September 17, 2003

Clark News Network

CNN is keeping up a split screen showing Gen. Wesley Clark shaking hands during a discussion of his candidacy with Judy Woodruff. Woodruff interviewed Clark yesterday; he also appeared this morning on America Morning. Just in case you missed those or just can't get enough, he's also appearing with Aaron Brown tonight on Newsnight.

One might think that after giving Clark so much free exposure as an Iraq War commentator in the spring, CNN would be reticent about seeming to become Clark's personal soapbox. One might be wrong.

Posted by John Tabin at September 17, 2003 03:26 PM

It is hard for me to believe that CNN would favor Clark except perhaps as someone elses Vice President. According to a story on Drudge he raised money for Republicans just a couple of years ago. Clark is an opportunist, but he is propbably the best man the Democrats have. I think CNN is behind Dean if they can't have Hillary.


Posted by: lee tabin at September 17, 2003 04:51 PM

I really don't think the networks pick a favorite the way you seem to imagine. It doesn't matter what Clark's views are (though I don't put much stock in the Clark-is-a-Republican storyline-- he's Clinton's boy); CNN people like him because he's their friend. Think of them less as a left-wing conspiracy and more a high schoolish clique where everyone thinks the same way.

Posted by: John Tabin at September 17, 2003 07:38 PM