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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 01/11/2012

Wolf Blitzer’s beloved politicians: Who are they?

Essayist Blitzer with Mila Kunis. (Bloomberg) (Martin H. Simon - VIA BLOOMBERG)
In an essay intended to celebrate public service and the bruises of the presidential campaign trail, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer instead highlights the absurdity of an opinion-neutral anchor. His repetitive tract — can’t CNN afford an editor or half? — says the following about the presidential candidates:

Most of them already have lots of money. They could easily coast at this point in their lives and sit back and relax.

And then the following, four paragraphs later:

Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul and Rick Perry could have taken the easy path and relaxed and enjoyed life.

To protect himself against the inevitable and deserved charges of naivete, Blitzer writes, “The cynics say they have huge egos and are simply seeking power and glory. That is certainly true of some politicians. But having covered many of them over the years, I also know some are trying to do the right thing, and I salute them.”

And there it ends. Blitzer leaves us cliff-hanging. He’s telling us, “Hey, folks, I’ve got some strong opinions about these people.” But he’ll keep them hidden. Because that’s what a news anchor at a big objective cable network does.

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