CNN has defined "extremely hard" to such a ridiculously low level that you will now have no need of expensive medications, dubious folk cures or need suffer embarrassment because of your condition. If your significant other is concerned, merely explain what "extremely hard" now means, thanks to CNN, and you'll be fine.
Regarding CNN's efforts to avoid partisans asking questions at the recent Republican youtube debate, Howard Kurtz includes this, from CNN:
"Had we known that, we probably wouldn't have used the question," said David Bohrman, CNN's Washington bureau chief, who produced the debate. He added that "you could spend hours Googling everybody. What we cared about was that he was real." CNN deleted Kerr's question from a rebroadcast of the debate.
Bohrman said he had no problem using questioners who have voiced support for other candidates as long as they are not donors or formally affiliated with any campaign. "We bent over backwards to be fair," he said. "We're not perfect. But we tried extremely hard." (source -emphasize in bold mine)
Captain Ed deals with this claim quite well:
Extremely hard? That seems very questionable, as James Joyner points out in a quote Kurtz includes just before this. Within minutes of the broadcast, bloggers using nothing more than Google unearthed Kerr's connection to the Hillary Clinton campaign. With the other questioners, CNN apparently didn't even bother to peruse their posted profiles on their YouTube accounts, where they could have easily discovered their professed support for their candidates. (source)
Peggy Noonan also makes an excellent point. (Thanks to Ace)
I will never forget that breathtaking moment when, in the CNN/YouTube debate earlier this fall, the woman from Ohio held up a picture and said, "Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Obama, Mr. Edwards, this is a human fetus. Given a few more months, it will be a baby you could hold in your arms. You all say you're 'for the children.' I would ask you to look America in the eye and tell us how you can support laws to end this life. Thank you."
They were momentarily nonplussed, then awkwardly struggled to answer, to regain lost high ground. One of them, John Edwards I think, finally criticizing the woman for being "manipulative," using "hot images" and indulging in "the politics of personal destruction." The woman then stood in the audience for her follow up. "I beg your pardon, but the literal politics of personal destruction--of destroying a person--is what you stand for."
Oh, I wish I weren't about to say, "Wait, that didn't happen." For of course it did not. Who of our media masters would allow a question so piercing on such a painful and politically incorrect subject?
I thought of this the other night when citizens who turned out to be partisans for Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Obama and Mr. Edwards asked the Republicans, in debate, would Jesus support the death penalty, do you believe every word of the Bible, and what does the Confederate flag mean to you? (source)
While it's difficult to imagine CNN blowing something now that they've defined extremely hard down to that of a bowl full of Jello, they seem to have demonstrated a talent at doing that very thing. I'm impressed, but I doubt shareholders and what viewers they still have, care to be impressed in such a manner. Despite that, I really won't be surprised if they next try to fix that by lowering expectations for such words as professional, excel, competent, objective and knowledgeable. They have a pretty good start on that task anyway.
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