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CNN's Sean Duffy problem is only going to get worse

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So, Zucker "feels strongly" that paid CNN contributors be heard when they question the patriotism of Purple Heart recipients. Noted. By the way, this is the same thin argument Facebook executives are using to defend teaming up with the dishonest and racist site Breitbart News in the social media's new news initiative: They're just looking for a wide array of views!

If CNN executives were smart, they would nip this failed experiment in the bud. They'd part ways with Duffy, admit it did not work, and try to find a different conservative voice for the network's Both Sides presentation. Because I can guarantee you, CNN's Duffy problem is only going to get worse.

Why won't CNN act? Because politically, cutting Duffy loose would spark mob-like attacks from the right-wing media, from Republicans, and likely from the White House, as the network would be condemned for its supposed "liberal media bias." That's not a fight Zucker and CNN want to have.

And remember: They're paying Duffy to create this mess.

This post was written and reported through our Daily Kos freelance program.

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Eric Boehlert is the author of Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush (Free Press, 2006). He worked for five years as a senior writer for Salon.com, where he wrote extensively about media and politics. Prior to that, he worked as a (more...)
 

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