CNN Moderator Abby Phillip
After last night's debate debacle, I decided to find out who this terrible journalist that CNN forced upon the nation was. Right at the top of a google search was this, even worse article from the WashPo.
There’s nothing stunning, after all, about a CNN debate moderator staying true to the reporting of a CNN political reporter. MJ Lee, a veteran political correspondent, broke the story and based her description on “the accounts of four people: two people Warren spoke with directly soon after the encounter, and two people familiar with the meeting.”
On that basis, the story alleges that Sanders indeed stated that “he did not believe a woman could win.” The headline: “Bernie Sanders told Elizabeth Warren in private 2018 meeting that a woman can’t win, sources say.”...
Including Sanders’s denial, however, is something different from crediting it. Which is to say, CNN didn’t headline the piece with wishy-washy language such as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren provide competing accounts of private meeting. It’s the considered judgment of Lee and her editors, in other words, that Sanders made this statement.
I don't believe that I have to explain this to the WashPo: That's not how journalism works!
You don't get to decide what is true and what isn't without proof. If you can't prove it then it's only an allegation. Reporting a rumor as fact is propaganda, not journalism.
And speaking of not journalism.
Did CNN report with excessive certainty an exchange that may well have been squishy and fluid? Perhaps. As The Post’s Ruth Marcus notes, the dueling versions of the meeting aren’t actually dueling; instead, they’re separated by “only a few shades of nuance" — the difference between calling out sexism and submitting to it.
Oh really? Those are the only choices.
The idea that Bernie was telling the truth is beyond consideration, huh?
Let's get back to Abby.
She was assigned to cover Hillary's campaign in 2016.
Let's look at a couple examples of that.
— TheSandmanSlim (@TheSandmanSlim) August 4, 2016
Yeh, no bias there.