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Isn’t it unethical for CNN to employ John Kasich as a “commentator” right now?

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Isn’t it unethical to employ John Kasich, period? I ask you.

I want to amplify this Matt Welch piece, which I think is entirely right. Kasich is seriously considering running for president and has been since, oh, the day after he dropped out of the 2016 race. He’s courted donors to help fund his potential run. His top strategist, John Weaver, has hinted occasionally about a challenge to Trump. No Republican has worked as hard to brand himself as a centrist quasi-independent in the age of MAGA, positioning him for either a primary challenge or a third-party run in 2020. For all the chatter about Nikki Haley and Jeff Flake, Kasich seems by far the Republican pol most likely to take Trump on next year. And “next year” is really right now. The Democratic presidential primary has already begun, after all.

So what is CNN doing handing him a platform at this particular moment and dressing it up as commentary? Welch:

It’s true that CNN ranks a frequently distant third in the cable news wars, but even audiences of 700,000 largely geriatric news junkies constitute real promotional opportunities, and not just for reverse mortgages and Chantix. In his initial eight-minute act of political umpiring, covering everything from the William Barr confirmation hearings to the government shutdown to censure of Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), Kasich managed to fit in more testimonials about himself than a typical cable news contributor might offer in a year.

“Nobody’s going to pressure me, nobody’s going talk me into anything,” he declared, just like normal political commentators do. “I have people that have walked up to me all the time, and they have looked at me as a straight shooter, and they’re of both political parties,” he reported. “I’ve always been an independent, remain an independent person—let’s look at the problem and let’s go fix it,” he said. “I don’t care who the president is, the president has to be big enough to say, ‘Let’s get this behind us.’” And my personal favorite: “When Mitt Romney wrote that op-ed piece, and everybody got worked up down there? I probably would have written three by now.”…

The first cable news network is also frequently the most sanctimonious defender of journalistic nobility, and loudest critic of the way President Donald Trump degrades the norms of America’s political and media culture. And yet here those same people are, paying a newsmaker for exclusivity, and creating a norm that was unthinkable even four years ago.

Four years ago, when Mike Huckabee was in the thinking-about-it phase of the 2016 presidential sweepstakes, he stepped back from his Fox News show to spare FNC from criticism that they were letting their news network serve as a platform for an as-yet-undeclared presidential candidacy. Now here’s CNN hiring Kasich on right as interest in his political future is peaking. And as Welch notes, Kasich used his very first appearance as a contributor to do a bunch of overt political branding (“straight shooter,” “independent”). Neither he nor CNN are making much of a pretense that this is about anything other than promoting a would-be challenger to Trump who might do real damage to his reelection chances, if only by siphoning off enough votes from the right to cost him a close election.

Devil’s advocate: Maybe CNN figures that, in the age of Trump, you never can tell which cable-news blowhard might turn around and become a credible contender for president, in which case why pass on Kasich? Trump became a political phenomenon in part because he appeared for years on Fox News, ingratiating himself to the audience and building a base. One day everyone woke up and he was president. If cable loudmouths are potential presidential candidates in America 2019, why shouldn’t potential presidential candidates be cable loudmouths? CNN didn’t erase the line that forced Huckabee out at Fox. Trump did.

Besides, although Welch is right that CNN is by far — by far — the most sanctimonious of the three cable news networks about their own alleged integrity as journalists, they’re also the most clearly oppositional of the three vis-a-vis Trump. Sure, MSNBC is oppositional too, but MSNBC’s ideological identity is left-wing. They’d lambaste any Republican president. CNN is ostensibly neutral but they’ve gone full Resistance with Trump. It’s personal.

So why wouldn’t they hand free airtime to one of his would-be challengers, and pay him to boot?

I think all of the devil’s-advocate arguments fail so long as CNN maintains its posture of neutrality, which they absolutely will no matter how many times Jim Acosta emotes for the camera. They’re the apple/banana network. That’s how they want you to view them. But if you’re going to do the apple/banana thing, you need to explain what you’re doing by promoting a lemon like Kasich.

I dunno. Maybe Jeff Zucker simply figures that, after handing Trump about a billion dollars’ worth of free airtime in 2015-16, the least they can do is hand Kasich eight bucks’ worth.

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Giuliani claims ‘I never said there was no collusion’ in Trump campaign

President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudolph Giuliani, claimed Wednesday night that he “never said there was no collusion” between members of President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russian officials but only said that Trump himself never colluded with Russian officials.

