New Hot Air video: The Politics of Planting

posted at 12:24 pm on November 19, 2007 by Allahpundit

Why did so many of the “undecided voters” who asked questions at last week’s Democrat debate turn out to be either anti-war, labor, race politics or Democrat party activists?

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Good job.

LegendHasIt on November 19, 2007 at 12:33 PM

Clearly, planting questions is standard operating procedure for the socialist Democrats. Lies… Lies and more Lies. Who da thunk it?

Maxx on November 19, 2007 at 12:36 PM

I fully expect to see these same type of “undecided voters” in the next CNN sponsered Republican debate.

KelliD on November 19, 2007 at 12:42 PM

YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE ANSWERS!!!


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Kini on November 19, 2007 at 12:43 PM

I have only heard the word “undecided”. Without actually lying, CNN could simply have meant undecided in the Democrat primary, not the more common use as undecided in the general.

So they can be genuinely “undecided”, and yet decidedly anti-war, pro-union, etc.

eeyore on November 19, 2007 at 12:43 PM

Tip of MSM iceberg.

Halley on November 19, 2007 at 12:51 PM

Great job, HotAir staff.

It’s amazing that these people would try to get away with this stuff in the age of the blogosphere. Everytime somebody tries to pull this crap they get exposed, yet they still keep doing it.

thirteen28 on November 19, 2007 at 12:56 PM

Now or only hope is to get FOXNEWS to cover this. Great job HOT Air!

KBird on November 19, 2007 at 1:03 PM

The Hollywood writers have found new employment.

abinitioadinfinitum on November 19, 2007 at 1:04 PM

eeyore — your point is valid; however, the optics of this conversational type of Q&A are such that the viewer thinks these are average Americans plucked off the street and brought to the studio to ask questions… a type of “man on the street” turned “man in the studio” format. The fact that so many of these people are connected to activist or Dem politics belies this attempt to stage an objective Q&A with undecided voters.

D2Boston on November 19, 2007 at 1:08 PM

I wish we would get another vent someday.

I miss Michelle.

But good job with this Bryan.

Yoshi on November 19, 2007 at 1:10 PM

Yes, BTW good job Bryan, well done.

abinitioadinfinitum on November 19, 2007 at 1:22 PM

Glen Beck has the only decent show or personality worth watching on CNN anymore. At least Lou Dobbs rings the illegal immigtant bell loudly, but he is full of crap half the time. The rest of their leading people are phonies that need sound thrashings.

Ted Turner had lost his mind years ago, and CNN is still a reflection of his and Jane Fonda’s politics. Too bad Ted let such a good thing turn to slop. I used to have a little respect for him and his sailing skills, but now he is up there with Howard Dean, Barbara Strisand, Alec Baldwin, Sean Penn, Susan Seridan and the rest of those traitors.

saiga on November 19, 2007 at 1:32 PM

The media is a co-conspirator in this crap.

Not only was it planted it was obviously rehearsed.

TheSitRep on November 19, 2007 at 1:42 PM

Well, there’s probably little doubt that they’re undecided voters as far as the primaries go…but there’s no doubt which party will get their vote in the general.

flipflop on November 19, 2007 at 1:54 PM

My favorite by far was the one Obama apparently just intuited was a member of the Culinary Workers’ Union.

flipflop on November 19, 2007 at 1:55 PM

BUSTED

My, oh my… haven’t enjoyed the Blue Danube Waltz so much since the docking-in-orbit scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

T J Green on November 19, 2007 at 1:58 PM

CNN should have been more specific and labelled them as “Undecided Democrats”.

MT on November 19, 2007 at 2:00 PM

Excellent job, Bryan.

This reminds me of the line (from The Blues Brothers, I think), “We have both kinds of music, here – Country and Western.”

progressoverpeace on November 19, 2007 at 2:07 PM

Now for the real question.

We have heard that all the questions were pre approved by CNN…

Were they also (as I suspect from Obama’s remark) given to the candidates? Were they allowed to prep for these questions?

Romeo13 on November 19, 2007 at 2:14 PM

I agree w/ eeyore that the media and Dems have a super-easy and obvious “out” here.

Undecided Democrats… and a Democratic debate. Easy enough.

Random? Hardly. Obama obviously knew this one was coming.

Hoodlumman on November 19, 2007 at 2:16 PM

The media is a co-conspirator in this crap.

Not only was it planted it was obviously rehearsed.

TheSitRep on November 19, 2007 at 1:42 PM

And worse – ORCHESTRATED.

How flagrant can a “news” organization get??

How does Wolf sleep at night?

This is a complete mockery of the political process and the media’s role in COVERING a political debate.

My favorite Blitzer quote: In September 2000, (then) Governor Bush’s campaign held a press conference to announce a new campaign initiative, with all the Republican governors going around the country in pairs.
There were 31 total Republican governors, including Bush, at the time, and of the 30 governors other than Bush, 29 showed up for the kick-off. (One had a family emergency.)

