Talk about Wednesday night’s debate now centers almost exclusively on the plant of several questions from Democratic presidential campaign supporters. One came from a member of Hillary Clinton’s steering committee. Others came from supporters of John Edwards and Barak Obama. CNN’s failure to spend even ten minutes researching the videos they chose is causing even moderate political observers to lambaste the network.
Without access to CNN’s internal communications we will never know if it was incompetence or bias which led to these questions being used. Either is inexcusable for an event so public and so important to our free and fair electoral process.
The Source suggests that “Questiongate” is more of a threat to a moral, honest broadcast media than the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” or various uses of obscenities on award shows. As such, we urge the FCC to immediately begin an investigation into CNN’s role in deciding which questions to use in this and other debates. We call on CNN to release all documents which pertain to internal discussions regarding those choices, so that the viewing public can decide for themselves if CNN was more than just negligent.
Ultimately, if CNN is proven to be either negligently or willfully skewing debate questions, they should be heavily fined. Such an action would speak loudly to CNN, and any other broadcast entity that may act similarly.