CBS is under fire from users for allowing candidate Michael Bloomberg to buy ads during last night’s South Carolina debate.
In addition, while there is no evidence, some are accusing the audience of being stacked in the billionaire’s favor as well.
Ebony Bowden of the NY Post writes:
Mike Bloomberg had a different plan for his second debate: buy it.
A 60-second ad for the billionaire media mogul’s campaign played during the first and second commercial breaks of the CBS Democratic presidential debate on Wednesday night — drawing the ire of pundits on Twitter.
Viewers lashed into CBS for allowing Bloomberg to buy advertising slots during the first two debate commercial breaks, calling it “incompetence at best, corruption at worst.”
“What kind of rule allows the candidates to advertise *during* the debate? Or did Bloomberg just buy CBS?” asked New Yorker writer Tad Friend.
What kind of rule allows the candidates to advertise *during* the debate? Or did Bloomberg just buy CBS?
— tad friend (@tadfriend) February 26, 2020
“Ok why the hell is there a Bloomberg ad on during the debate? How is this not a campaign finance law violation?” wrote one Bernie Sanders volunteer.
Bloomberg, 78, has spent more than $500 million of his vast $65 billion fortune in campaign advertising, flooding TV networks with ads and dwarfing the spend of his rivals.
Other viewers were dubious about the lively audience who cheered when Bloomberg spoke and loudly booed Bernie Sanders — dozens of people accusing the ex-Big Apple mayor of stacking the audience.
A Bloomberg source denied the allegations and said each campaign was allotted the same number of tickets by the Democratic National Committee.
They also denied allegations members of the audience were paid.
Read more here.
Here are just a few tweets alleging the audience was somehow stacked in Bloomberg’s favor.
So Bloomberg has paid cheerleaders at the debate and CBS let that happen?
— L. (@leslieleeiii) February 26, 2020
— Turncoat Don (@TurncoatD) February 26, 2020
Bloomberg, that little puke, definitely stacked the audience. Bernies reaction is too good. what a G. https://t.co/c2tmcVcDna
— RM Brown (@xrmbrownx2) February 26, 2020
Bloomberg absolutely bought people in the crowd https://t.co/V2mIKmtvnQ
— Frank (@TheFirstFrank) February 26, 2020