Another Plant?

Questioner LeeAnn Anderson is the assistant to one Leo Gerard, President of the American Steel Workers Union and John Edwards supporter. I didn’t find a direct link, but it’s certainly odd that all of these people with connections to unions or Democrat political operatives are well-represented of the 40 questions brought up in the YouTube debate.

Update: So far 4 of the 40 questions (and a possible fifth and sixth) are verified as Democratic political activists. What are the odds that 10% of the chosen questions (of 5000+ questions) come from DNC partisans?

If Anderson Cooper and his staff weren’t checking the backgrounds on their chosen questioners, then they’re incompetent. If they did know the background of their questioners, they’re partisans for the Democrats. One thing is for certain: I’m think I know who the Mole is.

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UPDATE:  The statistics are in. You just won the lottery– twice!


14 Responses to “Another Plant?”

  1. 1 Tano
    November 29, 2007 at 5:21 am

    hey, the Democratic party is the largest, and most popular party in America. How would it be possible to take a random sample of 40 Americans and not end up with quite a few Democrats?

  2. 2 docattheautopsy
    November 29, 2007 at 7:15 am

    A few Democrats isn’t a problem, from a statistics viewpoint. However, drop that down to “Democrats who are active in political campaigns” and the statistical probability of 10% of the questions coming from such a tight group immediately becomes suspect.

  3. 3 Charlie
    November 29, 2007 at 9:40 am

    Democrats don’t vote in Republican primaries, and vice versa. Undeclared and independents can cross over, but these people are already in the tank for Democrats.

  4. 4 docattheautopsy
    November 29, 2007 at 9:53 am

    Not entirely true, as some primaries (such as the NH primary) are open and allow people from any registration to vote.

    But for Democrats to pepper Republicans in their primary process with questions is still backwards.

  5. November 29, 2007 at 10:06 am

    This kind of thing still surprises me!

    I think its just the idea that CNN believes they could get away with it without really trying.

    Anyways, this idea that the states ought to decide whether or not to legalize the killing of innocent babies is inherently vile and evil. Anyone who makes such an argument is by definition a bad person.

    To get a better idear of what I’m talking about check out this analysis of Ron Paul’s response to a question asked on YouTube about abortion a few months back.


  6. 7 Bobak
    December 1, 2007 at 12:40 am

    Who cares about Jane Harman……she about as much of a democrat as Larry Craig is straight…

  7. 8 aan
    December 1, 2007 at 11:36 pm

    Cooper and debate producers said before the debate that they weren’t going to investigate questioners, just eliminate the ones that seemed inappropriate on the face of it. They never claimed in either debate that the youtube videos came from supporters of the party at the debate, just youtube users. Some of the videos from the Dem debate looked like they probably came from Republicans supporters, like the guy who demanded to know if they would protect his gun and the military man in Iraq who demanded to know how Arab leaders would ever respect Hillary when from his experience Arab guys don’t respect women in authority. And it’s obvious you are going to get videos from various activists, people with different types of personal investments in the questions their asking, and people who don’t care at all about the subject of the debate but just want to be on TV. Does it matter much if the question is valid and they aren’t claiming to be a general when they aren’t or something? I guess this is a question about new media partly. Nobody checks on the background of people submitting questions for a webchat Q&A affair. Should webvideo questions be treated differently? I don’t know, but at least CNN was clear that the videos might be from anyone.

  1. Michelle Malkin » Digging out the 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 act Pingback on Nov 29th, 2007 at 2:11 am

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