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March 07, 2013

Jeff Zucker Succeeds in Transforming CNN Into MSNBC White

The network that once gave serious coverage to Code Pink (when Bush was president) now thinks Rand Paul is just a silly boringhead who's boring.

This is important to MSNBC White for several reasons. The most important reason is helping CNN's liberal audience -- which likes to consider itself enlightened and Deeply Concerned about civil liberties -- cope with the cognitive dissonance of supporting Barack Obama, who asserts the right to kill Americans on American soil even if there is no ticking-timebomb urgency and Dick Durbin, who objects to a Sense of the Senate Resolution stating that the president is not allowed to murder people.

The second reason is simply to support Obama. Obama always gets the Tone of Seriousness and Heroism in CNN's reporting; anyone who challenges him gets the Tone of Comedy, of Ridicule, of Triviality.

It doesn't matter what people do or say. We're accustomed to watching movies and TV, in which the what a character says or does is only incidental to his Heroism. The main determinant of whether someone's a hero or villain is simply how the movie treats him tonally.

Only the Designated Hero Wins Applause. AP edits out the standing ovation Paul received at the conclusion of his filibuster.

Even though Paul is making the same objections AP (and Erin Burnett) used to make -- and considered themselves quite Heroic for so objecting -- he can't be the Hero because we already know King Barack is the Hero.

So Paul must be the Clown or the Villain. A movie can only have one Hero.

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posted by Ace at 01:26 PM

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