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CNN Defends Its Use of Democratic Supporters in Republican YouTube Debate
Fox News ^ | November 29, 2007 | Major Garrett

Posted on 11/29/2007 2:40:33 PM PST by greyfoxx39

After spending the day facing accusations it stacked the deck against the Republican presidential contenders by having Democratic backers ask video questions during its debate, CNN on Thursday responded that it doesn't know what the fuss is all about.

The cable news network, in collaboration with video Web site YouTube, hosted the Wednesday night debate that had more than 30 voters pose questions to the Republican candidates. It later turned out that several of those questioners are actively supporting Democratic candidates.

"The whole point of these ground-breaking CNN/YouTube debates is to focus on substantive questions of concern to real people and to throw open the process to a wider range of Americans all around the country. CNN cared about what you asked, not who you were. This was the case for both the Democratic and the Republican CNN/YouTube debates," CNN said in a statement issued late in the day.

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"CNN cared about what you asked, not who you were."

Snort!

1 posted on 11/29/2007 2:40:34 PM PST by greyfoxx39
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To: greyfoxx39

Why would people already decided for Democratic candidates in Democratic primaries need to ask questions of Republican candidates in Republican primaries?


2 posted on 11/29/2007 2:41:35 PM PST by xrp (Republicans Message: Vote for us, we suck less than Democrats. (that's pretty bad))
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To: greyfoxx39

“PLANTS have questions, too”....


3 posted on 11/29/2007 2:41:44 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: greyfoxx39

So, how many Republicans were at the last CNN Democratic debate? I would guess none!


4 posted on 11/29/2007 2:42:12 PM PST by SatinDoll
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To: greyfoxx39

Only Democrats are “real people.”


5 posted on 11/29/2007 2:44:05 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Our God-given unalienable rights are not open to debate, negotiation or compromise!)
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To: Ann Archy; greyfoxx39

Plants are living organisms too!

Save the plants!


6 posted on 11/29/2007 2:44:41 PM PST by colorcountry (To anger a conservative, lie to him. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: greyfoxx39

They had more than 5000 questions submitted and they not only managed to pick general swishypants’ question, they also managed to fly him cross country, put him up in a hotel, and put a mic in his hand.

Sounds like somebody cared a lot.


7 posted on 11/29/2007 2:44:53 PM PST by cripplecreek (Only one consistent conservative in this race and his name is Hunter.)
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To: greyfoxx39

Shameless propagandists


8 posted on 11/29/2007 2:45:19 PM PST by Lexington Green (Not one dime to Hollywood traitors)
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To: greyfoxx39

Whats the dif? Most of the top tier aren’t REAL Republicans either............

;^)


9 posted on 11/29/2007 2:46:10 PM PST by tioga (Dear Santa..........I can explain....)
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To: greyfoxx39
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"Riiiiiiiggggggghhhhhhhtttttttttt!"


10 posted on 11/29/2007 2:46:25 PM PST by pillut48 (CJ in TX --Soccer Mom and proud RUSH REPUBLICAN! WIN, FRED, WIN!!!)
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To: greyfoxx39

Thanks for posting, now I’m reminded again why I haven’t watched CNN in years, and won’t ever again, either.

If I wanted to know what Dems would ask Repubican candidates, I’d just read the MSM news. It sure isn’t anything any conservative would be interested in listening to.


11 posted on 11/29/2007 2:47:24 PM PST by Judith Anne (Thank you St. Jude for favors granted.)
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To: greyfoxx39

Yeah, pool any 30 people, and you’re likely to find at least six are paid Democratic activists. Did CNN say that these were “undecided voters,” as was frequently asserted by FReepers, or not? And where were the Republican activists at the Democratic debate? And what the hell was up with giving Colenol Sanders so much microphone time?


12 posted on 11/29/2007 2:47:43 PM PST by dangus
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To: cripplecreek
......general swishypants.....

Lol. That guy is a disgrace.

13 posted on 11/29/2007 2:48:03 PM PST by Godebert
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To: greyfoxx39
Afterward, Senior Vice President and Executive Producer of the debate, David Bohrman, issued a statement. "We regret this incident. CNN would not have used the general's question had we known that he was connected to any presidential candidate."

