CNN Interviews Faux College Republican?

Jul 25, 2008 4:07pm

ABC News’ Molly Hunter reports: CNN, the cable news channel, has apologized for mistakenly labeling a supposedly demoralized college Republican lamenting a lack of support on his campus for the Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

"While [Eric Perlmutter] attends USC and says that he is a registered Republican, he was inadvertently fonted as a member of the USC College Republicans organization.  We regret that fonting error," a CNN spokesperson told ABC News Friday. 

CNN interviewed Perlmutter Thursday in a taped report on CNN’s "American Morning," who suggested the College Republicans at the University of Southern California are having trouble getting people to their meetings.

"We try to get people to our college Republican meetings and we can’t seem to draw the same type of vocal support [as the Obama supporters get]," said Perlmutter, who was identified as a member of the "USC Young Republicans."

The trouble is, Perlmutter isn’t a member of the group.

"I’ve never met him, heard of him, talked with him, nothing,"  USC College Republican president Ben Myers told

Myers said he’s infuriated with CNN, and argued his group is attracting a lot of support on campus.

"We get a ton of people at our meetings, and a ton of really enthusiastic people," Myers said, "there is a lot of enthusiasm for McCain and for the conservative movement in general."

CNN will air an interview with Ben Myers on Monday’s "American Morning."

A CNN website story quoting Perlmutter and titled "Young Conservatives Worry About McCain’s Appeal" updated Thursday evening to correctly label Perlmutter as a "Republican and a USC student."

The spelling of Perlmutter’s name has also been corrected, which was originally aired as "Pearlmutter."

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