Excerpt:Â At the recent Democratic debate in Las Vegas, CNNâ€™s Wolf Blitzer lobbed softball questions at Hillary Clinton. Then he allowed the audience to boo Hillaryâ€™s opponents â€“ a callous breach of debate etiquette. And when it came time for the audience to grill the candidates, Blitzer deceptively introduced the questioners as â€œordinary people, undecided voters.â€ Those voters included a former staffer for Democrat senator Harry Reid, a former director of the Arkansas Democratic Party, an official in a local union, and the president of the Islamic Society of Nevada. [http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2007/11/cnn-plants-questions-to-protect-hillary.html]
Yes, ordinary and undecided folks, every one of them.
But Wolf Blitzer isnâ€™t the only CNN commentator to make a mockery of journalistic integrity.
When special prosecutor Nancy Grace won 100 felony cases in a row, she was riding the fast-track to legal notoriety. But in 1997 the Supreme Court of Georgia charged her with â€œinexcusableâ€ actions that â€œdemonstrated her disregard of the notions of due process and fairness.â€ And eight years later her career came off the rails when the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals concluded Grace had â€œplayed fast and looseâ€ with ethical canons.
So Grace left Georgia and signed on as a commentator for Court TV. In 2006 Nancy again boarded the fast train when she struck a deal with CNN to anchor her own Nancy Grace Program.