You didn’t really have to wonder about Morgan Cox’s political affiliations when he was introduced as the “chair of the Human Rights Campaign board of directors” at last week’s Democratic town hall on LGBT issues. CNN told us everything we needed to know about where Cox stood on those issues: The HRC is the world’s leading advocate for the LGBT agenda, so no one thought that Cox might vote for Republicans in the next election. Still, one can wonder why CNN didn’t make it completely clear that Cox was not just a liberal Democrat but an avowed and committed supporter of candidate Elizabeth Warren.
Especially since it was to Warren that Cox pointed his televised question.
“What do you say if a supporter approaches you and says, ‘Senator, I’m old-fashioned and my faith teaches me that marriage is between one man and one woman?’” asked Cox, setting Warren up for the most highly-publicized line of the night.
“Well, I’m going to assume it’s a guy who said that and I’m going to say, ‘Then just marry one woman. I’m cool with that,'” Warren said. “Assuming you can find one.”
The crowd, of course, went wild. Twitter went into a frenzy. And moderate Democrat voters undoubtedly rolled their eyes at home, wondering if Warren was specifically telling them or members of their family that they aren’t particularly welcome in today’s version of the party. (Hint: You’re not.)
But probably no one thought, Hmm, did these two get together before the show and work out this little bit for the purpose of “getting a good one” out over the air. They didn’t think that because CNN didn’t bother letting viewers at home know that Cox donated the legal maximum $2,700 to Warren’s 2017 Senate campaign, to say nothing of the two followup (and equal) donations he made to her campaign in 2018. Oh, and the additional $2,700 he gave to a Warren super PAC.
Somewhat coincidentally, Warren just rolled out a new challenge for her Democratic competitors. As reported by CNN – of course: “Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday challenged her Democratic primary rivals to release the names of contributors and fundraisers with influential positions on their campaigns, while pledging to champion legislation that would effectively disqualify big-dollar donors from being appointed to cushy diplomatic posts.”
So, Warren is comfortable mounting her high horse to rail against donors becoming diplomats, but it’s fine for CNN to plant them in the audience to ask her gimme questions. Warren’s ethical bona fides are situational, at best.
As for CNN’s…well, come on.