In November of 2018 President Trump ripped CNN debate moderator, Abby Phillip who is under fire for her embarrassing performance in the final DNC debate.
Abby Phillip asked “Do you want [Acting AG Whitaker] to rein in Robert Mueller?”
President Trump responded “What a stupid question, but I watch you a lot, you ask a lot of stupid questions!”
Just over a year later, Abby Phillip is under fire by both liberals and conservatives for what is widely being called a “shameful” and “disgraceful” debate moderation moment.
Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi writes “CNN’s Debate Performance Was Villainous and Shameful.”
From Rolling Stone:
“CNN reported yesterday — and Senator Sanders, Senator Warren confirmed in a statement — that, in 2018, you told her you did not believe that a woman could win the election. Why did you say that?”
Not “did you say that,” but “why did you say that?”
Sanders denied it, then listed the many reasons the story makes no sense: He urged Warren herself to run in 2016, campaigned for a female candidate who won the popular vote by 3 million votes, and has been saying the opposite in public for decades. “There’s a video of me 30 years ago talking about how a woman could become president of the United States,” he said.
Phillip asked him to clarify: He never said it? “That is correct,” Sanders said. Phillip turned to Warren and deadpanned: “Senator Warren, what did you think when Senator Sanders told you a woman could not win the election?”
That “when” was as transparent a media “f**k you” as we’ve seen in a presidential debate. It evoked memories of another infamous CNN ambush, when Bernard Shaw in 1988 crotch-kicked Mike Dukakis with a question about whether he’d favor the death penalty for someone who raped and murdered his wife, Kitty.
This time, the whole network tossed the mud. Over a 24-hour period before, during, and after the debate, CNN bid farewell to what remained of its reputation as a nonpolitical actor via a remarkable stretch of factually dubious reporting, bent commentary, and heavy-handed messaging.
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