Apparently, the Clinton Campaign was not satisfied getting caught once planting questions in an Iowa crowd, but decided they should not only do it again, but should then institute the worst cover up in history. I’m not going to bother quoting from the articles because I’m not really that interested in them. (If you’re not already familiar with the problems, just click on over.) What I am interested in is the ridiculous reaction people are having to these discoveries.
Of course political candidates plant questions in the audience. So do businessmen, athletes, police officers, bureaucrats, and any one else who’s had more than one public Q&A session. The point of these public appearances is not to receive feedback from the attendees, but to spread the speaker’s message. And seldom is it presented otherwise.
People are, of course, comparing this situation to the recent FEMA Fake Press Conference, but they’re wrong to do so. The FEMA debacle was presented as a press conference, but there wasn’t any actual press there. They paid people both to attend and to ask specific questions. Which is a hell of a lot different then asking someone already attending a speech to make a specific inquiry.
There’s plenty of ways to discredit Hillary Clinton as a viable Presidential candidate, but this one is simply a nonstarter. It’s pure pettiness. Would I prefer a world where there were no planted or pre-screened questions? Of course I would. But if I had what I wanted there also wouldn’t be any political candidates so this would all be a moot point anyway.