CNN is pro at staging contentious town halls. Michelle Malkin breaks down the track record…

CNN hosted a highly emotional and contentious town hall Wednesday night to highlight mass murders in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school massacre.

Parkland survivors, grieving parents, and gun control advocates gathered to demand changes in gun policies, but didn’t seem to be interested in hearing differing views.

Dana Loesch was booed when she brought up a young rape survivor who wished she had a gun at the time of her attack.


A small handful of Second Amendment supporters including Florida Senator Marco Rubio and NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch were on hand but were roundly shouted down when asked for their perspective on how to end mass shootings in schools.

JROTC student Colton Haab was hailed a hero for helping to shield students from the gunman but turned down CNN’s invitation to attend the town hall, claiming the network scripted what he was allowed to ask and say.

While no one can blame the students who lived through the horrific scene or grieving parents who tragically lost their sons or daughters from being highly emotional and angry over a tragedy that should have never occurred, the tone of CNN’s town hall seemed to take on a blatant political agenda of gun control with little or no countering response.

The forum set off red flags for many viewers, including conservative columnist and Second Amendment defender Michelle Malkin who had previously warned about CNN’s deceiving town hall events.

Malkin wrote a January piece for the New York Post highlighting the long history of CNN’s highly biased and scripted political town halls. “In an age of micro-managed partisan stagecraft and left-wing media enablers, there is no such thing as a spontaneous question,” Malkin wrote.

Malkin recalled a CNN/YouTube GOP debate where random “undecided voters” were chosen to ask questions and included, but was not limited to:

  • A member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual Americans For Hillary Clinton Steering Committee.
  • A young woman named “Journey” who questioned the candidates on abortion and whom CNN failed to properly identify as an outspoken John Edwards supporter.
  • A supposed “Log Cabin Republican” who had declared his support for Obama on an Obama ‘08 campaign blog.

Malkin also called out CNN for its Democratic debate in Las Vegas in 2007. Wolf Blitzer moderated the event and introduced citizens as “ordinary people, and undecided voters” who just had a few questions.

Not quite.

As it turned out, the “undecideds” came with an agenda. For instance, there was the former Arkansas Democrat director of political affairs, and the prominent far-left anti-war activist, and the president of the Islamic Society of Nevada who all just happened to be there to ask random questions.

Baloney, says Malkin.

The conservative columnist correctly pointed out the long history of Democrats and their plants used in numerous town hall propaganda events staged by the media.

At White House “citizen town halls” in 2009, Team Obama hand-picked not-so-random “random” questioners, Malkin wrote, who included a DNC member at Organizing for America and an “unemployed” cancer patient who was working for the DNC at the time, among numerous others.

And who can forget that time when former CNN contributor Donna Brazile got busted for sending town hall questions to Hillary Clinton in order to give her a clear edge.

CNN denied being a part of the violation and fired Brazile upon her being caught, but the network’s biased track record leaves little doubt in conservative minds that the fix is in when it comes to the media and a liberal political agenda — even during a time of deep despair.

Earlier in the day on Wednesday, President Trump hosted a televised discussion at the White House about school shootings where the tone appeared much more measured and thoughtful.

Andrew Pollack, father of 17-year-old Meadow who was killed during the massacre, urged American citizens to rise above politics and work with the President to find a solution.


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