... but we will continue to use Hillary Clinton's biggest supporter as our presidental pollster, despite his statement that she will be our next president.

14 posted on 11/29/2007 2:49:26 PM PST by HAL9000 (Fred Thompson/Mike Huckabee 2008)
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To: All

Unfortunately Fox is a shill for Guliani...so it seems the pot calling the kettle black

It was wrong for CNN to use DNC plants. No doubt. Just wonder if Fox will use Guliani plants on the next GOP debate

Cant trust either network


15 posted on 11/29/2007 2:52:05 PM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (www.FantasyCollegeBlitz.com)
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To: greyfoxx39

Pfff. Uh yeah CNN, we call those ringers. Their intent is to ask setup questions to make opposition candidates look bad. If you think misleading viewers who are watching your debate under the assumption that the questioners are legit, then I’d say you deserve your tanking ratings.


16 posted on 11/29/2007 2:52:50 PM PST by Free Vulcan (No prisoners. No mercy.)
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To: greyfoxx39


YouTube Debate Disaster for CNN; Questions Planted by Democrats
17 posted on 11/29/2007 2:52:58 PM PST by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: greyfoxx39

“CNN cared about what you asked”

Of course they did. They wanted questions they hoped would make the candidates look bad. They didn’t care that democrats asked them.

No lies here. Totally the truth.


18 posted on 11/29/2007 2:54:40 PM PST by keepitreal
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To: greyfoxx39
So, when the Dems debate they will let Republicans ask quetions of Hillary?

How about "In light of your husband's experiences, has your opinion on strict enforcement of sexual harassment in the workplace changed?"

Or "Do you still believe it is rare for woman to lie about being raped?"

19 posted on 11/29/2007 2:55:00 PM PST by Tribune7 (Dems want to rob from the poor to give to the rich)
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To: UCFRoadWarrior
“Unfortunately Fox is a shill for Guliani...so it seems the pot calling the kettle black...”

Ah, we do, indeed, live in the age of false equivalences and preposterous comparisons.

20 posted on 11/29/2007 2:56:35 PM PST by Cedric
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To: greyfoxx39

It was a REPUBLICAN debate for REPUBLICAN voters, CNN, you bunch of idiots.


21 posted on 11/29/2007 3:00:37 PM PST by rightinthemiddle (Without the Media, the Left and Islamofacists are Nothing.)
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To: All

I just have two questions.

Why did the spineless wimps do “their thing” on CNN and not FOX?

Why are the top tier RINOS whining now?

I don’t feel sorry for those %^&*&$!!!

Thank you.


22 posted on 11/29/2007 3:02:06 PM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: greyfoxx39
"The whole point of these ground-breaking CNN/YouTube debates is to focus on substantive questions of concern to real people and to throw open the process to a wider range of Americans all around the country. CNN cared about what you asked, not who you were. This was the case for both the Democratic and the Republican CNN/YouTube debates," CNN said in a statement issued late in the day.

That's a remarkable statement. The "Clinton News Network" certainly is brazen in trumpeting its shameless shilling for the left.

23 posted on 11/29/2007 3:03:41 PM PST by snowsislander
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To: UCFRoadWarrior

“It was wrong for CNN to use DNC plants. No doubt. Just wonder if Fox will use Guliani plants on the next GOP debate.”

You have made an excellent point.


24 posted on 11/29/2007 3:04:19 PM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: greyfoxx39
...concern to real people

Simple explanation. Only Dims are real people.

25 posted on 11/29/2007 3:04:29 PM PST by Ingtar (The LDS problem that Romney is facing is not his religion, but his Lacking Decisive Stands.)
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To: greyfoxx39
CNN cared about what you asked, not who you were.

The vested interests who are challenging the credibility of the questioners are trying to distract voters from the substantive issues they care most about.

Typical lib misdirection of the issue. That is not what folks on internet were exploding about. They were switching on to CNN calling the plants undecided voters, NOT challenging the credibility of the questioners!

