In 2016, a CNN contributor tried to help then-Democrat presidential primary candidate Hillary Clinton (and thus hurt then-second place candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders) by illicitly forwarding her advance copies of town hall questions.
During Tuesday’s Democrat primary debate in Iowa four years later, another CNN contributor blatantly tried to help Democrat presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren (and thus hurt current Democrat presidential candidate Sanders AGAIN).
Apparently, some things never change.
Watch what happened below:
During an exchange at Tuesday’s CNN-hosted debate, moderator Abby Phillip questioned candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders about unproven and highly dubious accusations that he once told Warren that a woman cannot win the 2020 presidential election.
The senator promptly denied the accusations, saying, “I didn’t say that. … Anybody who knows me knows that it’s incomprehensible that I would think that a woman cannot be president of the United States.”
He added that there’s even a video on YouTube of him speaking 32 years ago about how a woman could one day be the president.
“In my view a woman could be elected president of the United States.” — Bernie Sanders, 1988 pic.twitter.com/WJd847DdmA
— Meagan Day (@meaganmday) January 13, 2020
Phillip responded by seeking confirmation.
“So Senator Sanders, I do want to be clear here, you’re saying that you never told Senator Warren that a woman could not win the election?” she said.
“That is correct,” Sanders replied in the affirmative.
What happened next shocked viewers from both sides of the political aisle, as Phillip chose to completely dismiss everything the senator had just said.
Turning to Warren, she asked, “Senator Warren, what did you think when Senator Sanders told you a woman could not win the election?”
She could have chosen to ask the fake Native American Indian whether she still stands by her original allegations and why her version of events differs from that of Sanders. But no, instead Phillip preemptively bought Warren’s narrative hook, line, and sinker.
The move spurred a widespread, bipartisan backlash on social media and elsewhere, with some commentators going so far as to blast CNN for being a “propaganda outfit.” Given that what happened Tuesday marked the second time that CNN had tried to “screw Bernie,” the accusation seemed to fit.
That question itself indicts CNN for deliberately running the Warren team’s hit on Sanders, which was unbelievable on its face, w/o verifying whether Sanders ever said it. CNN is neither a news organization nor a neutral arbiter. It’s a propaganda outfit. https://t.co/Om9Novhn2p
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) January 15, 2020
Bernie can which is why Warren, CNN and the DNC are trying to knife him (again).
— JACQUES (@arcadeyblog) January 15, 2020
WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS FOR A WHILE. THE BERNIE CRAZIES AREN’T GOING TO JUST TAKE IT WHEN THEY TRY TO SCREW BERNIE THIS TIME – CIVIL WAR – ‘Rigged’: Critics Cry Foul as CNN Debate Slants Against Bernie Sanders https://t.co/8tq4ByVASj via @BreitbartNews
— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) January 15, 2020
Reminder that CNN gave debate questions to Hillary Clinton in the primaries to help her against Bernie Sanders
— Jack Posobiec🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) January 15, 2020
CNN did a number on Bernie tonight and that’s a fact.
Dishonest questions, smears, and no fact checking of Warren’s lies.
A good night for Bernie overall, as his supporters will be fired up!
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) January 15, 2020
Could @cnn make its bias any clearer?
CNN: “To be clear, you never said that a woman can’t be President?”
Pundit turning to Warren: “What did you think when Bernie told you a woman couldn’t be president?”
— Josh Pence (@JoshPence) January 15, 2020
HUH, that CNN is not asking Warren “did Sanders say that?” but instead “what did you think when Sanders said that?”
(Immediately after Sanders repeatedly denied he said it.)
— Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDNews) January 15, 2020
Terrible questioning by women moderators: Ask Warren directly, so are you saying he’s lying? They just accepted that Sanders was lying — and then asked E.W. what she thought when he said it and then let her use it as a jumping off pt to talk about women’s ability to win.
— Susan Crabtree (@susancrabtree) January 15, 2020
It was a very telling moment when Bernie said he didn’t say a woman couldn’t win and then in the very next moment, the moderator just asserted that he had.
— Robby Soave (@robbysoave) January 15, 2020
While numerous conservative pundits and activists chimed in, some of the angriest criticism originated with the far-left.
“The cable news network was consistently biased against Sanders at the seventh Democratic debate,” The Nation magazine complained.
“At the Iowa debate, Bernie Sanders’s most vociferous opponent was CNN,” The Intercept, another far-left news source, added.
“The moderator’s use of Warren to confirm a version of the story that originally came from Warren’s account of the meeting at the time signaled which side CNN was taking in the he-said/she-said, but it was confirmed by the framing of the question — ‘Why did you say that?’ — rather than asking whether he said it,” The Intercept’s analysis continued.
Tuesday’s events seemed to corroborate the oft-heard claim that CNN and its comrades in the widespread establishment press are beholden to the Democrat Party establishment and thus, seemingly always eager to spout Democrat Party talking points to a T or rig town halls and debates in favor of the party’s preferred candidate.
As to why they keep working against Sanders, there are competing theories:
CNN’s question was clearly designed to implicate @BernieSanders. It is clear that corporate establishment is anxious, fearing a revolution. @SenWarren is their progressive Trojan Horse supported primarily to hurt Bernie.
— Edip Yüksel (@edipyuksel) January 15, 2020
This isn’t to suggest that CNN is a monolithic news agency where every commentator and contributor wants to harm Sanders.
In fact, following the debate, host Anderson Cooper reportedly attracted some praise by providing some much-needed (but rare for CNN) fact-checking:
kudos to @andersoncooper in post debate analysis for noting only @BernieSanders and @ewarren were in the room for that conversation in 2018. Cooper dismantled the CNN analyst who bizarrely insisted it was a @CNN reported story and not he said/she said.
— David Shuster (@DavidShuster) January 15, 2020
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