This is a beautiful soundbite. Beautiful. Short. Easy to remember. Not at all wonkish as Democrats traditionally love.
That’s what Obama said about CNN at last night’s White House Correspondents Association dinner.
Let me explain why that is such a great line. CNN sees itself as “in the middle” between left and right, MSNBC and Fox. Just recently, in fact, CNN president Jeff Zucker praised the middle as the place to be. But CNN also sees itself as a great newsgathering organization that is all about truthtelling rather than ideology. “Keeping them honest,” as Anderson Cooper, face of the brand, likes to say.
Put them together and what do you have? Keep ‘em honest, but stay in the middle. Which doesn’t work. For what happens when one side is BS-ing us more than the other? What happens when independent and honest reporting shows that these people on this side are mostly right in what they’re saying, and those people on that side are distorting the case?
CNN wants to believe, tries to believe and I think does believe that this problem does not exist. Therefore we have to remind them about it, because it does exist. And that’s what Obama did: “cover all sides of the story just in case one of them happens to be accurate” is saying to CNN: Accuracy and truthtelling will be sacrificed to your ideology— the middle, no matter what it takes.
— President Obama, WHCD
Pres. Obama became the first sitting president today to address Planned Parenthood.
This just after a new interview with Todd Akin, where he says he wishes he could take back his “legitimate rape” comments: http://usat.ly/Y1SEMo
I always thank elected officials when they address Planned Parenthood or NARAL (more NARAL than Planned Parenthood), because it’s a target… it’s a campaign target.
Sure, Obama isn’t running for reelection anytime soon, but midterms for a President’s final term in office are hellacious at best. However, this was the right thing to do on so many levels. If it just gets a few more people focusing on the fact that only 3% of Planned Parenthood’s budget is for abortions and NONE of that is federally funded.
Thank you, POTUS.