Simply put, CNN lied. CNN tried to dupe American Citizens into thinking the phony questions are the issues American wants to know about. CNN took the "discredited low-road approach,"

And this statement indicates just how out of touch they really are!

and throughout this election campaign CNN will stay focused on what the candidates are saying about the pressing issues facing this country at a critical time in our history.

What the hell ever happened to the issues the American Citizens are ASKING ABOUT?

26 posted on 11/29/2007 3:05:02 PM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: greyfoxx39
Has anyone asked CNN if they truly just happened to "pick" these questions, or if there was alternate application area for known activists.

I can not believe out of the supposedly 5,000 submissions they just happened to pick these six (especially the gay in the military one). Have they said straight out that these people followed the exact same application route?

27 posted on 11/29/2007 3:05:53 PM PST by codercpc
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To: SatinDoll
So, how many Republicans were at the last CNN Democratic debate? I would guess none!

No the plants then were demorats acting like independents.

28 posted on 11/29/2007 3:06:09 PM PST by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: colorcountry

“Plants are living organisms too!

Save the plants!”

Now it makes sense, CNN is only pursuing an environmentally friendly, responsible strategy to have more plants around the studio..


29 posted on 11/29/2007 3:08:19 PM PST by padre35 (Conservative in Exile/ Isaiah 3.3)
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To: greyfoxx39
I guess they wouldn't mind if Republicans were planted in the Dem debates, would they?

Or would they?

.

30 posted on 11/29/2007 3:09:09 PM PST by R_Kangel ("Please insert witty tag-line here")
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To: cripplecreek

“General Swishypants” of Thspecial Ops. He’ll thscrath your eyes out, then give give you a thpanking you won’t ever forget!


31 posted on 11/29/2007 3:09:47 PM PST by incredulous joe (" Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.")
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To: greyfoxx39

CNN is clearly a biased network, biased for Hillary Clinton, of course. Why do so many not see that? And, more important, why don’t republican candidates see that? Why do they continue to appear on CNN when they know, or should know, that the deck will be stacked against them? Not only did the last ‘debate’ turn into a fixed event, but real republicans were denied the opportunity to ask questions of importance to them.


32 posted on 11/29/2007 3:11:12 PM PST by Continental Soldier
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To: UCFRoadWarrior
It was wrong for CNN to use DNC plants. No doubt. Just wonder if Fox will use Guliani plants on the next GOP debate

‘’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’

No, Fox should use conservative republicans at the next democratic debate......oh I forgot, the dems won't come on Fox due to the “republican conservative” bias.Very revealing. They know that the MSM stations are total shills for the left so they naturally assume that Fox would shill for the right and rig the debate. I will bet my mortgages that if we research the democratic debates there were no republican questioners that got past the researchers. After 8 years of Bush and republicans these people will do anything necessary to insure a democratic white house and congress. The stakes are high. National health care, two supreme court appointments to swing the court hard left, ending the war on terror, implementing global socialism. We shouldn't’t split hairs on who to vote for in this one. Whoever get the nod we just got to hold are nose and support until they get elected.
the alternative is too hideous to contemplate.

33 posted on 11/29/2007 3:13:07 PM PST by photodawg (It's not about how hard you can hit. It's about how hard you can get hit ......Rocky Balboa)
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

Agree with you there, they were on the wrong network.
Did any body watch the debate to the end...Fred Thompson said, “Guys, let’s have our own debate, let’s have several, with a few contenders at a time.” Best idea yet, no ringers, no moderators, no audience plants, no hippie guitar songs as the theme song for the debate.


34 posted on 11/29/2007 3:19:50 PM PST by constant
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To: greyfoxx39

CNN is a national joke.


35 posted on 11/29/2007 3:21:01 PM PST by Signalman
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To: greyfoxx39
Image hosted by Photobucket.com so we can expect to see AND hear Republicans question the RATs in the next cnn debates then... right???

please.

36 posted on 11/29/2007 3:21:41 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist)
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To: xrp
Why would people already decided for Democratic candidates in Democratic primaries need to ask questions of Republican candidates in Republican primaries?

Exactly.

That this was a deliberate, planned effort done in concert with the democrats is self-evident in the sheer number of democrat operatives that "slipped through." Even one would defy odds in a pool of over five thousand submissions. But the minimum four we already knew of before morning? Baloney.

