It was awkward. It was a little funny. But a “career-ender?”
That’s the question CNN posed regarding Sen. Marco Rubio’s water-swig during his response to the State of the Union Tuesday night.
While Twitter had its fun, and Rubio himself even joined in on the teasing, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer devoted a segment to examining whether the moment could squelch his seemingly rising career.
“Can a drink of water make or break a political career?” Blitzer asked. “A U.S. senator, possible presidential candidate. We’re going to find out, whether he likes it or not.”
As a clip of the swig aired, the graphic on the screen then said: “Career-Ender?”
Conservatives ripped the network. Media watchdog Newsbusters called it absurd.
CNN later defended the graphic, saying it was just a joke.
Hey, remember E.D. Hill? That gorgeous news anchor who used to be on Fox News? The one who “teased” Obama, just a joke you know, just reading off the teleprompter, with that “terrorist fist jab” back in 2008?
Teasing a segment on the “gesture everyone seems to interpret differently,” Fox News’ E.D. Hill said: ”A fist bump? A pound? A terrorist fist jab? ... We’ll show you some interesting body communication and find out what it really says.” In the ensuing discussion with a “body language expert,” Hill referred to the “Michelle and Barack Obama fist bump or fist pound,” but at no point did she explain her earlier reference to “a terrorist fist jab.”
I think these days ED does the morning web radio out of Sandy Springs Georgia. Where? Yeah, that’s what I said too. Oh wait, now she works for CNN. Sometimes. I never watch that left wing crap. I guess that network is “joke proof”; you can’t punish Wolfie by sending him to CNN because he’s already there.