CBS News Chief Les Moonves: “Ultimately journalism has changed … partisanship is very much a part of journalism now”

Posted by on Jun 07, 2012 at 6:44 am
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Nothing like admitting what we’ve all known for decades. Heck, if you saw 30 seconds of MSNBC’s meltdown during  the Wisconsin recall, any notion of objectivity was blown to smithereens. But Les Moonves is right,  journalists are quite partisan, and nothing underscores that more than having the head of CBS News President Kardashian at  his record-setting 150th fundraiser.

Before launching into his serious remarks, the president seemed briefly caught off-stride when the audience interpreted as off-color a joke he made about a push-up competition between DeGeneres and his wife, initiated by the talk show host in February.

DeGeneres, Obama said, is “a great friend who accepts a little bit of teasing about Michelle beating her in push-ups. I think she claims Michelle didn’t go all the way down.”

Get it? Mooch didn’t go all the way down on DeGeneres. Bwahaha, what a cut-up this guy is. We’ve now got a president telling oral sex jokes.

The audience began to chuckle and then erupt in bawdy laughter. Obama kept a straight face. “That’s what I heard,” he added. “I just want to set the record straight. Michelle outdoes me in push-ups as well. You shouldn’t feel bad.”

Before the event began, a long line of partygoers waited on the sidewalk outside the hotel to check in. CBS chief Les Moonves and his wife, Julie Chen, waited patiently for their wristbands. Obama, Moonves said, “has shown great leadership” on the issue of gay marriage.

Though he heads a news division, Moonves said, “ultimately journalism has changed … partisanship is very much a part of journalism now.”

He hastened to add that despite his presence, “I run a news division. I’ve given no money to any candidate.”

Sure, Les. But you’re at a high-priced Obama fundraiser. Are we to believe you got comped?

And by the way, he and  his former wife sure gave plenty to Democrats while they were married. Yet he claims to have given no money to any candidate. Gee, why don’t we believe him? Oh, and for the record, he’s listed as giving Missouri’s GOP Senator Roy Blunt money in 2010. Does he realize this stuff is public?

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7 Responses to “CBS News Chief Les Moonves: “Ultimately journalism has changed … partisanship is very much a part of journalism now””

  1. alanstorm on 7/07/12 at 9:14 am

    It’s not as if the press was ever disinterested – look at some of the newspapers from elections in the 19th century. What is annoying about the press for the last 30 – 40 years is their obsession with claiming a serene lack of bias while displaying it with every word.

  2. Katherine on 7/07/12 at 12:23 pm

    Journalism is the same as it’s ever been, what changes is which lie you are telling today.

  3. Sam on 7/07/12 at 3:29 pm

    Damn talk about a war on women going to gay bash and then making sex jokes because gays identify by the kind of sex they have. And he IS the first queer president….

  4. Blacque Jacques Shellacque on 7/07/12 at 7:39 pm

    Michelle outdoes me in push-ups as well.

    I’ll bet.

    When it comes to having a pair of nads, she probably outdoes him in that department as well.

  5. Formerly known as Skeptic on 8/08/12 at 4:38 pm

    Journalism hasn’t changed, they just aren’t practicing it anymore (if anyone ever really was).

  6. Pat on 9/09/12 at 1:34 am

    This guy is a total moonbat. A rich, elitist, snob who believes he is wise, but has done nothing but make a single, show, one in the total basement, carry a dying network for a few more years.
    His long tradition of hiring ignorant, ill-educated, news speakers lives on. I cannot even remember the last time I was on Channel 9.