Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Clark Alleges White House Pushed CNN to Fire Him

Only Fox and very conservative NewsMax are going with this story now - The White House pressured CNN to fire former military analyst Gen. Wesley Clark (search), the retired Army chief told a Phoenix radio station on Monday.

"The White House actually back in February apparently tried to get me knocked off CNN and they wanted to do this because they were afraid that I would raise issues with their conduct of the war," Clark told Newsradio 620 KTAR. "Apparently they called CNN. I don't have all the proof on this because they didn't call me. I've only heard rumors about it."

CNN had no immediate comment on the general's allegations. White House officials told Fox News that they are "adamant" that they "never tried to get Wesley Clark kicked off the air in any way, shape or form." Beyond that, the White House "won't respond to rumors."

No media except CSPAN has picked up the Zogby Poll Draft Clark is trying to pitch. While a "blind bio" poll of candidates show Clark beating all the Dems and even Bush they seem to downplay the result that shows when given a name less than 5% of Dem primary likely voters are inclined to choose him.

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