CNN got caught in an embarrassing “hot mic” moment, with the network that’s now trying to pretend that it is an unbiased reporter of news showing that it is still quite biased thanks to a bit of indiscretion when one of the hosts was near a live mic. Watch that here:
The moment came when Anderson Cooper was covering Kevin McCarthy’s attempts to become Speaker of the House and, after a failed vote, he said that they’d do it all over again, saying:
“We’ll be back tonight. I believe at that time we’ll have the votes to finish this once and for all,” McCarthy told reporters. “It just reminds me of what my father always told me- it’s not how you start it’s how you finish. And now we have to finish for the American public to turn around.”
As Rep. McCarthy said that, a female voice on the air for CNN could be heard saying, thanks to a hot mic, “Oh, for Christ’s sake.”
RedState, commenting on who might have made the comment, said that:
It wasn’t clear who the person making the comments was. Speculation varied between Democratic strategist and CNN contributor Karen Finney who had been on a prior panel before the remarks to CNN chief political correspondent Dana Bash, which is who Raw Story claimed it was. It sounds like Bash to me.
Either would be bad and show a complete lack of professionalism, but Bash would certainly put yet another hole in their claim to be about news and not being the political errand boys of the Democrats. Talk about bias.
RedState added that “This follows CNN’s Dana Bash lying during an interview with former Rep. Adam Kinzinger (how good that is to say) earlier this week. Bash claimed that it was “largely as a result of that patriotic service” that Kinzinger did on the Jan. 6 Committee that he was leaving Congress, which was full-on fake news, but Kinzinger didn’t correct it. The reason he was leaving was that he decided not to run again after the Democrats gerrymandered his district. But it’s been a persistent lie pushed by the media somehow it was because of his disgraceful actions on the partisan witch hunt committee. That’s not helping CNN’s “fake news” problem. Neither was hiring a very biased Kinzinger.”
The hot mic moment shows that all those claims from the new CNN CEO that CNN will be unbiased, non-partisan news from now on weren’t promises even worth the paper they were printed on.
Rather, CNN wants the trust from average, not particularly political Americans that comes with being regarded as an unbiased news network, but doesn’t want to actually have to hire stable people that can keep their mouths shut and not say “Oh, for Christ’s sake” just because a Republican is talking. But, of course, who really expected anything different from CNN?