— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) June 20, 2014
At a CNN town hall meeting with Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, the cable net used a stage director to pump up the audience for the possible 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, according to Erik Wemple at the Washington Post:
To add “energy” to its show (attended by the Erik Wemple Blog), CNN deployed an enthusiastic stage director who coached the audience to applaud at various points throughout the broadcast — not in a partisan manner for Clinton, but for the sake of the town hall’s television optics. Approximately 15 minutes before the show, the producer ran the audience through a practice round of applause and noise-making.
Surprising? No, not very:
— WillieMays24 (@willie_mays24) June 20, 2014
— Ed Shahzade (@Ed) June 20, 2014
— Jorge Bonilla (@BonillaJL) June 20, 2014
@ErikWemple I know I'm old, I remember when CNN at least pretended to be a news network.
— Dan Gainor (@dangainor) June 20, 2014
— Richard G. Combs (@rgcombs) June 20, 2014
— Tim Graham (@TimJGraham) June 20, 2014
'Wag the dog'
— Tim (@Krommsan) June 20, 2014