It appears the Clinton News Network is going to be a little less Clintonian as primary season heats up.
According to Greg Sargent of the Talking Points Memo's Horse's Mouth blog, James Carville and Paul Begala, due to their pro-Hillary positions, will be persona non grata until after the nomination.
Makes one wonder what took CNN so long to come to this obvious conclusion.
I've just learned that CNN has told top Dem strategists James Carville, Paul Begala, and Robert Zimmerman -- who are CNN mainstays but are all Hillary supporters -- that they will not be doing any more political analysis on the network until the Democratic primary has reached a conclusion.
I'm also told that this move came after the Obama campaign repeatedly complained to high level officials at CNN about the presence of Carville and Begala on the network.
After I reached him today and pointed out that he hadn't been on CNN in some time, Carville confirmed to me that the network had told him that he wouldn't appear until the Dem primary is resolved.
Sam Feist, CNN's political director, also confirmed the decision to me. "As we got closer to the voting, we made a decision to make sure that all the analysts that are on are non-aligned," Feist said, adding that the decision had been made around the start of December. "Carville and Begala are two of the best analysts around and we look forward to seeing them on CNN plenty of times in the future, once the nominating process has ended."
Take particular note of that last sentence (emphasis added):
"Carville and Begala are two of the best analysts around and we look forward to seeing them on CNN plenty of times in the future, once the nominating process has ended."
So, does that mean that if Clinton wins the nomination, her surrogates will be back on CNN to plug her on a daily basis? As such, it's only unfair for them to be on now because it might hurt another Democrat, but this isn't a problem if it hurts a Republican?
If this is indeed the case, wouldn't this be the best admission of liberal bias yet by CNN?