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USC young Republicans allege phony CNN interview

The president of the College Republicans at the University of Southern California is charging that CNN used a "fake College Republican" in its broadcast report today, claiming there was a lack of enthusiasm for the GOP candidate, Sen. John McCain.

A CNN spokeswoman now says it was an inadvertent error.

In its Thursday morning report, according to a news release from the student organization, CNN interviewed someone identified as Eric Pearlmutter, who was said to be a USC student and College Republican.

"We try to get people out to our College Republican meetings, but we can't seem to get the same amount of support," he said.

Ben Myers, the president of USC College Republicans, saScreen grab of a USC student incorrectly identified by CNN as a member of the USC College Republicansid, "I have never met Eric Pearlmutter. I have never seen him at a College Republican meeting. He is not on our membership roster. I don't know why someone would think he speaks for us. As far as I know, he could be a Democrat."

A CNN spokeswoman admitted the error this evening in an e-mailed response: "“Eric Perlmutter appeared on today’s 'American Morning' segment about young Republicans on college campuses. While he attends USC and says that he is a registered Republican, he was inadvertently identified on-screen as a member of the USC College Republicans organization. 

"We regret that error. We have invited Ben Myers, the president of the USC College Republicans organization, to appear on 'American Morning' at a future time.”

Myers also said his Republican club meetings regularly attract 30-40 attendees, which he said is more than college Democrats.

"I'm not saying that McCain is going to win big among youth voters," Myers added. "But to claim that his support is weak among young Republicans is just pure liberal media propaganda. Real College Republicans are fired up for McCain. He's our kind of Republican… a maverick."

-- Andrew Malcolm

 
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David I couldn't agree more, paraphrasing Reagan, Government doesn't give you anything until they've taken everything.

This is for Jon: The media has no need to portray McCain in a bad light, when he's doing a pretty good job of it himself.

Folks, I am a politically involved master's student in experimental psychology at U.S.C., and I must dispel some falsehoods that are being propagated. First, U.S.C. is a progressive campus with a small but vocal conservative minority. Years ago, U.S.C. was a haven for conservatives, including prominent figures in the Reagan gubernatorial and presidential campaigns. Since the late 1990s, the university has earned a national rather than regional reputation and has broadened its appeal beyond typically Republican families of privilege. It is unfortunate that the archetype of the wealthy Republican still misrepresents U.S.C. even when shifting demographics explain a progressive majority comprised of students of color (a wonderful mix of Latinos, Blacks, Asians, and several thousand from abroad), students from working-class families, and LGBTs.

I do assure you that neither Perlmutter nor Myers can claim ambassadorship of U.S.C. Or at least I hope not, for that would do a gross injustice. College Republicans are well-organized and outnumber College Democrats here only because their individual alienation (and perhaps disdain for powerful female leadership of campus organizations and for the university's nurturing of LGBT students) compels them to band together. As such, the campus may seem politically polarized at times, but have no doubt that the university commands an overwhelming number of progressives. We bristle at every remark that U.S.C. is a bastion of conservatism. For liberalism here now comes casually rather than under the banner of the College Democrats. Some would call it apathy--and yes, too few students vote--but I call it social loafing. We pick and choose our progressive cause--environmentalism, gangs, the war, the right of women to control their fertility--and ignore other causes, neglecting the College Democrats. Perhaps we are waiting for our Obama to rise to the leadership of the College Democrats and unite us in a true Progressive Alliance? Let us see. I plead, though, do not misrepresent this university any longer! Just as UC Berkeley Republicans cringe at flippant uses of the leftist stereotype of their student body, so do U.S.C. liberals when the university is portrayed as an incubator of young conservatives! Of course, the latter transgression is more egregious because liberals can claim a staggering majority at U.S.C., while that is likely not true at Berkeley. So get used to the new U.S.C., and please do spread the word!

Folks, I am a politically involved master's student in experimental psychology at U.S.C., and I must dispel some falsehoods that are being propagated. First, U.S.C. is a progressive campus with a small but vocal conservative minority. Years ago, U.S.C. was a haven for conservatives, including prominent figures in the Reagan gubernatorial and presidential campaigns. Since the late 1990s, the university has earned a national rather than regional reputation and has broadened its appeal beyond typically Republican families of privilege. It is unfortunate that the archetype of the wealthy Republican still misrepresents U.S.C. even when shifting demographics explain a progressive majority comprised of students of color (a wonderful mix of Latinos, Blacks, Asians, and several thousand from abroad), students from working-class families, and LGBTs.

