Watch how CNN treats two candidates for a House seat in Illinois. Maybe this explains why CNN is experiencing such historic low ratings?
Is CNN campaigning for Rep. Joe Walsh’s Democratic opponent? In a heated exchange with Walsh on Thursday, anchor Ashleigh Banfield rattled off a list of opponent Tammy Duckworth’s accomplishments and admitted “she should get elected” if voters are pleased with her resume.
CNN gave much softer treatment to Duckworth on Friday. Host Wolf Blitzer did press her about controversial statements she has made, but also tossed her softball questions and gave her an opportunity to explain her stances on issues that matter to voters — an opportunity CNN did not give Walsh.
Blitzer asked her softballs like “Do you have a problem that he [Walsh] never served in the military?” after Walsh had accused her of incessantly touting her own military service.
Meanwhile, this past Wednesday Blitzer did interview Walsh, but only to elicit the response he was looking for: Duckworth is a “true hero” for her service. He did not ask Walsh to expound on his political platform, talk about economic issues, or explain the difference between him and Duckworth.
Blitzer did ask Duckworth those questions on Friday, letting her explain her stances on the issues voters care about. “What’s the biggest difference, in your opinion, constituents out there in Illinois should know about when it comes to economic policy, economic issues between you and Walsh?” Blitzer asked Duckworth.
“If he [Walsh] is watching right now, is there anything you want to say to him directly?” Blitzer asked again.
If the media covers one specific House race out of 435, it probably has an agenda. CNN called the race between Walsh and Duckworth one of the “most watched and nastiest” in the country, but put most of its glare on the Tea Party congressman for his “nasty” comments.
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