Someone needs to ask CNN Politics Senior Digital Correspondent (now that’s a mouthful of a title that means little) Chris Moody the age old question, “Chris, when did you stop beating your wife.” Whether he’s married or not, there is no good answer to that question, but he deserves to be asked on the record for public consumption. That’s because he seems to have a mission of asking politicians questions that are just plain stupid.
Recently, he asked several of the Republican presidential candidates to name who they think is the United States’ greatest living President. The aspirants didn’t come off as the brightest bunch when trying to answer the question. Remember, there are only five “living” Presidents: Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. That’s three Democrats and two Republicans.
The GOPers would never pick a Democrat. And going with either H.W. or W. would have opened the way for fun-poking and some serious stupid commentary from the predominant Democratic-leaning media. When all was said and done, most mentioned Ronald Reagan as their top choice, even though he’s not living. Obviously, they weren’t listening to the question. Ted Cruz, who represents Texas, home of the two Bush men, didn’t pick anyone and said, “I’ll leave that for the people to decide.”
The media has quit covering issues of campaigns, preferring to ask Democrats running against Hillary Clinton, “Why are you running when you have no chance? How do you expect to win if you can’t raise the money to be competitive? What do you think of the polls that have you at 3% while Clinton is at 47%?” The media rarely asks candidates at any level about issues and where the candidates stand. And when they seem to be asking an issue question, it’s twisted to push the candidate in answering in a way that fits the predetermine story being pursued. The media is more interested in asking gotcha questions, such as “When did you stop beating your wife?” Doesn't the voting public deserve better?
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