Schizophrenia at CNN.com

Check out these two stories at CNN. Here are the headlines:

“U.S. scraps missile defense shield plans”

This was published a little before 9:00 a.m. CST. We’ll see if the link remains active. The entire thrust of the article, captured in the lead sentence, is that “the Obama administration will scrap the controversial missile defense shield program in Eastern Europe.” Vice President Biden was reported as explaining that Iran did not pose a threat to the United States, which was part of the logic of shelving the “Bush-era plan.” Officials in Poland and the Czech Republic confirmed that they had been told that missile defense plans were being dropped. “This is catastrophic for Poland,” the country said through a spokeswoman.

“Obama scraps Bush-era missile defense for new plan”

This was published closer to 10:30 a.m. CST, about an hour and a half after the original article appeared. Link here. This time around, the article changes directions entirely and says that “the United States is dropping plans for a controversial missile defense shield and replacing it with a ‘new missile defense architecture in Europe’.” It repeatedly emphasizes that a new plan is in the works, although few details on the plan are offered.

Now, it could be that CNN simply got it wrong the first time and wanted to correct the record. That would represent a minor lapse on their part, but an understandable one given the rapid pace of online news reporting. Updating the story would have been the natural thing to do.

It seems more likely, however, that the network simply let one slip by its internal filters. More likely that they momentarily forgot their role as a public relations arm for the president, lapsing into an actual news organization. That “Obama ditches stalwart Eastern European allies to please menacing authoritarian leaders in Russia and Iran” isn’t exactly the type of storyline they were supposed to be churning out to ensure the public that the president is wise and strong on national security matters.

So, very soon after, they made sure to let everyone know that Obama was actually just replacing (hey, no big deal, we’re just swapping it out!) a controversial (read: CNN didn’t like it) old Bush-era plan (era? as if it was sooooo long ago) with a shiny new, more “cost effective” and “efficient” (cheaper? less potent?) plan approved by O-BAM-A! Yeah!

Anyway. You get the point. That just really caught my eye this morning. Am I onto anything here, or completely off base?

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Filed under Barack Obama, Media, Media Bias, National Security

One response to “Schizophrenia at CNN.com

  1. Chris Ikenberry

    You were right with your first assumption. Most people aren’t aware of the CONUS based system. Both however economically make no sense. After billions upon billions of dollars the system can still only hit one object at time and only one out of six with known trajectories. If a country spends 100k on countermeasures we have to in turn spend billions to undue the effects of those countermeasures. Painting a missile white alone drops the effectiveness of the system by 80%. The technology doesn’t exist as of right now so making a system is ludicrous and withdrawing from the ABM treaty was shortsighted and very foolish strategically. I agree with the former head scientist of the program who called it a trillion dollar scare crow. The program represents the bad side of Keynesian economics because it has no positive exponential factor in our economy. Technology should be developed to counter ICBM threats but an implementation of an ineffective system is waste of U.S. foreign policy capital and waste of money.

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