37 posted on 11/29/2007 3:21:48 PM PST by Eroteme
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To: Tribune7

I’ve got a good question. Mrs. Clinton, should a woman who stands by her serial rapist husband be called champion of women’s rights?

Someone should start a thread. Things we’d like to ask the democrats.


38 posted on 11/29/2007 3:21:58 PM PST by Waryone (Constantly amazed by society's downhill slide.)
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To: greyfoxx39
substantive questions of concern to real people

What about my Confederate battle flag?

Do you actually believe the Bible?

What about gays in the military?

Hey, what kind of guns do you have, by the way?

Why did you root for the Red Sox?

39 posted on 11/29/2007 3:24:21 PM PST by unspun (God save us from egos -- especially our own.)
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To: dangus
Did CNN say that these were “undecided voters,” as was frequently asserted by FReepers, or not?

Yes. And better than that, they identified the focus group as "undecided Republicans...the first one of whom they queried announced that the debate has caused her to be for...John Edwards.

40 posted on 11/29/2007 3:25:28 PM PST by Eroteme
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To: Tribune7
Bears repeating:

So, when the Dems debate they will let Republicans ask quetions of Hillary?

How about "In light of your husband's experiences, has your opinion on strict enforcement of sexual harassment in the workplace changed?"

Or "Do you still believe it is rare for woman to lie about being raped?"

41 posted on 11/29/2007 3:26:23 PM PST by Jeff Chandler ("Liberals want to save the world for the children they aren't having." -Mark Steyn)
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To: Continental Soldier

real republicans were denied the opportunity to ask questions of importance to them.

GOOD POINT. Thanks CNN, just buying time for your favorite candidate, F*** America.


42 posted on 11/29/2007 3:27:52 PM PST by Son House ($$Proud Member of Vast Right Wing, Out To Lower Your Tax Rates For More Opportunities.$$)
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To: Jeff Chandler
In CNN's defense...

We must ask ourselves: What Would Chris Farley Ask?

43 posted on 11/29/2007 3:28:54 PM PST by unspun (God save us from egos -- especially our own.)
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To: HAL9000

I said it last night about Cooper, now about David Bohrman: Bohrman is a liar.

Check that: a worthless liar.


44 posted on 11/29/2007 3:31:47 PM PST by healy61
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To: photodawg

National health care, two supreme court appointments to swing the court hard left, ending the war on terror, implementing global socialism. We shouldn’t split hairs on who to vote for in this one. Whoever get the nod we just got to hold are nose and support until they get elected.
the alternative is too hideous to contemplate.

I’m with ya, even think just seeing a Clinton/Julianne debate would be entertainment enough.


45 posted on 11/29/2007 3:31:59 PM PST by Son House ($$Proud Member of Vast Right Wing, Out To Lower Your Tax Rates For More Opportunities.$$)
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To: greyfoxx39

We should never do another YouTube debate. This was a disgrace. If the ClintonNN can’t ask their own Biased questions, tough.

Pray for W and Our Victorious Troops


46 posted on 11/29/2007 3:32:05 PM PST by bray (Let's Bring Christ Back to Christmas)
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To: SatinDoll

To be fair, Ann Coulter gets to ask all the questions at the next dim debate.


47 posted on 11/29/2007 3:33:13 PM PST by Boiling point (The Indians had a bad immigration policy and look what happened to them!)
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To: TLI

CNN is full of gas.

Real people have a lot of different concerns. CNN packed
the debate with Special Interest activists that represented
narrow selfish advantage.

Thanks for opening this thread


48 posted on 11/29/2007 3:33:45 PM PST by plangent
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To: unspun

You forgot the Broad in the Burka who asked why Islam hated America and what we were going to do. What about the disgusting cartoon of Cheney? What a disgrace.

Were any questions asked by Republicans??

Pray for W and Our Troops


49 posted on 11/29/2007 3:34:07 PM PST by bray (Let's Bring Christ Back to Christmas)
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To: Bobkk47
CNN is a national joke.

...that my inlaws watch agape.

50 posted on 11/29/2007 3:35:01 PM PST by Eddie01
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