CNN Coached Audience to Applaud Hillary

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CNN tried to do a Hillary propaganda flick and its going down the newstertainment hole with its new boss. So expect lots more of this kind of thing.

But no one actually watches CNN anymore. Hillary would have gotten more viewers if she had done a commercial for a home furniture store on a local station.

Though CNN touted its Tuesday session with Hillary Rodham Clinton as a “town hall exclusive,” a great number of American towns apparently didn’t tune in. The hour-long interview, which took place in the Knight Studio of the Newseum, just managed to edge out MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” in the 5 p.m. television ratings.

…Tim Graham of NewsBusters opines that five of the six questions from audience members came from a liberal perspective, while four of the five “neutral” questions were “softballs.”

Clinton did field a question asking her to clarify her history on the gay marriage issue. And she did have to take on a question about whether President Obama had quit Iraq too early. But she also got to help herself to this one: “My question is, if you could describe yourself in three words, what would they be?” That came from George Washington University business student Krisstarah Gonzalez.

To add “energy” to its show (attended by the Erik Wemple Blog), CNN deployed an enthusiastic stage director who coached the audience to applaud at various points throughout the broadcast — not in a partisan manner for Clinton, but for the sake of the town hall’s television optics. Approximately 15 minutes before the show, the producer ran the audience through a practice round of applause and noise-making. The results of the audience-prodding turn up in the show’s video.

Amanpour, who tries to pretend to be a serious journalist, is acting like she’s hosting The View, but The View was hosted by what the media had insisted was a serious journalist.

Serious journalism is mostly dead, especially on cable news. CNN is being more obvious about boosting Hillary than they would have been in 2008, but that’s due to the overall degradation of standards. The idea of objectivity is mostly dead. The media is a cheering section and they’re mostly cheering for Hillary.

  • Pete

    I expect canned laugh tracks or perhaps coached audiences for sitcoms produced live on an Universal Studio (or some other production company) set.

    Not this.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    I find it hard to believe that no one watches CNN – at least willingly.

    CNN is on my doctors office, the airport, hotel bars, elevators.

    CNN is to news as Muzak is to music – they both fill dead air.

    • BS77

      The media is the fourth branch of Government….it processes baloney and extrudes it to the masses…

  • quillerm

    Wonder if CNN will cover the Hillary’s revelation that she laughed about deceiving a jury in the case of a rapist who brutalized a 12-year old girl. Hillary knew the rapist was guilty but defended him by making up false allegations to smear the child. A 12-year-old girl who was raped brutally, was put in a coma. She was a virgin. She was told she could never have children. And what did Hillary Clinton do to this person? She said this girl seeks out older men – which is a lie. She said this person is mentally unstable – also a lie.”. That is the real Hillary, the liberal media won’t cover or ask questions about.

    • Bill Cervetti

      Quillerm—Hillary’s defense of that rapist was good training for defending her husband .

    • DanielTourtillott

      But but but… She’s… But…

      Say it ain’t so Hillary

      You would never use a child’s life as a carrer stepping stone would ya hill?

  • Bill Cervetti

    So what were the 3 words? “Tough,TOUGH Choices” ? You know, in keeping with the theme and the book title,which have to be worked “supraliminaly” into every “interview” or public statement..

  • Yobama

    When asked whether audiences were being instructed to cheer for her, Hillary replied, “HAR HAR HAR HAR!!”

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “To add “energy” to its show (attended by the Erik Wemple Blog), CNN deployed an enthusiastic stage director who coached the audience to applaud at various points throughout the broadcast — not in a partisan manner for Clinton, but for the sake of the town hall’s television optics.”

    Always with the excuse. I guess it’s OK to be biased if you have a good reason for it. That is hidden.

  • Maubi

    I find it ironic how the liberals try to force these channels on people, at doctors offices and hospitals, as it is the only way they can claim some audience in the polls. Without those they would have no audiences period.

  • CowboyUp

    Hillary only speaks in controlled environments to picked audiences.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Oh dear me, I didn’t even know this happened. But Amanpour and Hillary on the same stage? Did a portal to the black heart of all Jew hate in the universe open up?