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Tomi Lahren: Government shutdown has Dems whining and complaining but in private they’re living it up

When the cameras are on, Chuck, Nancy and the rest of the Democrats whine and complain about the government shutdown BUT behind closed doors and in tropical paradise their fellow Democrats seem to be living it up quite nicely. 

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DEA’s first steps to catch ‘El Chapo’ revealed in court

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Victor Vazquez on Wednesday shed light into how the operation to capture the notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman began.

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Beto O’Rourke blog post: I’m in a funk and hear that old road a-callin’

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I invite you to join in the chatterati’s amusement this afternoon by dipping into this, a Kerouac-style stream-of-consciousness musing that would have you believe that this suddenly formidable presidential contender is about to hit the road at the start of primary season just because he’s “in a funk” and need to clear his head ‘n stuff. As one does, you see.

You’ve been there. In a rut at work, feeling cooped up at home. The only cure is to hit the open road. Maybe chronicle your very authentic daily interactions with workin’ folks as you contemplate a national campaign. And then wait as a hundred reporters and 50,000 fans eagerly promote it to their own audiences.

I said on Twitter earlier that Beto should have live-streamed his advisors as they huddled around the computer and ghost-wrote this dreck for him. To which a smart friend responded, “I feel like Beto is actually writing those [posts] and thinks they’re good. Which is worse imo.” Decide for yourself which scenario is grimmer.

A lot of big trucks rolling down Pancake Blvd and there aren’t any sidewalks. Gloomy early morning sky in Liberal Kansas. Snow melt on the side of the road where I’m running. I find a vacant lot to cut through to another street, also busy and without sidewalks. I finally get to a smaller road that goes past a mobile home park, then a small subdivision, and out into corn fields to my right and empty fields to my left…

Have been stuck lately. In and out of a funk. My last day of work was January 2nd. It’s been more than twenty years since I was last not working. Maybe if I get moving, on the road, meet people, learn about what’s going on where they live, have some adventure, go where I don’t know and I’m not known, it’ll clear my head, reset, I’ll think new thoughts, break out of the loops I’ve been stuck in..

It goes on and on from there. This guy wants you — or someone much more naive — to believe that he’s heading out an earnest journey of discovery, not a transparently strategic publicity tour aimed at polishing up his grassroots cred before he announces.

In reality, the road trip has been in the works for at least a week and likely much longer. The WSJ reported on it eight days ago. Politico has more on it today:

Beto O’Rourke has left Texas, decamping for a highly anticipated road trip, but his former advisers are quietly sketching the outline of a potential presidential run that would replicate — and on a national scale — the grassroots-driven organizing model O’Rourke employed in his Texas Senate campaign…

[I]n talks with Democratic strategists, Bond and David Wysong, O’Rourke’s former longtime chief of staff, have discussed ways for O’Rourke to expand the “distributed organizing” form of field operations used by Sanders in 2016 and replicated by O’Rourke last year — with the campaign training low-level staffers and volunteers to orchestrate their own, phone banking, text and email operations.

Nothing like taking to the asphalt, free as a bird, while your team of well-paid strategists brainstorms about “distributed organizing” back home. Reading his post, it occurred to me that this fake-diary format, replete with Beto dropping the subject from his sentences to suggest that he’s jotting these thoughts down in real time as quickly as they occur to him, is the print equivalent of his Instagram habit. Both here and there, he’s engaged in a highly calculated simulation of intimacy. With Instagram, he takes you inside his kitchen. With his Medium posts, he takes you inside his head … as he bullsh*ts you to your face about the ostensible purpose of this humble American tour he’s about to embark on.

The media’s been verrrrrry pro-Beto until now. Is that changing? There’s some snark from media types about his post on Twitter and WaPo’s account of the interview I blogged last night wasn’t flattering, emphasizing how doggedly he dodged questions. Nate Silver thinks that was inevitable, as it’s the nature of presidential horse-race coverage not to let anyone get too far ahead:

Could be. The press wants a real race for the nomination. Beto’s early polling has been surprisingly strong so they’re taking him down a peg. But don’t forget that lefties have been jabbing at him lately about not being as progressive as advertised. And O’Rourke’s shtick is bound to have worn a bit thinner with the media over time, for the reasons I described above. It’s hard to meet the media’s expectations for what “the new Obama” might sound like.

Via Mediaite, here’s Brianna Keilar of CNN sounding underwhelmed.

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