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Saturday, April 10, 2010

EXTREME BIAS: CNN's Peter Hamby Exposed

Who is Peter Hamby?
Peter Hamby is employed by CNN and is currently a political researcher at CNN’s Political Ticker blog. He joined CNN in 2005 with Wolf Blitzer and The Situation Room.

Hamby graduated from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. where he was the contributing editor of “The Georgetown Voice,” a college weekly news magazine. Later Hamby attended NYU to pursue his Masters degree in journalism.

In 2007, Mr. Hamby developed the “mini-bureau” (a form of The Political Ticker today) for South Carolina where he covered the political primaries. Thus, his career at The Political Ticker begins.

Today he continues to blog for The Political Ticker at CNN. His Twitter account can be found here.

See A LOT more after the jump...

Hamby and his ongoing campaign against Conservatives.
Mr. Hamby publishes content in two primary places: On CNN’s Political Ticker and also on Twitter. We here at this blog have been following Mr. Hamby’s articles and tweets for quite some time and have noticed something that hasn’t been pointed out by most media analysts: Hamby has a very anti-conservative stance.

Peter Hamby’s campaign is simple: over amplify blunders by Conservatives and mitigate blunders by Liberals/Progressives. By doing this, he subtly shows his bias. And Mr. Hamby’s not the only problem. Numerous authors at the Political Ticker are known to do the same—Mr. Hamby just leads the group in reporting.

Examples of Bias.
During the 2010 Southern Republican Leadership Conference, Mr. Hamby was ordered by CNN executives to cover the event for The CNN Political Ticker. The output turned out to be exactly what we expected: highlight and amplify the bad, find some way to counter the good, and omit anything positive.

Here are a few of his “Tweets” from that conference:
  • lotta empty seats in the room at SRLC as Michael Steele takes the stage about 6 hours ago via web- Haley Barbour earns applause by touting GOP govs who cut budgets, but the clapping dies off when he mentions Mark Sanford about 8 hours ago via web
  • just overheard a mom tell her young daughter at #SRLC, "No, we don't support Medicaid. Medicaid is for losers." about 8 hours ago via web
  • It's now mathematically impossible for Steele to be ousted, with 58 RNC members now publicly backing the chairman 2:19 PM Apr 9th via web
  • Though it hardly lacked partisan zingers, Palin spoke more about policy in today's speech than she has in the past 12:20 PM Apr 9th via web
  • Palin talking about Yucca here at SRLC ... but in 2008, whenever she went to Nevada, she never mentioned it. 10:57 AM Apr 9th via web
  • Palin mentions Katrina out of the gate ... keen on the fact it went unmentioned at SRLC last night 10:42 AM Apr 9th via web
  • Newt finds a way to criticize Obama for shooting hoops on CBS. "Shooting 3-point shots may be clever, but it doesn’t put people to work." 6:42 PM Apr 8th via web
  • Literary references dropped by Newt so far: Orwell, Camus, Friedrich von Hayek. How will this play in Council Bluffs? 6:17 PM Apr 8th via web- Newt's new language about the Obama administration is "secular socialist machine" 5:56 PM Apr 8th via web
  • The RNC raised $11.4 million in March -- good numbers for them amid a spate of bad news. No word yet on how much cash they have on hand. 8:37 PM Apr 6th via UberTwitter

Mr. Hamby's All Over It.
Yes, he is.  When it comes to political mishaps, Mr. Hamby is over any mishaps that involves Republicans or Conservatives.  Take a look at this over amplification of the nightclub "scandal" a few weeks ago where a donor was reimbursed close to $2,000 that was spent at an adult-themed nightclub:

Now is this too much coverage?  Probably, but that's not the main issue. Mr. Hamby seems to be  absent when it involves Democrats - Rod Blagojevich (D-IL), Charlie Rangel (D-NY), John Edwards (D-NY), Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Alan Grayson (D-FL), Harry Reid (D-NV), John Conyers (D-NY)?  We see maybe one or two articles about each blunder from Democrats, if even, from Mr. Hamby.And if we do see them, they usually leave out the "D" next to the embattled Democrat politician.

