it’s come to? Is the Left that desperate? So sad. If you have a problem with the man’s politics, discuss that. (And he tried, in his interview with her, to discuss his campaign with her. She promptly cut him off.) But no, Brooke, choose to grasp at straws and bring the guy’s kid into it, too.

Brooke followed that up with a hard-hitting story about a guy on fire jumping out of a window. As a stunt. I know how to use YouTube if I want to see people on fire. Don’t worry – I’m not switching over to Fox, but why can’t there be a nice middle-of-the-road news outlet that actually reports real news?

And most of all, the mud-slinging, and tearing down of those with opposing viewpoints in our country is becoming more and more alarming to me. When is it going to stop, so that we can move forward?


  2 comments for “CNN Finally Lost Me, I Think

  1. October 11, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Well, Rick Sanchez did say that the Jews control CNN, so it’s no surprise that a Nazi re-enactor got such a lukewarm reception.


    I didn’t watch the video, but I’ll take your word for it that this “interview” was your standard cable news opinion piece masquerading as journalism. Doesn’t matter. Did Iott seriously think that no one would find out about this, or that if they did, it wouldn’t be a big deal? I’m not sure that I could vote for someone with such poor judgment, regardless of his politics.

    I am curious whether they’d go after a civil war re-enactor who played a Confederate soldier.

  2. October 12, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Well, Iott didn’t mention whether or not he played a Union or Confederate soldier, but he also participates in Civil War re-enactments. Interestingly, Baldwin did not pounce on that one.

    I don’t know – I just don’t really see getting voter’s panties in a wad about someone having an educational hobby. Seems like maybe the public assumes that re-enactors are Confederate-flag-waving racists. I mean, someone has to play the bad guy, right?

    I don’t really get what the big deal is. . .

    Rick Sanchez – what was THAT guy thinking?

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