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CNN Calls W "Asshole"

It used to be if you went to this Netscape/CNN page and right clicked on the image of George and Laura Bush you would see this filename:

http://cdn-channels.netscape.com/cppops/features/n/ne_election5/i/asshole.jpg

The graphic now leads to a page not found, and they have changed the graphic file name to: georgelaura135.jpg.

Too bad for them Wizbang sponsor TabloidColumn has a cached version of the page with the asshole.jpg graphic name highlighted.

Originally spotted by conelrad and left in the comments.

Update (Kevin): Michelle Malkin catches another CNN hidden editoral comment in this picture: moron.jpg.


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Comments (68)

After more than an hour lat... (Below threshold)
Amber:

After more than an hour later (at 9:22 am EST), they finally pulled the image from their server.

It is obvious there are no CNN/Netscape employees that care to monitor any news that doesn't originate from Berkeley.

They shouldn't get away wit... (Below threshold)
julie:

They shouldn't get away with this. Paul, you need to publicize this as much as possible.

Paul,this is yet ano... (Below threshold)
tongancat:

Paul,
this is yet another sad reflection of the way the MSM views mainstream America and the man who is probably one of the finest presidents we have ever had. They are the same people who adore Eminem, Castro, and Arafat...that says all we need to know about their character and integrity.

If anyone needs this sort o... (Below threshold)
Pete:

If anyone needs this sort of thing, a screen-cap can be found here.

Is anyone surprised about t... (Below threshold)
The Old Coot:

Is anyone surprised about this?

Busted! You can find the c... (Below threshold)
Amber:

Busted! You can find the complete screen captures of the address lines for both defamatory CNN images here.

Now CNN can erase whatever they want and there is still proof.


Oh well. They're probably g... (Below threshold)
Jim:

Oh well. They're probably going ballistic at CNN. An asshole spanked their boy Kerry on Tuesday in spite of all CNN's work to hurt Bush. Someday, these idiots who consider themselves intellectually superior to us will realize just how stupid they are.

I believe those of us who are Republicans and/or part of the conservative movement must fight the MSM. They're morons.

Well it's gone now! Glad t... (Below threshold)
mshyde:

Well it's gone now! Glad to see that someone did get a screenshot of it. :)
Do these people know what screen shots are?

Is this part of the Democra... (Below threshold)
WendiSue:

Is this part of the Democratic healing process?

Maybe it's what the DU types mean when they said that if Bush won they'd kill themselves. They meant they will continue to inhale the carbon monoxide of their own noxious fumes. Locked in the little rooms of their own minds, they continue to seal the exits and run the poisonous engines hate, incivility, vulgarity, and the substitution of name-calling for any attempt at thoughtful consideration of facts.

They lost, and they are bad losers, utterly lacking in any meaningful analytical skills. This may also explain why they lost so badly. Four years ago they looked at Bush's small percentage of the popular vote, and they thought that meant that Bush wasn't popular. Over the last four years they've built their entire strategy upon that belief. Thinking the President was the unpopular dweeb, they engaged in the same tactics that probably worked for them in high school- they bullied, called him names, mocked, and harrassed him publicly, thinking that by picking on the unpopular guy, they were increasing their own stature. We've witnessed four years of some very ugly hazing, all because they misread the electorate four years ago.

Obviously, the strategy failed, but they still don't get why. The reason Bush didn't get a majority vote last time had nothing to do with him being unpopular, but everything to do with complacency amongst those who liked him just fine, thank-you very much.

In the red states, states like mine where Bush had a 60 percent majority in this election, many of his supporters simply didn't bother to vote because they knew that Bush was getting their states' electoral votes anyway. After watching the President subjected to the same sort of vile, juvenile tactics typical of this episode of childish name-calling, those who were complacent last time girded up their loins and went to the polls where they soundly thrashed the bullies, proving that the President did have the popular vote.
This is really rather an obvious possibility which the media, blinded by their hate, ought to have considered. They never will, until they unlock those tiny sealed rooms of their little minds and let in some fresh air.

Thank God, and I mean that reverently, for the blogs,

WendiSue

If there was any question w... (Below threshold)
Rod Stanton:

If there was any question why the did not call Ohio before midnight Eastern time - this is the answer.