Now let's take a look at the Mark Sanford (R-SC) saga, the governor of South Carolina. Was Mr. Hamby over this one?  Let's see how it was covered by Hamby and The Political Ticker:
1.    Jenny Sanford granted divorce from South Carolina governor    Posted: February 26th, 2010 02:32 PM ET
2.    Jenny Sanford: Husband became 'empty-eyed politician'    Posted: February 5th, 2010 05:43 PM ET
3.    Sanford makes surprise visit to Capitol Hill    Posted: January 21st, 2010 12:30 PM ET
4.    Jenny Sanford's book gets early release date   Posted: January 5th, 2010 04:56 PM ET
5.    South Carolina panel votes against impeaching Sanford   Posted: December 16th, 2009 02:33 PM ET
6.    Jenny Sanford files for divorce   Posted: December 11th, 2009 04:28 PM ET
7.    Sanford mum on whether he'll watch Jenny's first interview   Posted: December 9th, 2009 06:33 PM ET
8.    South Carolina panel votes against impeaching Sanford   Posted: December 9th, 2009 03:56 PM ET
9.    Legislators dismiss most ethics charges against Sanford   Posted: December 3rd, 2009 06:41 PM ET
10.  Sanford impeachment panel to examine new ethics charges   Posted: November 24th, 2009 06:06 PM ET
11.  South Carolina panel hits Sanford with 37 ethics charges   Posted: November 23rd, 2009 05:53 PM ET
12.  Sanford impeachment measure to be formally considered   Posted: November 20th, 2009 02:59 PM ET
13.  Sanford impeachment effort hits speed bump   Posted: October 27th, 2009 05:07 PM ET
14.  Sanford: National political efforts had become distraction   Posted: October 22nd, 2009 04:37 PM ET
15.  Sanford impeachment resolution likely next week   Posted: October 20th, 2009 05:01 AM ET
16.  Jenny Sanford to make rare public appearance   Posted: October 16th, 2009 08:11 AM ET
17.  Jenny Sanford scores book deal   Posted: September 22nd, 2009 04:13 PM ET
18.  Sanford on Wilson: 'It's time to move on'   Posted: September 18th, 2009 08:34 AM ET
19.  South Carolina GOP calls for Sanford's resignation   Posted: September 10th, 2009 07:25 PM ET
20.  Defiant Sanford threatens legal fight against 'kangaroo court'  Posted: September 10th, 2009 06:01 PM ET
21.  First on the Ticker: S.C. GOP chair to seek Sanford's resignation  Posted: September 10th, 2009 05:00 AM ET
22.  S.C. House Republicans tell Sanford to resign   Posted: September 9th, 2009 02:37 PM ET
23.  Sanford: 'I'm not looking for a fight'   Posted: September 8th, 2009 07:13 PM ET
24.  S.C. House Speaker: Time for Sanford to go   Posted: September 8th, 2009 03:52 PM ET
25.  Sanford accused of smear campaign against Bauer   Posted: September 3rd, 2009 06:44 PM ET
26.  Sanford: Now I know what Palin felt like   Posted: September 2nd, 2009 09:49 AM ET
27.  Sanford lashes out at the media   Posted: August 28th, 2009 06:03 PM ET
28.  Former Sanford spokesman starts communications firm   Posted: August 27th, 2009 04:58 PM ET
29.  Sanford blasts investigator for 'selective outrage'   Posted: August 27th, 2009 01:33 PM ET
30.  Sanford fights back against call for resignation   Posted: August 27th, 2009 05:06 AM ET
31.  Sanford fights back against call for resignation   Posted: August 26th, 2009 05:45 PM ET
32.  South Carolina Lt. Gov. asks Sanford to step down   Posted: August 26th, 2009 04:56 PM ET
33.  SC Lt. Gov. to ask for Sanford's resignation   Posted: August 26th, 2009 11:00 AM ET
34.  First on the Ticker: 'The writing is on the wall,' ally tells Sanford   Posted: August 25th, 2009 07:07 PM ET
35.  SC Republican gov candidate jabs Sanford in announcement   Posted: August 24th, 2009 02:47 PM ET
36.  Jenny Sanford on her husband: 'The ball is in his court'    Posted: August 17th, 2009 06:29 PM ET
37.  First on the Ticker: GOP support for Sanford impeachment grows    Posted: August 13th, 2009 06:17 PM ET
38.  Sanford defends use of state airplane in op-ed    Posted: August 13th, 2009 11:30 AM ET
39.  Sanford: It's 'hard' living alone in governor's mansion    Posted: August 13th, 2009 05:00 AM ET
40.  Sanford defends expensive travel, denies divorce    Posted: August 12th, 2009 08:01 AM ET
41.  GOP senator wants Sanford to be impeached    Posted: August 11th, 2009 09:06 AM ET
42.  Jenny Sanford moving out of governor's mansion    Posted: August 7th, 2009 06:51 PM ET
43.  Sanford says it's time to move on, pressed on no wedding ring    Posted: July 21st, 2009 07:16 PM ET
44.  Chair of S.C. Dems responds to Sanford's Op-ed    Posted: July 19th, 2009 04:51 PM ET
45.  Sanford, 'humbled and broken,' makes vow to state    Posted: July 19th, 2009 03:47 PM ET
46.  Sanford security clearance suspended by DHS employee    Posted: July 17th, 2009 03:35 PM ET
47.  Senior Sanford aide leaving post    Posted: July 17th, 2009 02:26 PM ET
48.  Steele: Sanford, Ensign affairs 'old news, old school'    Posted: July 9th, 2009 12:30 PM ET
49.  Sanford impeachment unlikely, state legislators say    Posted: July 8th, 2009 10:48 AM ET
50.  Sanford impeachment unlikely, state legislators say    Posted: July 8th, 2009 05:45 AM ET
51.  South Carolina's Sanford waits for storm to pass  Posted: July 7th, 2009 01:34 PM ET
53.  South Carolina GOP votes to censure Sanford  Posted: July 7th, 2009 12:34 AM ET
54.  Sanford rejects call for resignation  Posted: July 6th, 2009 05:29 PM ET
55.  Sanford returns to SC as Republicans mull his fate  Posted: July 6th, 2009 09:50 AM ET
56.  Sanford to return to SC on Sunday  Posted: July 4th, 2009 03:52 PM ET
57.  Sanford leaves to visit family in Florida  Posted: July 3rd, 2009 01:02 PM ET
58.  Jenny Sanford speaks out  Posted: July 3rd, 2009 08:51 AM ET
59.  Sanford called on to turn over campaign money  Posted: July 2nd, 2009 06:15 PM ET
