CNN's Carol Costello said that audience response at a Barack Obama rally is "a scene some increasingly find not inspirational, but 'creepy,' " quoting columnists who have likened Obama supporters to members of a cult or described their enthusiasm as "creepy." On-screen text during Costello's report read: "OBAMA-MANIA BACKLASH" and "PASSION 'CULT-LIKE' TO SOME." Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer similarly cited other writers to make the same assertion: "ABC's Jake Tapper notes the 'Helter-Skelter cult-ish qualities' of 'Obama worshipers,' what Joel Stein of the Los Angeles Times calls 'the Cult of Obama.' "
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Discussing driver's licenses for illegal immigrants, CNN correspondent Carol Costello remarked on The Situation Room that the issue "literally drives some off the deep end, like Lou Dobbs."
Echoing the false assertion in a Politico article that Democrats are "Zero for 40" on passing "bills limiting President Bush's war policy," CNN's Carol Costello reported, "Forty times Democrats have forced a vote to curtail the Iraq war and 40 times they've lost." In fact, in April, both the House and Senate passed war funding legislation that included a timetable for a U.S. troop withdrawal, which President Bush vetoed.
Discussing young female voters' support for presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, CNN's Carol Costello asserted, "[I]f Hillary Clinton can persuade these young, single women to vote for her, many say she will win. And those who oppose Clinton know that. That's why they're calling these young women voters stupid." She added, "[T]he online magazine Jezebel dubbed them the elusive, slutty, anxious female, that's slutty in a political sense of course," a reference to a June 14 Jezebel item with the headline: "Barack Obama Lures Elusive Slutty Anxious Female Demographic."
In a CNN segment on a new book purporting to tell, in Wolf Blitzer's words, "exactly why white men are leaving the Democratic Party," correspondent Carol Costello asked, "[W]hat's a [Bruce] Springsteen-loving white man to do? Recent history says, 'Vote Republican.' " In fact -- as Costello herself noted at the conclusion of the segment -- Democrats "picked up 6 percent more white men" in the 2006 midterm election. Further, Springsteen himself campaigned for Democrat John Kerry for president in 2004 and recently said of the Bush administration: "I think that we've seen things happen over the past six years that I don't think anybody ever thought they'd see in the United States."
During a September 21 interview, CNN's Carol Costello interviewed National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre, but she did not ask LaPierre about controversial remarks made by Ted Nugent -- an NRA board member -- during an August concert in which he insulted Sens. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Dianne Feinstein.
CNN's Wolf Blitzer and Carol Costello drew an analogy between the French presidential election and a possible 2008 matchup between Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani, misleadingly suggesting that the victory of "law-and-order, plain-talking conservative" Nicolas Sarkozy in France bodes well for Giuliani -- whose actual record on security issues has come under considerable criticism -- and referring to Clinton as a "liberal woman" who is similar to Sarkozy's opponent, the socialist Ségolène Royal.
CNN and the Associated Press reported without challenge Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's misleading response to former President Bill Clinton's recent assertion that the Bush administration failed to adequately address the growing terrorism threat during the eight months prior to September 11, 2001.