CNN: Bogus Ad Not Our Fault

A patently false ad attacking President Obama that I recently posted and criticized, which happened to run during CNN programming was not the channel’s doing, CNN executives tell me. Turns out the channel has no control over some of the ads run by local outlets, cable channels or satellite systems. To CNN’s credit they want viewers to know that the channel has nothing to do with this ad. Still, viewers watching their programming saw the ad and must assume CNN is responsible. A bit of viewer education might be in order. Could be a nifty segment for Anderson Cooper’s “Keeping Them Honest.”

88 thoughts on “CNN: Bogus Ad Not Our Fault”

  1. This is obviously part of “local cable sales” commercial time, but definitely something CNN should cover plus the local sales people should be confronted with this abomination.

  2. If CNN and, as I pointed to in the last post, MSNBC are paying their ad people so much money should they not be keeping an eye on what is being put on their station? Are Corporations supposed to be only concerned about their image over what they report and what their company does?

  3. OMG! Anyone who believes that ad isn’t going to vote for Obama…. anyone believing that ad isn’t playing with a full deck of cards in their head.

    and it sounds as if the GOPP is running scared… ROFLMAO!

    ahhhhhhh…. August….

  4. Sarah Palin raised more money than Ryan in the days after the pick.

  5. This is a heartbreaking story below. While I shouldn’t make assumptions I’m going too anyway.

    This sounds just like what a tea party or Republican would do. The reason I say that is because we know how much they like violence, guns and killing as well as how they have been showing their racism and bigotry since President Obama won the Presidency.

    I hope they catch the son of a bitches that did this and do the same to them.

    “A federal official said that the American flag was staked through the cat’s throat. An iced tea and a cat food tin were also found on the stump.”

    Have a great evening.

  6. The Tea Party the same people who stomped on woman’s head at a Kentucky rally

  7. Anon Paranoid, that was a really fucked up story. How could someone be so broken inside that they believe that performing that heinous act is justified? WTF?!?!

  8. People that do to animals like what those sick SOB’s did have the same characteristics that serial killers have.

    And that’s what the tea party and Republicans have in common. The embodiment of evil in human form.

    Have a great day.

  9. For months CNN has been running “Clean Coal” ads . About a month ago they upped the ante’ to “War on coal”. Today Mitt stood in front coal miners wearing “War on coal” T-shirts.

  10. Today Mitt stood in front coal miners wearing “War on coal” T-shirts.
    If they elect him, he won’t give fig when the owners of their mines let the coal dust build-up.

  11. Craig

    Run the whole “Clean Coal” lie past CNN. There is no such thing and the GOP wants nothing to do with “Cap and Trade” that would at least try to cut down on the emissions. I know coal miners fear job losses but at least train their children to work above ground on solar and wind component manufacturing.

  12. Those coal miners behind Mitt were only live because Democrats passed mine safety laws to protect them.

  13. Speaking of CNN , John King is fluffer for the GOP .

    Commonly, a fluffer keeps an adult film star “cleaned up” in between takes so that the actor does not have to move from their position.


  14. CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — After months of record-breaking heat and drought, many rural Americans who rely on wells for water are getting an unwelcome surprise when they turn on their faucets: The tap has run dry.

    The lack of running water can range from a manageable nuisance to an expensive headache. Homeowners and businesses are being forced to buy thousands of gallons from private suppliers, to drill deeper or to dig entirely new wells.

  15. Those lucky coal miners and their buddies believe the GOP will make them wealthy with an eight-year-push of the new, miracle, clean coal.

    Same story in any tea-bag hovel around the country no matter what the local struggling industry. Pay their dues to the 0.1-pcters and personal wealth is sure to follow.

  16. “It’s sort of Darwinism,” said George Roadcap, a hydro-geologist with the Illinois Water Survey. “The weak wells get shaken out at a time like this. Many people are using wells that are a hundred years old.”

    In other cases, well owners have hurt themselves with careless water usage, said Richard Hubert, who owns Hubert Water Hauling Service in Smithville, Ill., about 20 miles southeast of St. Louis.

