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CNN blasted too many Biden 'softball' questions

Discussion in 'American Politics' started by Mountainmanbob, Sep 18, 2020.

  1. Mountainmanbob

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    CNN panned for 'softball' Biden town hall: This isn't getting him ready for the debates
    The reviews are in for the CNN town hall featuring Joe Biden... and they aren't great.

    While Biden's performance has received praise for his ability to display empathy towards Pennsylvania voters selected to ask questions, what has been described as the "softball" treatment of the former VP by CNN was widely panned on Thursday night, especially following the grilling President Trump faced at the ABC News town hall on Tuesday.

    "In the first moments, the contrast between what Trump was asked and what Biden is being asked is striking," Politico columnist Jeff Greenfield tweeted, later writing. "Biden is doing very well, yes. But this is not exactly getting him ready to face tough questions from a Chris Wallace or Jake Tapper (should he decide to do so)."
     
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  3. Kentonio

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  4. Bobber

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    Obviously the whole thing was a joke when it comes to a real credible town hall and more than one media is saying it.
     
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  5. Mountainmanbob

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    Many agree with that message.
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  7. lasthero

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    Fox News complaining about softballs in a Town Hall is, frankly, hilarious. What are they mad about, gimmick infringement?
     
  8. Kenny'sID

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    I say, just wait for the real debates, and see for ourselves who's up to par and who isn't.
     
  9. GoldenBoy89

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    I haven’t watched it. What are some examples of these softball questions he got?
     
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  10. Fantine

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    The questions came from citizens, just as Trump's questions did.

    If Trump's questions were harder, It's because the chickens are coming to roost. He is the most dishonest, corrupt, intellectually lazy, self-absorbed president we have ever had.
     
  11. Mountainmanbob

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    CNN appears to be in the tank.
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  12. Bobber

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    I think one of the most interesting things was something that took place and definitely not scripted. You can see the video in the link below, and don't just say Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah! WATCH THE VIDEO. They announced they were going for a commercial break. The music starts playing......Joe thinking the cameras were off walks right up to Anderson Cooper and says something in his ear. Social distancing? NO. Wearing a mask? NO.

    Joe Biden, CNN’s Anderson Cooper appear to dispense with social distancing during town hall commercial break

    So what can be said about this? Not something that shouldn't be pointed out at all as being blatantly inconsistent?
     
  13. GoldenBoy89

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    That’s it? He leaned over for a second and this is supposed to be some grave and blatant inconsistency?
     
  14. Bobber

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    Maybe all depends how you look at it? If it were me and I'll only speak of myself if the thought came to me I should even run to be the President of the United States one of the most if not the most powerful nations on the planet at age 78 like Biden has I'd seriously be asking my motives for doing so. Is it really because I feel nobody else can make a positive difference at the time? Or is more for being able to have the personal legacy that I achieved the ultimate dream. If it's really for the latter reasons then wouldn't that too be all just about ego? So could other people be self-absorbed too?
     
  15. Bobber

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    I'd say YES. It is what it is.

    If you're putting on a show that it's horrible to be close to another when the cameras are on but when the cameras are off you demonstrate you really don't follow through on that conviction then what is that except that word which starts with an H.
     
  16. GoldenBoy89

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    You’re basing all that on a one second moment where you saw him lean over.

    Meanwhile the president holds multiple massive crowded events, packed indoors with little to no social distancing or mask use, in direct defiance of state laws and regulations, undermining efforts to control the spread of the virus while you all cheer him on. I’ll give your faux outrage the level of consideration it rightly deserves, which is none.
     
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    I agree, and on top of that, I think it's worth pointing out that, even if you want to call Biden a hypocrite based of a one-second misstep - which seems like a stretch to me - that doesn't mean wearing a mask or practicing social distancing isn't the right thing to do.

    I think some people get this idea that, if a person is a hypocrite, that means their point is invalid, and that's not how it works. If I doctor tells you that you shouldn't smoke, and then you catch him puffing a cigarette behind the building, guess what? Smoking is still bad for you.
     
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    Yes GB. Inches away from his ear without a mask.

    Doesn't matter. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. If a point is always made like some good golden rule that you should always wear a mask then if either side doesn't do it in the real moments of their lives (when the cameras are off) why shouldn't it be duly noted like the others?
     
  19. Bobber

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    True but if that doctor wants to claim some moral high ground and speaks in a condescending way of another who smokes while all the time he does then why shouldn't his criticism fall back upon himself and at least be duly noted. And for the reason that he's done it one time at least what we've seen on camera....why shouldn't it raise the question has he done it other times as well? Unfair for people to wonder about?
     
  20. Fantine

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    Biden had always hoped his son Beau would one day run for president (possibly not in his lifetime.) At the time he developed brain cancer, Beau had been planning to run to replace the retiring governor of Delaware, a race he was pretty much a shoo-in to win.

    By every account, Beau represented the very best of the Biden family (Hunter probably represented the worst). When he was sick, he asked his father to promise to keep on fighting--not necessarily as a presidential nominee, but to keep on being very involved in the U.S.

    He didn't run in 2016. He was grieving. He continued to be involved in American political life, and didn't like what he was seeing (can you blame him?)

    After that, I think that the DNC gave him a little push to run. The DNC has been fighting off Bernie and the progressive wing for a decade. I can understand their feelings about Bernie, who isn't even a Democrat (he might have changed last January). With thousands of Democrats in political office, why should they choose an "independent" who isn't even a party member? I think the DNC was frightened to front a female candidate after Hillary's electoral college loss. I think they were frightened to field a black candidate (since most of us believe that Trump's election was in part due to white anger that a biracial president had been in office for 8 years, an anger Trump exploited). They didn't want an outsider like Yang or M.A. Williamson. The DNC wanted Biden, because they felt that in this time of national emergency he was their best bet.

    Biden was not my top choice for president, but I think that perhaps his gentle kindness and compassion may be what our country needs to heal.

    Of course, I would vote for a chimpanzee before Donald Trump, as probably 50% of the country would.
     
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