Crossfire's Tucker Carlson Lies About Cheney-Edwards Debate
Don't Trust CNN, Crossfire, and Tucker Carlson
Stop Political Lying
MozillaQuest Magazine OpEd
11 October 2004 (C)
On 7 October 2004 CNN, its Crossfire show, and a Crossfire anchor, Tucker Carlson seriously breached their general responsibility to tell the truth -- and the specific responsibility to truthfully inform their viewers about matters pertaining to the 2004 Vice-Presidential candidates.
This is not the first time that we have observed CNN misinforming its viewers or lying about the 2004 Presidential and Vide-Presidential candidates and their positions on issues.
The 2 November 2004, United States of America, Presidential election might well be the most important election of our times. That underscores the seriousness of CNN, its Crossfire show, and Crossfire anchor Tucker Carlson's breach of its general responsibility to tell the truth -- and breach of its specific responsibility to truthfully inform their viewers about matters pertaining to the 2004 Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates.
Here's what happened:
On the 7 October 2004 CNN Crossfire show Tucker Carlson stated:
However, we do not find any such statement "how is your gay daughter?" in the transcript of the Cheney-Edwards debate. Moreover, it was the moderator, Gwen Ifill who raised the gay marriage and gay daughter issue in two questions, one to each candidate.
First Gwen Ifill asked Vice-President Dick Cheney:
And then Gwen Ifill asked Senator John Edwards:
To the contrary of Carlson's statement, "John Edwards turned to Dick Cheney and said, hey, how is your gay daughter", and the implications drawn therefrom, John Edwards was most cordial in his response to these questions:
In essence, Senator John Edwards stuck up for and defended Vice-President Dick Cheney, who had been put in an awkward position by the moderator's question.
And contrary to Carlson's statement and the implications drawn therefrom, Vice-President Dick Cheney was most accepting in his response to Senator John Edwards' statement:
Moreover, if you watched Vice-President Dick Cheney's reactions while Senator John Edwards was defending Cheney about the gay daughter issues, it appeared that Vice-President Dick Cheney was quite moved by Senator John Edwards' comments. Additionally, it seemed that Senator John Edwards' very understanding and smooth handling of the gay daughter issue, and its effect on Vice-President Dick Cheney, took the bitter, hostile edge off of Cheney's posture and they then got down to some solid issue addressing.
You can find links to transcripts of the 5 October 2004 Cheney-Edwards debate and the 7 October 2004 Crossfire show, from which the above quotes are taken, in the Resources section at the end of this article.
We understand the format of CNN's Crossfire is designed to make the show interesting, engaging, and animated -- and to present different and opposing points of view. However, that is no excuse for misrepresenting the facts -- or for out and out lying as is the circumstance discussed herein.
This is neither good journalism nor ethical journalism. It is bad journalism.
News organizations should not be trying to mold or to distort the news. We, the public, have a right to know the truth and to hear different points of view -- but based on true facts, not fabrications. CNN is a poor excuse for good journalism. Overall, CNN is a poor excuse for a news organization -- because of its failure to tell the truth!
CNN does have some creditable anchors such as Aaron Brown, Lou Dobbs, and Paula Zahn. However, CNN anchors such Tucker Carlson lack creditability in our opinion. We will not go into a discussion about other CNN anchors and pundits at this time -- in order to keep focus on Carlson's horrible, 7 October performance.
Our overall conclusion is that CNN lacks creditability and that the readers cannot trust CNN. For more about that, please see out editorial, CNN (an AOL company) SUCKS!