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CNN's Hypocritical President Klein

Friday, 26 August 2005 12:00 AM

Only a fool would compare the two.

Or Jon Klein.

Yet that is exactly what Klein has done, taking it as another opportunity to take his usual public shot at his foot:

"It's easy, and it's brainless," Klein said in a telephone interview with a newspaper reporter, explaining why cable news outlets have gravitated to the Holloway story, comparing the case to running "Law and Order" with the same plot every night.

On one day in August when 14 Marines were killed in a roadside bombing in Iraq, he pointed out that Greta, who was in Aruba, stuck with the Holloway case. "Fourteen Americans dead, and they have Natalee Holloway on, and they're supposedly America's news channel."

I work for Fox News, America's News Channel, which has condemned Klein for his hypocrisy.

While CNN President Klein has claimed boasting rights for Costas' and his supposed adherence to higher standards of newsgathering, the Jon everyone actually trusts, Jon Stewart, had a field day Wednesday night sampling the serious stories covered by CNN itself, one more ludicrous than the other. There's plenty of junk on CNN, not to mention the efforts of the ethically challenged ex-prosecutor Nancy Grace, whose show Klein apparently doesn't oversee.

So I don't even pretend to be fair and balanced. But I'm sick and tired of what a Jewish mother like me can recognize a mile away for what it is: whining.

You'd think this guy didn't control a cable news channel.

You'd think he'd already been sent off to be dean of a journalism school.

If you don't like the news in Iraq, go cover it -- don't whine about Fox's coverage.

Stop focusing so hard on what the media are doing about the war they aren't covering, and start covering the war.

Go find out why the 14 Marines died, what was wrong with their vehicles, how come they don't have tanks like the Army does, what it would have taken to save them, where their families stand now.

Tell me something I don't know, not something about what the other guy is or isn't doing about it.

I have never in my short life seen a time when this country faced so many serious issues of policy and the media were so obsessed with themselves, at the expense of the very serious issues faced by those at the real, encroaching fringe.

At a time when the First Amendment is truly up for grabs, when decent men and women are discovering that they can be punished for what they believe and what they say because they worship a different God than the rest of us, the big debate is whether an unbelievably prominent and well-represented New York Times reporter should be in prison protecting an unbelievably high-placed White House official.

Instead of complaining that the public isn't outraged enough, tell us the stories that will outrage us. They aren't about The New York Times, or CNN, or Jon Klein's navel.

Greta goes out and investigates. She does what she does best.

Beats whining.

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