It is on Drudge now through... (Below threshold)
ASH:

It is on Drudge now through http://www.tabloidcolumn.com/cnn-bush-filename-asshole.html
good find

Reminds me of the ong-ago B... (Below threshold)
dulce:

Reminds me of the ong-ago Boston Globe headline re Jimmy Carter that the editors forgot to pull:


"More Mush from the Wimp"

'cept that one was funny.

ong ago=long agoNe... (Below threshold)
dulce:

ong ago=long ago

Neural reflexes still a bit shaky from the celebration party, lol.

Great find! Keep up the go... (Below threshold)
candy:

Great find! Keep up the good work. Need to get this on Sean Hannity or O'Reilly so more people are aware of how truly awful CNN is. Maybe also letter to editor Wall Street Journal

This was discussed earlier ... (Below threshold)

This was discussed earlier this morning on the Something Awful forums and several of the various members got screenshots of it. Here's the thread for those of you that are curious:

http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=1318680

Everyone should flood CNN w... (Below threshold)
preacher:

Everyone should flood CNN with negative comments about the arrogance of their network. You didn't have to watch very long to see the bias. This actually reflects who they are graphically.

I don't see what the proble... (Below threshold)
Costco:

I don't see what the problem is, he is an asshole and he is a moron.

This image is not hosted by... (Below threshold)
Wes:

This image is not hosted by CNN.com nor is the page controlled by anyone who works for cnn.com. If you look at any image on cnn's website you will see that they begin with either http://www.cnn.com/ , http://i.cnn.net/ , or http://i.a.cnn.net/.

Thank you for the fine work... (Below threshold)
richard:

Thank you for the fine work. I certainly will let CNN know exactly what I think of their continuous bias which has now gone beyond the normal political rantings.

Well, it seems to me they w... (Below threshold)
Democrat:

Well, it seems to me they were calling it as they see it. George Bush, from their perspective, is an asshole and a moron.

I personally agree, but appear to be in the (slight) minority. The one good thing is... after 8 years of Bush, the Democrats could run a shoebox in 2008 and get it elected... if there is a country left to be elected from.

Ha ha, thanks for bringing ... (Below threshold)

Ha ha, thanks for bringing this to the light of day for the 49% of us that hate Bush! It's something to laugh about in the middle of everybody taking things like security and morality waaaayyy too seriously.

(Don't call me a liberal, I voted for Nader once again, was going to vote for Lurchface Kerry but changed my mind at the polls)

It's not that you love/hate... (Below threshold)
Michael McCullough:

It's not that you love/hate the man. It's the fact that a news agency puts their name on a personal attack. I highly doubt the ones that are commenting that "Well yeah, he IS a moron" would be so easy going about it if a picture of Kerry and Edwards had 'Eddy and Herman Munster' or 'Ace and Gary' as the picture title.

It's not that you love/hate... (Below threshold)
Michael McCullough:

It's not that you love/hate the man. It's the fact that a news agency puts their name on a personal attack. I highly doubt the ones that are commenting that "Well yeah, he IS a moron" would be so easy going about it if a picture of Kerry and Edwards had 'Eddy and Herman Munster' or 'Ace and Gary' as the picture title.

Congradulations America!... (Below threshold)
Ray:

Congradulations America! I am a Canadian, and just wish we had in Canada a leader with backbone and resolve like your President George W. Bush! He's most probably the best president the U.S.A. will ever have! ....about MSM, so easy to see thru their bias toward anyone but Bush.

I do not belive that "milli... (Below threshold)

I do not belive that "millions" looking at CNN's
crap. There are more trusfull sources for simple citizens like me.The era of information dominance is over for CNN/CBS, (thanks to the WWW).
would we abbreviate know (CNN) - CRAPPY NOISE NETWORK.
Best wishes.
Val DeMayer
NC

I sent this feedback to CNN... (Below threshold)
Personal Responsibility:

I sent this feedback to CNN:

[i] I am simply disgusted at CNN for their posting of files named A**hole.jog and moron.jpg regarding the President.

You people are so low, so anti-american...you should issue an on-air and online apology to the man and the other 59 MILLION people who believe in him.

Can't you get it? MOST OF THE COUNTRY DISAGREES WITH YOU. Ugh [/i]

I hate the fact that I live in NYC, I honestly feel like I am under fire all the time. These kinds of people just need to get "Brushed into the dustbin of history"

As someone posted earlier, ... (Below threshold)

As someone posted earlier, are and should we be surprised by this? I sure am not.

Hmmmmm....its almost like t... (Below threshold)
big Daddy T:

Hmmmmm....its almost like they WANTED Kerry to win or something....

