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Friday, July 15, 2005

CNN hurts America. Further evidence here of hackery from Rush Limbaugh's girlfriend, Daryn Kagan. That and another intrepid newsreader, Kyra Phillps, saying the other day that Rove is the real victim reminded me of this other episode where the two were carrying water for Bushco:
A comedy skit making fun of President George W. Bush on CBS' "The Late Show with David Letterman" turned into a public relations blunder for CNN this week when they decided to play an early April Fools joke on its viewers by alleging the White House decried the video as fake.

On Monday night, Letterman conducted a comedy video segment on his show called "George W. Bush Invigorates America's Youth."

In one of the videos used, Bush was shown at a recent campaign stop in Orlando, Florida making a speech. In the background was a teenaged boy who was yawning and fidgeting while Bush was speaking.

CNN decided to run the Letterman bit on Tuesday morning's "CNN Live Today" program as a light-hearted break from the news.

But the controversy began when CNN host Daryn Kagan attempted to continue with the theme of the Letterman video by alleging the Bush administration denied it was genuine.

"We're being told by the White House that the kid, as funny as he was, was edited into that video, which would explain why the people around him weren't really reacting," Kagan ad-libbed to viewers.

This led to another CNN anchor, Kyra Phillips, showing the video later in the day reporting the footage of the boy was simply a joke.

"We're told that the kid was there at that event, but not necessarily standing behind the president," Phillips explained, repeating the report by Kagan earlier on CNN.
This led Letterman to say on his show that it was "An out-and-out, 100 percent absolute lie. The kid absolutely was there and he absolutely was doing everything we pictured via the videotape." CNN ended up apologizing, saying that their anchorperson "misspoke" and that nobody from the White House ever actually called. Riiiight.

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