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November 16, 2007

Planters

What's remarkable about the news that last night's "diamond or pearls" question was a forced question foisted on a college student who wanted to ask about Yucca Mountain is that CNN, along with all the other networks, was happily blasting the Clinton campaign all week for the sin of planting a question on global warming during a non-televised forum.

Hypocrisy, thy name is media...

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Didn't this same thing happen 4 years ago? Wasn't it even CNN? Or am I totally misremembering and making things up.

Posted by: Galen | Nov 16, 2007 4:03:59 PM

Ha, found it!

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2003/11/11/cnn_planted_question_at_debate_student_says/

"CNN planted a question about computer preferences at last week's debate of the Democratic presidential candidates at Faneuil Hall in Boston, according to the student who posed the query and wrote about it yesterday in an online forum of the Brown (University) Daily Herald. During the debate, cosponsored by the nonprofit Rock the Vote organization, Alexandra Trustman asked the candidates whether they preferred the PC or Mac format for their computers."

Posted by: Galen | Nov 16, 2007 4:14:58 PM

Is this suprising. Many people have been pointing out the stupidity of the traditional media. The sooner the corporations controlling them go belly-up, the better.

Posted by: Joe Klein's conscience | Nov 16, 2007 4:17:17 PM

Is it wrong that my first thought was, "Why would anyone ask about Pokemon?" I clearly need to spend less time with my six-year-old and start buying more jewelry. Although, diamonds and pearls are both a bit dull for me. I like sapphires.

Posted by: Magenta | Nov 16, 2007 4:23:26 PM

except one will be in charge of the whole country and the other doesn't give a shit, never has, about the whole country. you pick which is is which, and which is worse.

Posted by: akaison | Nov 16, 2007 4:46:19 PM

"The media" cannot be hypocritical since they are made up of distinct individuals who inevitably disagree with each other on a wide variety of issues. If there are any particular members of the media who have been hypocritical (and I don't doubt there are), you should name them.

Posted by: bob | Nov 16, 2007 4:54:45 PM

Is it wrong that my first thought was, "Why would anyone ask about Pokemon?"

That was my first thought too.

Posted by: Lemmy Caution | Nov 16, 2007 5:35:02 PM

Interesting that the networks also plant questions.

As far as this particular question being asked of Hillary, it is a way of using gender bias against her, no doubt in my mind. My memory is not great. However, twice within a week CNN was guilty of questionable editing of remarks made by Democratic candidates Obama & Clinton. While I do not remember the exact details, one of them (I think a quote by Obama) was cut off mid sentence in a video of part of a speech, which changed the whole meaning of the quote in a negative way. There is no possibility that those edits were not intentional. CNN has an obvious GOP bias.

Posted by: bob in fla | Nov 16, 2007 6:05:27 PM

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