CNN’s “New Day” host Alisyn Camerota felt compelled to pull the plug on two of her guests when they loudly berated one another on the issue of how best to address problems facing the black community.
The combatants on the panel were Cleveland Pastor James Davis, a Trump supporter, and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, who is definitely not a Trump supporter.
Camerota played a short clip of the Republican presidential nominee stating that since the election of our first black president, African-Americans have had it worse. She then posed the question to the pane.
“The bottom line is, we need school choice,” Davis said. “We have to pull the education system and put it back in the neighborhood and get it out of these unions’ hands, and the rest of it, because at the end of the day, irrespective of the numbers, it’s too slow. It’s not enough. It’s too little, too late.”
And Davis added that the effect is felt most heavily in the wallet.
“You finally get the down trend and then the president goes out and has his victory, takes this victory lap over $250 increase in monthly income for the last eight years when inflation pretty much ate that in full, and so now we sit here with saying that mediocrity is wonderful,” he added. “We can’t bring this administration into accountability.”
“Hold on Pastor,” Camerota shoehorned in. “Let Mr. Mayor respond,” she said as Reed already started.
“The unemployment rate has been cut in half,” Reed claimed. “More black people are graduating from high school than ever before. More black people are in college than ever before.”
Davis tried to put in what the cause of a reduced unemployment figures was but was cut off by the host.
“It’s cut in half because –” he managed to say before he was interrupted by the host.
“Come on let the mayor speak for a moment,” Camerota said.
“10 percent more black people in the United States have health insurance than ever before,” Reed continued. “The fact of the matter is, if you look at the statistics that measure how well people are doing by, black people have done better in the last eight years than they did in the previous 20.”
“Huh?” Davis interjected. “I’ll give you — I’ll give you an unscientific –”
“Oh, I’m sure you will give me an unscientific because you can’t give a real answer!”
The discussion soon degenerated into indecipherable crosstalk as each person yearling over one another.
“Guys I can’t hear you,” Camerota shouted over the two arguing parties. “Gentlemen, Mr. Mayor. We can’t hear you when you speak over each other. Guys.”
Finally she’d had enough and cut their microphones.
“Alright, guys. Thank you for both of your perspectives,” Camerota said. “Thank you for the debate. We appreciate it. Thank you.”
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