Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, speaks during the second of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
If you had any doubts about who CNN was rooting for going into the debate last night, we received the answer throughout the night. Over and over, Warren was given deference, extra time, and had her opponents cut off by the moderators.
Here’s a chart of how much more Warren got to speak compared to everyone else.
Here's a look back at speaking times throughout the #DemDebate. These are the candidates who talked the most:
— CNN (@CNN) October 16, 2019
Even among the other frontrunners, Warren got almost a full 10 minutes extra vs. Biden and Sanders. That’s pretty remarkable given how absolutely boring and uncharismatic she is. But there’s a simple reason she got so much extra time. The moderators were favoring her big time.
There was no bigger example of that than this would-be exchange between Warren and Tulsi Gabbard. I say “would be” because CNN made sure it didn’t actually happen.
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) October 16, 2019
You’ll no doubt recall Gabbard’s ending of Kamala Harris’ campaign back in the second debate. She absolutely lit Kamala up and left her stammering over her prosecutorial record. Harris essentially collapsed going forward and is now an afterthought.
No doubt, CNN was worried she might do the same to Warren tonight and the moderators were quick to make sure it couldn’t happen. Not only did they cut off Gabbard as she was about to waylay Warren, they rushed to commercial so she couldn’t even interject and point out what they were doing.
Here’s some reaction.
They have chosen pic.twitter.com/HundO5GNLr
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) October 16, 2019
Tulsi: “I’d like to ask what Elizabeth Warrens foreign policy experien—“
CNN Control Room: “oh god no cut to commercial!”
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) October 16, 2019
CNN cutting Tulsi off as she asks the precious a question is chefs kiss…
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) October 16, 2019
You can expect this to continue. As I’ve said before, the media love Warren because she makes them feel smart. Joe Biden is currently burning down and they hate Bernie, so Warren is their choice. You’d think CNN would be a little less obvious about it, but I guess not.
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