And MSM continues to scratch its collective head about the continuing success and influence of talk radio, the internet and the conservative press. If they weren't such partisan hacks and provided both sides of the issues, which, I believe, is supposed to be their job, alternative media would be an unknown.....and unnecessary.

My greatest pleasure, and there are many...Bush's re-election, gaining seats in both houses, Daschle's defeat..etc., may just be the total implosion of the MSM. They have absolutely no credibility with conservatives and moderates. That they blew their load on Kerry, who lost, is so funny its almost uncontrollable.....

Great for America...bad for the Democratic Party.

Big Daddy T

after 8 years of Bush, t... (Below threshold)
DelphiGuy:

after 8 years of Bush, the Democrats could run a shoebox in 2008 and get it elected...

Funny, the dems were saying that about the previous 4 years of Bush, and with Kerry they did run a shoebox, and they lost.

Wes, the different server names for the images just means the images are stored on a different server. Probably to reduce the load on the main CNN servers so they are limited to serving just documents while the images are served from other servers. Regardless, CNN probably still controls them.

Re: WesTry going t... (Below threshold)
Jordan:

Re: Wes

Try going to http://cnn.netscape.cnn.com/ and checking the picture file properties. You will find that the extensions all begin with "http://cdn-channels.netscape.com." You chose to go only to the cnn.com website, which uses different server locations for its pictures.

PS: Netscape is a part of that great AOL Time Warner family of companies (which includes CNN). Check here if you don't agree http://about.netscape.com/directory.html.

Should have named one of th... (Below threshold)
karl:

Should have named one of them "sanctimoniouswarmongeringdouchebag.jpg"

'Should have named one of t... (Below threshold)
Michael McCullough:

'Should have named one of them "sanctimoniouswarmongeringdouchebag.jpg"'

Finally we hear from a CNN/CBS employee.

Are you saying he isn't san... (Below threshold)
karl:

Are you saying he isn't sanctimonous? Look up the word: http://dictionary.reference.com/search?db=*&q=sanctimonious

Sounds like a perfect match to me... "My faith is personal thing, let me tell you about it...."

He has said before "I am a war president", hence the war mongering part.... and on top of that, wenver he thinks he has said something particularly smart he gets this grin on his face that is so obviously the signature of a douchebag.

Not saying if he is or isn'... (Below threshold)
Michael McCullough:

Not saying if he is or isn't. Just the fact that a 'news' agency has seem to forgot where news page ends and the opinion page starts.

Karl.... and you wonder why... (Below threshold)
Big Daddy T:

Karl.... and you wonder why your guy lost? Take your ball and go home. The grown ups have work to do.

While you're at it, please ... (Below threshold)
bruhaha:

While you're at it, please take note of a LESS hidden example of bias still posted on CNN's front page. Today's poll asks:

Will Bush be able to bring together a divided nation?

The choices?

Yes, Bush will heal this nation.
No, he's the one who divided us in the first place.
Don't know.

Umm. Some editorial comment in there? How about "No - he will try, but the DEMS, who divided us before, will keep at it!"

Karl, when Bush said he was... (Below threshold)
Bostonian:

Karl, when Bush said he was a war president, that was a simple statement of fact. The phrase means "president during wartime." There is a war going on, whether you choose to acknowledge that or not.

It will not go away just because you're hiding your head in the sand, and it wouldn't have gone away if Kerry had been elected, no matter whose ass he kissed.

(You do realize that al Qaeda has tried attacking Spain again, don't you? Looks like that appeasement thing didn't work out so well.)

Some weeks back, a picture ... (Below threshold)
Richard Fagin:

Some weeks back, a picture was posted in the Houston Chronicle showing a little girl with her haird braids shaped into a "W" for a Bush rally. The picture was stored in the Chronicle's database with the file name "brainwashedchild.jpg" A local conservative blog, Chronicallybiased.com, posted the story. After all the years of denying their bias, the MSM are finally caught red-handed. Thanks, blogosphere!

Some weeks back, a picture ... (Below threshold)
Richard Fagin:

Some weeks back, a picture was posted in the Houston Chronicle showing a little girl with her hair braids shaped into a "W" for a Bush rally. The picture was stored in the Chronicle's database with the file name "brainwashedchild.jpg" A local conservative blog, Chronicallybiased.com, posted the story. After all the years of denying their bias, the MSM are finally caught red-handed. Thanks, blogosphere!

The thing that drives me pa... (Below threshold)
Bostonian:

The thing that drives me particularly nuts about this "divided nation" crap is that some percentage of the hard left HATED GWB from the very first day and would do so no matter what he did. There is no way he could please them apart from spontaneously combusting.

