CBS Dishonestly Touts 'Non-Partisan Watchdog' Group's Quest for a 'Criminal Investigation' of Christine O'Donnell
Published: 9/18/2010 1:18 PM ET
"There are calls for a criminal investigation of another rising GOP star," Katie Couric teased at the top of the CBS Evening News, after citing Sarah Palin's speaking appearance in Iowa, as she elevated a publicity gimmick from a left-wing organization staffed by veterans of Democratic congressional offices. Though O'Donnell "took the spotlight today at a conservative summit in Washington," Couric warned: "There may be trouble ahead for her. A watchdog group intends to call Monday for a criminal investigation of what it says is her chronic abuse of campaign funds."
Reporter Nancy Cordes painted O'Donnell as a hypocrite, charging that "even as she preached a return to fiscal conservatism, O'Donnell's own unorthodox spending habits were starting to come under heavy scrutiny," asserting "the unemployed O'Donnell used campaign funds to pay for meals, gas, bowling trips, and personal rent, even long after the campaign had ended."
CBS then gave a platform to veteran Democratic activist Melanie Sloan, who is now advancing her liberal agenda as Executive Director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). She alleged O'Donnell "just stole" campaign donations.
Cordes legitimized CREW by misleadingly describing the obviously liberal outfit as "the non-partisan watchdog group" which "is urging the U.S. attorney in Delaware to open a criminal investigation." Sloan got a second soundbite to declare: "It's not sloppiness, it's out-and-out theft."
(On Wednesday night, without attribution for the ideological label, Cordes cited "O'Donnell's ultra-conservative social views.")