CNN’s Carol Costello is Sorry She Laughed at Bristol Palin (Sort Of)

By on 10.27.14 | 6:09PM

Okay, I admit it. When I first heard about the Palin Family Brawl, as it were, I was pretty enthusiastic. After all, is there any other public figure in history - aside from possibly Andrew Jackson - who could land herself in an all-out drunken wildnerss melee and come out relatively unscathed after (allegedly) beating the crap out of her neighbors, all while wearing platform American flag shoes? No. No, there isn't. Sarah Palin is the only modern politico that I can picture taking a right hook to a lumberjack and living to tell about it.

And to that end, the whole thing was pretty funny. And it would have continued to be funny except that last week, the police who took the call released an audio tape of Bristol Palin, Sarah's daughter, who described being beaten, dragged and sworn at. Which is decidedly not funny, particularly when you consider that Bristol sustained injuries in the altercation. In this war-on-women world, Bristol Palin actually has a story from the front lines. And, like other recent female victims of violence, you'd expect luminary CNN hosts to come to her defense. 

CNN Blows Up Obamacare “Success” Story

By on 11.19.13 | 2:53PM

Remember Jessica Sanford? The woman mentioned by Barack Obama as an Obamacare success story during his presser at the Rose Garden on October 21?

Props to CNN for uncovering this whopper:

Obama said this at the Rose Garden that day:

I recently received a letter from a woman named Jessica Sanford in Washington state. And here's what she wrote, I am a single mom, no child support, self-employed. and I haven't had insurance for 15 years because it's too expensive. I was crying the other day when I signed up, so much stress lifted.

I wonder if the president will tell us about the next letter he receives from Jessica Sanford.


Ted Turner’s Cable Scam (March 1987)

By From the March 1987 issue

Editor's Note: The release of the fifth book, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, by Malcolm Gladwell, an alumnus of The American Spectator, has inspired us to mine our archives. In our March 1987 issue, Gladwell investigated Ted Turner's creation of CNN, which included all the usual elements of crony capitalism: duplicity and deception, sleazy lobbyists, and business protections enshrined by Congress.

Ted Turner first came to Washington to peddle his vision of how cable television would change America in 1976. "You have to remember that there are three supernetworks who only own four or five stations apiece that are controlling the way this nation thinks and raking off exorbitant profits," he told Congress. "They have an absolute, a virtual stranglehold, on what Americans see and think, and I think a lot of times they do not operate in the public good."

CNN: Obama’s plan not “significantly new,” just same old stuff repackaged

By on 10.23.12 | 10:55AM

Reporting the release of the new Obama agenda two weeks out from the election, CNN's Jessica Yellin came out visibly annoyed: "There's not anything significantly new in here, it's just all compiled in a nice booklet now."

Here's the video: 

What's remarkable here is that if the president's campaign were confident in the narrative coming out of the foreign policy debate, they wouldn't be changing the subject with a "new plan," or a new repackaging of an old plan. They'd be talking about Romney's inexperience and poor judgment and poor showing in the debate. They'd be talking up how Obama killed Bin Ladin, kept GM alive, and that you can't know the kind of crazy future Mitt Romney might herald.

Re: O’Keefe, From Pimp to Punk(ed)

By on 9.30.10 | 4:19PM

Quin, I have to agree with you that this was an amazing example of about as bad a judgment as someone can have. And this looks downright mean. I like what my former John Locke Foundation boss John Hood, whom you linked, said at The Corner:

This CNN episode ought to convince all conservatives that not only should O’Keefe’s behavior be condemned, but conservative leaders and organizations need to do a better job of assessing the maturity level and character of the people they hire, support, or praise. Building an alternative media network of conservative and libertarian periodicals, news portals, broadcasters, blogs, and video sites is a great idea.

Special Report

I Was Lou Dobbs’s Last Guest: Witness To a Star Reborn

By 11.16.09

CNN ratings slide, brand damaged: Creators versus managers in PC media battle.