But CNN isn't merely biased, it is also incompetent. I just saw this story on CNN's political ticker that celebrated a decision by a supposedly lifelong black Republican, Aaron Wheeler, to drive 600 miles to Columbus, Ohio to vote for Barack Obama:
"My family has been Republican for three generations," he said, but "I knew I had to change and vote Democrat in the first time almost ever."
Wheeler said he was one of about 16 black Republican delegates at the 2004 GOP convention, and was proud to support George W. Bush.
This time, he said, he did not attend the Republican convention -and decided he would go one step further and vote for Democrat Barack Obama.
This story seemed a little suspicious to me, so I decided to do CNN's homework for them. It wasn't too long before I found this story from The Columbus Dispatch, dated September 12, 2007, covering the decision of a local resident to run for Congress. His name? You guessed it, Rev. Aaron Wheeler:
Wheeler, who is black, converted to a Republican about 15 years ago after working on a number of Democratic campaigns in Cleveland and managing the Cleveland office for former U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes, a Democrat. He said he does not support President Bush's Iraq war strategy. If he is nominated, Wheeler said, the likely Democratic candidate, Mary Joy Kilroy, will not be able to tie him to the war or other Bush policies."I'm very far away from Bush," Wheeler said.
So, CNN, you published a story about the decision of a man who worked on "a number of Democratic campaigns in Cleveland," who managed the office of a Congressional Democrat, and who is "very far away from Bush" to vote for Barack Obama? For some reason, I suspect that when he was casting his ballot for Obama he wasn't really voting "Democrat in the first time almost ever."
And if we give it a little more thought, if this 61-year old man convered to the GOP 15 years ago (at which point he still apparently opposed core Republican positions), then he has spent the majority of his adult life, about 30 years, as a Democrat. (For those who are still suspicious that it's the same man, this Los Angeles Times piece provides conclusive evidence that that is the case).
Reading the CNN story, one would think that hell is freezing over as even lifelong hardcore Republicans are now falling at the feet of The One. If CNN had done a simple Google search, they would have not only realized that their story is unimpressive, but also that it's incredibly reckless and deceptive. Or perhaps they knew, and are being flat out manipulative.
Thanks Tim Graham from Newbusters for linking me. As he further points out, the caption on the picture in the CNN story also makes the following claim "Aaron Wheeler said he's voting Democrat for the first time ever." Yikes!
Thanks to American Thinker and Gateway Pundit for linking me. This story is causing quite a buzz as people look more into Wheeler's background. There is talk of shady or duplicative voter registration by Wheeler, but none substantiated yet. What is clear, however, is that it's a big no-no for a Reverend to be this misleading about his background, and for CNN to use his empty talk to push its pro-Obama agenda.
Response: graduation dressesPaul Ibrahim - Paul Ibrahim Blog - CNN Again Fails to Check Its Facts