If you watched the first Democrat Presidential debate last night on CNN, it was plainly obvious that the head honchos did their level best to make it the Hillary Clinton show. The main moderator, Anderson Cooper, used to be a member of the Clinton Global Initiative; and he couldn’t wait to interrupt each of the other candidates so that he could get back to whatever Hillary Clinton wanted to say. Clinton was front and center on the stage, and it wasn’t by accident.
The speaking times for each of the candidates was predictably lopsided, with Clinton getting double the speaking time of some of the other candidates:
- Clinton – 31:05
- Sanders – 28:05
- O’Malley – 17:56
- Webb – 15:35
- Chafee – 9:11 (it was pretty easy to forget that Chafee was even there!)
After the show was over, CNN was abuzz with fawning over Hillary Clinton’s performance in the debate. They ran headlines like this:
There are literally Hillary Clinton highlight reels on the CNN website. But what about the polls? Who did the viewers think won last night’s debate? Multiple polls show Bernie Sanders winning by a large margin:
So, what’s behind all this Hillary Clinton cheerleading? Well, the money involved certainly adds a little perspective. First of all, CNN is owned by Time Warner, and who do you suppose Time Warner has sunk their money behind in this Presidential election? You guessed it…
Time Warner, CNN’s parent company, is the 8th largest contributor to Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign. They have a financial stake in seeing Hillary Clinton succeed as a candidate. How then can their coverage be trusted?