You know, if you’re CNN, you could at least try to get it right.
Go to CNN.com’s Politics page and scroll down a little. In the right column there’s a box that says WHO’S IN THE RACE?
Click on the gallery right under it. There you have “a look at who’s running for president, who might get in the race and who won’t.” Select the Democrats tab, where you’ll find them riffing through a list of candidates who are in (Obama, Hillary, Edwards, Dodd, Richardson, etc.), some who might get in (Gore), some who say they aren’t getting in but apparently are just too damned sexy not to mention, anyway (Clark, and over on the GOP tab, Condi and Jeb), and some who either were in but bailed or who have announced they’re not in (Vilsack, Bayh, Kerry).
Fine – speculation is fun, especially when we’re talking about the next Leader of the Free WorldÂ®. But if you’re going to play the game, can you at least acknowledge those who are, in fact, officially and genuinely in the game. Why in the hell do you waste space on Vilsack and Bayh when you don’t bother to mention Mike Gravel, a guy who was in last night’s debate?! Do CNN political writers not have the Internets? Are they trying to exclude a guy they think has no chance (if so, does he have less chance than people who aren’t running? Or this loser?) Is he too old, or not pretty enough?
Once upon a time CNN.com was my home page, but I finally got disgusted, and this is an example of why. Even when they aren’t being actively evil (like in the infamous Elian Gonzales Cropping Swindle) they’re being sloppy and inept.
Or am I being silly to try holding one of our premier “news organizations” to, you know, journalistic standards?
Meanwhile, if you really want the scoop on who’s in and who’s out, please, let me direct you over to Politics1 where they take the task seriously…