If you do a Google search, as of today, on who won the first Democratic debate of the 2016 Presidential election, you will know that Hillary Clinton won. Except she didn’t. You see, CNN, who hosted the debate, is spreading a bold faced lie. Not only that, but bloggers and news affiliates that follow CNN’s lead all report that Clinton won the debate.
Here’s a few examples:
The New York Times
Well, that is unless you are one of the more than thousands people who voted on CNN’s poll last night before they deleted it.
Washington (CNN)The field of Democratic presidential hopefuls faced off in their first debate, hosted by CNN and Facebook, on Tuesday night.
For more than two hours, the candidates tried to make their best impressions before a national audience discovering many of them for the first time.
Here’s how they did:
Hillary Clinton proved without a doubt Tuesday night why she is the Democratic Party’s presidential front-runner.
Clinton remained unflappable throughout the debate, showcasing her political experience and her command of the issues — all the while deftly handling criticism of her flip-flops and displaying a humor that put a more human face to her oft-criticized candidacy.
From the outset, Clinton was pressed to defend her changing stances on various issues — from the Pacific Rim trade deal to same-sex marriage — and came out from the tough questioning with a strong one-liner that very much fits the frame of her campaign: “I’m a progressive. But I’m a progressive who likes to get things done.”
David Axelrod, CNN senior political commentator and the chief strategist for the Obama campaign that trounced Clinton in 2008, said she did “very well” and that her campaign was likely “thrilled with the performance.”
Now, mid you this was a Facebook poll. but apparent from the title of the page, they were trying to use social media (Facebook and Twitter) to determine popular opinion on who won. Apparently the people didn’t vote they was we are supposed to.
Out of curiosity, I looked for other polls. I found several, and below are a sample the polls. In every poll, Sanders is leading by a huge margin. I am not going to go into the various gaffes, blunders, zingers and one liners that pundits count when they form their opinion. Theirs doesn’t really matter. Your opinion matters.
However, mainstream media is on it’s way out. With the internet, transparency in information is becoming the norm. Big Media no longer has the sway it once had. As the baby boomers are becoming more tech savvy or dying off, those who still clutch to their TVs and newspapers as their primary source of information are diminishing. Big Media is dying, and this serves as a great case in point.
The revolution will not be televised, it will be tweeted.
Now, here are some screen shots of various polls that agree with the CNN twitter poll above:
Fox 5 News in San Diego,
nj.com of New Jersey
Even patriot.com (a Right Wing news blog) weighed in
Keep in mind, the Patriot is a Republican friendly site, and even if they could choose “the Republicans” or “I don’t care”, Sanders wins by a large margin.
One last photo, sent to me from a concerned voter. Here is a screenshot of the television right after the debate. And CNN is still plugging Hillary. It’s time for Big Media to #FeelTheBern!