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CNN Gives Biden A Free One-Hour Commercial

CNN Gives Biden A Free One-Hour Commercial
March 30
14:53 2020

If any corporation in America were to produce and air a one-hour commercial for a presidential candidate, they would be fined by the Federal Election Commission – may be even criminally charged.  Of course, if that corporation was a so-called news network, the gift would be explained as a public service.  That is what happened when CNN – a private corporation – presented what it claimed to be a town hall meeting with Joe Biden.

What aired was no more a town hall meeting than a campaign brochure in a newspaper.  It was an hour-long infomercial with Anderson Cooper serving as the pretend journalist.  Of course, thanks to the Coronavirus outbreak, there was no “meeting” – no audience to pop up and ask questions.

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Not that it mattered.  CNN had been hosting a number of these so-called town hall meetings for all the Democrat presidential candidates.  While those in the past had live audiences, the people in the seats were mostly décor.  A few pre-selected individuals were called upon to ask questions that were screened in advance.  In one case, CNN was embarrassed when the questioner later admitted that he was provided the question by CNN.

The Biden townhall was more of a private interview by Cooper – with Biden responding from a recently constructed studio in the basement of his Delaware home.  The show did feature half dozen or so questions by off-site individuals that were pre-recorded.  We know they were pre-recorded because Biden thought they were questioning him in real-time.  When Biden responded with a question back to the questioner, Cooper had to jump in to give the answer.

What made the entire hour-long presentation more of an infomercial than a town hall meeting was the nature of the questions.  Whether from Cooper or the selected inquisitors, they were softballs gently lobbed across the plate.

Biden proved himself to be a very promising candidate – promising everything the questioners wanted.  Should the government compensate me for my rent?  Absolutely.  Would you cover utilities?  Yes.  Would you give the money as grants and not loans?  Yes.  Do I get my full wages covered?  Of course.

With the magical powers of a superhero, Biden would make sure there were more than enough ventilators, masks, rubber gloves and hazmat outfits.  He would call for a national lockdown.

The entire format could not have been more beneficial to Biden if his own staff had produced it as a campaign commercial – and one suspects they had a lot of input.

But even in that friendly setting, Biden did not look good.  He stumbled around a bit, but no major gaffes.  It is just that you got the impression that there was no substance behind all the everything-for-everybody answers.  If that appearance is any indication on Biden’s future performances — when the campaigns get real — the Democrats have a lot to worry about.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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  1. Ol' Ag '71
    Ol' Ag '71 April 01, 16:22

    I’m sure both CNN viewers really enjoyed it.

    Reply to this comment
  2. slfoster01
    slfoster01 April 06, 16:29

    Really? Are you really going to go there?!

    Reply to this comment

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