Alexandria, VA – Wednesday’s CNN
Republican Presidential debate was the network’s second primary
forum in two weeks to feature softball questions for or supporters
of Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton.
Wednesday’s YouTube debate consisted of video questions selected by
CNN from submissions from throughout the nation. Only two of the
questioners were present to be allowed a follow-up, and one of them
was retired General Keith Kerr, a known gay activist who is also on
the Clinton campaign’s LGBT Americans for Clinton Steering
The November 15th Democratic debate at the University of Nevada-Las
Vegas was billed by CNN as a forum for students and “undecided
voters” to ask the candidates questions of their choosing. However,
one of the questioners, Maria Parra Sandoval, later revealed that
she was told by CNN she had to ask Senator Clinton an innocuous
question about her preference for “diamonds or pearls” rather than
the serious policy question she wanted to pose. And another supposed
“undecided” voter was LaShannon Spencer, a former Political Director
for the Arkansas Democrat Party who has in the past gushed about her
admiration for both Hillary and Bill Clinton.
MRC President Brent Bozell released the following statement:
“How much farther into the bag for Hillary
Clinton could CNN possibly go?” said L. Brent Bozell, President
of the Media Research Center.
“Trying to slough off Wednesday’s fiasco as simple incompetence
does not explain CNN’s forcing a student with a substantive
question to instead ask Hillary her preference in jewelry.
“Besides which, CNN has been paving the road for Hillary since
her first Senate campaign; their first campaign advertisement
for her dates back to April 24th, 2000.
“Then, CNN’s Candidate Clinton ‘town meeting’ at the State
University of New York at Buffalo was nothing more than a
Potemkin town hall. Wolf Blitzer claimed the format to be
‘open-ended’, but it was later revealed that ‘questions from
university students (were) screened by CNN staff members’.
“CNN owes the American people an explanation for its ceaseless
and continuing assistance of Hillary Clinton.
“The past is prologue; the Clinton News Network, alive and well
during Bill’s two terms, is again rearing its ugly head in
anticipation of a Hillary Administration.”
Bozell’s new book, written with MRC Director of
Research Tim Graham, is entitled Whitewash: What the Media Won’t
Tell You About Hillary Clinton, But Conservatives Will. It
documents in detail how the media have consistently and continuously
avoided reporting on her stridently liberal record and agenda and
her great many personal, political and financial scandals, and how
they have instead served as her de facto promotions department.