Guess what Wolf called the fraction 29/30???

“Almost all”, “most”, “a majority”, “half”, “a few” ????

He called 29/30 a “handful.”

Way to go, Wolfie.

fred5678 on November 19, 2007 at 2:23 PM

Extremely well done. Thanks Hot Air.

It is obvious why the Dems are boycotting Fox, and other indies. The Dems cannot, will not answer legitimate questions. If some soft petaling hack isn’t isn’t placing out a soap box for them to stand on, they will be rejected.

Those aren’t questions, they are retorical lead-ins intended to allow the candidates to speak about a pre-determined, practiced, memorized talking points.

The Democrats are cowards, terrified that people might ask them about legitimate concerns.

I relish the actual debates between the Democrat, and Republican nominees. Not one Democrat candidate has demonstrated the ability to think for themselves.

Why did Bush win the last time? One of the more telling polls showed that people thought Bush actually believed what he was talking about.

You could take one of the Feminist Fembots and the Dems would be happy answering the pre-programed questions. The Democrats might actually be more programed than that thing is.

Rode Werk on November 19, 2007 at 2:36 PM

Now this is Investigative Journalism.

- The Cat

MirCat on November 19, 2007 at 2:45 PM

Poor Hillary, the only person Bill has given a “pearl necklace” to is an intern.

Neo on November 19, 2007 at 2:46 PM

Now or only hope is to get FOXNEWS to cover this. Great job HOT Air!

KBird on November 19, 2007 at 1:03 PM

I’ll expect to see Hannity bludgeoning Colmes with it tonight. If not, it’ll at least make the Grapevine.

forest on November 19, 2007 at 2:57 PM

Dems are afraid of the FOX

Kini on November 19, 2007 at 3:03 PM

Maybe they meant “undecided” primary voters.

TallDave on November 19, 2007 at 3:06 PM

Thanks for putting this together. The internet is making exposing these things so much easier.

It’s like the stock character in many newspaper stories, the “long-time Republican” who is so digusted by the current Republicans that he is going to vote Democratic. Then it turns out he is a registered Dem who has contributed to Dems for years.

Clark1 on November 19, 2007 at 3:17 PM

The RNC should required under the election laws that CNN air a free informercial like this obviously was.

pedestrian on November 19, 2007 at 3:20 PM

NO – in this context, undecided means no party affiliation with democrat or republican – NOT undecided in the primary. CNN’s use of this would come close to the Clinton’s infamous “depends on the definition of the word ‘is’”. Or “I did not have sex with that woman, Monica Lewinsky.”

ronalddog on November 19, 2007 at 3:31 PM

Nice job, Bryan!

petefrt on November 19, 2007 at 3:37 PM

How about Bubba in Groucho glasses asking a question for Hilary?

Hening on November 19, 2007 at 3:50 PM

It would be refreshing if primary debates had “undecided Democrats” or “undecided Republicans” for the respective party debates.

Instead, it’s 95% Democrats at the Republican debate, and it appears 100% Democrats at the Democrat debate.

Anil Petra on November 19, 2007 at 4:05 PM

This reminds me of the line (from The Blues Brothers, I think), “We have both kinds of music, here – Country and Western.”

progressoverpeace on November 19, 2007 at 2:07 PM

We enjoy both types of politics here – Liberal and Leftist.

I also think that line was from the Blues Brothers.

My, oh my… haven’t enjoyed the Blue Danube Waltz so much since the docking-in-orbit scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

I’ve had the pleasure of listening to it (from a PA system, not live) while on a dinner cruise on the Danube.

Bigfoot on November 19, 2007 at 4:32 PM

I’d like real questions from real unbiased voters. I guess they are afraid of real unscripted questions. Good investigative work HotAir!

ctmom on November 19, 2007 at 4:45 PM

Suzanne Malveaux is one of the best ventriloquists that I have ever seen. You could not even see her mouth moving…heh

d1carter on November 19, 2007 at 5:08 PM

Thanks Bryan. That was well researched and presented. Thank God for H/A.
Randy

williars on November 19, 2007 at 5:11 PM

Undecided
Undocumented workers
Un-American

There’s more, just can’t think of them at the moment!

4shoes on November 19, 2007 at 5:14 PM

CNN will never admit to any bias. CNN is desperately behind Fox News and CNN is trying to become the place where diehard Democrats go for their news.Unfortunately, the Republican Party establishment is such a collection of wimps that if CNN comes calling, all the Republican presidential candidates will be on their knees agreeing to a candidate’s debate. And the questions from CNN will always be the same: “How much more should we spend on social security? “How much larger should the prescription drug benefit be?” “How much more should the federal government spend on “education”? And when the questions arrive, Republican candidates never know how to answer. Instead they all sound like a slightly lighter version of Hillary Clinton. The only Republican who knows how to answer the questions without speaking like a liberal Democrat is Dick Cheney and in 2004, he scored a TKO over Edwards.