    “We’ve had a lot of people who were silly enough to take their water out of their well and put it into their pool. Or they ran around watering stuff when we’ve been dry for 10 weeks,” Hubert said. “I don’t know what you’re thinking when you’ve got a shallow well, and it hasn’t rained.”

  17. MWQ –
    Tell us about life on the Mississippi , last year Vicksburg set a record of 57 feet , tell us what the river is a Vicksburg the next time pass the markers .

  18. The sea ice chart –
    The right image ………
    The dotted line is 2007 the lowest record since 1979, the blue line is right now. If you think it was hot where you were, it was broiling up north . The methane has has begun to boil from the sea bed there. That was all observed in the past. Nothing this summer happened to slow this. As this ocean warms huge deposits methane will begin to out gas from the Earth, back into the atmosphere . The last time this occurred , is called the “The Great Dying” 90% of all life died.

  19. This is all on top of what we do with our 7 Billion Person, CO2 furnace.

    The Earth has never seen this before. There is nothing in the rocks like it.

  20. About this summer , we saw our dew points jump, we made 71F at one point. But it did not rain , just drops & lighting. We didn’t suffer the extreme dry air of last year. But we were still 8-10F degrees about average. And that is bad .

    Over 30 years ago, when this was all worked out one of the predictions was “wet bulb temperatures”

    The prediction :
    As the world warms, the atmosphere will carry more water vapor. That means Bejing will get 18 inches in a day, and Manilla will get 30 inches in 2 days. Both events just happened.
    But it also means this :
    Under these giant heat domes which may sit decades , it won’t be a dry heat . The air will be full of water vapor , and it’ll be 114F.
    This will kill people on a vast scale.

  21. I have seen one story about corn that can live through drought

    They never dealt with the question of it making seed at 115F degrees.

  22. Watch this Dexter –
    Lake Mich. set an all record for heat . You are down wind of the lake,
    water will be coming at you in every form.

  23. httpvh://

    Umm, Paul Ryan sucks, ah but Democrats so does President Obama! The President I voted for wants to come after my SS/Medicare, hey but partisan’s lets have it in support of this President, rah rah..

  24. MSetlur, re yours of 11:45pm, I don’t think cheap journalists are like streetwalkers. The metaphor is makes the trafficked victims of sex slavery like hannity or coulter. That can’t be right.

    I think cheap journalists are like johns. Their ‘working’ over the victims helps enrich the pimps/traffickers.

    In my metaphor, the gorilla mack is the eqv of a big, nasty, job killing, pension stealing, rat like willard.

  25. Xrepub — Agree with your comments but think you overlook MSetlur’s point: Which was to give Craig some support for what was obvious in Craig’s last two posts — the heat he got from CNN for calling them out. And in Craig’s typical gentlemanly fashion he backed down. Even tho their defense is crap. Really, insance ads run during your shows and we’re supposed to give you pass??? Hilarious. Thanks Craig for calling them out on this.

  26. This old gambler I worked for long ago told me the secret of his style of gambling is “you have to take all the scent off the trap”.

    The GOP leaders are well aware of this principle as they convince all the TeaPartier types that they are best served by a bunch of wealthy lying weasels who don’t give a rat’s ass about them in any substantial way save to garner their votes.

    When faced with this, they whine, “Well, democrats are the same!” Maybe except for stuff like medicare and social security, just to name two things.

  27. I can see remember one of the NBC clowns at the start of the 2008 campaign wondering aloud of Dems were going the way of the whigs — the same maroon still there heading up the national news has yet to make a similar comment about the goopers — and they are well on their way to becoming a third rate third party run by enablers of wealthy tax evaders …well I mean avoiders
    since it is legal (sic)

  28. The former-ex-half-gov thinks Hillary should replace Biden on the ticket.

    Um, I think Hillary should replace Obama on the ticket, but since that won’t happen it’s time to suck it up & vote for O & Joe one, more time.

    Another 12 weeks of both sides trying to say as little as possible & responding to the other side by telling us all how outraged they are, outraged.

    Happy 100th Julia Child…sounds like a good day for recipes, guys.

  29. Lots of rain in DFW in the wee hours. Hope everyone dumps all of the standing water later today; we have plenty of skeeters.

