Erin Burnett works a blur: We often ask the analysts a basic question. It goes exactly like this:
Are the stars of cable news capable of making accurate statements?
We popped the question again last night as we watched Erin Burnett.
Burnett was speaking to a Bama official. Fearlessly, she was pushing him hard. This created a bit of an irony:
BURNETT (11/15/17): Do you think the truth matters here?According to Burnett, those "more than thirty people who said they knew Roy Moore" verified the accounts of the original four "accusers."
MERRILL: Oh, the truth matters greatly. I think the truth matters in all cases. Whenever an allegation has been made, it should be proven true or proven false and that helps people decide who they need to support and why.
BURNETT: So when it comes to—
I mean, we're talking about Beverly Nelson here. When it comes to the other four accusers, all four of whom were detailed in the Washington Post's expansive report, they spoke to more than 30 people who verified their accounts. More than 30 people!
The Washington Post made no such statement in its report. It's amazingly easy simply to read what the Post actually said. Almost surely, Burnett's fuzzy paraphrase is at least misleading, in a stampede-friendly way.
We've seen bigger misstatements too, but Burnett is paid millions of dollars per year. What can possibly make it so hard to avoid inaccurate or misleading statements, especially when you're snarking at one of The Others about the glorious need for the truth?
What is truth? Pilate thoughtfully asked. After they get out of makeup and hair, so should our big cable stars!