60.  SC GOP Chair again suggests Sanford needs to go  Posted: July 2nd, 2009 03:55 PM ET
61.  Bennett: Sanford needs to stop 'embarrassing himself'  Posted: July 2nd, 2009 02:56 PM ET
62.  SLED finds no 'misuse' from Sanford  Posted: July 2nd, 2009 02:15 PM ET
63.  Sanford resists calls for resignation  Posted: July 2nd, 2009 01:45 PM ET
64.  Report on Sanford's travel records expected soon  Posted: July 2nd, 2009 12:40 PM ET
65.  Sanford book deal falls through  Posted: July 2nd, 2009 12:34 PM ET
66.  Sanford resists calls to quit  Posted: July 2nd, 2009 09:00 AM ET
67.  Sanford ally: Governor remains 'defiant'  Posted: July 1st, 2009 07:16 PM ET
68.  Sanford loyalist says he should consider resignation  Posted: July 1st, 2009 06:34 PM ET
69.  Details of Sanford book deal to come this week  Posted: July 1st, 2009 04:47 PM ET
70.  SC GOP chair says Sanford should consider stepping down  Posted: July 1st, 2009 03:58 PM ET
71.  Sanford's book project still a mystery  Posted: July 1st, 2009 01:02 PM ET
72.  Resignation drumbeat grows louder in South Carolina  Posted: July 1st, 2009 12:02 PM ET
73.  More GOP leaders demand Sanford's resignation  Posted: July 1st, 2009 09:45 AM ET
74.  S.C. Attorney General to review Sanford's travel records  Posted: June 30th, 2009 06:53 PM ET
75.  CNN Poll: Americans think Sanford should resign  Posted: June 30th, 2009 03:35 PM ET
76.  S.C. attorney general to review Sanford's travel records  Posted: June 30th, 2009 02:17 PM ET
77.  Sanford should stay, two top South Carolina papers say  Posted: June 30th, 2009 01:51 PM ET
78.  Sanford contradicts himself on meetings with mistress  Posted: June 30th, 2009 01:21 PM ET
79.  Borger: Jenny Sanford becomes the new political paradigm  Posted: June 30th, 2009 01:00 PM ET
80.  Sanford ally in South Carolina Senate calls for resignation  Posted: June 30th, 2009 11:29 AM ET
81.  First on the CNN Ticker: Calls mount for Sanford to step down  Posted: June 29th, 2009 08:38 PM ET
82.  Will recent GOP sex scandals affect upcoming races?  Posted: June 29th, 2009 04:55 PM ET
83.  S.C. Attorney General accused of playing politics in Sanford case  Posted: June 29th, 2009 04:11 PM ET
84.  First on the CNN Ticker: Bauer suggests compromise on Sanford  Posted: June 29th, 2009 02:10 PM ET
85.  Meghan McCain: Sanford affair is 'private matter'  Posted: June 29th, 2009 12:56 PM ET
86.  Business as usual for embattled South Carolina governor  Posted: June 29th, 2009 10:56 AM ET
87.  State of the Union: Matalin, Carville weigh in on Gov. Sanford  Posted: June 29th, 2009 05:39 AM ET
88.  Pawlenty: GOP's 'clearly' been damaged  Posted: June 28th, 2009 02:40 PM ET
89.  Graham: 'I don't think Democrats are for dysfunctional families'  Posted: June 28th, 2009 12:50 PM ET
90.  South Carolina Dems call for Sanford investigation  Posted: June 27th, 2009 02:55 PM ET
91.  S.C. Commerce Secretary 'disappointed' in Sanford  Posted: June 26th, 2009 06:53 PM ET
92.  Republican calls for investigations into Sanford  Posted: June 26th, 2009 05:35 PM ET
93.  Sanford: 'Just trying to survive today'  Posted: June 26th, 2009 02:10 PM ET
94.  South Carolina governor apologizes to Cabinet  Posted: June 26th, 2009 01:06 PM ET
95.  SC state lawmaker calls for Sanford investigation  Posted: June 26th, 2009 12:56 PM ET
96.  Second SC paper calls on Sanford to step down  Posted: June 26th, 2009 09:45 AM ET
97.  SC gov to return to work Friday, despite calls for resignation  Posted: June 26th, 2009 08:40 AM ET
98.  Jenny Sanford: 'His career is not a concern of mine'    Posted: June 25th, 2009 08:14 PM ET
99.  Sanford to reimburse state for trip, denies wrongdoing    Posted: June 25th, 2009 04:32 PM ET
100. A South Carolina first lady, scrutinized    Posted: June 25th, 2009 04:08 PM ET
101. Top South Carolina Republican calls for Sanford to resign  Posted: June 25th, 2009 03:41 PM ET
102. Steele on Sanford: 'Here we go again'  Posted: June 25th, 2009 02:05 PM ET
103. Sanford e-mail: I've 'crossed lines I never would have imagined'  Posted: June 25th, 2009 01:20 PM ET
104. Sanford visiting family in Sullivan's Island  Posted: June 25th, 2009 12:01 PM ET
105. Sanford latest possible 2012 contender with issues  Posted: June 25th, 2009 10:00 AM ET
106. Paper calls on Sanford to resign  Posted: June 25th, 2009 09:41 AM ET
107. Sanford took taxpayer-funded trip to Argentina last June  Posted: June 25th, 2009 08:49 AM ET
108. E-mails between SC governor, mistress published  Posted: June 25th, 2009 05:32 AM ET
109. E-mails between SC governor, mistress published  Posted: June 24th, 2009 10:01 PM ET
110. Sanford's wife: He's earned a second chance  Posted: June 24th, 2009 09:07 PM ET
111. Sanford took taxpayer-funded trip to Argentina last June  Posted: June 24th, 2009 08:05 PM ET
112. GOP candidate scrubs Sanford graphic from Web site  Posted: June 24th, 2009 03:56 PM ET
113. Sanford admits extramarital affair  Posted: June 24th, 2009 02:54 PM ET
114. Sanford to hold press conference    Posted: June 24th, 2009 10:40 AM ET
115. Sanford says he was in Argentina, not on Appalachian Trail    Posted: June 24th, 2009 08:35 AM ET
116. Car believed to be Sanford's found at South Carolina airport    Posted: June 24th, 2009 04:45 AM ET
117. SC Lt Gov: Sanford will have to answer questions    Posted: June 23rd, 2009 07:08 PM ET
118. First on the CNN Ticker: Sanford, wife still haven't spoken    Posted: June 23rd, 2009 04:15 PM ET
One hundred and eighteen articles. Over-amplification?  Most likely an attempt to keep the story in the news cycle. Seems like the "Ticker" only functions when the person has an "R" next to their name.

