CNN Anchor Drops All Pretense of Being Objective on Gun Control

By Susan Jones | February 20, 2018 | 8:36am EST
CNN's Alisyn Camerota, co-host of "New Day," takes sides in the gun control debate, even questioning the sincerity of a Republican who disagrees with her. (Photo: Screen grab)

( - Quivering with indignation, CNN's Alisyn Camerota "moderated" an on-air debate Tuesday morning between two Republicans with differing views on gun control.

But to Camerota, there is only one righteous side, and she defended it with all the passion of an activist.

Former U.S. Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) is a gun control advocate; Former Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) had the nerve to suggest that the newly minted student activists from Parkland, Florida may have had help from outside groups in coordinating their gun control campaign.

The students have announced a "March for Our Lives" protest in Washington next month; they have a website up and running; and they are taking buses to the Florida state capitol today to discuss their agenda with lawmakers and Gov. Rick Scott. They say their anti-NRA ("baby murderers") campaign is not political, except that it is.

Camerota went to Parkland in the aftermath of the horrific shooting, where CNN and many other media outlets gave the understandably grieving students plenty of air time. They are now famous. Listen to her not-so-fair and balanced presentation on Tuesday:


A short time after that exchange (see above video), Camerota interviewed two students from Parkland, Fla.


"Brandon, what's it like when you hear people saying you guys don't know what you're doing, you must be having help from somebody else?" she asked. 


"I think it's very despicable that he would have the audacity to say that," Brandon replied, referring to former Rep. Jack Kingston. "Young people across this country and over the world should feel they have the power to make things right, and especially in the wake of a tragedy, we show who we truly are. So to say that just because we're young, we can't make a difference, is not right. And he should apologize for that."


(Kingston didn't say they couldn't make a difference. He suggested they are getting help from outside politically motivated groups.)


Later, Camerota returned to the question of outside help, asking Brandon: "Look, you heard Jack Kingston there, the congressman, say that he didn't think you could organize on your own. So how are you getting these buses to go to the state capital? How are you all getting your message out so effectively and forcefully?"

Brandon never answered the question. Instead, he returned to his talking points.

A second student, Delaney, told Camerota that she and the other students "come from an affluent school, we're all really well educated on government and policy, so we were given this platform and it felt wrong not to take advantage of it."

Delaney also said that doing all the media appearances and organizing the march and "organizing the movement in general -- I do believe that it is way of coping. It is a way of us realizing that the only way that we're going to heal, the only way that we're going to feel better, is knowing that other people won't have to go through what we have to go through."

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