From CNN Website:N... (Below threshold)
Mark S.:

From CNN Website:

Netscape responsible for Bush photo insult

A Web image and text disparaging President and Mrs. Bush currently circulating on the Internet was not created, disseminated or posted by CNN at any time, as is alleged. It was done by an employee of Netscape and posted on Netscape.com. CNN had no knowledge of it until it surfaced on other Websites. CNN has requested an immediate apology from Netscape.

Mark, when the domain clear... (Below threshold)
Amber:

Mark, when the domain clearly shows cnn.com as the domain name (despite the subdomain of Netscape), it is on CNN.

And the only denial I see on CNN is that Arafat (and Elvis) is alive and well.

FWIW - I will duly note the... (Below threshold)

FWIW - I will duly note the CNN apology and the Netscape connection, and press on - I imagine that much of the media is fed up with both these guys, and I would not be surprised to find, somewhere on a CNN server, a photo of Kerry with a derogatory file name. Before I went nuts on the Bush photo, I would want to explore that possibility a bit, although I have no idea how I would do that.

Hey Libs........blow me... (Below threshold)
Richie Rich:

Hey Libs........blow me

No wonder CNN is getting ... (Below threshold)
LIsa:

No wonder CNN is getting buried in the ratings. The buck stops at the top and they deserve whatever loss of viewing and revenue they get. They brought it on themselves. The U.S.A. spoke and chose President Bush. Has it occurred to them what will happen if those of us loyal to our president never watch CNN again? What a pathetic example of classless, "moronic" behavior. They have revealed themselves to the world for the hate mongering, devisive people they are. I suppose France will love them for this. This is one home that will never again have CNN on the TV.

No wonder CNN is getting ... (Below threshold)
LIsa:

No wonder CNN is getting buried in the ratings. The buck stops at the top and they deserve whatever loss of viewing and revenue they get. They brought it on themselves. The U.S.A. spoke and chose President Bush. Has it occurred to them what will happen if those of us loyal to our president never watch CNN again? What a pathetic example of classless, "moronic" behavior. They have revealed themselves to the world for the hate mongering, devisive people they are. I suppose France will love them for this. This is one home that will never again have CNN on the TV.

"AL Qaeda is not real"... (Below threshold)
Richie Rich:

"AL Qaeda is not real"

Tell that to the families of the WTC dead you stupid bastard. I swear we need to start sterilizing people.

So... A Time Warner compan... (Below threshold)

So... A Time Warner company is demanding an apology from another Time Warner company? How stupid do they think we are? Oh, wait. That's right. We're Republicans and we voted Bush into a second term. To them, we're dumber than pond scum.

Oooooo. I see the moonbats ... (Below threshold)
Jim:

Oooooo. I see the moonbats are in full flight again on WizBang. I guess it's hard for them to swallow the fact that they are losers.

Hey. I do little things li... (Below threshold)

Hey. I do little things like that a lot on my site. Not usually direct insults, and almost never foul language.

Maybe Big Media IS learning something from the blogospere?

hope you all like living in... (Below threshold)
karl:

hope you all like living in racist homophobic jesusland... 50,000,000 Elvis fans can't be wrong, but 50,000,000 dumb Americans can be.

Hope you all are happy with a bankrupt treasury, a jobless outsourced economy and a foriegn policy that invites every fundamentalist whackjob to strap a bomb on their chest.

Wait. You mean those aren'... (Below threshold)
realist:

Wait. You mean those aren't his screen-names?

I'm amazed.

Aren't Lefties fun people? ... (Below threshold)
Jim:

Aren't Lefties fun people? I love them. Really. I just don't want them in power. I'm not big on religion, but I'd rather live in Jesusland than La- La Land.

I'm actually looking foward to 2008 already. Can you image how much more babid the Leftie moonbats will be by then? And if you though Howard Dean's scream was wild wait till you hear Madame Hillary's. It will be the first time the Democrat Party nominates a Cow for president. LOL. I can't wait.

Texpose.. This is the phar... (Below threshold)
Pharmacist:

Texpose.. This is the pharmacist at Walgreens..
Tried to call you but your online. Your Meds are ready.

rapid not babid. But maybe ... (Below threshold)
Jim:

rapid not babid. But maybe the Lefties are babid, too.

rabid not babid. But maybe ... (Below threshold)
Jim:

rabid not babid. But maybe the Lefties are babid, too.

