Re: [prezveepsenator] CNN's Yellin: Network execs killed critical White House stories
- Anderson Cooper and Wolf Blitzer were some of the most ardent administration cheerleaders. It got so bad that I finally cancelled my cable.Tom
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May 29, 2008
CNN's Yellin: Network execs killed critical White
On Wednesday night, CNN's Jessica Yellin talked to
Anderson Cooper about Scott McClellan's tell-all
memoir and agreed with the former press secretary that
White House reporters "dropped the ball" during the
run-up to war.
But Yellin went much further, revealing that news
executives-- presumably at ABC News, where she'd worked
from July 2003 to August 2007--actively pushed her
not do hard-hitting pieces on the Bush administration.
"The press corps was under enormous pressure from
corporate executives, frankly, to make sure that this
was a war presented in way that was consistent with
the patriotic fever in the nation and the president's
high approval ratings," Yellin said.
"And my own experience at the White House was that the
higher the president's approval ratings, the more
pressure I had from news executives-- and I was not at
this network at the time--but the more pressure I had
from news executives to put on positive stories about
the president, I think over time...."
But then a shocked Cooper jumped in, asking, "You had
pressure from news executives to put on positive
stories about the president?"
"Not in that exact.... They wouldn't say it in that
way, but they would edit my pieces," Yellin said.
"They would push me in different directions. They
would turn down stories that were more critical, and
try to put on pieces that were more positive. Yes,
that was my experience."
By Michael Calderone 06:00 AM