CNN Runs More Stories on Cain 'Scandal' in Six Days Than it Did Obama's Ties to Ayers, Rezko and Wright Combined
If you needed any more evidence of the political leaning of CNN, consider that much like Politico, it has in the last six days done at least 94 reports on the sexual harassment allegations involving Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain.
Substantially more shocking, according to LexisNexis, the supposedly most trusted name in news only did 77 total stories on Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's ties to domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, convicted real estate developer Tony Rezko, and America-hating Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Shortly after the Politico story broke Sunday evening, CNN's Don Lemon began the 10PM installment of CNN Newsroom:
DON LEMON: Good evening. I'm Don Lemon. Thanks for joining us.
Those stories and more, but first we're going to start with some breaking political news. Herman Cain's campaign for president under scrutiny tonight over a report that could tarnish his carefully, cultivated image.
"Politico" reports that during Cain's time as a restaurant's industries chief lobbyist, at least two women complained of inappropriate behavior, specifically suggestive sexual behavior. Both women reportedly left the association with payouts in the five figures and agreed not to talk about it.
This was followed by at least eighteen reports on the subject each of the next five days and three already on Saturday giving us a grand total of 94. I say at least because there could be numerous reports on this matter each hour the subject is raised.
By contrast, prior to Election Day 2008, CNN did 25 reports on Obama's ties to Ayers, thirteen for his connection to Rezko, and 39 on his association with Wright.
As Obama first put his name into the presidential ring in February 2007, this means his combined "scandals" got roughly four reports a month from CNN.
By comparison, the so-called most trusted name in news has devoted almost 16 stories a day to as yet unproven sexual harassment allegations aimed at Cain.
How might the executives at CNN explain this glaring disparity?
Maybe more importantly, would Obama be president today if CNN had covered his scandals with the same gusto it's now reporting Cain's?