I cannot WAIT for 2008! Th... (Below threshold)
Liz:

I cannot WAIT for 2008! The party of Michael Moore and Whoopi Goldberg will nominate Dear Hillary, and Guiliani and McCain will send her miserable ass packing. If you think 2004 will be a mandate, just wait for 2008!

Please stop blaming this on... (Below threshold)

Please stop blaming this on CNN. They had nothing to do with it. I don't know that it was Netscape's fault, but they control the images in question not CNN.com. Claiming they are both responsible because they are both Time Warner companies is like claiming CNN is partisan because the Atlanta Hawks made a statement that is pro-Bush. You are all criticizing those who had nothing to do with the incident and creating a damaging rumor on the web.

What is wrong with given a ... (Below threshold)
js:

What is wrong with given a realistic descriptive name to a picture?

This was not "CNN," but cle... (Below threshold)
getoverit:

This was not "CNN," but clearly an employee disgruntled about Bush. I don't think we should skew tiny issues like this and present them as something they are not. Stop criticizing the media and start examining the policies of your own president. Newsflash: not everything the "liberal media" reports is wrong, nor is it all simply an attempt to attack Bush. You can't escape failure that easily.

Please don't say "Hillary" ... (Below threshold)
Nobody:

Please don't say "Hillary" and "ass packing" in the same sentence. You'll turn Andrew Sullivan straight with talk like that.

People ..please … Bush is n... (Below threshold)
dts:

People ..please … Bush is not an asshole and moron
.. he is what the Christian Religion terms "the Anti-Christ" .. this includes a dictator, imperialist, evil, greedy, deceptive power hungry puppet. It is ironic how he is toted a deeply religious man, a good Christian Man.. when his actions are the opposite of everything Jesus ever taught !!
Americans are easy to program.. they watch what is on corporate tv, corporate radio programming and believe what they hear without thinking for themselves. Without ever questioning, investigating.. they have become robotic.. and run the same program back they have are constantly being fed…
As Comedian Bill Hicks once said… USA now stands for United States of Advertising..
Some of us are actually living and breathing beings .. and it does not mean you have to be a Liberal or whatever other label you want to target or show prejudice against..
On a good note.. we are all evolving at different paces … and even Bush and those in power like him will one day learn their lessons from playing the role of “take as much as you can even at the expense of others lives” … because .. in the Bigger Scheme of things.. we are all in this together..

I can't believe someone wou... (Below threshold)
A Republican against Bush:

I can't believe someone would call that picture unamerican.

In bad taste, unprofessional, biased, stupid? Yes.

Unamerican? Unamerican is not suffucuently funding our schools. Unamerican is bankrupting the country because ten years ago some a-hole ten thousand miles away said rude things about Daddy.

Calling a spade a spade might not be nice, and might be proof of the complete failure of our news media, but it's hardly unamerican.

Come on, folks. Where is ou... (Below threshold)
Texposé:

Come on, folks. Where is our sense of irony?
Insofar as the major media so rarely gets anything right, can't CNN and Co. be let off - just this once - for hitting the squarely nail on the head? It is imposible for anyone nice or even normal to be a successful politician. That profession demands the most cold-hearted and adriot liars on earth.
TX

Darned awkward laptop keypa... (Below threshold)
Texposé:

Darned awkward laptop keypads and faingers. I will write 'adroit' 500 times. On the other hand ad-riot liars, kind-or works in politcs too. Maybe CNN glitched and meant BASShole, and you should-a seen the one that got away!!!
TX?

What, and the FOX network i... (Below threshold)
Californian:

What, and the FOX network isn't biased? O'reilly is one of the worst conservative morons on television--cutting mics, kicking people out of the studio, butting in and telling people to shut up, and only interviewing Republicans and WEAK Democrats proves my point. I totally agree with "A Republican against Bush."

You Republicans wouldn't last a minute in California, because I would get to you first.

O'Reilly is an opinion guy,... (Below threshold)

O'Reilly is an opinion guy, and he presents both sides when they don't interrupt him too much and answer his questions. He interviews anyone who will come on his show. Many refuse, just as many Republicans refused, and he talks about them on the air with a derisive attitude just as much as he does the Democrats who refuse. I don't think O'Reilly's a brilliant commentator or anything, but he's fairer than you presented him, and it's not as if he claims only to be reporting news.

sorry to burst your anger b... (Below threshold)
Rush:

sorry to burst your anger bubble, guys-this was found out to be a hacked fake web page-sort of like the porn "white house.org"




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