Yesterday was one of the few days I caught CNN’s resident JournoLister Jeffrey Toobin smiling. That liberal pundit often tries to show how wise and dispassionate he is by putting on his serious Edward R. Murrow face and delivering Democratic talking points with a grim demeanor.
But, not when talking about the hacking scandal facing Rubert Murdoch’s empire. Yesterday, he was practically giddy as he detailed Murdoch’s woes spelled out his suspicions about Murdoch’s knowledge of the hacking. He just knew Murdoch had to know about it because, well, he wasn’t watching The Simpsons (a show on a network owned by the media mogul).
Does seem that’s the only scandal that really interests the folks at CNN. It’s as if they believe that as soon as people see what a horrible, no good very bad man is Rupert Murdoch, FoxNews’ audience share will drop and people will turn to the more “responsible” journalists at CNN for their news.
Toobin may be giddy now, but he promises to return to his serious face when the dust settles after the collapse of FoxNews. And then he can once again provide serious commentary to those who currently depend on a Murdoch outlet for their information on national and world affairs.