CNN on Wednesday admitted its failure to fully identify the backgrounds of attendees who asked questions during Bernie Sanders’ town hall discussion Monday night, Paste Magazine reports.
“Though we said at the beginning of the Town Hall that the audience was made up of Democrats and Independents, we should have more fully identified any political affiliations,” the cable news network said in a statement.
Paste first pointed out at least four attendees have deep roots in the D.C. lobby and Democratic Party, including Tara Ebersole, who asked about Sanders’ universal healthcare plan.
CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer introduced her as a “former biology professor” but her LinkedIn page claims she currently works as chair of the Baltimore County Democratic Party.
Shadi Nasab, an intern for the left-wing group Public Policy who was introduced as an “American University student,” asked about Sanders’ response to sexual harassment allegations during his 2016 presidential campaign.
Those allegations are a big storyline going into 2020.
“As we saw in the 2018 midterms, the Democratic Party has become more female, more racially diverse, and younger in age,” Nasab asked. “How can a voter like me feel confident in your ability to represent the party, especially given that your response to sexual harassment allegations during your campaign is that you were ‘a little bit busy running around the country trying to make the case to be elected as president.'”
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