At CNN, November is planting season; Update: Plant video edit added!

posted at 8:26 am on November 29, 2007 by Bryan

CNN’s handling of the last Democrat debate was so shifty, we produced this video to note all the plants in the audience.

And we noticed last night that there was at least one plant sprouting in the audience for the GOP debate. Well, head over to the boss’ blog to take a look at all the plants she found in last night’s debate. Oh, there’s one difference this time around. Last time, the debate was for Democrats and the plants were all Democrats. This time, the debate was for Republicans…but the plants were still all Democrats.

Yup. This is CNN, indeed.

Update: Since the boss’ site is temporarily down, here are a couple of screen caps of the four plants that were in last night’s debate.



CNN has some ‘splaining to do.

Update (MM): We’re told the rebroadcast of the debate was edited and cut out the retired gay Brig Gen. Keith Kerr’s question. Looks like they’ll have to go in and do more weeding, huh?

Update (AP): A video edit of all the questions posed by known Democrats can be found here.

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That and the love of hearing ones own voice.

shick on November 29, 2007 at 11:07 AM

The ideal debate is to have the candidates ask each other questions. Even better would be to have both Dem and Republican candidates together.

Wooohooo! It would be a rootin’ tootin’ spittle shootin’ better-than-Chrissy-Matthews-HairBall-froting-at-the-mouth shouting match!

Brat on November 29, 2007 at 11:27 AM

CNN was certainly remiss on this one, but we ought to be playing this to our advantage.

I only wish one of our guys last night had had the Malkins to say that unlike the Democratic candidates, the GOP field is willing to go before any forum and answer any question from any voter regardless of their party affiliation.

They ought to ask Hill, Silky and Obama this very question at their next debate: “Given the GOP candidates willingness to debate at CNN, and take questions from any voter, why did you refuse to debate on FOX?”

BacaDog on November 29, 2007 at 11:30 AM


Great work.

If this is of any interest to you.

I hang out on LGF, but one of the posters there, (Thanos) had a link where he claims it is the my space site for the questioner “Yasmine” last night.

If it is, you may want to look at it. Real nice videos of our troops on there.

formercorpsman on November 29, 2007 at 12:23 PM

I may be wrong, in my last post, I don’t know.

It seems that link may be an interesting subscriber to Yasmine.

I admit up front, I am not up to date on myspace.

formercorpsman on November 29, 2007 at 12:29 PM

If it hasn’t already been mentioned, there was a plant in the Republican focus group audience. I’m going off memory here, but after the debate, this woman was asked by CNN whether or not, as an undecided Republican, she was now leaning towards a candidate.

She said she was possibly planning to support John Edwards!

CliffHanger on November 29, 2007 at 12:39 PM

Voters in places like that (the South) are going to grow tired of voting on guns, God and gays and start voting on education, health care and jobs~~ Howard Dean 2004

To make sure you never get the chance to compare Dems and Repubs on education,healthcare and jobs, CNN allows planted questions on “GUNS, GOD and GAYS”!!!!!

Bicyea on November 29, 2007 at 12:51 PM

Told you that chick was wearing lib glasses.

unamused on November 29, 2007 at 1:14 PM

Bicyea on November 29, 2007 at 12:51 PM


terryannonline on November 29, 2007 at 1:32 PM

I see no reason why the identity of a questioner is important as long as the question is legitimate, posed fairly, and could not have been coordinated with one of the candidates towards whom it is directed. Also, the question is obviously of interest to Republicans, given the polarization I see on this issue and the comments it has generated in the political blogosphere. It may not be comfortable for Republicans, but it is likely that they’ll have to answer it again in the general election. Like I said, maybe CNN should have disclosed the political alignments of the questioner, but otherwise, I don’t see any problem with it.

Big S on November 29, 2007 at 9:34 AM

You obviously didn’t watch the debate; not only did this person pose a video question, but CNN had him live in the audience, introduced him, and asked if his question had been answered. They did the same with someone who had asked an illegal immigration question. That person said something like “Yes, No and Maybe,” and sat down. This guy launched into a speech about gays in the military, with Cooper trying repeatedly to stop him, to no avail. This wasn’t just a matter of a YouTube question; this was someone imposing themselves, and their agenda, into the debate.
So, no, the question was not “posed fairly.”
As far the question being of interest to Republicans; I believe you have it reversed: it’s obviously of more interest to Democrats such as yourself, who see it as a way to make Republicans finally prove to the world that they are raging homophobes. There was more than one comment on HA last night from gay Republicans, and none of them considered the issue of gays in the military a major campaign issue.

Nichevo on November 29, 2007 at 2:21 PM

I knew it

and if you happen to have the log from last nights hot air live web cast you will see i called it .

so when do we get to ask the dems the questions at the next cnn debate ????

Mojack420 on November 29, 2007 at 9:40 PM

formercorpsman on November 29, 2007 at 12:29 PM

which one the ron paul drag queen or the terrorist propaganda one???

Mojack420 on November 29, 2007 at 10:57 PM

Planting…it’s not just for gardeners anymore.

CyberCipher on November 30, 2007 at 7:19 PM