September 3rd, 2008
09:43 PM ET
6 years ago

Schneider: When in doubt, blame the media

At the 1964 RNC, former President Eisenhower criticized “sensation-seeking columnists and commentators.
At the 1964 RNC, former President Eisenhower criticized “sensation-seeking columnists and commentators.

ST. PAUL (CNN) – The media attack animating this convention isn’t a new one – it goes back decades, to 1964. It was first heard at the Republican convention in San Francisco, when former President Dwight Eisenhower got up and criticized “sensation-seeking columnists and commentators.”

The roar from the crowd surprised even him. There was nearly a riot, as delegates shook their fists at the anchor boxes. From Goldwater on, press bashing has been a winning issue for Republican candidates courting the base.

soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. Lee

    CNN is doing its best to provide balanced coverage, although I think Kyra (? Last Name ?) based in Alaska has obviously become so enamored with Palin that her reporting is beginning to a little contrived and syrupy. I'm glad she likes her, and is enthusiastic about her, but her personal opinions are coming through and that is not journalism.

    We need more JAMES CARVILLE please, and bring on his wife. That is such a fun time to watch them debate each other.

    America has free speech. The RNC has to get over it that we have different opinions and the right to vet them. As an independent voter who is slowing becoming a decided voter: Stop the whining!

    September 3, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  2. sue

    Same old Same old...He's proving it...McSame

    September 3, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  3. MLH

    why doesn't the media report on the lack of minorities on the floor,

    September 3, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  4. cnn junkie

    CNN,dont back down we are tired of the republicans,they are going down this time.they can whine all they want
    if you can stand the heat get out of the kitchen

    September 3, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  5. Matt

    And your readership shows what sheep really are.

    Sheep in their support for the media and sheep following their choice for US representatives.

    September 3, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  6. MikeH

    While we're on the subject of the media, what's the scoop on Sarah's extramarital affair being reported by the National Enquirer? When did she cheat on here husband, and how many times?

    September 3, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  7. DeniseGA

    @ Matt

    You comments about articles is ridiculous. Clinton and Obama had a much longer primary then McSAME. Back then the media was bashing Obama, not all those articles are glowing reports about Obama. The republicans really tired to smear him, and he had to respond. Maybe you should go back and look and you will see the hipocricy in the Rethuglican outrage now about the media!

    September 3, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  8. AnnCT

    When are they going to talk about gas prices, house foreclosures people losing their jobs!!!!

    What is wrong with these people!

    September 3, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  9. Nik

    And most Americans can see straight through the McCain campaign.

    McCain's Campaign for Presidency:

    GENDER CARD...GENDER CARD...POW CARD...POW CARD...The media is sexist, the media is in the tank for Obama...
    ATTACK...ATTACK..ATTACK...GENDER CARD...GENDER CARD...POW CARD... POW CARD...

    September 3, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  10. Independant Thinker

    Hey RB from NH

    You are plagarizing another poster!!!!!!!!!!!

    The media has been soooooo pro Obama it is shameful.

    They were pro Obama against Hillary.

    Now they are pro Obama against McCain.

    Obama is the MEDIA's choice but not mine.

    The media has been derelict of their duties.

    I wish that we could sue the media and journalists for malpractice of their duties.

    September 3, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  11. Bea

    For someone who's suppose to represent unbiased facts you have miserably failed to put a realistic spin on this convention. You've been so very negative we kept flipping back and forth from you to CSPAN where there was no commentary from biased news reporters. W e could draw our own conclusions without you telling us what to think. What a dissapointment from your supposed "Best political team on tv".

    September 3, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  12. Rodger

    They are supposed to find out all the information for the American people. I'm sure they will dig more than the RNC and John McCain were able to find in their brief vetting. All the rocks will be picked up, let's see what they find!

    September 3, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  13. Stacy from Beautiful Loudoun, VA

    McCain the Maverick has sold out completely to the religious right wing of the Republican Party. Blame the media? I expected that. But when these Republicans started talking about constitutional rights, I am reminded of who brought us the lovely Patriot Act.

    September 3, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  14. MM

    The Republicans are a joke.

    September 3, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  15. brian

    Well, when the policies you have been preaching for 30 years STILL aren't working – what else have you got?

    September 3, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  16. Generation X

    @CNN; finally, your crew is not taking any crap off the Republicans. Keep this up and you will get invited to the real REVOLUTION!!! lmao

    September 3, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  17. Bradley

    Why all this continued military blood and gore about McCain? Most Americans cannot identify with his war and even more know very little about it.

    The heroes of that failed U.S Vietnam war were the men who served and were not shot down.

    Not McCain who got himself shot down and spent most of his war as a prisoner. Is that a hero?

    And a reminder, the U.S. has lost many more wars than they ever won.

    Another reminder, the U.S attacked Iraq with any provocation.

    September 3, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
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