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CNN ‘Corrupt News Network’ Sets America’s Political Adenda

by | 3rd, December 2007

THE long road to the White House means lots of miles and lots of TV for wold-be US Presidents.

But who sets the agenda? The media. As the LA Times puts it: “CNN: Corrupt News Network – A self-serving agenda was set for the Republican presidential debates.”

So, why did CNN make immigration the keystone of this debate? What standard dictated the decision to give that much time to an issue so remote from the majority of voters’ concerns? The answer is that CNN’s most popular news-oriented personality, Lou Dobbs, has made opposition to illegal immigration and free trade the centerpiece of his neonativist/neopopulist platform. In fact, Dobbs led into Wednesday’s debate with a good solid dose of immigrant bashing. His network is in a desperate ratings battle with Fox News and, in a critical prime-time slot, with MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann. So, what’s good for Dobbs is good for CNN.

In other words, CNN intentionally directed the Republicans’ debate to advance its own interests. Make immigration a bigger issue and you’ve made a bigger audience for Dobbs.


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