Christiane Amanpour played Herman Cain like a violin.
In the Washington Post story itself, the reporter Stephanie McCrummen wrote
"Ranchers who once grazed cattle on the 1,070-acre parcel on the Clear Fork of the Brazos River called it by that name well before Perry and his father, Ray, began hunting there in the early 1980s. There is no definitive account of when the rock first appeared on the property".
That paragraph stated that the the rock was there before the Perry's ever leased the lodge.
Down near the bottom of the story. Perry was quoted in saying
"“When my Dad joined the lease in 1983, he took the first opportunity he had to paint over the offensive word on the rock during the 4th of July holiday,” Perry said in his initial response. “It is my understanding that the rock was eventually turned over to further obscure what was originally written on it.”
The facts didn't matter to Christiane Amanpour. The facts were right there in the Washington Post story to read. The rock was painted over in 1983 (27 years ago) and eventually turned over in order to hide the name. Why didn't she first interview Rick Perry on the rock isssue? This was no harmless misunderstanding on her part. She knew exactly what she was doing. It's no secret that the media would love to destroy Herman Cain and Rick Perry, because they believe Mitt Romney would benefit from it. The media knows Mittens is the weakest candidate to take on Obama, and they want him to be the nominee at any cost. Herman Cain's biggest asset is also his biggest liability. He isn't a politician. He isn't a political insider. Those are good qualities to have, but since he's a conservative and isn't media savvy, he unknowingly lent himself to being set up as a useful idiot like in the niggerhead rock "non story". Back in 2009, Rush Limbaugh gave the keynote address at CPAC. Michael Steele was just recently named the Republican National Committee Chairman a few weeks prior. Michael Steele was invited on the then D. L Hughley Show on CNN the day after Limbaugh gave his widely carried speech. Any conservative who knows the media would have put 2+2 together and would have known that the only reason Steele was invited on Hughley's show was, because Hughley was going to use the opportunity to try and play Michael Steele against Rush Limbaugh. To many of us, some things are just too obvious. To the then naive Michael Steele it wasn't.
and Hughley accomplished his objective hook, line and sinker.
It was so easy for Hughely to set up Michael Steele into attacking Limbaugh. A certain percentage of conservatives have this annoying habit of continuing to think that they are going to be treated fairly by the media if they go onto their shows for interviews. Herman Cain fell into the same trap Michael Steele fell into. This goes back to one of my original questions. If the niggerhead story was really a story worth reporting on, why didn't Christiane Amanpour invite Rick Perry on her show to talk about it instead of Herman Cain? It was the Perry family who leased the hunting lodge not Herman Cain. As for Herman Cain, he shouldn't have played the fool by answering her questions.because he followed the narrative she set in the time line that the rock was could have been painted over "recently", Cain now has come out and corrected what he said now "knowing all the facts" that the rock was painted over 28 years ago. If I was Cain and I didn't' know all the details of the story, the last person I would have relied on to feed me the information would be someone such as Christiane Amanpour . Herman went on Sean Hannity's program yesterday to claim that the issue is over in his book now that he knows all the facts.
The media isn't going to let this issue go as easy a Cain says he has. They smell blood and I wouldn't be surprised to see this issue at least in their eyes continue into the next GOP debate next week.
Since the debate is co sponsored by the Washington Post which wrote the story in the first place. I am willing to bet whoever the narrator is will bring this non story up again to try and but Cain against Perry in an attempt to create a negative racial dynamic to the GOP race. Time will tell whether Cain's comments will hurt him in the polls. If anything, someone within his inner circle better give Herman Cain a crash course on how and why the media isn't his friends and to be suspicious whenever they ask for another interview.