Mainstream Media Scream: Oops, CNN host thinks Michelle Obama has presidential powers

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This week's Mainstream Media Scream features CNN anchor Carol Costello giving first lady Michelle Obama credit for signing legislation for kids into law, something only the president can do. She was discussing efforts to roll back a healthy kids initiative Mrs. Obama was pushing that has come under assault in Congress.

On her broadcast week, Costello said, “That was Mrs. Obama back in 2010 when she signed the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act into law. Well now some members of Congress and the food industry want to roll back that initiative and loosen requirements to cut costs. Today the first lady takes the unusual step of delivering White House remarks speaking out against that House measure.”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: “What an embarrassment. Costello is so mesmerized by Michelle Obama that she really thinks Mrs. Obama has presidential powers? Costello probably realizes she does not, but deep down thinks the first lady should, and the wish came through in quite a flub.”

Rating: Five out of five screams.

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