CNN Buries Kooky, Poorly-Rated LGBTQ Town Hall with 2020 Democrats

NewsBusters | 10/11/2019 | Staff
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Despite the fact that the Jeffrey Zucker-led CNN has created a cottage industry out of town halls involving presidential candidates and/or some of their liberal causes, CNN showed very little interest in recapping their four-and-a-half-hour, horrendously-rated Thursday night LGBTQ town hall with nine 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

Between midnight and 7:30 p.m. Eastern Friday (so 21 and a half hours total), CNN shows spent just under 25 minutes (24 minutes and 47 seconds) on a town hall that featured, among a slew of other alienating takes, an angry trans woman briefly hijacking the event, Beto O’Rourke saying he’d target churches who aren’t pro-LGBTQ, and questions with elementary-age trans children. As per usual with most NewsBusters studies, this total excluded teases.

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The tone was set from the moment the town hall ended, thanks to a special edition of CNN Tonight (midnight to 2:00 a.m. Eastern). With fill-in host Erica Hill, CNN Tonight ignored it to instead offer a laser-focus on CNN’s latest idol, which is impeachment.

Perhaps most notable was what came next. Over half of the total (12 minutes and 40 seconds) came in from 2:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. Eastern...
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