CNN Bypasses Convention and Goes Straight to GOP Public Relation Machine For Talking Points

Well this is sadly typical:

The Plum Line’s Greg Sargent has confirmed that CNN contributor Alex Castellanos’ political consulting firm, National Media, is the ad buyer for the insurance industry group America’s Health Insurance Plan’s (AHIP) new ad blitz attacking Democratic health reform plans.

Not only does he fashion himself as the “father of the modern attack ad,” but Castellanos is also the father of the Republican approach to health reform.

The post goes on to say Castellanos has been paid $434,336 by the RNC since July 23rd. This appears to be a bit of CNN thing, with their partisan commentators being formally partisan. MSNBC and obviously Fox News certainly have on air talent with axes to grind and political preferences proudly displayed, but they don’t tend to part of the formal DC public policy industry. By contrast CNN’s on air commentators usually just finished being paid to get somebody elected and will return to that professional shortly.

MSNBC and Fox News have been more frequently criticized for being partisan and ideological then CNN, but clearly an intelligent and honest ideologue dominating the programming hour will contribute more then a paid for opinion advocate splitting time with a paid for opinion advocate from the opposite side of the spectrum.


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