After the man affectionately known as John “Fruit Ninja”
Kasich completed his remarkably predictable career move by inking a deal to
criticize Republicans on CNN, Kasich’s new colleagues came to his immediate
defense. But without question the most, shall
we say interesting, take came from Oliver Darcy who holds the illustrious title
of “senior media reporter” at the cable giant.
Yes, that means his job in media is to report on…media. And, of course, at CNN that translates to maintaining
a Twitter timeline full of anti-Fox, anti-conservative media remarks and posts.
So be it. Everyone’s got to have their thing.
But Darcy’s defense of Kasich was actually a post that
lashed out at Media Research Center founder Brent Bozell for, of all things,
inconsistency. After Bozell had ripped
Kasich for taking a job in the “anti-Trump liberal media,” Darcy responded by writing,
“Bozell also contributed to National Review’s ‘Against Trump’ issue – it has been incredible to see how he and many others featured on that cover have morphed in the Trump era.”
I get that Bozell is a Trump guy and so that puts him
squarely in Darcy’s crosshairs. And I
certainly don’t disagree that Bozell has “morphed” when it comes to supporting
the president. As Darcy’s CNN colleague
Jake Tapper pointed out, Bozell once referred to Trump as, “a shameless
self-promoter,” and, “a huckster.”
But I’m just not sure Oliver Darcy is the one to carry this
After all, about the time that Bozell was making those
remarks, Darcy was saying this about CNN:
“At what point does CNN not let people just make stuff up on the airwaves? One thing to argue for your guy, another to just invent things.”
Darcy also helped lead the criticism of CNN for colluding with
Hillary Clinton in her primary battle with Bernie Sanders, mocked CNN for not
understanding what “breaking news” actually was, criticized CNN for being “really
confused,” ridiculed CNN’s epically poor ratings, and accused a CNN anchor of
not even knowing what an automatic weapon was.”
If CNN wants to defend Kasich and do so by trashing Brent
Bozell for not believing today what he believed in 2016, that’s fine. But they might want to dispatch someone other
than their “senior media reporter” who apparently doesn’t believe today what he
believed in 2016 either.