Saturday, April 26, 2014
Who Says CNN Is Not Liberal Media
From the Chicago Sun Times: CNN scrambled Friday to explain why producers of its documentary series, “Chicagoland” worked hand-in-glove with City Hall to help portray Mayor Rahm Emanuel as what an executive producer called, “the star that he really is.”
“The mayor’s office was never granted editorial control over the content or the press communications for Chicagoland,” a CNN spokesperson said.
More than 700 e-mails exchanged between “Chicagoland” producers and the mayor’s staff — and reviewed by the Chicago Tribune — appear to contradict that statement.
They show producers working closely with the mayor’s staff to identify “DocuSeries characters,” storylines and situations that portray Emanuel as what an executive producer called, “the star that he really is.”
And during the bitter battle over Emanuel’s decision to close 50 Chicago Public Schools, the e-mails show producers pleading for access by offering to “highlight the mayor’s leadership—his ability to balance the need for reform and fiscal reality with compassion for affected communities and concern for the safety” of displaced students.
The CNN spokesperson acknowledged that the e-mails “paint a picture that could be perceived as unflattering,” but added, “How can you make a judgment without having the full context?”...
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, who squared off with Emanuel over the school closings, said she was interviewed twice by “Chicagoland” producers, but refused to do what they asked.
“They wanted to film some of our strategy sessions and meetings, which I said 'No' to. And they wanted me to stage a scene with one of our field reps they followed around, telling him what to do to make their series look better,” Lewis said.
“I have a masters of fine arts specifically in documentaries.You spend a lot of time with your subjects and you make your story from whatever footage you get. Staging scenes is unethical."
It's laughable that CNN denies they were trying to make Emmanuel look like a star.
Hell, common sense says that if they portray the mayor in a normal light, which mayors, no matter what side of an issue they are on, will look bad to someone. And that being the case, I'm sure Emmanuel would not have done the program, and I probably would not have blamed him.
When doing reality shows, the producers and writers want their main subjects to look good (or bad if the character is supposed to be bad),otherwise they would have little or no cooperation.
So, I don't blame Emmanuel in trying to look good, but I do blame CNN for lying and trying to make a liberal look good.
And when was the last time CNN tried on purpose to make a conservative look good?