Unsurprisingly, CNN decided to host a town hall with Bernie Sanders and tell us the audience were “independent” people selected at random to ensure impartiality.
According to National Review the questioners were slightly more selected than made out.
– CNN called Tara Ebersole a “former biology professor” when her LinkedIn page lists her current job description as “Chair, Baltimore County Democratic Party” since 2016. Further, her husband was part of Hillary Clinton’s leadership council in Baltimore in 2016.
— Abena McAllister was labeled “an active Democrat,” which is far less descriptive than the Charles County Democratic Central Committee’s description of her as their Chair.
— Yunjung Seo was simply called a “George Washington Student” by CNN, despite her LinkedIn page saying she also works for the Katz Watson Group, a fundraising and consulting outlet.
— Michelle Gregory was simply listed as a “Maryland voter” by CNN, but a cursory Google search reveals her to be much more active in politics than just voting.
What is the point of hosting an echo chamber summit? All normal audiences appreciate discourse where both sides are debated and the arguments carry the day. Good to see CNN true to form. That isn’t to say right leaning media sources don’t suffer from a similar bias.
What it proves is that trust in media continues to fold. No wonder ratings are heading backwards for so many outlets.
Thanks to reader JL for pointing this out.