Gary Tuchman blasted Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell on
Tuesday's AC360, suggesting that the Republican was like the leader of a
totalitarian regime, after she dared to say that the media should be
left out of certain campaign events: "I think, for most Americans,
that gives you a little chill. When we go to places like Cuba and Iran
and North Korea and China, we're often kept out" [audio available here].
Anderson Cooper led the 10 pm Eastern hour of his program with the
latest on O'Donnell's candidacy, particularly her interview with Fox
News's Sean Hannity the previous hour. Tuchman, who was reporting live
from Wilmington, Delaware, raised the issue of her finances, and after
reporting on two recent local events which the Republican attended, went
into his lamentation over her stab at the media:
One final thing we should mention is that, during this program, she
said that the media was pushing and shoving at that particular event. I
will tell you- I have been covering politics for almost 30 years, and it
was nothing out of the ordinary. They were coming up to her. That's
what happens with any high-profile political campaign. And she also
mentioned that, perhaps, it would be good if the media was kept out of
certain events. And frankly, I think, for most Americans, that gives you
a little chill. When we go to places like Cuba and Iran and North Korea
and China, we're often kept out. The media is kept out. There's no free
reporting, and it's just something that we really don't like to hear in
the United States of America- to keep the media out.
we have the CNN correspondent attacking a candidate who hold no office
at the moment, when highest officeholder in the country, President
Obama, and his Democratic allies in Congress, teamed up to break his
campaign promise to "broadcast health care negotiations on C-SPAN." Even
Tuchman's own colleague, Jack Cafferty, attacked Obama and the
congressional leaders for their lack of transparency during a January 6, 2010 commentary. One wonders if he would have held those politicians to the same standard he's holding O'Donnell.
under two minutes later, Cooper raised the Senate candidate's slam on
the media with guest Erick Erickson. The conservative called out Tuchman
for his remark:
COOPER: I get the hatred of the media and stuff and stuff,
but to hear a major candidate for U.S. Senate saying like- well, you
know, they're hurting my campaign by asking me questions, and they're
taking pictures of my dad on the lawn- I'm certainly sympathetic to
COOPER: Someone's family shouldn't be bothered and stuff. But if she actually made herself available to the media, rather than run away and refuse to ask questions-
ERICKSON: You know, Anderson-
COOPER: I mean, it just seems odd.
Frankly, that's the issue there. She doesn't care about the national
media, and she doesn't really need to. It's kind of the Rand Paul
strategy in Kentucky. He's raising a lot of money. He's up on the air in
Kentucky. He's now 20 points ahead- although, admittedly, she's behind.
But they're focused on local media, and the national media attacks- to
have Gary bring up the point about Christine saying maybe there's some
events that the media shouldn't go to, and then jumping to this is like
in China and Korea and Cuba- I mean, when you hear- conservatives hear
that, they're thinking, obviously, this is biased, whether it is or not.
I mean, she's playing to her base, and the media's just helping her.
- Matthew Balan is a news analyst at the Media Research Center. You can follow him on Twitter here.