According to CNN I'm undecided enough to ask questions of the candidates in a Democrat primary. Those who know me or read my blog are probably well aware of my criticism of Hillary! Obama and Edwards. In recent conversations I've also stated that I currently lean towards Fred Thompson as my first pick and that I would not vote for any of the Democrats that are in the running. How can I say CNN considers me undecided? Let's see what we can learn from very recent history.
In the last Republican debate, CNN labeled several questioners as undecided who turned out to be partisan or clearly supporting a particular candidate. Michelle Malkin has an excellent post with these "undecided" voters revealed.
Digging out more CNN/YouTube plants: Abortion questioner is declared Edwards supporter (and a slobbering Anderson Cooper fan); Log Cabin Republican questioner is declared Obama supporter; lead toy questioner is a prominent union activist for the Edwards-endorsing United Steelworkers (source)
Be sure to read her entire post, as there are more than those listed above.
Some are portraying this as an intentional conspiracy by a biased media and Democrat campaigns. Until there is serious proof of this, I think incompetence is a sufficient explanation. I can't see that it would really take many people for this to happen. One low level flunky tasked with sorting through the questions that came in, neglecting to check in a serious manner that the voter really is undecided, let alone relevant to a Republican primary, is all that would be necessary. That's assuming of course that the one who delegated was competent enough to think of such tasks to hand down in the first place.
Of course I'm not saying that such people can never ask Presidential candidates questions. But this is a Republican primary and such things should be saved for the general election, when the entire nation votes, rather than it being just Republicans selecting their candidate. Though I vote as a conservative, I'm registered as an independent and I would be surprised if I was asked to question candidates for a Republican primary.
So now that CNN has shown how incompetent it is in removing bias from their debate presentation, will the Democrat candidates have enough testicular fortitude to participate in a debate hosted by what many claim is the conservatively biased Fox News? I suppose that's one of those questions answered merely by asking.
But maybe it's nice to know that by CNN standards I haven't rushed to make a decision, that I'm still undecided, except that I won't vote for any Democrat candidate in the running and lean towards one Republican candidate. Then again, perhaps the term "CNN standards" is now an oxymoron.
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