Yesterday, while doing cardio at my gym, I received yet another lesson in the bias of CNN. When I looked up from my book, I found Wolf Blitzer breathlessly reporting on the latest controversy swirling around Michelle Bachmann’s campaign.
Now, let me make clear (yet again) that I have some serious concerns about Mrs. Bachmann and do not back her bid for the Republican presidential nomination. I do, to be sure, appreciate her commitment to small government ideals and her ability to articulate her convictions.
Yet, as I watched Blitzer detail the allegations against her husband’s “Christian counseling business”, that, as per my previous post, allegedly “uses a controversial therapy that encourages homosexual patients to change their sexual orientation“, I wondered at the media obsession with this charismatic politician. At this point in the 2008 election cycle, indeed at any point in that cycle, did Mr. Blitzer — or anyone at CNN for that matter — engage in such critical scrutiny of then-Senator Barack Obama, then a candidate for the Democratic nomination?
The CNN report was not about Mrs. Bachmann’s activities, but her husband’s.
Now, as I recall, Mr. Obama did succeed in securing an earmark (i.e., money from the federal government) for the hospital where his wife worked and subsequently received a substantial raise. There appeared to be a pretty clear connection between his wife’s professional advancement and his official duties.
This is not to say that this information about Mr. Bachmann is irrelevant. It is indeed relevant. And it relates to one (of the many) concerns I have about his wife’s bid for the White House. But, this is simply to point out the bias of CNN, more interested in allegations against the husband of a Republican presidential candidate than in evidence of a Democratic presidential candidate using federal money to help his wife. Why has Mr. Blitzer devoted so much time to this story and so little to the administration’s involvement in the “Gunwalker” scandal?
Will CNN ever exercise the same critical scrutiny of the incumbent President of the United States as it exercises of the spouses of Republican candidates?