CNN on Sunday gave rival Fox News Channel something to talk about on Monday.
Or so we assume the Fox News personalities will catch up with the story of how CNN introduced a segment about Sarah Palin on Sunday by playing a song called “Stupid Girls.”
The song by Pink is about the vacuity of some contemporary women.
It includes these lyrics: “What happened to the dreams of a girl president; she’s dancing in the video next to 50 Cent.”
The showbiz Web site TheWrap.com has the story here, including the inevitable denial from CNN that the juxtaposition of the song and Palin was just a coincidence.
“The music selection was a poor choice and was not intended to be linked to any news story,” CNN said in a statement quoted by TheWrap. “We regret any perception that they were planned together.”
Stop right there, CNN. Editorial comment alert: “Not intended to be linked to any news story”? It sure seemed that way to us after we watched the video embedded in TheWrap story. Puh-leeze!
The story, seen during the news block known as “CNN Sunday Morning” — anchored by Randi Kaye — was about Todd and Sarah Palin’s apparent visit to a Chick-Fil-A store to show their support for the fast-food chain which has been criticized recently for its corporate stance against same-sex marriage.
After a portion of “Stupid Girls” was played directly into a still photo of the Palins at the chicken restaurant (a photo reportedly Tweeted by Sarah Palin), Kaye said, “Sarah Palin is apparently hungry for chicken and controversy.”
Well, the controversy wound up belonging all to CNN after various Web sites — media sites, conservative sites and the like — picked up on the song choice and blasted CNN, which, of the three cable news channels, is the one that goes around trying to appear as if it’s neither left-leaning nor right-leaning.
To the watchdogs, playing a song called “Stupid Girls” to introduce a story about Sarah Palin gives the lie to CNN’s image of itself as unbiased.
Our take: And there’s another thing about this song choice that bothers us (because, truth be told, we don’t exactly buy CNN’s statement that they “didn’t mean it”). It’s just so downright rude. I mean, criticize Sarah Palin all you want for any number of things — her position on same-sex marriage or her preferences in chicken stores or anything else that bothers you.
But implying that she’s “stupid” by playing a song called “Stupid Girls” strikes us as just petty, mean-spirited and juvenile. Our guess is some staffer on a slow Sunday morning in mid-summer decided to be cheeky, and chose this song on purpose. Perhaps this person thought naively that nobody would notice. We haven’t heard yet if anyone has been disciplined or dismissed for the incident, but neither consequence would surprise us.
This whole incident reminds us of the time last winter when Jimmy Fallon’s band, The Roots, greeted guest Michelle Bachmann by playing a song called “Lyin’ Ass Bitch.” She was their guest, and this is how NBC’s “Late Night” treated her.
Anyway, we look forward to the Fox News Channel shows later on Monday afternoon and into the evening to see if any of the personalities make hay of this latest example of blatant media bias.
Are you listening, Bill O’Reilly?