OPINION: Victory for the Santorum Squashers

By: Tim Graham

Rick Santorum’s gig as a CNN contributor came to an abrupt halt on May 22. Leftists on Twitter finally found a pretext for their crusade to rid CNN of this turbulent conservative. The former senator suggested in an April 23 speech that America’s founding documents didn’t draw on Native American culture.
The final straw was a designated apology tour of sorts on Chris Cuomo’s show on May 3. Santorum explained that he didn’t mean to disparage the Native Americans, but nothing was going to stop the steamroller.
Shameless Cuomo interviewed his brother, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, multiple times and proclaimed him a miraculous role model for coronavirus policy — in complete contradiction of the facts — and he’s still at CNN. He advised his brother to play hardball with his sexual harassment accusers and refuse to resign, and he’s still at CNN. Jeffrey Toobin masturbated in front of female colleagues on a Zoom call and he’s still on staff.
But say something that upsets left-wing Twitter? You have to go.
They exaggerated Santorum’s comments into what The Daily Beast claimed were “racist” and “pro-colonization” comments. This was some aggressive liberal listening. They twisted Santorum’s message into “Whites made this country great, and nobody else historically matters.”
The substance isn’t the real issue. It’s all about the purge. The only “Republicans” CNN wants anymore are Biden voters like Ana Navarro, who tweeted out a video of LeBron James doing a Latin dance and claimed: “This … is the best thing I’ve seen all day. Except for the news Santorum no longer with CNN.”
Next up: The left wants to fire Meghan McCain and make Navarro the resident “Republican” on the “The View.” Guess what. “The View” tried that with “Republican” Nicolle Wallace and it flopped.
But CNN doesn’t think conservative dissent could help with its terrible ratings. Any righty who dissents from the CNN party line vanishes. Whatever happened to David Urban? The network apparently needed too many disclaimers for his lobbying work. (That’s the pretext.) Law enforcement analyst James Gagliano disturbed the Twitter lefties by daring to engage journalists on the notion of liberal bias. That’s got to be punished.
CNN contributor Scott Jennings is apparently the remaining endangered species, the snail darter or kangaroo rat of cable punditry. He should expect the Censor Squad is turning its attention to him.
Liberals like Tom Jones of Poynter.com underline that CNN viewers don’t like the chaos of actual disagreements on their television. “Santorum’s appearances often devolved into arguments and interruptions,” Jones writes. Yes, he was the outlier, the lone wolf. Jones added, “I found it mostly uncomfortable, frustrating and chaotic — making it the very opposite of good TV.”
Anyone cheering Santorum’s firing better not come to the public square and decry how Americans “retreat to their silos” of one-sided news watching. Liberal journalists seem very comfortable building and reinforcing their one-sidedness and regularly rain missiles on the conservative “silos,” even though Fox News is more tolerant of liberals than CNN is tolerant of conservatives.
Today, the liberal bubble at CNN has a thicker wall than it’s ever had. CNN President Jeff Zucker has the network’s “news” hosts dropping hourly editorial bombs on the Republicans and getting out their hankies to cry on camera over how the socialist revolution isn’t yet complete. Emoting is in, and reporting is out. Unanimity is in, and debating is out. Why would any conservative or Republican waste a moment on this never-ending infomercial, except to expose and correct it?
Tim Graham is director of media analysis at the Media Research Center and executive editor of the blog NewsBusters.org. To find out more about Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.
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