Naturally, the cable network, which has shown time and again that it is in the bag for Hillary Clinton, vigorously denies accusations of any wrongdoing. But the camera, as they say, doesn’t lie, and CNN’s own camera shows itself appearing to coach a member of its focus group about what to say following Sunday night’s presidential debate.
A video uploaded to YouTube shortly after Sunday’s debate that has since gone viral shows CNN discussing the debate’s events with a focus group of undecided Ohio voters, only to have a live microphone reveal more than intended.
As the clip begins, CNN is showing a moment from the debate in which Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton says, “that America already is great, but we are great because we are good.”
Then, as CNN cuts back to its focus group, CNN reporter Pamela Brown can apparently be heard speaking to a group participant in a hushed tone.
“America is great, because we’re good,” Brown appears to say.
Then, aware she is back on the air, Brown asks the same participant what anti-Trump argument from Clinton impressed her most. The participant responds with a close approximation of what Brown had just said to her seconds before:
She stated that America is already great, and I tend to agree with that. Though we are slow in progressing in a number of ways, we are progressing and we need to continue the momentum.”
This brief exchange is being interpreted by many as proof that CNN was coaching focus group member about what to say on the air. Within just a few hours of being uploaded, the video collected nearly 150,000 views.
A source at CNN told TheDCNF Monday morning Brown was prompting the focus group member about what video was being shown, so that she could react to it.
Bill Clarkin, a member of the focus group, also contacted TheDCNF and denied any coaching occurred.
“There was no coaching,” Clarkin said. “Pamela Brown was repeating the comment made by Hillary to us because we could not watch the live feed.”
This report, by Blake Neff, was cross-posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.