Everyone seems to agree that Edward Snowden started an important debate over NSA surveillance. But on the Sunday chat shows, debate isn't what you're likely to see. And CNN and CBS add new contributors–but are they opening up or closing the discussion? Plus: USA Today cheers on the fracking boom in Texas.
Right from the beginning, the January 6 episode of CNN's Crossfire sounded like a bad idea. Here's the announcement that aired at the top of the show: How far below zero does it have to get to cool off the global warming debate? To make things clearer, the top of the show announcement continued: This week's historic cold brings out the skeptics. Will it put the climate change debate in the deep freeze? But while cold weather might "bring out" climate change deniers, it was CNN that decided to put one on Crossfire, creating a familiar–and false– "balance" between those […]
Before she was a reporter, CNN host Erin Burnett worked on Wall Street. Evidently she still sees things from that perspective. On October 21, Burnett took time on her show OutFront to criticize the Justice Department's reported $13 billion settlement with JPMorgan Chase. The bank is apparently ready to settle over a variety of claims relating to mortgage securities and the 2008 economic collapse. To Burnett, this is the government punishing success–and making the bank pay for things it didn't even do: This is all related to mortgage-backed securities and bad mortgages. It's a hell of a lot of money, […]