CNN.com’s report on the bugging of Sen. McConnell’s (R-Ky.) office characterizes his erstwhile future opponent Ashley Judd as “left-leaning.” Meanwhile, recent news or opinion articles have referred to Rick Santorum, Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly, Margaret Thatcher, and Republican Reps. Paul Brown (Ga.) and Steve King (Ia.), among others, as “right-wing.”
In fact, a search of recent CNN.com articles finds no individual in American politics identified as the parallel “left-wing” or “leftist” (the last seems to be in 2003, “Lieberman lashes left-wing Democrats“). Donald Trump seems to be the only “right-leaning” figure that has warranted a recent mention.
CNN gives more insight into its perspective on the political spectrum in an article about Jay-Z and Beyonce’s visit to Cuba, mentioning multiple times “right-wing” American critics of the regime but only mustering the language “cautious program of reform” to refer to Raul Castro’s regime.