  30. httpvh://

    Oh god, Cenk is on fire! Republican’s sink to a new low regarding this president…

  31. Seems to me that if anyone involved with
    the Conservative Majority Fund actually believed in any of the ridiculous conspiracies and far-right myths they’re putting out on President Obama, they wouldn’t be hiding in the shadows. But that’s the point: they don’t believe a word of it. That’s why you can’t find out who’s actually funding and creating this thing. It’s simply racist dog whistling disguised as ‘very serious’ campaign information, paid for by the wealthiest one percenters who want more tax cuts.

    And that’s your modern Republican Party. When poor and working class racists and the wealthy elite have one thing in common: the enemy of their enemy is their friend.

    said in the above:

    The Conservative Majority fund’s website also appears entirely devoted to promoting far right myths, including a campaign to keep the United Nations from seizing people’s guns, an attack on the Obama Administration’s supposed “deep and dirty involvement in the the Fast & Furious gun-running scandal,” and multiple pages devoted to fighting the nearly non-existent problem of voter fraud. Their birther petition calling for Congress to “investigate Barack Obama’s forged birth certificate” prominently features anti-immigrant Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

    “The Conservative Majority Fund only filed its initial papers with the Federal Elections Commission a month ago, and has not yet disclosed the extent of its spending on this ad. Their spending is significant enough, however, that the ad ran simultaneously on both CNN and Fox News this morning, and it is twice the length of a normal campaign ad.”

  32. Wonder Bread & Miracle Whip sandwich on the GOP side.
    Tasteless & with minimal nutritional value.

    Not sure what the Dems are serving up, but with Biden on the ticket, maybe it’s a tongue sandwich.

  33. Let’s hope team Obama can get ahead of this cut-Medicare-thing.

    They didn’t do a good job of explaining/selling Obamacare to begin with, so my hopes of them shedding light on the GOP lie aren’t great.

    Let’s hope Ryan’s ego is big enough that he can’t stomach Romney’s budget v his own. Just let him keep talkin’…

  34. Blue – Great Idea – We haven’t done a Trailmix recipe collection in a while. To go with your morning coffee:

    Apple Raisin Bread

    2 cups flour
    1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
    1 tablespoon (plus a smidgen more) light brown sugar
    2 Red Delicious apples, peeled, cored and coarsely chopped
    1 cup unsweetened applesauce
    3/4 cup vegetable oil
    2 eggs
    1 teaspoon vanilla

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    Combine dry ingredients together and give them a gentle mix with a spoon before adding them to the wet ingredients, stirring to make sure there are no “dry pockets” left, and add the vanilla last, giving the batter one last good stir.

    Spray an 8″x 2 1/2″ loaf pan with a nonstick spray. Pour in batter and bake at 350 for 55 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

    Let cool in loaf pan ten minutes then remove to wire cooling rack to cool completely.

  35. I have an easier recipe

    six-eight plums, left over corn bread and some brandy

    peel and seed the plums –cut them up
    put plum chunks and broken up corn bread in a loaf pan
    cover with brandy — bake for 45 minutes best served warm
    great with morning coffee plain or with ice cream for dessert

  36. for that amount of ingredients not a full size loafpan
    but about 3/4 or 1/2 size

  37. On medicare — I think the best thing is to talk about what it was like before medicare — seniors without any medical care or being bankrupted because of treatments

    and why as the Green party platform says it should be medicare for all

    And I’d like to remind everyone -medicare is a taxable benefit not an entitlement and it is something the receipts paid into and must pay for every month
    medicare is NOT free and doesn’t even cover everything

    You have to have a supplemental or belong to an HMO to get full coverage

    republicans are deeply disgusting human beings who have no regard for anything except money

  38. So Craig took some heat from CNN…. guess that means someone from that network is reading this blog.

    Whoever you are CNN person reading this blog… I used to watch your station regularly… yeah, even while Craig was on MSNBC. IMO, you were the place to go for straight up news. But no longer. I find your nightly lineup unwatchable. Too much A. Cooper. And I know that L. King needed to go… but did you have to replace him with someone who’s IQ is lower than a pair of Larry’s suspenders.

