From time to time, I hear from hyper-partisan leftists that “there is no media bias”. Those people are going to have a heck of a time with this one. You probably have not seen it in the news but the evidence shows that questions from the public in both Democrat and Republican debates were not the “unbiased and undecided voters” as they were presented, but were democratic activists, employees or campaign personnel. I am sure it is a complete coincidence that it was discovered that questions from students and others when Hillary Clinton appears to take random questions from the audience are also staged.
At the Democratic Debate the “Undecided and Unbiased” questioners picked by Wolf Blitzer were as follows:
LaShannon Spencer, who is an officer in the Arkansas (Clinton Country) Democratic Party. Blitzer specifically described Spencer as an “undecided voter”.
Khalid Kahn is the head of the Islamic Society of Nevada and a Democrat activist who campaigns against the Patriot Act. Kahn has appeared on CNN programs. Suzanne Jackson, a well known anti-Bush, anti-Iraq war activist.
Maria Luisa Sandoval, who was described as a UNLV student, is a staffer for Democratic Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid’s office.
Judy Bagley is a big name in the Culinary Workers Union and Barack Obama has publicly thanked her by name for her work on behalf of that union.
George Ambriz, is a known left wing political activist who is a past president of M.E.Ch.A, a radical organization that seeks to have the American Southwest ceded to Mexico. Here is an excerpt from M.E.Ch.A’s constitution.
“General membership shall consist of any student who accepts, believes and works for the goals and objectives of MEChA, including the liberation of AZTLAN, meaning self-determination of our people in this occupied state and the physical liberation of our land.“
The Republican Debate’s “undecided and unbiased” questioners are likely Democrat operatives as well. This story is breaking at the time of this writing but so far the discovered operatives are:
Adam Florzak, who quit his job to work with Senator Dick Durbin’s staff.
Mark Strauss, an active poster on the Huffington Post, a left-wing blog site, who participated in CNN’s Democrat Debate as a questioner last July, so they obviously knew who he was. He has also stated publicly that he is a Democrat supporter of Gov. Bill Richardson.
Retired General Keith Kerr, a “gay rights” activist and a member of a Hillary Clinton campaign steering committee. Kerr lectured the Republicans on the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy. Maybe he should ask Hillary about that because the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy was implemented by her husband. Kerr has been a talking head on CNN so he was known to them.
Ted Faturos was an intern for Jane Harman, a Democrat Congresswoman from California.
Undecided questioner “Journey” goes by the youtube profile “paperserenade” and posted a video of herself with a declaratory statement supporting John Edwards (credit to Michelle Malkin for finding that one).
David Cercone, who was described as a “Log Cabin Republican” isn’t a Republican at all. Here is his profile on Barack Obama’s web site. http://nh.barackobama.com/page/dashboard/public/ChFD
Lee Ann Anderson, yet another unbiased undecided questioner? She is the aid to the President of the steelworkers union that endorsed John Edwards. Check their youtube profile and see for yourself http://youtube.com/user/Steelworkers.
Of course anyone with access to Google and a little internet savvy found out who these people were within minutes, so it was all over the blogosphere and internet news sites almost immediately. Mara Liasson, the National Political Correspondent for National Public Radio stated on Special Report with Brit Hume:
“CNN does itself a great disservice when it doesn’t apply the exact same kind of criteria to both debates. I covered both of them. In the Democratic debate, I don’t think there were any questions that were clearly coming from, you know, a Republican point of view. They were generally sympathetic. They were about global warming, and health care, and education, all kind of Democratic issues. They weren’t challenging them. There was one anti-tax question, I think. But they weren’t challenging the basic principles of the Democratic Party. There were lots of questions last night that were. I think the question about the Bible was mocking. I think one of the abortion questions was clearly not from someone who was pro-life, it was the opposite. “
I am sure it was all just a coincidence.