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.