My head hadn’t exploded for a while, and I thought perhaps it had built up some immunity from the detonating effects of ethics breaches that defied all reason. Then I read this in Politico:
Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney will join CNN as a political commentator, the network announced Wednesday.
He will start Wednesday night as President Barack Obama makes a primetime statement about the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant , Sam Feist, CNN’s Washington bureau chief said in a statement.
“Jay’s unique experience as both a journalist and a White House press secretary make him an invaluable voice for the network as we cover the final two years of the Obama Administration and look ahead to the coming campaigns,” Feist said. “We’re fortunate to have Jay on our air tonight to provide analysis and insight surrounding the President’s address to the nation.”
Get the squeegee and the ladder, hon—my brains are on the ceiling.
Yes, CNN is “fortunate to have Jay on our air tonight,” and more than that, the Obama Administration is so fortunate to have a partisan, loyal and formerly compensated operative placing the President’s performance in the best light possible under the guise of objective journalism.
Jay Carney, just yesterday, it seems, was a shameless paid liar for the Obama Administration. This is beyond dispute. He parsed, he spun, he was deceptive, he withheld key information to distort facts. He has forfeited any and all public trust in his statements forever, and not just in relation to the Obama Administration and Democrats. Since he has proved that he will lie for his supper, Jay Carney should not be trusted to give baseball scores, traffic reports or state that it’s raining outside. Any news organization that hires him for any purpose is spitting fat lugies in the faces of its viewers, and officially eliminating the requirement of honesty and trust from its ethics code.
But for CNN to not only hire Carney, but then to assign him the job of covering and analyzing his recent boss’s speech, and expect its audience to accept that he is suddenly, after years of doing otherwise, frequently in a shockingly dishonest fashion, capable of functioning as an independent, objective journalist rather than as a partisan mole conveniently placed in a prime news organization with that organization’s full knowledge and complicity, to slant reporting to the benefit of the Administration and the detriment of public understanding, is so blatantly insulting, irresponsible, arrogant and wrong that I’m considering not re-stuffing my brains into my skull and just stuffing rags and LEGOs up there and be done with it. How stupid do these people think we are? How stupid are we?
I can’t stand much more of this.
Just in case I decide to rejoin the land of the thinking against my better judgment, however, I’m not cleaning the ceiling until I get the last of the comments about how the mainstream news media isn’t biased, and the whole idea is a figment of Fox News’ imagination.