This is CNN

THIS IS CNN…. For reasons that I can’t quite figure out, CNN has decided to devote an entire program this weekend to how conservatives — and just conservatives — are looking at the election. National Journal, listing all of the weekend’s political programming, had this item:

Election Countdown: View from the Right features Townhall.com’s Amanda Carpenter, Washington Times’ Brian DeBose, Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes and ex-Romney press sec. Kevin Madden (CNN, SAT, 5pm).

There are a couple of things wrong with this. First, there apparently is no “Election Countdown: View from the Left.” As Kyle at Right Wing Watch noted, “It seems that CNN has decided that the weekend before the election is as good a time as any to give conservative commentators an hour of free airtime to lay out their agenda. If CNN is also planning on giving liberals an hour to talk about the election, I haven’t heard anything about it.” (I have a call into CNN, but as far as I can tell, the right will get an hour, and the left will get nothing.)

I’m trying to imagine what the response would be if CNN announced it was giving an hour of programming to a progressive look at the election, 72 hours before voters headed to the polls, and then had no similar program for conservatives. We’d probably hear quite a bit about boycotts and FCC complaints.

Second, “Election Countdown: View from the Right” is being hosted by David Brody, the in-house correspondent for TV preacher Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network. CBN is, of course, the network in which Robertson claims to heal diseases through the television, spews radical rhetoric about groups he hates, tells people who can’t afford it to send him their money, and where Robertson and Jerry Falwell blamed 9/11 on Americans.

In fact, Brody recently bragged that by appearing on networks like CNN as often he does, he has the chance to spread the Gospel and win converts for Christianity.

So, to summarize, CNN is giving the right an hour of programming, three days before the election, handing the reins to a televangelist’s pundit, who wants to take advantage of “witnessing opportunities” in the mainstream media, so viewers can hear what the right thinks of the election.

It’s quite a liberal media.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.