Thursday, November 06, 2008

CNN: The most trusted name in T-shirt sales
CNN is cashing in on its candidate, and in the process, abandoning any sense of its role in the electoral process by selling Obama victory T-shirts.

I bet Paul Begala and James Carville and Jack Cafferty will be wearing these under their suits for the next six months.

No one at CNN thought this was a bad idea? Scary.

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At 1:56 PM , Blogger Suss said...

They've been doing this for headlines since at least July, which is when I noticed it:

At 7:51 PM , Anonymous Erik said...

I probably shouldn't comment on things I don't know all that much about, but is this really different from Sports Illustrated offering up commemorative books and autographed chotchkies to "honor" the latest world champ in sports? Aren't they just trying to make a buck off a hot property?

You could counter by saying that they wouldn't be selling McCain commemorative T-shirts had he won, and you might be right. But something tells me McCain shirts wouldn't be selling the way Obama shirts are.

Whether you view it as a good thing or bad thing, Obama is popular and his election has historical significance. A lot of people want a piece of it.

At 1:59 PM , Blogger Zach said...

The SI point is a valid one, one I did consider after writing this. But this isn't sports. Politicians aren't rock stars. They aren't athletes.

If the argument is it's historic, sure it is. But the job is to report. By making a T-shirt, CNN is giving up its neutrality.

SI does the T-shirt deal every year, for every sport, no matter who the winner is. CNN can't make that claim.


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