CNN is trying to get everyone excited about the first Democrat debate. It will most likely be a snoozer, but there’s one little fact that shows it’s more likely gonna be a long commercial for the Hillary Clinton campaign.
From The Weekly Standard:
CNN host Anderson Cooper, who is set to moderate tonight’s Democratic debate, was listed as a “notable past member” the Clinton Global Initiative’s website along with a number of other big name journalists:
The list includes: CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Christiane Amanpour, Fox’s Greta Van Susteren, NBC’s Matt Lauer and Tom Brokaw, New York Times‘s Thomas Friedman and Nicholas Kristof, Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo, Yahoo’s Katie Couric, The Economist‘s Matthew Bishop, and Financial Times‘ Lionel Barber.
The Clinton Foundation later told Mediaite that none of these journalists were asked to pay the $20,000 membership fee required of members. However, it’s safe to say that access to big name journalists was a key selling point for paying Clinton Global Initiative members. In a nutshell, Anderson Cooper helped Hillary Clinton raise money, and now he’s presented as an impartial moderator for tonight’s debate.
Media mogul Matt Drudge asks the incisive question about what makes this so problematic:
Should being member of 'Clinton Global Initiative' disqualify Cooper from moderating? Before answering, remember, ethics not an option…
— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) October 13, 2015
It’s utterly amazing how the media keeps pretending that it’s totally unbiased and objective, but they completely ignore obvious ethical conflicts like this one.
Even if Anderson Cooper has no bias, if they were professional at all about it, they’d get someone else to take his place to make sure there’s not even the appearance of a conflict.
But they don’t care, and our Republic suffers for it.
What do you think? Should Anderson Cooper be allowed to moderate the debate despite his Clinton connection? Tell us why in the comments!
H/T The Right Scoop