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Thursday, August 28, 2003

Wolf Blitzer, Ass-kisser

I must've been really bored last weekend (or on prescription drugs!) because I found myself watching CNN's "Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer." California Governor Gray Davis was on, and I was interested to see what would happen. Having previously endured watching Wolf give war criminal Henry Kissinger the kid glove treatment, I should have seen it coming, but I found myself cursing at the TV screen again.

If you've kept up with the news of the California recall at all, you might know a little about how it's supposed to work. The first part of the ballot is a Y/N choice on the issue of recalling the governor. The second part of the ballot will let voters choose a new governor if the recall issue passes.

It's pretty obvious that Davis is going to vote "No" on the recall issue. If you have been paying close attention to this issue, you might even know that part of the strategy Davis' is using to get more sympathetic voters out to the polls so that he's not recalled. One of the ways he's doing this is by showing his "respect" and "admiration" for Democratic Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante while simultaneously not supporting any candidate on the second part of the ballot. Wolf asked Davis at least 5 times (depending how you count) how he would vote on the second part of the ballot. Was he just feigning ignorance?

As if that sort of hounding weren't unfair enough, Wolf put a big chunk of Arnold Schwarzenegger's campaign commercial on the air (for free) and put a letter from Rush Limbaugh to the L.A. Times on the screen, giving him even more undeserved airtime than he already has.

Attempting to appear "fair and balanced," Wolf aired videotaped comments from Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, who said she'd vote "No" on the recall and that she wouldn't vote on the second part of the ballot. Wolf said this was a "principled" stance, but he actually spun this in a way which implied that Davis was "unprincipled" for not saying the same thing.

Now, I might have been able to endure the treatment of Davis if Wolf had ever asked Kissinger a single tough question. But he didn't do it. He couldn't. All the questions he put to Kissinger sounded like they were pre-approved.

Read the entire transcript of the Davis interview here.

He blitzes wolves. He kisses asses. He's Wolf Blitzer, the ass-kisser.

In the meantime, I'm awaiting Tony Blair's appearance before the Hutton Inquiry with bated breath.
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