CNN on Saturday filled nearly ten minutes of airtime by discussing how President Barack Obama was like crack-smoking Toronto Rob Ford.
“The Most Trusted Name in News” began the segment with a split-screen image of Obama and Ford. The network then likened Obama’s recent admission that he was “not a perfect man” because of the health care reform roll-out to Ford’s insistence that he did not have oral sex with a staffer.
After asking which politician had the better approach, CNN host Don Lemon wondered if it was even appropriate to make the comparison.
“No, it’s not fair to compare them at all, it’s totally different,” damage control specialist Don Goldberg noted. “But it’s fun for people like myself.”
“It is fair to make a comparison for the simple fact that both of them are in trouble,” clinical psychologist Jeff Gardere disagreed. “With President Obama, certainly it’s a little bit different because here’s a person who’s really concerned about what the people really have to think. He is the leader of the free world — the leader of the world, many would say — whereas, Mayor Ford, this guy is a caricature. He really didn’t care what people thought.”
“We know the two crises are both very different,” Lemon said at the conclusion of the segment. “But it’s about how do you manage those crises? That’s what we’re trying to figure out.”
Watch this video from CNN, broadcast Nov. 16, 2013.