CNN Again Features Obama Campaign Propaganda, Hypes Clinton's Support of President
CNN's Wolf Blitzer once again aired Obama campaign propaganda by
playing a clip of Bill Clinton praising the President, from an Obama
campaign film to be released soon. Last Thursday Blitzer had aired
two whole minutes of footage from the film's trailer, and he referred
back to the film on Monday afternoon's The Situation Room.
Blitzer asked if Clinton stumping for Obama in swing states wouldn't "dramatically" aid the President. Of course, what also wouldn't hurt the President is the free advertising he receives by CNN airing his re-election message.
The CNN host thought that former President Clinton would pick up support from certain swing states, some of which would fall under the blue-collar category. Clinton's net worth, global travels, and lucrative speaking engagements might challenge the assumption of many that he is very much in touch with residents of states like Ohio and Michigan.
Blitzer hailed the campaign film as "very slick" and noted the "nice clip" of Clinton praising Obama.
"I think it's fair, David – and I think you'll agree – that if Bill Clinton is actively out there campaigning on a day-to-day basis, or several times a week, in Ohio, in Pennsylvania, in Michigan and Florida – a lot of these battleground states – that will dramatically help the President," Blitzer mused to faux-conservative David Frum, who agreed with him.
A transcript of the segment, which aired on March 12 on The Situation Room at 4:41 p.m. EST, is as follows:
WOLF BLITZER: You know, there's this new 15-minute documentary that the
Obama campaign is releasing. Very slick, James. In it, they've also got
a nice clip from the former President – your former boss – Bill
Clinton. Let me play it for you.
[HEADLINE: Bill Clinton: Ace Up Obama's Sleeve?]
BILL CLINTON, former President of the United States: He took the harder and the more honorable path. When I saw what had happened, I thought to myself I hope that's the call I would have made.
(End Video Clip)
BLITZER: That's the title, "The Road We've Traveled." He's talking about the decision the President made to go ahead and kill bin Laden. (to James Carville) How important do you think President Clinton will be in the re-election process, in terms of how active will he be, how important will he be for President Obama's re-election campaign?
BLITZER: I think it's fair, David – and I think you'll agree – that if Bill Clinton is actively out there campaigning on a day-to-day basis, or several times a week, in Ohio, in Pennsylvania, in Michigan, in Florida – a lot of these battleground states – that will dramatically help the President.
DAVID FRUM, writer, Newsweek/Daily Beast: Clinton is pretty popular. And so it would.
-- Matt Hadro is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center