    On election coverage it’s all gadgets with nothing but lefty vs righty bluster… it’s gotten old and boring. Even the mighty D. Gergen has me snoozin’.

    Now even Fareed… your one truly good reporter,IMO… is in trouble. And hopefully one day… someone at your station will wake up and finally realize that Blitzer is trite and pathetic. But I won’t hold my breath on that one.

    someone who now has better things to do with her time than to watch CNN

  39. Renee

    Have to agree about the CNN downhill slide. I used to almost religious in my viewing, but it has become so lightweight with false equivalency that it’s ridiculous. Every once in a while I check in on “The Cycle” – When compared to MSNBC’s “Up With Chris Hayes”, it is like kindergarten vs. college. I know “Up” leans way left, but CNN could be more balanced without being entertainment fluff.

  40. Sounds like more of Donald Trump’s Bull Manure spreading. From I would be excited if Obama did quit but that is not going to happen. Too much EGO!

    I am worried about Democratic turnout in November. How to snach defeat from the jaws of victory. Democrats are good at that.

    Obama’s ‘Sealed’ Records
    Posted on July 31, 2012


    This is an example of mostly old baloney in a new casing. It mainly recycles years-old falsehoods and insinuations, most of which we covered long ago, in connection with an earlier viral email.

    But with President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign heating up, this new graphic has appeared on countless anti-Obama websites and in viral emails like the one we’ve reprinted here. Very little that it contains is new, and the old falsehoods have not improved with age.

  41. Yesterday was Florida’s Primary Elections. From Florida’s Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections site:
    Florida Hillsborough County Active Registered Voters as of 08/15/2012
    Democratic: 289,602 Republican: 236,929 Other: 180,403 Total: 706,934
    Registered Voters: 704,398
    Ballots Cast: 111,510
    Voter Turnout: 15.83%

    Using the Senate primaries as a gauge of turnout, the Democrats are true to form.
    Democratic: 44,234, Republican: 52,439

  42. ok, Craig… I can take back the bit about you getting “heat” in my 8:43.. but the rest of the post stands.

    but it has become so lightweight with false equivalency that it’s ridiculous.

    IMO, the above statement about CNN from Jamie bears repeating…

    it’s like… “we know the Republicans want to take a chain saw to you… but just to be fair, let’s discuss the paper cut the Democrats want”.

  43. But, PiT, was the Nelson primary even contested? If there’s no real choice, there’s no real incentive to vote.

    Just testing the editing function.

    Seems to work.

    Nice job, ‘bah.

  44. This is the day in history when Birnam Wood came to Dunsinane

    Scottish History, 15 August:
    1057 – Scottish monarch, MacBeth, was killed at Lumphanan.
    MacBeth had siezed power by assassinating the incumbent king, Duncan, in August 1040. Duncan’s two infant sons fled, Malcolm to Cumberland, and Donal to the Western Isles. MacBeth appears to have ruled the country well, and is regarded as one of the more successful Scottish kings, however there were always uprisings by the supporters of Duncan, and, when Malcolm secured the support of Edward the Confessor of England and secured victory over Macbeth at the Battle of Dunsinane, Macbeth’s days were numbered.

  45. CNN being nice to you is one thing–but let the world know if a bushel of apples unexpectedly shows up at your front door. 😈

  46. “Using the Senate primaries as a gauge of turnout, the Democrats are true to form.
    Democratic: 44,234, Republican: 52,439″

    I suspect a disproportionate number of seasonal residents are Dems who didn’t bother voting absentee for one rationalization or another. Too bad they can’t vote straight ticket before they go back north in the spring. :(

  47. With the PA Republican Judge finding against the ACLU in the Voter ID Law the Democrats just might lose PA to $Rmoney\Ryan in November.

    If Democrats don’t get out to vote or if Independents go Republican we may end up with a $Rmoney\Ryan White House.

    Now Florida once again is trying to do a voter purge before November. So it appears that they are set too steal another election.

    If that happens how soon before the American People wake up and do a French Revolution resurrecting Madame Guillotine and introducing the backs of Republican necks to her sweet kiss as she cleaves their heads from their shoulders?

