By their own admission: If we’re reading this piece correctly, Joan Walsh is a better person than Donald Sterling.
By her own admission!
So is CNN’s Don Lemon, again by his own admission.
That said, we’ll make an admission of our own. We couldn’t force ourselves to watch last night’s Don Lemon Gossip Hour. We felt we had to pack it in when he opened his program like this:
LEMON (5/13/14): Here is reality. As Donald Sterling goes down in flames, he is pouring the gasoline himself. And it all started with a conversation in his own home. What does that have to do with this, the Jay-Z elevator video?Lemon’s owners had devised a way for him to discuss Donald Sterling and the Jay-Z elevator video! Lemon was going to gossip about D-Ster and about Solange Knowles!
The fact that we even know about these events, is it an invasion of privacy? That's a hot issue that we are debating tonight.
Having an ounce of dignity left, we had to turn it off.
More and more, in every way, CNN is filling prime time with the dumbest possible pseudo-discussions it can possibly conjure. This week, the network is pandering to its viewers in the same way Walsh is fawning to readers—by declaring itself a cut above a semi-demented, 80-year-old nut-cake.
On CNN, this also involves fawning to Magic Johnson this week. Johnson’s the good guy in the network’s low-IQ tale.
Sterling is the bad guy. He’s so bad that Anderson Cooper won’t even empathize with him!
We mention Johnson for this reason:
Last night, we briefly caught a bit of runaway cable. On CNN’s 9 PM show, a progressive guest complained that Johnson has been heavily involved in business dealings with the nation’s biggest corporate plutocrat hustlers.
(This bit of runaway punditry occurred on CNN Tonight, the 9 PM replacement show hosted by Bill Weir.)
Was that runaway punditry accurate? We have no idea. Nor have we been able to examine the transcript. Here we are, at 4 PM, and CNN still hasn’t posted it. For CNN, that’s very unusual conduct.
Has CNN decided to kill the record of the guest who went off-script? If you think that couldn’t be true, we think you haven’t been watching.