The Politico’s Kenneth P. Vogel writes about the controversy swirling around last night’s CNN/YouTube debate…
CNN also aired questions from supporters of Democratic candidates John Edwards and Barack Obama.
And that’s fine by the network, which is standing by its question selection process and lashing out at critics who say the debate demonstrated CNN’s liberal bias.
“We’re focused on the questions, not the questioners,” said Sam Feist, CNN’s political director.
“There were 5,000 questions sent in and we wanted to have the best questions. I think we found them,” he said, pointing out that the estimated 4.9 million viewers made it the most-watched presidential primary debate in cable history.
Update: The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Political Insider is also covering the story…
Early Thursday morning, over Bohrman’s name, CNN issued an apology for the situation. “We regret this incident. CNN would not have used the General’s question had we known that he was connected to any presidential candidate,” he was quoted as saying.
A few minutes ago, while he was waiting for his flight to take off, we got a few quick questions into the CNN producer.
“There’s no way that was a plant. There were 5,000 questions. There were many gay questions. This was a very good one.
“If you’re going to go into the topic of gays in the military, where there’s some interesting nuance among these candidates, it’s a pretty good way to do it — through a brigadier general with 43 years of experience,” Bohrman said.