On Thursday night, CNN collaborated with the White House for the third town hall of Joe Biden’s presidency and fourth in 13 months and, as has been the case with the previous installments (which you can read about Click here Click hereAnd Click here), Thursday’s 89-minute state-run media operation featured questions that were either sapless, unimaginative, or watered down to ensure they came across as harmless.
AC360Anderson Cooper interviewed 12 Baltimore-based residents. Seven of the twelve were Democrats and three were independents. Two had been identified as Republicans. Four of the twelve people who were asked questions tilted to the left, five were neutral and three from the right.
Unsurprisingly, CNN and Biden’s handlers made sure Cooper and the audience avoided topics such as AfghanistanIt is the Cover-up by the far-left Loudoun County Public Schools of alleged rapes, critical race theory, the FBI Spying on parentswho address school boards meetings and Hunter Biden’s ongoing art scam.
Going back to the questions they did allow through, two of the neutral questions dealt with the harsh reality of how things like inflation and the supply chain crisis have made the cost of living more stressful and tenuous, but they were ground down so as help absolve Biden of blame (click “expand”):
On those neutral questions, two of them dealt with the harsh reality of how things like inflation and the supply chain crisis have made the cost of living more stressful and tenuous, but they were ground down so as help absolve Biden of blame (click “expand”):
ANNA HIRSCH [Democrat]Biden: As a child in small towns, my family was surrounded with small-business owners, including my mother, an interior designer. Due to current supply chain problems, small businesses may not be able to obtain the products they require due to priority being given to larger companies. Is there any policy or plan in your administration to address the supply chain crisis and help small businesses affected?
LINDA HARRIS [Democrat]My family, a middle-class foursome lives within a tight budget. My husband and I both work full-time at — at well-paying jobs, but we still struggle some months to make the ends meet with rising gas prices and utility prices and grocery prices. Our discretionary income is being squeezed and decreased. How can the Administration help us get out of this current financial crunch?
The questions on the right were posed as though they had been asked by Jen Rubin and Ron Klain.
Democrat Sondra Guttman lamented that free community college could be cut from Biden’s so-called human infrastructure plan, insisting that “[a]n educated citizenry is absolutely crucial to solving complex problems like climate change and the systematic inequities in this country.”
Kobi Khong is a Johns Hopkins and Democrat student. also citedClimate change: What do you want to learn? “what other backup plans do you have to ensure a future for the next generations” As you can see “people have trouble comprehending the severity of…climate change”With “[m]any legislators and politicians” being “lenient” and not doing what’s necessary.
Alongside a plea for him to ram through the entire agenda of a presumed independent, Democrat Thaddeus Prices drew raucous applauseBiden when he said that “many” “the Black community…are disheartened as we watch a Congress fail to support police reform” and see “our voting rights vanish before our very eyes.”
Price stated, in turn, that it was incumbent. “rectify these atrocities, secure our democracy, and ensure that freedoms and liberties that all Americans should be entitled to.”
Briefly, the questions on the right dealt with what number would Biden deem a “fair share” for the wealthy to pay in taxes, the border crisis (including why Biden’s never been to the border), and China reportedly having what could be described as a nuclear missile capable of going into space.
CNN made a predictably predictable decision and placed two of the audience members they identified as Republicans in the last two questions.
NewsBusters estimated that Cooper had asked 36 questions or made statements to Biden. Cooper was at Biden’s left three times. 31 were from the middle. Two came from the right.
Cooper largely stayed out of the way in not wanting to draw Biden’s ire by, as evidenced by the tilt of the questions toward neutral (or what could also be labeled as boring), staying out of the way. On issues like defunding police in New York City, New York City’s removal Thomas Jefferson statue and vaccine mandates, he would just do that.
He was a mix of yes or not questions, and horse-racing inquiries about his budget deals. Click “expand” to see a sampling:
Just to let you know that there has been much negotiating behind closed doors. I am sure this is something you’re very involved in. Are you close to a done deal?
Joe Manchin supports a work requirement in exchange for your children’s enhanced tax credit. Do you agree with this idea?
Additionally, this proposal is the first federal paid parental…[h]How much off would your parents really get for you to propose? You had previously discussed 12 weeks. It’s now reported that it may be down to four weeks.
Kyrsten Sinema (Senator Sinema), who you mentioned is against tax rates increases for corporations or high earners. Today, Speaker Pelosi said she would accept it. It begs the simple question, “Would you accept this?” Tax rate hikes are not allowed for corporate income or those with high earnings. How would you otherwise pay for this plan, if it were?
Mr. President, the question was on the — the — on community colleges, which — which was a big campaign promise that you made. That was something that you talked about often on the campaign trail.
Just a quick follow-up: The main climate provision, which was part of the Build Back better plan or, as some call it, Clean Electricity Performance Program (or Clean Electricity Performance Program), has been removed now from the spending bills[.]
Do you think the National Guard could help solve the supply chain problem?
Cooper also responded to a few audience questions in the same way as before.
For example, he twice brought up the jobs market And after say there’s “market shortages” with “millions of jobs” being “unfilled” and “businesses struggling to meet demand,” He retreated and simply wanted to find out what Biden was capable of doing. “do to either encourage people to go back to work or make jobs more attractive.”
Cooper asked for this question later: “What do you say to someone who’s down? Because there’s a lot of people watching tonight who are.”
Biden’s policies are not responsible for these problems, and there is no question about it.
Cooper was willing to do it again for inflation, then two times on gas prices. But this time, Cooper never got a diagnosis.
When it came down to moving from the left, Biden’s two points were to follow up on when Biden would travel to the border and whether it was appropriate to direct the Justice Department in order to prosecute those who violate January 6-related subpoenas.
Cooper, on the left, engaged in Biden’s dig at Fox News. He nudged Cooper to ax the filibuster and asked if Biden would consider the passage of his economic agenda a greater accomplishment. “f’ing deal” ObamaCare is now more popular than ever Acted (click “expand”)
BIDEN: The general point I’m trying to make is that there are so many misinformations. It’s what fascinates me that you turn on Fox to discover how much I’m popular. [LAUGHTER] But —
COOPER – How do you get on there?
BIDEN: — I’m doing very well. I believe I am at 3 percent. [LAUGHTER]All kidding aside, did you know that vaccinations are required?
COOPER: At Fox headquarters?
BIDEN: That is mildly intriguing to me.
COOPER – Mildly interesting?
BIDEN: Very fascinating.
COOPER: Let me ask on voting rights, if it is as important to you as you say, I think there’s a lot of Democrats who look at the filibuster and would like to see it changed, even if it’s — [APPLAUSE] — just on this one case. Is that why you are opposed?
COOPER: Alright, so, just my final question is you famously at the signing ceremony, I think it was, for ObamaCare, you famously leaned in to the then-President and — I’m not going to say a direct quote, but off mic you said, “this is a big f’ing deal.” And I’m wondering the Build Back Better plan, is it a bigger f’ing deal than that?
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