Somehow I ended up watching CNN last night. Usually I have such a backlog of stuff to read and watch that CNN only makes it onto my screen if there's a primary, and these days even that isn't enough. Who cares what the Repubs say. The clown parade isn't even entertaining anymore. But I was watching Erin Burnett. And I couldn't believe what I was hearing.
I guess when they fired Lou Dobbs they had a slot opened for the crazy dude with the wrong ideas who gets angry about it anyway. That's what the Burnett has turned into, or maybe that's what she always was. I don't find her interesting. In any way.
But here's the deal. She's so far from the truth that if the truth ever started to show up on her show she'd have to get them off the air right away because it would contradict the premise of everything she's reporting.
Last night her outrage was that China was sneaking in the back door and taking Canada's oil from us. Never mind that the price of oil, a commodity, has nothing to do with whose oil you're burning. And that the tar sands that Canada proposes to send to Texas aren't meant to be burned in US cars, rather it's destined for America's refineries. Where the refined oil goes after that is anyone's guess. A barrel of oil is a barrel of oil. Completely fungible. You wouldn't know the difference between Canadian gas or Saudi gas. It all gets the same MPG and destroys the habitat of polar bears just as fast.
It's not just that CNN tolerates lies. It's not just that CNN pays political liars to lie on air. The very premise of their shows are lies. This is no longer about informing people. Whatever it is about, Ted Turner surely would be rolling over in his grave if he weren't still alive. Wonder why he doesn't say something?
BTW, Fox is by far the best of the three networks for reporting news. They have actual reporters in the field with cameras, doing interviews. Like the old days. And if you skip the pundits, who are mostly just as off-the-wall crazy as the ones on CNN, their news doesn't seem to favor one party or another. If they were reporting the same story Burnett was reporting last night, I would expect them to say what she didn't say. That oil is oil is oil is oil. I've seen them do it. CNN? Never.
I say "mostly" because I saw Joe Trippi on Huckabee (on Fox) the other night and they talked slow enough to make sense. And Huckabee, who is known to be a conservative, let Trippi say what he had to say, and they were all very nice to each other. The CNN pundits? OMG. And MSNBC has a choir who would see good news for the Dems even when there's none. The same people who were always on Countdown are still the people you see there. Oy.