Is it weird that a CNN host serves as an advisor to President Obama? The same reporter who seems to attack Glenn on a fairly regular basis? Glenn and the radio guys sure though Fareed Zakaria’s close relationship to the White House was a little odd for the supposedly unbiased reporter.
“Well, it is good to see that CNN keeps their standards so very, very high that they have a guy who is doing a news show that is an advisor for the president,” Glenn said.
“Is somebody in the media going to ask that question to Jay Carney today, let's see how he stumbles through that answer? I'd like to know because, you know, I don't know. Seems like they are constantly criticizing, you know, everyone else about their standards,” Stu said.
On his CNN program, Eliot Spitzer asked Fareed, “Look, I read something in the paper this week a couple of days ago that made me bring a smile to my face. It said the president of the United States calls you for wisdom and advice about issues around the world. So first when he calls you, what does he say, hi, Barack, you're calling for Fareed? What does he do?”
“Mostly it's been face‑to‑face meetings. You know, it's usually organized by Tom Donilon, the National Security Advisor. What I'm struck by, though, honestly, Elliott, is how much time he's spending thinking about the issues of the Arab strain, particularly the issues of Egypt, how to make it go right, what are the mechanisms that the United States has to help the moderates and liberals. It's been a very thoughtful conversation. You know, we'll see where it goes,” Zakaria answered.
“Shouldn't we know if a reporter or a show host, a talk show host is giving advice to the president of the United States, shouldn't we know what those conversations were so when we hear it spill out of his mouth, we know if it's propaganda, to forward the presidential objectives?” Glenn asked.
“You would think CNN's standards would be that this guy would no longer be employed as of right now. But those aren't CNN standards because the guy's trying to pawn himself off as a newsman,” Pat said.
“I mean, you could have Fareed on but he could say, I cannot talk to you about these issues. Or, he has to say, look, I spoke to the president on these issues and here's what the president is thinking and this is why, et cetera, et cetera. But then it's literally an arm of the Obama administration. But at least it's out in the open. But you would have to draw a line. You'd have to say, I recuse myself because I have inside information. Do you not?” Glenn said.
Glenn pointed out that his show and Zakaria’s show are both opinion show, and its not unusual for hosts of an opinion show to come with a bias. But there is a big difference between Zakaria and Glenn.
Glenn said, “I don't have a problem with him doing that, or CNN running that. But where we split is I'm not an adviser for the president of the United States. I'm not an advisor.”
“You can't be advising the president on what the president should be doing in the Middle East and having those secret conversations and then go on the air and say, let me tell you what I think we should do in the Middle East; let me tell you what I think which story is really important. Because you don't know if he is furthering the president or the administration's wishes or not.”