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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 Committee.
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.
To schedule an interview with MRC President Bozell or an MRC spokesperson, please contact Tim Scheiderer (x. 126) or Colleen O'Boyle (x. 122) at 703.683.5004.