I’m confused. It’s clear from TPM’s reporting that CNN is blocking James Carville, Paul Begala, Robert Zimmerman, and other unnamed contributors from appearing on the network until after the primary processes are over (unless they are acting in a “surrogate” capacity) because they are allegedly too closely aligned with or supportive of particular candidates.
If guests/commentators/analysts are introduced properly, I’d guess the audience is smart enough to interpret what they contribute with the appropriate grains of salt.
These are intelligent men with a lot of political campaign experience between them. I, for one, am interested in what they have to say as the process continues. I’d also venture to guess that you’d be hard-pressed to round up qualified experts in Washington who don’t have some history of affiliation or current transparent bias. Heck, George Stephanopoulos has his own show where he talks to everyone, and he was as Clinton as it gets.
That aside, I’m also missing the confirmation of an Obama campaign influence on CNN’s internal decision-making. If his people did complain, then shame on them for making the call and shame on CNN for caving. But until there is a significant quote from someone in the know truly justifying his team’s involvement, I’d just as soon chalk it up to rumor and assume it’s not the case.