After pretty obviously rigging the last Democrat debate format for Hillary Clinton, packing the audience, planting pro-Hillary questions, employing Hillary campaign advisors as its post debate panel, etc…. CNN reminded the world how it earned the name “Clinton” News Network. Last night CNN demonstrated a willingness to abandon even a vestigial recognition of journalistic integrity.
Fred Barnes got the big picture right. The debate was an embarrassment. CNN could not have gone to further extremes to present a mere caricature of the Republican Party. Other than immigration there were virtually no substantive questions about the leading policy issues of the day. Some of the questions, like the extent to which the Bible is allegorical, provide fascinating listening, perhaps Iraq or the larger Middle East might have a slightly higher agenda item than a resolution of a deeply metaphysical question that the last 3,000 or so years have left unanswered. I particularly liked the Confederate Flag question. WW3 is raging and CNN wanted to discuss the Confederate Flag?
So far, we’ve only talked about the usual left wing depiction of Republicans, asked by Democrats, of course. Every Democrat enjoys the red meat and CNN was playing to its typical audience, maybe even overcoming Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert as the primary source of news for most Democrats last night. Of course, CNN would liberally (no pun intended) utilize Democrats to ask Republican primary questions in a Republican primary debate. Not content to be predictably ideologically partisan, however, CNN continued its work for a specific candidate, Hillary Clinton last night.
One of the many questions by or about homosexuals (the dominant issue of the debate, of course) came from one Keith Kerr, a retired California National Guard Brig. General who publicly acknowledged his homosexuality only after retiring. It turns out that Kerr is not only openly supporting the Evita ‘08 run, but is a high level member of a high level national steering committee for Clinton. Kerr was not limited to a question, either. Kerr was allowed to make a two minute diatribe from the floor, after being flown to Florida and housed in a hotel by CNN, about the virtues of homosexuals and the wickedness of Republicans after the candidates answered his rather trivial question.
Much like the source of CBS Bush National Guard documents (although this CNN transgression is nothing like the forgery that Dan Rather and the Democrat hit squads at CBS foisted on the world), Kerr is a long time Democrat activist. More facts left undisclosed by CNN.
Kind of reminiscent of little George Stephanopoulos getting through all those hundreds of thousands of calls to talk to George Bush on Larry King back in 92, eh? Or the word “rat” being superimposed over Vice President Cheney’s face on a broadcast. Yet CNN wants the world to think that it provides a legitimate presentation of the events of our times. Joe Scarborough best describes CNN’s cover story in two words this morning, and I since I can’t top Joe, I’ll say no more on the subject.