Noel Sheppard, the man who's easily shocked by non-shocking things, devoted a May 20 NewsBusters post to taking great joy in a New York Times op-ed by failed CNN anchor Campbell Brown, delcaring that she "surprisingly took a shot at Obama's 'silly and embarrassing' new ad targeting women." Sheppard proclaimed the op-ed as evidence that "the White House's dishonest, media-assisted plan to concoct a Republican 'War on Women' has failed and failed miserably," adding: "
This entire stunt by the White House that began in January appears to have failed miserably, and if the media hadn't gone along with it, we wouldn't have wasted almost five months talking about things America doesn't care about at the moment.
Brava, Campbell! Brava!
There's one thing that Sheppard fails to highlight about Brown, however: She discloses in her column that her husband (Dan Senor) is an adviser to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. Sheppard quotes the disclosure but does not comment on it.
By contrast, the MRC's Tim Graham complained that NPR's Michele Norris didn't immediately disclose that she stepped down as "All Things Considered" co-anchor for the duration of the 2012 presidential campaign because her husband is an Obama campaign adviser. Not that she didn't step down, mind you -- because she didn't immediately disclose why.
If such drastic measures were necessary for Norris, why not point out that Brown is writing a piece that bashes the opponent of the candidate her husband is working for?