Last April 25, the Prowler reported on the political activity of former Bill Clinton senior adviser Michael Lux and such groups as the American Family Voices. Out of the same offices he also operates a second group called the Progressive Donor Network. Carville and Begala have assisted Lux in the formation of and fundraising for both groups.
The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Lux and a “secretive group” had spent about $100,000 to air the anti-Bush TV ads, which were produced by an ad firm/consulting group whose partners include former Clinton press secretary Joe Lockhart and former Gore 2000 senior advisers Carter Eskew and Michael Feldman.
CNN’s concern, apparently on the business side according to a staffer in the news channel’s Washington offices, is that both Carville and Begala have spoken and fundraised for Lux’s American Family Voices organization, and encouraged its stated goals of defeating Republican candidates across the country this year, as well as Bush in 2004.
“The so-called boycott by conservatives of ‘Crossfire’ had some executives here troubled,” says the CNN news staffer. “They acted like it was no big deal, but they are like any bunch of suits. They get nervous when there is the hint of controversy. It’s doubly so because of Ailes’s success on that other network. The last thing they need is hard evidence that Carville and Begala are actively attacking Republicans and conservatives. Outside of their role as conservative bashers on the show, of course,” he added with a laugh.
While “Crossfire” producers have consistently touted Carville and Begala as part of the equation to lift ratings for the long-running show, the business side and even some news-side people are troubled that the show has had to fall back on Democratic political operatives to host, whereas their counterparts Tucker Carlson and Robert Novak are established, respected journalists. Previous “left” host Bill Press was a political operative for the Democratic Party in California prior to his TV gigs.
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