CNN’s Obama Adviser

May 18, 2011 05:36

Zakaria is the host of “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” a Sunday CNN news offering. He was happily — proudly — acknowledging that he counsels the president. Neither CNN nor Zakaria found this admission compromised its self-image of neutrality for an instant.

By Brent Bozell at


Zakaria openly proclaimed his presidential access.

As controversy grew over the weekend, Zakaria tried to claim, “At no point did President Obama ask me for advice on a specific policy or speech or proposal, nor did I volunteer it. I know that he has had similar meetings with other columnists.” This denial doesn’t pass the laugh test. What the hell did they talk about, then? If Obama is looking to formulate a policy and a speech (as The New York Times article asserted), then merely being in the room with him and moving your lips is advising him.

But Zakaria isn’t just a “columnist,” as he’s been with Newsweek and now Time. He hosts a Sunday show on foreign policy for CNN. To now claim that Zakaria’s covert meetings do not conflict with his journalistic integrity is not only inaccurate, it’s hypocritical by CNN’s own standards.

What’s happened to our “news” media? They don’t see their role as simply providing the public with the best information. They would much rather apply all their wisdom gleaned from their Harvard and Yale educations to assist the government in running the country.


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