Listening to Rush today I heard him quote CNN’s reason for running the Iraq sniper video as a desire to show the “unvarnished truth.” I wish that CNN was as concerned with showing us the unvarnished truth about many other subjects.
One subject that came to mind was abortion. If CNN finds it newsworthy to show U.S. troops being shot down by snipers so the public can see the unvarnished truth about the war, then why not show us the unvarnished truth about abortion. Let’s see a partial birth abortion being performed before the election so that voters will know whether or not they want to vote for those in Congressmen who oppose a ban on it. Planned Parenthood’s 90th birthday would be a perfect time to air it.
This “unvarnished truth” doesn’t always have to be that shocking though. The same standard could be applied in countless ways. Maybe we could see video of some of those liberal politicians claiming to be men and women of the people walking out the front doors of their million dollar homes. Or maybe we could watch some radical environmentalist liberals flying around in their private jets and limousines. The problem with CNN’s attempt at the “unvarnished truth” is that they never show the whole truth.
Update: I can’t believe I didn’t think of Eason Jordan’s admission that CNN “varnished” the truth in Baghdad before the 2003 invasion. Luckily, reader Scotty did:
What happened to the “unvarnished truth” when CNN had their people in Iraq during the late 90’s ? wasn’t that the time that Mr’ Jordan admitted CNN not reporting on Saddam’s torture and murder all the while reporting Saddam’s version of the “unvarnished truth” so they could keep their office open.