Brian Fitzpatrick

CNN’s Ballot Bowl ’08 aired these remarks during its 4 pm segment on May 18, while broadcasting the entire portion of the speech in which Obama addressed environmental concerns.  CNN did not comment on the significance of Obama’s statements.

Only the Paris-based news agency Agence France-Presse reported Obama’s statements in a news article, and even AFP buried the quote in the fourteenth paragraph.  In contrast, the Drudge Report identified the newsworthiness of AFP’s story and placed it at the top of its Web site Monday.  Later versions of the story, “Obama camp spies endgame in Oregon,” do not include the remarks.   

CNN Ballot Bowl '08, 4 pm, May 18, 2008, provides the following transcript: 

OBAMA: All right. So that's what we want to do on global warming here in the United States. We are also going to have to negotiate with other countries. China, India, in particular Brazil. They are growing so fast that they are consuming more and more energy and pretty soon, if their carbon footprint even approaches ours, we're goners. That's part of the reason why we've got to make the investment. We got to lead by example. If we lead by example, if we lead by example, then we can actually export and license technologies that have been invented here to help them deal with their growth pains. But keep in mind, you're right, we can't tell them don't grow. We can't drive our SUVs and, you know, eat as much as we want and keep our homes on, you know, 72 degrees at all times, whether we're living in the desert or we're living in the tundra and then just expect every other country is going to say OK, you know, you guys go ahead keep on using 25 percent of the world's energy, even though you only account for 3 percent of the population, and we'll be fine. Don't worry about us. That's not leadership.

Brian Fitzpatrick

Brian Fitzpatrick, a writer, editor, and commentator on political and cultural issues, is the Senior Editor at Media Research Center’s Culture & Media Institute.

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