Perhaps the best thing about catching CNN at the gym is that it delivers the administration talking points straight. It’s no wonder Larry King found his television home on that network. When he had celebrities, political figures or opinion makers on, he, like Katie Couric interviewing Joe Biden, tossed softball after softball, enabling them to present their side of the story.
Heck, CNN even has an Obama advisor offering political commentary.
Well, I looked up from the elliptical trainer on Saturday to catch Democratic National Committee Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz telling us that “the entire collection of Republican candidates are totally out of step with what the average American is looking for in terms of solutions.” Out of step, Debbie? She faulted the presidential candidates for being in thrall to the “the extreme right wing fringe.” (She used the word, “extreme” five times in her interview.)
Not once did the folks from CNN, neither the telegenic Don Lemon nor the unsmiling Candy Crowley, ask her a tough question, like say, “What’s the Democratic plan to create jobs?” “Where’s the Democrats’ budget?” Yet, while Democrats still cling to government spending as the solution to all problems, big and small, the American people are increasingly recognizing that government doesn’t have the solutions and prefer less intrusive approaches.
Perhaps the reason CNN doesn’t ask Mrs. Wasserman Schultz about her party’s solutions is they understand that if she doesn’t promote big government approaches, her party will lose its liberal base. They may also know that if her party doesn’t show a real commitment to deficit reduction, the president’s standing among independents will erode even further (than it already has).
The DNC chair is left to try to win those folks back by calling Republicans extremists on the fringe. And luckily for her, CNN gives her party a platform to do so, without questioning her assertions. Or inquiring about her — and the president’s — plan.