I do assure you that neither Perlmutter nor Myers can claim ambassadorship of U.S.C. Or at least I hope not, for that would do a gross injustice. College Republicans are well-organized and outnumber College Democrats here only because their individual alienation (and perhaps disdain for powerful female leadership of campus organizations and for the university's nurturing of LGBT students) compels them to band together. As such, the campus may seem politically polarized at times, but have no doubt that the university commands an overwhelming number of progressives. We bristle at every remark that U.S.C. is a bastion of conservatism. For liberalism here now comes casually rather than under the banner of the College Democrats. Some would call it apathy--and yes, too few students vote--but I call it social loafing. We pick and choose our progressive cause--environmentalism, gangs, the war, the right of women to control their fertility--and ignore other causes, neglecting the College Democrats. Perhaps we are waiting for our Obama to rise to the leadership of the College Democrats and unite us in a true Progressive Alliance? Let us see. I plead, though, do not misrepresent this university any longer! Just as UC Berkeley Republicans cringe at flippant uses of the leftist stereotype of their student body, so do U.S.C. liberals when the university is portrayed as an incubator of young conservatives! Of course, the latter transgression is more egregious because liberals can claim a staggering majority at U.S.C., while that is likely not true at Berkeley. So get used to the new U.S.C., and please do spread the word!

I'll bet that Eric Pearlmutter is Ben Myers' right-hand man at the College Republicans. This is just a ploy to get Myers more face time on CNN to push his ridiculous notion that college kids are "fired up" for McCain.

Dusty, the Branch Davidians killed themselves. And isn't it funny that you have to go back 15 years to find even a mythical example of a Democratic "goosestepper." I could cite a dozen examples of Republican goosesteppers just in the last week alone, starting with John McCain's sudden turn-around and support for Bush's timetable in Iraq.

Mr. Obama spent 20 years hanging around racists and anti-semites(not 20 seconds-20 years!)
It took him that long to do the right thing?

1. Mr. Obama is a first-term senator without a single important legislative achievement to his name.
2. Mr. Obama voted present nearly 130 times,quite a lot for a first term Senator.
3. Mr. Obama lectures on learning a foreign language, can speak none himself.
4. Mr. Obama has never produced a single peice of scholarship,or written anything of note.
5. He earned a law degree from harvard but never practiced law.
6. He did write a book. The subject? Himself.
7. Has he ever admitted he changed his mind or was wrong about anything?
8. on Iraq, Obama has held almost every conceivable position.
9. His Pro-Life (National Right to Life) rating=
2005 0%,
2006 0%,
2007 0%
His Pro-Abortion (NARAL) rating=
2005 100%,
2006 100%,
2007 100%

What does one innocent human life mean to God( not man, but God)?
10. On Iraq, he has held almost every conceivable opinion

Well we know that guy is not a Democrat. They don't lie
they just change positions.

Cnn get caught with their pants down every time.Only the
credulous and naive liberal fanatics will give them any
credibility.Cnn gas got to be the most left-leaning propaganda vehicle.

I will shave my armpits if CNN ever airs an honest and objective political analysis. My guess is that that wont happen
until hell freezes over.

"Our kind of Republican - a Maverick."
Oh yes, McCain is the Mavericky Maverick, whose Maverickiness is so overwhelming Maverickificent all other Mavericks bow to his Mavickocity.

Except, has anyone noticed that every position he had that put him at odds with Bush and the GOP base, he's rescinded.
Bush tax cuts, now OK. Agents of Intolerance, now Okey dokey, Gay adoption - can't upset the base any more, immigration, now he says he wouldn't even vote for the bill he sponsored.
McSame, Bush's third term.

Any one wishing to see a balanced coverage of politics
will not find it at CNN. The Blitzers,Tobin,King, Cooper ,
Schneider and otherCandy Crowlys are just propagandists for the George Soros far left.

This is insane. I know people involved here and Eric is simply a college republican at USC, mistakenly identified on camera as PRESIDENT of the college republicans. He was also just stating a fact - support for Obama on college campuses is, in general, greater than the support for McCain. This isn't a controversial point.

The response to this small error is more disturbing than the mistake itself. People are nuts!

Anonymous, you are ridiculous, go back to your CNN tells it like it is cave. You know Eric thats great, know his father? Where does he work?

If it wasn't already painfully obvious, and cringe worthy how the media is so Obama crazy, this is just another example.

the group is actually College Republican's and I don't believe they processed their recognition papers because they are NOT listed as an official organization on the campus' student organization page.

 
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