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In a stunning display of one-sided coverage, during the first three hours of coverage of the Health Care Summit televised so far, CNN only interrupted, whether for commercial or comment, Democratic speakers.  

Yes, I could have watched the first three hours on C-SPAN, but I was interested in the balance of coverage.

I was stunned.

In the first three hours televised so far, CNN interrupted:

  1. Pres. Obama (D) for a Chantax / Pfizer commercial
  1. Rep. Steny Hoyer (D) (entire speech) for a Liberator medical device ad as well as an ad by American Future Fund featuring a lipstick-wearing pig which advocated "Tell Congress Start Over and Get Health Care Right."  
  1. Pres. Obama (D) for ads (including an ad by the Oil and Gas Industry)
  1. Sen. Max Baucus (D-sorta) for ads
  1. Rep. Robert Andrews (D) (entire speech) for comment
  1. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D) for ads
  1. Pres. Obama (D) for ads including another one by Pfizer
  1. At this point, they did cut into the very tail end (couple seconds) of Rep. Charles Boustany's (R) comments but only to go to Rep. Anh Cao (R) for comment while not showing a couple moments of Pres. Obama (D) and several minutes of another Dem (didn't even see who he was!)

But oh, they came back straight away for Sen. McCain (R)!

  1. Then they cut away from Kathleen Sebileus (D) for commentary which they then interrupted their own commentary in order to catch all of Eric Cantor's (R) comments.
  1. Then they cut away for the entire Rep. Louise Slaughter (D) comments.

I could understand a slight imbalance, but a total, complete one-sided coverage needs to be called out.

A question I have: is this one-sided coverage 1) on purpose; 2) unintentional, an act of the subconscious.  And if so, what does that say about their producer / director?  It's an either/or proposition.

Not to mention that their "commentators" include Rep. Anh Cao (R), David Gergen (R), Dana Bash (R) and Ben Stein (R-asshat).

This is what America is watching.  The Most Trusted Name in News??  Actually, at this rate, they should change their entire name from CNN to Fox Lite.


Editing to add contact info for complaints to CNN, MSNBC. Thanks to user dmhlt 66 for the bulk of the CNN contact info.

MSNBC: Phone: (212) 664-4444

CNN MAIN # 404-827-1500

One CNN Center
PO Box 105366
Atlanta, GA 30303-5366
Phone: 404.827-1500

Comment Line: 404.827 - 0234

FAX: 404.827-1906


CNN Washington Bureau
820 First St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202.898-7900
FAX: 202.898-7923

CNN NEWS CHIEF: Eason Jordan
Phone: 404.827-5111
FAX: 404.827-4215

Phone: 404.827-1500
FAX: 404.827-1099

Originally posted to mediapolitic on Thu Feb 25, 2010 at 10:30 AM PST.

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