Another day, another glaring example of liberal bias from the mainstream media. This one is particularly egregious. Take it away, Noel Sheppard (Newsbusters):
On Sunday, Pink’s “Stupid Girls” was played before a CNN Sunday Morning piece about former Alaska governor Sarah Palin visiting a Chick-fil-A restaurant to show support for the embattled company (video follows with transcript and commentary):
[Music and lyrics]: Aha, aha. Stupid girl, stupid girls, stupid girls. Maybe if I act like that…
RANDI KAYE, ANCHOR: Sarah Palin is apparently hungry for chicken and controversy. She posted this on Twitter and Facebook: “Stopped by Chick-fil-A in the Woodlands to support a great business.” That is her and her husband Todd. Chick-fil-A has come under fire after, we were just telling you, after its president Dan Cathy came out in opposition to same-sex marriage. Several communities now trying to block Chick-fil-A from coming into their cities. Fellow Republican Mike Huckabee has organized that Chick-fil-A appreciation day scheduled for Wednesday.
Imagine such a song being used to introduce any female Democrat. The outrage would be deafening.
Indeed it would, but if it weren’t for double standards, there’d be no standards at all at CNN. Sexism is fine as long as it’s against conservative women. Sheppard wonders if CNN and Randi Kaye will apologize. CNN definitely should, but I’m not so sure about Kaye. I tend to agree with Hot Air’s Jazz Shaw that it’s probably a stretch to assume she has much, if any, culpability in this partisan attack. Most of the anchors and anchorettes at CNN are nothing but liberal, ill-informed Ken and Barbie dolls who read whatever’s put in front of them by their producers, and I can’t imagine they play any role in bumper music selection. And in Randi Kaye’s case, I doubt she’s even bright enough to be aware of what’s happening around her, much less what she’s reading off the teleprompter from one moment to the next. Despite the excuses or scapegoating CNN may (or may not) offer for this revealing incident, the culpability undoubtedly rests higher up the food chain at the beleaguered, ratings-challenged network.
One could easily blame the producers of Kaye’s show, and that’s probably the route CNN will take. But they’re most likely twenty-something lefties just out of college who rode the Choom Wagon to work this morning. There’s more to this than that. I have trouble believing that they’d do something so outrageous without prior approval from above. Either that or they were reasonably sure that there’d be no negative repercussions for their childish sexist antics. In either case, CNN’s management is responsible as there’s no qualitative difference between the two scenarios, and management is ultimately accountable for what goes on the air. The buck stops with them. (Of course they could take Obama’s approach and blame Bush.) I digress.
CNN is experiencing their worst ratings in 21 years. Indeed things are so bad that CNN’s president, Jim Walton, just announced his resignation. It’s easy to see why. If today’s foolishness is indicative of Walton’s “leadership”, it’s clear there’s no adult supervision at what was once considered to be the standard for cable news. And about those ratings: How is alienating roughly 50% of their potential audience by ham-handedly attacking one of the most popular conservatives in the country a viable strategy to boost ratings? Shouldn’t higher ratings be CNN’s goal? Apparently not.
To be sure, I have no doubt that CNN will claim it was all just a coincidence; that the individual or individuals who produced the show, fed Randi Kaye’s teleprompter, and selected the bumper music had absolutely no idea what story she’d be leading with. No idea at all. It’s a simple misunderstanding, a perfectly innocent coincidence. Happens all the time. That’s our story and we’re sticking with it.
And I’ve got a bridge to sell you.