CNN has contributed to the national dialogue in other ways. For example, the network recently hosted a marathon “climate crisis town hall” during which Democratic presidential candidates discussed the need to limit carbon emissions from air travel, proposed government-backed initiatives to limit the consumption of red meat, and promised to use taxpayer dollars to abort children in poor countries.

In between segments, CNN aired commercials promoting “the world’s first luxury travel subscription” and the Golden Corral restaurant chain, where diners can enjoy “endless sirloin and St. Louis-style ribs.”

If there’s a point to any of this, what is it?