Case in point, yet again: on CNN’s New Day this morning Chris Cuomo interviewed Kayleigh McEnany, a political commentator and Trump supporter, and Charles Blow, a Democratic political commentator and Op-Ed Columnist for The New York Times, on the perceived character flaws of each opponent.
Ms. McEnany was given, over the course of the interview, 1 minute and 20 seconds of speaking time while Mr. Blow had 3 minutes and 42 seconds to express his opinions. And, yes, we did time each speaker!
The topic under discussion was supposedly the 3 controversies on the Clinton side.
Unfortunately, Mr. Blow took this as another opportunity to blast away at Donald Trump and offered his non-professional opinion that Mr. Trump is a pathological liar not once, but five times. He had little to say about the Clinton Foundation favors, less about Benghazi and called Ms. Clinton’s private email use a “mistake” but “not criminal.” This trip to the gutter took over 3 minutes and it appeared at one stage that he was “bullying” Ms. McEnany when she tried to interject.
This unbalanced form of discussion serves no purpose at all. The point here is that Mr. Blow, in trying to support the Democratic candidate, did a terrible job. You wouldn’t want a teenager listening to this kind of bullying insults. Mr. Blow did not help the Democratic cause and his characterization of Mr. Trump could backfire.
However, the biggest disappointment was Chris Cuomo who failed to give each guest even somewhat equal time to make their case.