The Problem With Soledad O’Brien: The Pretense of Neutrality
Once again, as first reported by Ali Akbar over at ViralRead.com, CNN’s Soledad O’Brien has been caught being a shill for the DNC. This morning, John Sununu called her out again for being a talking point parrot and Brandon explained it in his piece this morning.
Recall how she was busted back in March running interference by trying to downplay Obama’s close ties with Derrick Bell and you see a pattern of pro-Obama / pro-Democrat bias. For those of us who pay attention to these things, it is very clear. The problem, however, isn’t that Soledad O’Brien is biased. The problem is that she, and her employer, pretend she’s not biased.
She’s not promoted as a partisan, or even a left-leaning show host. She’s supposed to be a straight news anchor. Here’s her bio on CNN. There’s a heavy emphasis on “documentaries” and “special reports” but nothing about opinion or being a commentator – which would signify that she is on CNN to inject her political opinion and commentary into her shows. No, she’s a straight up news anchor and special report journalist.
That’s the problem. She is given the pretense of neutrality, a certain non-partisan credibility, and then she gets busted using leftist opposition research to challenge Republicans / conservatives she’s interviewing. I’ve seen some commentary from other reporters who say this isn’t a big deal, I vehemently disagree. It’s one thing to use leftist opposition research and disclose that the information is from a source known to be leftist. She doesn’t do that in the instance Ali highlights. She was passing off a leftist source as CNN’s own “independent” research. Again, using the pretense of being a neutral news network to push talking points created for the express purpose of refuting Republican claims.
I have yet to see one instance of O’Brien rebutting a Democrat / liberal claim with a conservative talking point where she doesn’t indicate that the rebuttal comes from a conservative source. I’m open to someone providing an example of this, and I will post it as an update here, but I’m betting there won’t be any.
It could very well be that O’Brien doesn’t even realize what she’s doing. If that’s the case, I hope she reads this and understands that her bias is obvious to many people and moving forward she works towards balancing out her reporting. But that’s probably wishful thinking. Soledad O’Brien is not a dumb woman. She’s razor sharp. For that reason, I’m inclined to think she knows exactly what she’s doing and thinks she can get away with it.
That’s a problem.
Exit question: Who sent Soledad O’Brien the email she’s reading in this picture? Was it an internal email from a researcher at CNN? Or was it straight from some Democrat source / SuperPAC?