CNN’s Abby Phillip Ripped for Shamefully Biased “Debate Moderation,” Taking Warren’s Side

CNN debate moderator Abby Phillip is being widely mocked by both liberals and conservatives after one of the most laughably biased debate “moderation” moments in recent history.

The exchange went like this. It began with Phillip as a neutral presence trying to ascertain the truth, then quickly fumbled into a question you’d think she’d ask if she was part of Warren’s campaign team.

Abby Phillip:

Senator Sanders, CNN reported yesterday, and Senator Sanders — Senator Warren confirmed in a statement — that in 2018, you told her that you did not believe that woman could win the election. Why did you say that?

Bernie Sanders:

Well, as a matter of fact, I didn’t say it. And I don’t want to waste a whole lot of time on this, because this is what Donald Trump and maybe some of the media want. Anybody who knows me knows that it’s incomprehensible that I would think that a woman cannot be President of the United States.

Abby Phillip:

So, Senator Sanders, I do want to be clear here — you’re saying that you never told Senator Warren that a woman could not win the election?

Bernie Sanders:

That is correct.

Abby Phillip:

Senator Warren, what did you think when Senator Sanders told you a woman could not win the election?”

The audience laughed at how ridiculous the question by Abby Phillip was. When there are clearly two sides, why should a supposedly neutral moderator assume one is fact and the other is fiction with zero evidence? It was truly disgraceful.


The feedback on CNN’s YouTube channel is overwhelmingly negative for Warren. There are over 7x as many thumbs down as thumbs up and all the top comments are anti-Warren.

Phillip was also widely mocked on Twitter.

TheHill’s Krystal Ball wrote “I can’t believe the way CNN framed this as fact. Such bullshit. It is disputed at best. This is why no one trusts the media. Congratulations.

Abby Phillip lost credibility tonight, turning away from an actual issue to try such an obvious “gotcha” attack on Sanders. Moderators are supposed to be there to put time limits on a discussion of the issues, not to sensationalize a 2-yr-old witnessless meeting.

By turning to Warren and asking ‘What did you think when Senator Sanders told you a woman cannot win the election?’ just after he denied it, Abby Phillip abandoned her responsibility as a fair and impartial moderator, sided with Warren, and called Sanders a liar

The most biased-hack question/comment I’ve ever seen in a debate coming from someone who’s supposed to be a moderator. Shameful “moderating” from Abby Phillip.

That question itself indicts CNN for deliberately running the Warren team’s hit on Sanders, which was unbelievable on its face, w/o verifying whether Sanders ever said it. CNN is neither a news organization nor a neutral arbiter. It’s a propaganda outfit.

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