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CNN’s John King Spends 6 Minutes Avoiding Asking Hoffa About ‘SOBs’ Comment

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By Doug Powers  •  September 6, 2011 08:35 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

On the evening of Labor Day, CNN preceded an interview with James Hoffa by playing a clip of the Teamsters president saying “Let’s take these sons of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong.” In spite of the quote being a hot topic of discussion ever since Hoffa said it, interviewer John King didn’t even ask him about it in an entire six-minute interview. Why? I have no idea. The left’s defense is that Hoffa was merely using a metaphor for voting Tea Partiers out of office, so it would have been a terrific opportunity for King to explore when the “new tone” stopped applying to metaphors — assuming it was one. But King didn’t seem curious at why civil discourse rules were suspended just before Hoffa’s speech and reinstated immediately after in another act of cosmic hypocrisy.

Late last month, Hoffa made similar comments that mostly flew under the radar. Another difference is that back then Hoffa wasn’t the opening act for the President of the United States like he was on Labor Day (the White House later strongly condemned Hoffa’s harsh and divisive language — just kidding).

The graphics people at CNN even seemed to be taunting King to ask Hoffa about it, because they featured the quote at the bottom of the screen quite a bit — but not once did King take the bait. What a disciplined journalist!

Click the pic for the video at Real Clear Politics:

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Is this the same John King who apologized because a colleague used the term “crosshairs” metaphorically? Yep:

Selective Sensitivity Syndrome can strike when you most expect it.

**Written by Doug Powers

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