View Full Version : CNN Exposed! Independent question a plant.

11-29-2007, 11:31 PM
Sorry if this has been posted numerous times, but things like this just piss me off. Remember that question that started with : "The republican party is never going to give you the nomination <....> will you run as an independent"?


Then there was Mark Strauss, who pleaded with Ron Paul to run as an Independent. It turns out hes a Richardson supporter CNN must have known who Strauss is because he participated in the CNN/Youtube Democratic presidential debate this past July.

"CNN didn't just "pick the questions." They identified contributors and in some cases worked with them to shape the video. Mark Strauss from Davenport, Iowa, ... told OffTheBus that "CNN called him and requested that he re-shoot the question and keep it to twenty-seven seconds."

11-29-2007, 11:35 PM
I KNEW it. Next we have to prove that 'conspiracy' question was a total sham. That guy was so obviously an actor, it was painful to watch really.

11-29-2007, 11:35 PM
Has been discussed already in the CNN/Youtube forum here.

Mark Strauss of Davenport, Iowa also had a question asked in the DEMOCRATIC CNN-YouTube debate:


DEM CNN-Youtube Video w/Mark:

Why out of 7,000+ questions did they pick Mark twice?

What a total sham. I liked your link: http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/11/29/blogtalk-cnn-debate-under-fire/

11-29-2007, 11:36 PM
The audience is not there to debate the candidates, just ask them questions. This question contained subjective material asserted as factual, and did not give Ron the chance at a fair response. Fortunately he overcame this.

People get all tied up in the party affiliations and talk of "planted" questions but never identify the source of the problem: the person asking the question has no respect for what a debate is or the people involved. CNN was fully capable of identifying and filtering out such questions, but for some reason chose not to. The last person in this line was Cooper, who had the opportunity to reveal the core error in these kinds of questions without giving the audience a faulty impression of the candidates. Instead, he chose to let them through, then point out that the candidates did not directly answer [unanswerable] questions.

10% The questions should not have asked in such a disrespectful way.
80% The CNN reviewers should have identified the question as such and eliminated it.
10% Cooper should have stopped loaded questions after it was asked.

If I were placed in his position, I would put my job on the line before letting ANY candidate get disrespected like that by the audience of a forum like the debate.

This applies to many (most?) of the "questions" they let through. It almost seems like the committee picking questions was a majority vote from Springer, Maury, and a third person.

11-29-2007, 11:40 PM
This is good for Ron Paul because it shows that he's being targeted by Democratic activists. Republicans are likely to feel some sympathy for Ron Paul because -- although they may disagree with him -- he IS a Republican congressman.

11-29-2007, 11:45 PM
Democrats are hoping that Ron Paul will run independent?