Like all affirmative action, it is discriminatory and unfair.
Last night and tonight, February 6, CNN will host a candidate’s town hall in anticipation of the New Hampshire Primary. Eight presidential candidates were invited to attend: Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Andrew Yang, Tom Steyer, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, and Deval Patrick, the African American former Governor of Massachusetts.
Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii was not invited, which is strange, or suspicious, or typical, this being CNN. She is polling higher nationally than Patrick, 1.8 % to 0.5 %. Gabbard is also polling ahead of Patrick, and Yang, and Steyer in New Hampshire, yet they are all invited to the town hall.
Gabbard released a statement accusing CNN of bias (What? CNN biased?) and election interference. That’s hardly news: CNN has been engaging in political manipulation for along time, shifting into a whole new gear in 2015. She wrote,
You can call this by many names: Media bias. Election interference. Political gamesmanship by the Democratic establishment. But regardless of motive, the end-result is that the American people lose. They lose the ability to hear directly from a candidate with a broad, inclusive message for change. They lose the opportunity to show their support and spread the message, about a dynamic, anti-establishment candidate breathing fresh life into the Democratic Party. And they lose the freedom to make educated political decisions without media manipulation. CNN’s behavior is un-American and a betrayal of our democratic ideals.”
Well yes, Tulsi. Why didn’t you speak up about this problem before it affected you?
It seems pretty obvious why Patrick got a Golden Ticket into the town hall: the actual field meeting the Democratic Party’s qualifications no longer has a bona fide African American. This result, according to prevailing woke logic, proves racism. Poor Gabbard is America Samoan and of Asian, Polynesian, and Caucasian ancestry, but no African DNA in sight, so out she goes.
Why all-white billionaire Steyer is participating is anybody’s guess: CNN doesn’t have to be consistent. Or fair.
Fortunately, the principled candidates, led by fellow females and and Congress members Klobuchar and Warren, have protested Tulsi’s exclusion. We have your back, Sister! I’m joshing. They don’t care, as long as they’re involved.
Asked to explain its discrimination, CNN just mouthed some boilerplate about its duty to keep viewers informed, yada yada. The network has no real explanation because there isn’t one, just a version of comic Lilly Tomlin’s catch phrase when she played the gleefully incompetent AT&T operator, “Ernestine.”
We don’t care. We don’t have to. We’re CNN.
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