Last night was a vivid, real-time illustration of how the media think of the American people: “We’re really interested in how you think! So, please, come in, sit down and . . . let the professionals ask the questions.”
Man of the people Anderson Cooper, son of Gloria Vanderbilt, and Martha Raddatz, who had President Obama as a guest at her wedding, must have panicked when ordinary Americans invited to what was billed as a Town Hall debate in St. Louisdidn’t ask the questions they were supposed to ask.
Bizarrely, the people were interested in substantive policy questions rather than in doing what the moderators wanted them to do, which was to make like Tom Cruise grilling Jack Nicholson in “A Few Good Men.”
Even when the people asked character-related questions, they asked them politely (“Do you feel you’re models appropriate and positive for today’s youth?” was the first question) instead of in the antagonistic way that journalists do, which by coincidence also wins journalists lots of attention. That wasn’t good enough for Cooper, the CNN anchor who hijacked the debate to cross-examined Trump about lewd comments he made 11 years ago. Trump did what everyone knew he would do — apologized, tried to minimize the remarks as “locker room talk” and then pivoted to Hillary Clinton’s long career attacking women who had accurately accused her husband of grotesque sexual behavior.
After all this, what did Cooper do? He asked almost the same question again.