There are few things more damaging to the liberal media’s credibility than conflicts of interest and false/fake stories. For CNN, it was the latter on Friday’s New Day as co-host Alisyn Camerota treated former Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett to a softball interview, but failed to disclose that Valerie’s daughter (Laura Jarrett) is a CNN Justice correspondent.
If CNN wants to lecture Fox News or anyone else in the media about ethics, perhaps it should lead the way in transparency. And, no, it shouldn’t be assumed all viewers are able to make the connection between Laura and Valerie Jarrett.
By Curtis Houck
The interview itself was gooey and reminiscent of yesteryear, beginning with Camerota invoking the scandal involving hush money, porn star Stormy Daniels, and new Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani. She then wondered “[w]hat is the long-term effects of these attacks on institutions” and welcomed on Jarrett:
CAMEROTA: Joining us now is Valerie Jarrett, a former senior advisor to President Obama and former chair of the White House Council of Women and Girls. She will be headlining the United States of Women’s Summit tomorrow.
JARRETT: Thank you, Alisyn, it’s a pleasure to be with you. We’re so excited about the summit this weekend in L.A.
Camerota first asked about the new jobs report and if the Trump administration should receive “credit” for the 3.9 percent unemployment rate. Jarrett indicated that the Obama administration should receive credit as well.
Somehow, that was the toughest question Jarrett faced. The former Fox News host next wanted to know, in context of her women’s conference, “[w]hat is your message to women at this moment, I mean, particularly this Me Too moment and everything else that’s happening?”
After a long, winding answer that a politician would be proud of, Camerota fired off another gushing question on behalf of The Resistance:
I know that you’re speaking on a panel about the path for women in politics and it’s fascinating to hear the spike of interest of women who are engaged now. Do you think that in this climate with Donald Trump as President, the path for women has gotten easier or harder?
For good measure, here’s Camerota’s two remaining questions from the left about Giuliani, Trump, Cohen, and, of course, Stormy Daniels (click “expand” to see more):
CAMEROTA: So, Valerie, when you watch what’s happened, let’s just say this week, okay? Coming out of the White House with Rudy Giuliani changing the narrative saying that President Trump did actually reimburse Michael Cohen, his long-time fixer, for this hush money to Stormy Daniels and everything else that’s happened this week, what goes through your head?
CAMEROTA: And but when you hear people like Rudy Giuliani calling the agents who went into Michael Cohen’s apartment and office “Storm Troopers,” and all of the things that the President has said about the witch hunt of Robert Mueller’s investigation, that’s what the President calls it, do you think this is a moment in time that will pass or do you worry that there’s some sort of lasting damage to institutions?