CNN India anchor says network ‘unfortunately’ part of CNN’s global brand

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      Jamie Weinstein

      Jamie Weinstein is Senior Editor of The Daily Caller. His work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, the New York Daily News and The Washington Examiner, among many other publications. He also worked as the Collegiate Network Journalism Fellow at Roll Call Newspaper and is the winner of the 2011 "Funniest Celebrity in Washington" contest. A regular on Fox News and other cable news outlets, Weinstein received a master’s degree in the history of international relations from the London School of Economics in 2009 and a bachelor's degree in history and government from Cornell University in 2006. He is the author of the political satire, "The Lizard King: The Shocking Inside Account of Obama's True Intergalactic Ambitions by an Anonymous White House Staffer."

The editor-in-chief of CNN’s English-language channel in India told “The Daily Show” that he isn’t particularly proud to be part of the CNN family.

“The Daily Show’s” Jason Jones interviewed CNN-IBN’s Rajdeep Sardesa during a trip he made to India to humorously cover the recent Indian elections and the country’s political culture. When Jones asked Sardesa whether his network was “related to our bullshit CNN” in a segment that aired Wednesday, Sardesa initially replied, “yep, unfortunately.”

When Jones pressed the point, Sardesa claimed he didn’t say what he clearly said.

“I said fortunately,” Sardesa protested.

“You said unfortunately,” Jones persisted. 

“No, no, I said fortunately because I think it’s great to have a great brand name like CNN,” Sardesa replied.

“This is not on air, right?” Sardesa is shown asking shortly thereafter.

Considering “Daily Show” segments are often edited for comedic effect, there is a possibility Sardesa’s words were taken out of context. But such a sentiment seems plausible given the reputational beating CNN has taken in recent months. The network was mercilessly mocked by all sides for its near-constant coverage of the missing Malaysian Airlines flight long after other networks ramped down their coverage of the tragedy.

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