At 10pm ET on Wednesday, February 22, CNN anchors Chris Cuomo and Dana Bash will co-moderate Debate Night: Democratic Leadership Debate, with the candidates for chair of the Democratic National Committee, CNN announced today, following through with Jeff Zucker’s promise to have many more town halls and debates.
The duo will moderate the primetime event live from the CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia just days before the Democratic Party chooses a new national leader. The candidates will debate their visions and strategies for the 2018 midterm elections, how to rebuild the Democratic Party and the role of the DNC under the Trump administration.
The live event will air on CNN, CNN en Español, CNN International, CNNgo, Westwood One Radio Network and on CNN Channel 116 on Sirius XM.
At a town hall held in New York by CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker, a CNN employee broached the topic, according to our sources, of why CNN had apparently reversed its position of not airing the press secretary Sean Spicer’s briefings live, at the time pointing out they had inaccuracies. Citing the falsehoods, CNN producers had said it would be easier to air relevant parts of the press conference later on.
But that has been reversed, with CNN opting to air Spicer’s briefings live.
At the town hall, a CNN staffer asked about it.
According to sources, Zucker replied, “They have been incredibly newsworthy and a lot of news is being generated by those briefings thus far. And while that continues, I think we will continue to take them.”
He also counseled the staffers to not be intimidated by Trump. “Do our job, don’t back down and don’t be intimidated.”
CNN anchor Jake Tapper and chief political correspondent Dana Bash will co-moderate a town hall debate between Senators Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz over the future of Obamacare on Tuesday, February 7 at 9pm, exactly one week after Tapper hosted his town hall with Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.
As noted in the press release, President Donald Trump has made repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act one of his top priorities while Congressional Democrats are opposed. Sanders, an opponent of repealing Obamacare, and Cruz, a supporter of the President’s healthcare agenda, will join Tapper and Bash to debate the fate of former President Barack Obama’s signature legislation and the GOP’s approach to healthcare.
Sanders and Cruz, runners-up for their respective presidential party nominations, will also field questions from voters around the country at the Town Hall Debate, taking place at The George Washington University.
The 90-minute event will air on CNN, CNN en Español, CNN International, CNNgo, Westwood One Radio Network and on CNN Channel 116 on Sirius XM.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who just signed a new contract with the network, and his co-moderator Martha Raddatz of ABC News, may not be getting along too well in preparation for the upcoming town hall with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, according to a PageSix report.
A source told the New York Post, “There won’t be just two presidential egos in the room on the next debate night, there will be four.”
Another source gossiped, “Both Anderson and Martha want to shine, to be tough on the candidates, and not to be accused of bias. There’s a lot at stake. So there’s a lot of turf-grabbing going on — attempts to box each other out to get the territory they are most well-suited for.”
It isn’t going too well between the staff, either. “They are supposed to be deep in rehearsals — the anchors and their teams have met a bunch of times, and the atmosphere has been acrimonious at best, at all levels, from the producers right up to the execs.”
“Now CNN is running trailers for the debate, trumpeting the event as ‘Hosted by Anderson Cooper.’” The source added, “This has infuriated ABC News boss James Goldston. CNN has erased the name of the only female host of a presidential debate this cycle, and someone who was widely praised for her performance last time.”
ABC’s promos, meanwhile, don’t mention Cooper, but only label Raddatz as a co-host.
CNN announced today, at the conclusion of the second Libertarian town hall, that the network will host a live, one-hour town hall with the Green Party ticket, presumptive presidential nominee Jill Stein and recently announced presumptive vice presidential nominee Ajamu Baraka, at 9pmET on Wednesday, Aug. 17 in New York City.
Following CNN’s coverage of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, Stein and Baraka will have their opportunity to address the current state of the 2016 race and the platform of the Green Party in addition to fielding questions from voters.
The event will air on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Espanol, and will be live-streamed online and across mobile devices via CNNgo.
On Wednesday, New Day anchor Chris Cuomo hosted a Libertarian town hall with presidential candidate Gary Johnson and vice presidential candidate William Weld.
As CNN’s Brian Stelter notes, the ratings were “good but not great,” still placing CNN in third place for the 9pm hour, behind Fox’s Megyn Kelly and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.
The town hall attracted 929,000 total viewers, and 320,000 in the 25-54 demo.
CNN Legal View anchor Ashleigh Banfield made headlines all over this week when she devoted a good chunk of her news program to reading the statement written by the victim in the Stanford rape case.
This Tuesday, June 14 at 9pm, CNN anchors Banfield and Alisyn Camerota will now host a town hall, The Letter and the Law: The Stanford Rape Case.
As the network notes, the decision by a California judge to sentence a former Stanford University swimmer to six-months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman has sparked national conversation and outrage. The anchors will lead a Town Hall discussion on the topic that has gripped the country – and sparked a dialogue about campus sexual assault, college culture, and fairness and justice. The Town Hall audience will include victims, experts, lawmakers, and the families of assault victims.
Last night, CNN conducted an hour-long town hall with Donald Trump’s family, moderated by anchor Anderson Cooper. The previous night, Cooper interviewed Governor John Kasich’s family; and tonight, Cooper will interview Ted Cruz and his wife, Heidi Cruz.
So, by no means is this an isolated incident, solely to promote Trump, as many on Twitter indicated.
This wasn’t some exclusive favor CNN did to Trump — not an infomercial, as many tweeted — it was something offered to all candidates.
Now, whether or not CNN should’ve aired these town halls is a separate issue, but it was in no way an infomercial for Trump: CNN carved three nights of primetime up for the three remaining GOP candidates, with the following day slated to be the Brooklyn Democratic debate airing on CNN.