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CNN Bungles Weiner Interview

Update 10/18/2016 This is such an embarrassing blog post. To think that I was so unaware of CNN’s collusion with Hillary Clinton is embarassing. If only I had known that Weiner’s wife was Hillary’s inner chamber secretary, I might have been able to piece it all together.

Now that we’ve all been made aware of all the media collusion and backroom dealings between the Clinton Foundation, the DNC, and foreign entities, I can now comfortably dismiss this article. It was my lack of knowledge and insight that led me to write such bullshit back in 2011.


There is a lot of talk about the verbal scuffle between CNN’s Ted Barrett, Dana Bash and Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner. While the names in this story sound comedic, the situation itself was not. During a short session interview with Rep. Anthony Weiner (D), CNN’s Ted Barrett pressed the New York congressman about his recent misfortunes with Twitter , and the lewd photo that was sent to a 21 year old female.

If there is something that you can give CNN’s reporters credit for, it is their persistence.  CNN’s Barrett and Bash maliciously ridiculed Weiner in front of the camera in a pacifistic attempt to coax answers from him.

The question that CNN wanted Weiner to answer was why Anthony Wiener didn’t use the authorities to find the hacker. When Weiner decided against answering the question, Barrett and Bash proceeded to double team poor weiner, insinuating that the hacking story was fallacious. They questioned him like he was on trial by continually interrupting him and by asking him questions that weren’t logically sequential.

By not allowing Weiner to fully vent his thoughts, both Barrett and Bash became the literal force multipliers in Weiner’s already critical stress level.

In the old days, it would have been common sense to know when and why a scandal’s victim did not want to be embarrassed any further. The political implications of such childish questioning  undoubtedly undermines Weiner’s clout on Capitol Hill. (Considering that the story itself was brought to the media by conservative lunatic Andrew Breitbart.)

In the old days, empathy and due care would have been applied to the treatment of the victim so as to make him or her feel comfortable.  You actually got better results by doing this, and everybody felt better about themselves afterwards. Instead, CNN’s Barrett and Bash chose to ignore courtesy and proceeded to give Weiner the third degree. This prompted Anthony Weiner to call Ted Barrett a jackass.

I believe that Weiner was actually holding back.  He didn’t curse, he didn’t do a Trump, he maintained relative calm by saying the word “jackass.”  By not relenting to CNN’s trolling, Weiner earns points and proves to commoners like us that maintaining one’s class during high stress situations really makes one look good to the public.

The one thing that people fail to consider is that people like Weiner are seated in very high places. Not only do they have the same problems that normal people do, they also have to worry about hidden cameras. The picture in question might have been doctored, and the perpetrator might be waiting to corner the congressman into saying that the picture isn’t of him.  (He could have been taking a piss after a swim when a hidden camera, slipped into his jacket, took a picture of his junk.)  I think that people have to be reminded that this is 2011. Hacking is rampant, surveillance devices are very sophisticated, and people are partially insane. ( Hacking techniques far surpass today’s computer security.)

I give CNN’s Ted Barrett and Bash credit for being persistent. This is a very respectable quality, and it shouldn’t be allowed to diminish because of this whole thing, in any way. There will no doubt be another interview in the coming days that might see this same level of persistence pay off.   I think this is essentially why the story is getting so much attention. It is literally a butting of heads between the powerful congressman Anthony Weiner and CNN.  This is the level of scrutiny that CNN is known for and this is why they are still the best.


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