CNN's Performance Was Unacceptable. There Should Be A Do Over of This Debate.
By The Directors Posted in 2008 — Comments (237) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
Our own Dan Spencer made USA Today today in an article by Jill Thompson.
Only if you check our front page, we don't have a contributor named Dan Spencer; well, we do, but he does not write under his name. You actually have to dig around on the web to find out Dan's real name. Good for USA Today for being competent.
Contrast that with CNN last night. Not only did they allow Keith Kerr's question, they invited him to the debate. Had they bothered to research, they would have discovered his connection to Hillary Clinton's campaign. He's a member of the LGBT Americans for Hillary Steering Committee and co-chair on Hillary's National Military Veterans group. He also was an active John Kerry supporter in 2004. And last night Anderson Cooper willingly gave Mr. Kerr the Democratic activist a soapbox. Anderson has yet to apologize for either his willing participation or incompetent handling of the situation and failure to research.
Consider the other Democratic plants. Mary LeeAnn Anderson is a known Edwards supporter and union activist. She asked the protectionist question disguised as a lead paint question. Consider "Journey" the abortion questioner who, if CNN had paid attention to her YouTube profile, is a huge John Edwards supporter. And consider David Cerone, who asked the Log Cabin Republicans question -- his YouTube profile lists him as an Obama supporter.
CNN's pre-debate spin was that
This would be a Republican debate, and the goal was to let Republican voters see their candidates.
This debate was not about Republicans asking the Republican candidates questions. This was about CNN abusing its position to push a Democratic agenda.
This has all the markings of a set up and heads should roll at CNN.
In the meantime:
1) Republican candidates for President should boycott CNN.
2) Republican viewers should boycott CNN until they fire Sam Feist, their political director; and David Bohrman, Senior Vice President and Executive Producer of the debate.
3) One or more of the Republican candidates should demand a do over wherein we can have a substantive debate about substantive issues that exclude CNN's agenda, which is clearly out of touch with the Republican party, and the drivel we saw from YouTube.
Though it is rare we take this additional step from a Directors post, we the undersigned contributors want to make sure our names are attached hereto:
Dan Spencer, aka California Yankee
Dave Poff, aka haystack
Martin A. Knight
Robert A. Hahn
Leon H. Wolf
Victoria Coates, aka AcademicElephant