HOW BAD WAS THE CNN’S DEBATE PERFORMANCE?

CNN used to be a valued source of news.

Under Jeff Zucker it has degenerated into a laughable source of Democrat-induced propaganda.

How bad has CNN become?  These excerpts from hard-left Matt Taibbi’s article for hard-left Rolling Stone Magazine, which should give you a pretty good idea:

Here is how it begins…:

CNN debate moderator Abby Phillip asked Bernie Sanders in the Tuesday debate in Des Moines:

“CNN reported yesterday — and Senator Sanders, Senator Warren confirmed in a statement — that, in 2018, you told her you did not believe that a woman could win the election. Why did you say that?”

Not “did you say that,” but “why did you say that?”

Sanders denied it, then listed the many reasons the story makes no sense: He urged Warren herself to run in 2016, campaigned for a female candidate who won the popular vote by 3 million votes, and has been saying the opposite in public for decades. “There’s a video of me 30 years ago talking about how a woman could become president of the United States,” he said.

Phillip asked him to clarify: He never said it? “That is correct,” Sanders said. Phillip turned to Warren and deadpanned: “Senator Warren, what did you think when Senator Sanders told you a woman could not win the election?”

That “when” was as transparent a media “fuck you” as we’ve seen in a presidential debate.

…and here is how it ends:

After the debate, Trump fans online were in full schadenfreude mode, crowing about how “the left” finally understood that CNN really is fake news. Overall, #CNNisgarbage trended and #fuckCNN wasn’t far behind.

If the network doesn’t see trouble in this, it’s delusional. Voters on both sides of the aisle have changed since the Bernard Shaw days. They pay more attention to media manipulations, and it doesn’t get much more manipulative than punching above the facts to advance transparent political narratives, which is a new and accepted habit in the commercial news landscape.

We’ll find out in Iowa and New Hampshire what Democratic Party voters believe about that Warren-Sanders meeting, but that grimy story pales in comparison to the bigger picture: Episodes like this are why people hate the media.

Want to see what’s in the middle?  I hope so.

You’ve got the link, at the top of this blog, and here it is again. I strongly urge you to use it and read every word.

I don’t always agree with Mr. Taibbi.  But, in this regard, he is dead-on accurate – which is a great deal more than I can say for the now-pathetic CNN.

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