Over the years the producers of “60 Minutes” on CBS has put their foot in their mouth or been caught red-handed with bogus reporting. A segment on Sunday’s broadcast was neither. IT WAS A FLAT OUT EFFORT AT PROPAGANDA on behalf of the President and the Democratic Party. It smacked to me as if Katie Couric (or a KC wanna-be) was the editor of the piece. SHAME ON ALL OF YOU!
As reported on Fox News Monday, the “news” program did a segment on the new book “Game Change” by John Heikmann and Mark Helperin that is due out Tuesday.
What was truly outrageous was the content of that segment.
Out of a 13:03 (13 minutes, 3 second) feature, producers dedicated their time in this fashion:
Negative coverage of Sarah Palin consumed 5 minutes, 20 seconds in the first section.
Coverage of Hillary Clinton consumed 30 seconds.
President Obama -- the virtual target of Harry Reid’s controversial racist remarks -- was featured for less than one minute (58 seconds) .
Sarah Palin was revisited for an additional 4 minutes, 44 seconds.
Hillary Clinton was back in focus for one minute.
Every bit of the whispers and CYA conversations in Washington DC this past weekend were about Harry Reid and what he said (about Obama) in 2008. The book authors quoted Reid's comments on Barack Obama’s run for the Presidency in this way: “He (Reid) was wowed by Obama’s oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama. A ‘light-skinned’ African-American ‘with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”
While the comment shows a form of support for Obama, it clearly illustrates that Reid believed Barack was a great “talking head” and was effective at manipulating the Black community with an uncharacteristic level of ebonics.
Was this the heart of the CBS coverage of the book? NO!
In fact, when you look at the total of timed segments this is how it boils down:
Sarah Palin: Ten minutes, 4 seconds
Hillary Clinton: One minute, thirty seconds
Barack Obama: 58 seconds
There was NO interview or time spent with Harry Reid. In fact there was no mention of his statement about Obama.
Another hot zone in the “Game Change” book is a Bill Clinton quote. Clinton ran afoul of Senator Ted Kennedy and triggered Kennedy’s endorsement of Obama by saying to him: “A few years ago, this guy (Obama) would have been getting us coffee.”
Hillary was not asked about the quote and Bill himself was not interviewed to discuss it.
The overwhelming bias in the segment and on the CBS 60 Minutes web site afterward is an affront to Americans everywhere and raises real questions as to any level of “fairness” or “accuracy” in their reporting. If the FCC fines a network hundreds of thousands of dollars for one slip of the tongue with a swear word these days, where is their reaction with licensing that clearly and totally violates the “public good” regulations?
I hope you will pass along the link to this blog. People need to know!