April 26, 2018
CNN’s major primetime event on Wednesday night was their town hall featuring former FBI Director James Comey taking questions from the students, faculty, and staff at the Collehe of William and Mary (his alma mater). Being a town hall-style event, the evening was filled to the brim with questions, a majority of which were asked by moderator Anderson Cooper. But when it came to the questions asked by those in attendance, they asked eight questions critical of Trump with only four critical of Comey.
In all, there were some 58 questions asked throughout the night and the questions from the audience only numbered 21. And while the questions touched on many topics, eight of them were critical of President Trump in some way. Of the four questions critical of Comey, three were about him specifically (including questions about his leadership and motive) and only one was about his handling of the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation.
An analysis of the dichotomy on the town hall questions is important because, as the Media Research Center has documented throughout the years, CNN has a habit of prescreening the questions and picking the ones they like and help push their narrative. And while they only picked one student to question Comey about the e-mails, they appeared to largely leave it up to Cooper who asked five questions on the subject.
And straight from the get-go, the Trump-critical questions CNN allowed were off the rails.
The first question was posed by a graduate student named Zachary Smith, who wanted to know about Trump’s fitness for office (a question CNN has been pushing for months, particularly his mental fitness). “Do you believe that President Trump possesses the moral and mental capacities needed to effectively lead our armed forces given his unprecedented loyalty he pledged, the general temperament, and the documented outbursts,” he wanted to know.
This article was posted: Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 7:03 am