Larraby on November 19, 2007 at 5:54 PM

Nicely done.

Buzzy on November 19, 2007 at 5:55 PM

What ever happened to political debates where the audience were supposed to hold their applause during the Q&A ? These liberal morons have all been Oprahfied !
And another thing that bugged me was the way Wolf (I wish I were a real European) Blitzer was calling Suzanne Malveaux
Soo-Zahn as if he were French.

Firmworm on November 19, 2007 at 5:55 PM

WOW! Powerful stuff. CNN’s “Greenhouse of Planted Questioners”
That’s gotta hurt dude! :)

Nelsa on November 19, 2007 at 6:10 PM

They’re not journalist so much as horticulturist.

TheSitRep on November 19, 2007 at 6:32 PM

So this wasn’t really a debate. It was more of a show, with the actors on stage and in the audience who had scripts. Maybe they will get Academy Award.

imshocked on November 19, 2007 at 6:35 PM

CNN’s secret garden?

I think that would make HA a pest in the secret garden .

Mojack420 on November 19, 2007 at 7:05 PM

“And, Comrade Zhirkov, you confess to conspiring against the Revolution, correct?”

“That is correct, Comrade General.”

“May Comrade Stalin have mercy on you….”

Jeeesh

HerrMorgenholz on November 19, 2007 at 7:10 PM

POW!

Great video. Let’s see this on FOX Michelle.

Mojave Mark on November 19, 2007 at 8:21 PM

The only thing “undecided” about these mindless plants is whether they are going to vote as they’re told once or twice.

Seriously: Why waste the camera crews on this? They could simply re-run Bill Clinton’s phony “Town Meetings”. The only thing changed is the candidate’s name: same planted questions and same non-answers. They could electronically change the pitch of Bill’s voice to make it seem like Hillary’s.

landlines on November 19, 2007 at 8:21 PM

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Chap on November 19, 2007 at 9:09 PM

CNN Washington Bureau Chief David Bohrman commiserated: “Nobody wants or expects planted questions,” he said. “We booked the crowd and we pretty much know what their interests are. We think we’ve eliminated any plants

CommentGuy on November 19, 2007 at 9:40 PM

You’ve found democrats asking questions at the Democratic primary. This is truly excellent detective work, BP.

Next step, take a camera to CNN headquarters and demand an answer: “Why weren’t there Republicans at the Democratic Debate?” I’d like to take CNN take a crack at that doozy!

e-pirate on November 19, 2007 at 9:53 PM

YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE ANSWERSA.N.S.W.E.R.!!!

Kini on November 19, 2007 at 12:43 PM

Fixed it. I’m george soros and I brought this debate

Gwillie on November 19, 2007 at 11:53 PM

Excellent. Music too.

Entelechy on November 20, 2007 at 2:21 AM

Wonderful work…!

Rugged Individual on November 20, 2007 at 2:33 AM

No wonder they’re afraid to debate on Fox.

hadsil on November 20, 2007 at 3:45 AM

So, has CNN said anything aout this that anyone has seen? I don’t watch that channel, and I refuse to give them traffic to thier web site.

jdawg on November 20, 2007 at 9:46 AM

I’m not sure that the audience itself was inappropriate. It’s a Democratic primary and it’s fairly obvious that the interest of most Democrat voters are different than most Republican voters, even in terms of what issues are important. And it should be surprising to no one that the people who go to the effort of going to the debate are party activists–who may very well be undecided about who to vote for in the primary.

It strikes me that the danger here is to the Democrats is that they may not get out of touch with the issues that many voters care about. Most Democratic activists don’t have the concerns about immigration that a large majority in both parties do. Thus, Hilary and Obama flub questions about illegal immigration. Of course, the same thing happens to the Republicans. For instance, Thompson defended how the Republicans dealt with the Terry Shavio case–a decision about as popular as illegal immigrants, though a little less salient.

The real question here for parties is how do we inform the primary voters about their options in the debate (and primary in general), but also have the candidates keep an eye on the concerns of the less involved voting public.

All that said, it does seem to me that CNN should be honest about the audience. Wolf’s use of “undecided” was misleading at best.

thuja on November 20, 2007 at 11:55 AM

You guys are very good at gotchas. Kudos!

saved on November 20, 2007 at 12:00 PM

You guys are very good at gotchas. Kudos!

saved on November 20, 2007 at 12:00 PM

And you “guys” are very good at trying to pull the wool over the assumed sheep.

Entelechy on November 20, 2007 at 2:30 PM

Clinton News Network

jgapinoy on November 20, 2007 at 8:58 PM

WOLF was the reeeeeal plant !!!!

aniladesai on November 20, 2007 at 10:32 PM

Too bad we didn’t have a Kennedy staffer. Potted plants are nice.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on November 21, 2007 at 4:34 AM

It’s too easy to see through them.

My concern is that the truely undecided will believe these plants as real genus of the botanical world they share.

MSGTAS on November 21, 2007 at 9:21 AM