Newsbusters’ Noel Sheppard found “the incredulous look on [Campbell] Brown’s face” to be “absolutely priceless” when the CNN hostess asked Valerie B. Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement, about bias at MSNBC and the Obama Administration official contradicted herself.
Miss Jarrett refused to answer the question and blathered on with some nonsensical drivel at odds with her statement that “of course” FoxNews is biased:
Well, you know what, this is, this is the thing. I don’t want to — actually, I don’t want to just generalize all Fox is biased or that another station is biased. I think what we want to do is to look at it on a case-by-case basis. And when we see a pattern of distortion, we’re going to be honest about that pattern of distortion.
So, if it’s a case-by-case basis, why not point to particular errors on FoxNews rather than badmouth the entire network–while watching its ratings increase?
What I found telling is how the Administration flack addressed Brown’s next point, “That’s all, that you’ve only spoken out about Fox News“:
That’s actually not true. I think that what the administration has said very clearly is that we’re going to speak truth to power.
Jarrett did not name another Administration target, acting as if she was still in the streets taking on “the man.” Hate to break it to you, Val, but your boss is “the man” now. Allahpundit calls this comment, “The ultimate expression of self-righteous victimhood, offered here by … a senior advisor to the most powerful man on earth.”
And I ask, what does it say about the mentality of the President’s minions if, more than nine months after their guy takes office, they act like they’re still on the outside. Val, you’re not speaking truth to power, you’re power trying to silence the truth.
And kudos to Campbell Brown for asking tough questions of Administration official. If her fellows followed your lead, they lift CNN out of the ratings basement.