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Sunday, March 7, 2010

CNN Political Ticker Extremism: Jim Bunning vs. Charlie Rangel

Here's a fine example of the kind of BIAS that goes on at the CNN Political Ticker. The Jim Bunning (R-KY) and Charlie Rangel (D-NY) story broke out at about the same time. We counted a total of 15 articles basically slamming Bunning for his decision on not to support funding for certain government projects until proper sources of funding were found within the government.

Hey, let's find that $10 billion before we spend $10 billion. But that isn't what you'll get from the postings over the the CNN Political Ticker. Nope. Or how the law that Bunning was following (pay as you go) was actually a law established by Democrats. Nope, won't read that either. Here are the articles by CNN between February 24 and March 3, 2010 about Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY):
Senator blocks transfit funding
March 1st, 2010 08:30 PM ET
Obama to take on Bunning
March 2nd, 2010 12:00 PM ET
Bunning still not answering questions
March 2nd, 2010 02:01 PM ET
Bunning's abrasive behavior spans careers
March 2nd, 2010 05:32 PM ET

Now, lets take a look at Charles Rangel (D-NY). What did he do? Well he was only involved in some ethics investigations and tax evasion. You know, all that small stuff. Oh yea, he violated House gift rules by accepting corporate funding for trips to the Caribbean. Oh, and also faced ongoing ethics probes on issues ranging from misuse of rent-controlled apartments in New York and failure to disclose income from a villa in the Dominican Republic to reports that he exchanged official favors – a tax loophole for oil driller Nabors Industries Ltd. – in exchange for a $1 million gift to the Charles Rangel Center at City College of New York [Source]. Nothing for us average citizens to worry about for a powerful chairman of the Ways and Means committee in the House who pay his salary. So let's see how important this was to CNN's Political Ticker between February 26 to March 3, about the same time frame as the Bunning "controversy" :

Rep. Charles Rangel to be admonished Friday
Posted: February 26th, 2010 08:10 AM ET
Pelosi supports Rangel over ethics charges
Posted: February 26th, 2010 03:10 PM ET
Pelosi accepts Rangel's leave of absence
Posted: March 3rd, 2010 10:26 AM ET
Did you see that? That was 5 whole articles! 5 whole articles about ethics violations and tax evasion! What's worse, a Senator trying to find funding before he goes on board with a bill (what Jim Bunning was trying to do), or breaking ethical rules and evading taxes?

You know what...we'll let you make the call on that one.

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