CNN is shocked! They’d “never have done it” if they’d “known” who General Kerr was, even though that network engaged Kerr on an earlier date for a speaking appearance on…their own network.
“‘GAY QUESTION’ GENERAL LINKED TO CLINTON”
Not that there actually ever was a “‘gay question'” because General Kerr never posed a question — he performed a rhetorical speech and then posed a presumptive conclusion of the GOP Presidential candidates that was not possible to respond to in any lucid, coherent fashion.
His statement was: “I want to know why you think that American military is not professional enough to serve with gays and lesbians?”
Who was he referring to? Whose mind does he “know” with any certainty such that he knows what that person or persons “think” — the rest is nonsense because, obviously, by Kerr’s very presence among us to include the litany of military credentials he recited, as a homosexual who has had a career service in the military, he’s served, others have served with him, and he’s either admitting he’s not “professional” in that capacity, or hasn’t been, or, that no one with any professional abilities served with him — and since he’s a General, charged with supervising and directing a wide array of underlings, that’d speak very poorly as to his individual performance if anyone was to accept his remark with any seriousness.
I respect our U.S. Military Code of Conduct as it is — the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy as to homosexuals who are in military service has proven to be a functional, sensible, productive policy for unity of personnel — but I don’t respect CNN for their pitiful excuses rendered the day after the CNN/YouTube GOP candidates’ debate: CNN didn’t know, if they’d only known…
David Bohrman, a CNN senior vice president and executive producer of the debate, later said: “We regret this and apologize to the Republican candidates. We never would have used the general’s question had we known that he was connected to any presidential candidate.”
Kerr told CNN that he had not done work for the Clinton campaign, and CNN verified before the debate that he had not contributed money to any candidate, the broadcaster said in a blog post after the debate.
Kerr told CNN he is a member of the Log Cabin Republicans and was representing no one other than himself, CNN said.
On Thursday, Clinton campaign spokesman Phil Singer said the retired general “is not a campaign employee and was not acting on behalf of the campaign.”
A Nov. 11 press release retrieved from the website of the nonpartisan magazine Campaigns & Elections lists Kerr as one of nearly 50 co-chairs of “Veterans and Military Retirees for Hillary.”
Kerr also was on Kerry’s National Veterans Steering Committee, according to a campaign press release retrieved from the website of George Washington University.
And Kerr appears to be an active opponent of the U.S. military’s current stance on gays and lesbians serving in the military, known as the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
He appeared on the now-defunct CNN partner network CNNfn in December 2003 to discuss the 10th anniversary of the policy. According to a transcript, he called it “a tremendous waste of personnel, a tremendous waste of financial resources for the United States.”
Either CNN didn’t know or they knew and then lied about it. But either way, for whatever the truth is, they look tawdry, deceptive or nearly incompetent, not to be taken seriously in any editorial capacity, a venue for entertainment and fantasy (which isn’t bad as long as you are not posing as something involved in factual reportage, such as journalism).
They didn’t know! How could they know! Where’s the car?! Who moved the plant? What day is this? How could CNN know?! Who could expect a CNN senior vice president and executive producer of the GOP candidates’ debate to know?! And don’t yell at the senior vice president and executive producer! He didn’t KNOW! It’s CNN, not journalism, they don’t know!