The Worst Bias of Departing CNN Reporter Jessica Yellin
Jessica Yellin is leaving CNN after six years at the network. Yellin was CNN's White House correspondent for two years before moving to chief domestic affairs correspondent.
Yellin's history of liberal student activism at Harvard certainly seeped through in her CNN reporting as she gushed over "candidate of hope" Obama while whacking Mitt Romney for sounding out of touch with women. Below is Yellin's worst bias during her time at CNN.
Can't Obama Force Congress Into a Sequester Deal?
JESSICA YELLIN: "To your question 'what could you do?' First of all, couldn't you just have them down here and refuse to let them leave the room until you have a deal?"
BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States: I mean Jessica, I – I am not a dictator. I'm the President. So ultimately if Mitch McConnell or John Boehner say we need to go to catch a plane, I can't have Secret Service block the doorway.
– Exchange between Yellin and President Obama at his March 1, 2013 press conference.
Worrying That Obama Will 'Cave' to GOP on Tax Cuts
"Mr. President, on the fiscal cliff, two years ago you said that you wouldn’t extend the Bush era tax cuts, but at the end of the day, you did. So, respectfully sir, why should the American people and the Republicans believe that you won’t cave again this time?"
— Yellin's question to President Obama at his November 14, 2012 press conference.
Can Mitt Romney 'Relate to Working Women?'
"Look, Anderson, it was very unfortunate for Governor Romney, because it sort of raises this question, can he relate to working women? You know, it made it sound almost like working women are some mail-order product you can order out of colored binders.”
— Yellin on Romney's "binders full of women" debate comment on Anderson Cooper 360, October 17, 2012.
Palin's Bus Tour a 'Low Point' for the Media
"What I make of the coverage of this Palin bus tour — not the tour, but the coverage of it — is a media low point. Chasing around someone who, so far, is not running for President and who has been playing the kind of 'tease the media' games that only movie stars and reality stars play, is kind of a media low point."
— Yellin on CNN Newsroom, May 31, 2011.
Blame Palin for Gabby Giffords Shooting?
"On Twitter and Facebook, there is a lot of talk, in particular, about Sarah Palin. As you might recall, back in March of last year, when the health care vote was coming to the floor of the House and this was all heating up, Palin tweeted out a message on Twitter saying 'common sense conservatives, don't retreat - instead reload.' And she referred folks to her Facebook page. On that Facebook page was a list of Democratic members she was putting in crosshairs, and Gabrielle Giffords was one of those in the crosshairs."
– Yellin during the 10pm ET hour of CNN Newsroom, January 8, 2011. Yellin had just reported that "we don't know the motive" of shooter Jared Loughner.
'Capable' Obama Posing 'Enormous Challenge' to GOP After First 100 Days
"What he's done tonight is shown that the Republicans have an enormous challenge going forward, because this man is tackling so many issues at once, and in such a capable way, that it leaves the Republicans unable to target any one issue."
– Yellin during CNN's live coverage following President Obama's press conference, April 29, 2009.