    Have a great day.

  48. Where IS the Justice Department? I was under the impression they were going to pursue action against these voter suppression efforts.

  49. PA case is a state law heard in a state court. If it violates the US Constitution or is counter to voting rights acts and regs (I don’t know, frankly, what US laws would be applicable) it could be challenged by the USDoJ in federal court. Different standards would apply in fed court if it is a constitutional question than apply in PA state court. It’s complicated, but depending on its effect, it might even violate the Civil Rights Act. (Welcome back to the 60s)

  50. The edit function modification sorted out the problem I was having on one computer. Thanks, Craig (Mighty Guru) 😆

  51. “I wanted CNN to be the New York Times for the news business, not The Daily News. I wanted it to be The New York Times. And I thought that for the long-term, that would be the best position to be in, even if the ratings weren’t the greatest. If you had the most prestige and you were the network that everybody turned to in times of a crisis, that that was the most important position, in the news business, to hold.”

    the video in that link also shows ted telling piers about being fired from the company he founded, and losing $10 million a day.
    ted is the anti-mitt.

  52. Pogo, I think it gets to the heart, the core, the essence of the Civil Rights Act. The ’60s? Yes, if this isn’t resolved in favor of those about to be disenfranchised, I am prepared to take to the streets.

  53. Flatus, so happy to hear the edit function working for ya. That darn thing has given me fits, and probably will again. My pet peeve as a blog host is how few tools I can find to enhance the user experience. The vast majority of offerings are all about giving blog hosts CONTROL of their commenters. Really irritating.

  54. Dang, Jamie, that sounds an awful lot like my apple bread recipe–including no raisins!!!! LOL

  55. This election cycle I am grateful I no longer have satellite TV–just sayin’–

  56. Top Story: Romney Accuses Obama Campaign of ‘Hate’ After 3 Years of Birtherism
    by Taylor Marsh

    AFTER A PRIMARY season that included Republicans accusing Pres. Obama of not being an American, Mitt Romney’s outrage late Tuesday seemed surreal. But Mitt Romney has utilized the 2008 playbook of Obama from the start, playing the long game in the primaries, now shifting to the honor and integrity hill, because Romney himself has stayed out of the muck. That’s what surrogates were made for, especially those unconnected in any way with the campaign.

    It was a perfect moment for the diminished hockey mom to start squealing.

  57. John Sununu and Reince Preibus (is that a real name?) are on the airways calling Obama a thief (ignoring that CONGRESS passed the Affordable Care Act and the SUPREME COURT upheld most of its provisions. And Willard and his new pet model are crying because Obama is not being as polite as THEY think he should? What bullshirt. Bunch of pantywaists.

  58. The house across the street that was just bought by the new officer, his pregnant wife, and two children was burgled on Monday late morning. Mom and kids walked into the house while the thieves, gang members, were still there.

    While she was confused and sizing things up, they made their escape getting away with her jewelry to include her mom’s diamond. They were busy working on her husband’s arms safe when they split. The deputies have made arrests from the fingerprints. The jewelry is of course still missing.

    This is the first burglary in our neighborhood. The mom must be scared to death with her husband subject to deployment at anytime–he’s wearing a Special Forces patch from his previous enlisted service, but that doesn’t help her.

    This afternoon I took her one of Kumcho’s favorite rings to keep on her dresser until she feels safe in her new home once again.

  59. Faire

    I think those basic tea breads are pretty much alike, just change the fruits and spices. One of my favorites uses the same method and baking temps for a

    Brown Sugar & Banana Loaf

    1/2 cup butter, softened
    1 cup brown sugar
    2 eggs
    1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    4 very ripe bananas, mashed
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    3 teaspoons baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup chopped walnuts

  60. The old Betty Crocker cookbooks had good recipes for the quickbread based delectables. I’ve managed to cut down on the oils by increasing things such as bananas and adding applesauce on an ounce for ounce basis. Often undetectable to my forgiving tastebuds.

  61. I am, I know, late to the party. I am however in a very generous and forgiving mood. So I will simply say, fuck CNN and their lame excuses! 😉

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