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CNN Regrets Role In Planting US Dem Presidential Debate Question
AP via Dow Jones | 11/11/03 | AP Staff

Posted on 11/11/2003 9:08:02 AM PST by BunnySlippers

CNN Regrets Role In Planting US Dem Pres Debate Question

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP)--A Cable News Network producer went "too far" when the news organization told a student what question to ask during last week's Democratic presidential candidate debate in Boston, a spokeswoman for the news network said.

During the debate, co-sponsored by the nonprofit Rock the Vote organization, Brown University student Alexandra Trustman asked the candidates whether they preferred the PC or Mac format for their computers.

In an editorial she wrote for The Brown Daily Herald, the university's student newspaper, Trustman said CNN, a unit of TimeWarner (TWX), told her to ask the question.

In a statement Tuesday, a CNN spokeswoman said the cable network regrets the producer's actions.

"In an attempt to encourage a lighthearted moment in this debate, a CNN producer working with Ms. Trustman clearly went too far," said spokeswoman Christa Robinson.

A message left Tuesday for Trustman wasn't immediately returned and she didn't respond to an e-mail from The Associated Press. A woman who answered Trustman's phone said Trustman didn't want to comment.

In her editorial in the Daily Herald, Trustman wrote that she was called the morning of the debate and given the topic of the question the CNN producers wanted her to ask. Trustman said she was "confused by the question's relevance," and constructed what she thought was a more relevant question "about how, if elected, the candidates would use technology in their administrations."

But when she arrived in Boston for the debate, Trustman wrote, "I was handed a note card with the Macs and PCs version of Clinton's boxers or briefs question" and told she couldn't ask her question "because it wasn't lighthearted enough and they wanted to modulate the event with various types of questions."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; Unclassified
KEYWORDS: 2004; cablenewsnetwork; chickennoodlenews; cnn; cnnschadenfreude; electionpresident; rockthevote; schadenfreude
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1 posted on 11/11/2003 9:08:02 AM PST by BunnySlippers
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To: Timesink
Schadenfreude
2 posted on 11/11/2003 9:10:11 AM PST by martin_fierro (_____oooo_(____)_oooo_____)
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To: BunnySlippers
CNN Regrets Role In Planting US Dem Pres Debate Question

My, my...caught trying to make news instead of reporting it. How liberally typical.

3 posted on 11/11/2003 9:11:03 AM PST by woofer
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To: BunnySlippers
"CNN Regrets Role In Planting US Dem Presidential Debate Question"

Say, I wonder if CNN Regrets Role in serving as an anti-American, "Liberal", Democrat Party propaganda machine???

4 posted on 11/11/2003 9:11:08 AM PST by Savage Beast (Happiness is the best IQ test.)
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To: BunnySlippers
a CNN producer ... clearly went too far,"

CNN clearly goes too far on any day ending in "y".

5 posted on 11/11/2003 9:11:18 AM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: martin_fierro
Is that German for "shot self in foot"? He-he-he...
6 posted on 11/11/2003 9:11:18 AM PST by talleyman (Caviar emptor (a warning from the sturgeon general))
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To: BunnySlippers
CNN manufacturing the news? I'm firmly disillusioned.
7 posted on 11/11/2003 9:11:46 AM PST by per loin
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To: BunnySlippers
Trustman lived up to her name, and CNN lived up to its tradition.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Phonies.

8 posted on 11/11/2003 9:12:07 AM PST by Pharmboy (Dems lie 'cause they have to...)
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and told she couldn't ask her question "because it wasn't lighthearted enough and they wanted to modulate the event with various types of questions."

I thought this was interesting ... Lighthearted? Why?

9 posted on 11/11/2003 9:13:08 AM PST by BunnySlippers (Help Bring Colly-fornia Back!)
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To: nutmeg
bump
10 posted on 11/11/2003 9:13:39 AM PST by nutmeg ("The DemocRATic party...has been hijacked by a confederacy of gangsters..." - Pat Caddell, 11/27/00)
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To: BunnySlippers; Dog; MJY1288; Howlin
But when she arrived in Boston for the debate, Trustman wrote, "I was handed a note card with the Macs and PCs version of Clinton's boxers or briefs question" and told she couldn't ask her question "because it wasn't lighthearted enough and they wanted to modulate the event with various types of questions."

CNN came up with that stupid question??

Figures

Wonder what other questions they had the students ask?

11 posted on 11/11/2003 9:14:04 AM PST by Mo1
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Alexandra Trustman

What irony! This young lady needs to learn quickly not to trust the media, particularly when it comes to politics.

I'm not a bit surprised at CNN wanting to lob softballs at the 'rats .... it's their specialty.

12 posted on 11/11/2003 9:15:19 AM PST by kayak (The Vast, Right-Wing Conspiracy is truly Vast! [JohnHuang2])
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To: BunnySlippers
CNN regrets that it was caught planting questions.
13 posted on 11/11/2003 9:15:42 AM PST by Loyal Buckeye
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To: BunnySlippers
CNN doesn't regret doing it. They regret getting caught. There is a difference.
14 posted on 11/11/2003 9:15:45 AM PST by Snowy (Annoy a lib -> Work hard, earn money, and be happy!)
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To: BunnySlippers
Yeah right. Just like CNN regrets covering up Saddams' human rights abuses in exchange for access to his spokesmen.
15 posted on 11/11/2003 9:16:06 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat (I'm so glad to no longer be associated with the Party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: talleyman
Good one!

Exact translation of "Schadenfreude" is difficult, but more-or-less, it means "taking pleasure in someone else's pain or suffering."

Generally it's not a good thing, but I do have some pleasure in CNN's being exposed for the Dem mouthpiece/propaganda organ it clearly is.

16 posted on 11/11/2003 9:16:31 AM PST by Prov3456
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To: martin_fierro
Schadenfreude

And epicaricacy.

17 posted on 11/11/2003 9:17:09 AM PST by Consort
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To: BunnySlippers
CNN: We Report, We Decide.
18 posted on 11/11/2003 9:17:59 AM PST by Interesting Times (ABCNNBCBS -- yesterday's news.)
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To: BunnySlippers
CNN Regrets Role In Planting US Dem Presidential Debate Question

no, cnn only regrets getting caught

19 posted on 11/11/2003 9:18:05 AM PST by InvisibleChurch (Like sittin' on pins and needles, things fall apart, it's scientific.)
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To: BunnySlippers
What a minute, we need to parse CNN's statements like we parsed the Clinton Admin's. So if CNN admits its producers staged a light-hearted question, it suggests that they also may have staged other questions. To avoid getting busted hard on that, they chose to reveal that they planted an innocent one. Story gets covered, and they move on, hoping that no one will dig deeper.

The real question is: Did CNN plant other questions, and has this producer done this before in other debates?
20 posted on 11/11/2003 9:19:15 AM PST by Diddle E. Squat (www.firemackbrown.com)
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