Here’s the latest faux freakout from the wingnuts. They’re throwing a fit over CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien reading a statement from Ron Wyden that was reprinted at Talking Points Memo. And to them, this proves…well, something. I don’t know what.
CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien is making headlines today after being snagged on the air reading from a leftist blog during an interview.
While filling in for regular host Anderson Cooper Monday night, O’Brien was talking with Virginia House of Delegates Republican member Barbara Comstock, who is a senior adviser for the Mitt Romney campaign.
O’Brien was seen reading from a printout by the left-leaning Talking Points Memo.
ZOMG! And here’s what she was reading:
According to Viral Read, “She never cited it, but used its contents. In fact, she claimed to be reading a direct statement from Senator Wyden’s office, but was in fact reading this excerpt from the blog: ‘The Romney campaign’s lone evidence that Ryan is a bipartisan leader amounts to a vague blueprint he co-wrote with Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) late last year that mirrors key elements of his Medicare plan. Wyden voted against Ryan’s budget and said Romney’s characterization of their work was dishonest.
‘Governor Romney is talking nonsense. Bipartisanship requires that you not make up the facts,’ Wyden’s office said in a statement. ‘I did not ‘co-lead a piece of legislation.’ I wrote a policy paper on options for Medicare. Several months after the paper came out I spoke and voted against the Medicare provisions in the Ryan budget. Governor Romney needs to learn you don’t protect seniors by makings things up, and his comments sure won’t help promote real bipartisanship.”
So all of this is because TPM reprinted part of a statement from Wyden and O’Brien read that statement from the reprinting of it rather than from Wyden’s website directly. Wow, what a non-story. But that doesn’t stop the demagogues from throwing a tantrum over it:
“CNN, if you want to know why nobody’s watching,” said radio host Rush Limbaugh as he analyzed O’Brien. “You want to make the claim that you guys are objectively in the middle?”
Limbaugh continued, “Soledad O’Brien is doing McCarthyism, Charlie McCarthyism. She is a puppet. Somebody’s mouthing for her. She doesn’t know what to ask unless she goes to a liberal blog for guidance, has to print it out and use it on the air, and she’s one of their stars.”
Sure, because if it’s a liberal blog, every single thing on the page must be a lie, right? And I’m sure that Fox News anchors would never read conservative blogs. Idiots.