The Ultimate Huffington Headliner and Media Matters Muppet.
What's the significance of these two websites?  Both are progressive ideology driven.  And that means it's a great source of "news" for Mr. Hamby. If Huffington's blog "newspaper" has something politically headlined, you can safely bet that it will be covered later on in the day by Mr. Hamby. And if the kids over at Media Matters are having a field day with the latest transcript they put together from Rush Limbaugh's show, you can bet Mr. Hamby will be covering it too. However, if something is being headlined at Drudge, HotAir, NewsBusters, or MichelleMalkin, you can forget about Mr. Hamby warranting it some coverage.

Who is ultimately responsible for Mr. Hamby’s employment?
Kenneth “KC” Estenson. “Kenneth "KC" Estenson is senior vice president and general manager of, responsible for all aspects of's business endeavors. Named to this position in September 2008, Estenson is based in CNN's world headquarters in Atlanta and reports to Susan Grant, executive vice president of CNN News Services.”

Read more about Mr. Estenson here.

1 comment:

  1. i knew hamby in college, flaming liberal, not sure how cnn missed that...and there are a few other things that cnn missed that i cant mention here (trust me). but im guessing cnn may be loooking fer tose kinda ppl.

    btw, to site owners...hes just a level 1 employee im guessing so hes not that high up in the food chain as cooper is, but you also make a very good point here with this story.