CNN is genuinely fair and balanced, says anchor Rick Sanchez. The proof?
Negative stories aired about B. Hussein Obama: 54 [corrected: Thanks, Ken!]
Negative stories aired about Sarah "Cooties" Palin: 22
See? 54 is bigger than 22.
That ought to convince all of us neanderthal conservatives about how pure and holy CNN's dedication to being fair is.**Oh wait, I reckon I did neglect to share one key detail with you, didn't I?
Obama has been campaigning for 19 months, during which those 54 stories were generated. Which makes for roughly (54 [ed.] stories / 82 weeks) a [Ed.:—little over a] half of a negative story per week.
Sarah Palin, as you'll recall, was announced three weeks ago, which means she's up to (22 stories / 3 weeks) 7.3 negative stories per week—Which rounds to roughly one negative story PER DAY.
Rick, your dedication to fairness is certainly inflated. Much like your ego.
(Thanks to HD1200 for the amusement.)
Update: Ken Shepherd of Newsbusters has confirmed via e-mail that Rick Sanchez made these remarks at 3:30 yesterday afternoon. The exact quote?
"For the record, CNN has aired 22 reports from Alaska about Sarah Palin. We've aired 54 reports from Chicago about Obama, his minister, and other stories."
Thanks for the update, Ken! That's definitely a video I'd love to see. I bet the "smarm" just pours off the screen!
Ha! Fellow AoS'er Hermit Dave chimes in with some proper perspective on the matter:
It's all relative to what the person can take. Barry is so hapless and thin-skinned that asking him anything harder than "Are you the greatest or what?" is considered a negatve question. Meanwhile, Palin is so tough that anything easier than "Are you willing to admit to being a power-hungry Christofacist?" is considered a positive question.
See how that works?