CNN must have felt the love. The cable news network had included Sarah Palin with the likes of Rod Blagojevich, Elliot Spitzer, John Edwards, Ted Stevens and others in a year-end political review titled "Politicians who fell from grace in 2008." As frequent RedState contributor Warner Todd Huston had pointed out at NewsBusters.com, every person named in the article, with the exception of Sarah Palin:
"have either been convicted of criminal actions, are indicted for corruption, lost their positions, been drummed out of their party, or are soon to face jail time."
That there was no reason for Gov. Palin's name to be associated with those of the seven criminals featured in the article seems to have been clear to everyone except the anonymous author of the CNN smear job.
An outcry immediately went up from the Sarah Palin blogging community, and other conservative bloggers quickly followed suit. Then Greta Van Susteren of CNN competitor Fox News Channel added her objection to the growing protests of outrage. Now, without posting an apology, retraction or even a single word of explanation, Sarah Palin's name has been completely removed from the piece as it now appears on CNN's website. Such "scrubbing" is a familiar tactic employed by the left, as they take their cue from the Communist Party style book. The damage has already been done, so a retraction wouldn't mean much, except to demonstrate that CNN has at least a modicum of journalistic integrity left.
Apparently it does not.
h/t: Massachusetts Conservative
Update: Greta blogs that CNN e-mailed a private apology to Gov Palin and asks why not a public apology.