Atrios has just posted a press release from CNN which brags about the wide spectrum of "experts" they've put together for their political coverage this year. Let's take a closer look at them.
David Brody: He works, as the press release states, for CBN. That's the Christian Broadcasting Network, which also produces another show you might have heard of--The 700 Club, home to nutbag Pat Robertson. But hey, he represents a segment of the US population, and one which is politically active, so he fits in.
Alex Castellanos: He's a Republican strategist, most recently attached to Mitt Romney's campaign. He's also responsible for producing one of the most racist ads in modern political history, but somehow that never gets mentioned.
Dana Milbank: He used to be a frequent guest on Countdown with Keith Olbermann, so he's one of the good guys, right? Not really. Milbank is also the piece of crap who played fast and loose with an Obama quote about "being a symbol." Great. I'm sure we can expect awesome coverage from him.
Hilary Rosen: the press release calls her the "political director and Washington editor-at-large for HuffingtonPost.com. In a previous role, she was chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America." HuffPo--decent. RIAA? Crappy. I guess she's on there to represent big corporations.
And finally, Tara Wall: She's deputy editorial page editor and columnist for The Washington Times, which has the reputation as being only slightly more psycho than the Wall Street Journal's Editorial page. Great.
So by my count, this spectrum covers 3 Republican partisans, one reporter who's already taken Obama out of context once, and a former corporate shill who's working for the Huffington Post now. Kill me now.