CNN Features Hillary Plant at GOP Debate

Retired Brig. Gen. Keth Kerr who was featured as a "spontaneous" questioner on CNN’s YouTube Republican Debate on Wednesday night is actually an operative in the Hillary Clinton campaign. On June 27, 2007, the Hillary for President organization announced the formation of "LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Americans for Hillary" and listed the admittedly gay Gen. Kerr as a member of its Steering Committee.  That fact was not mentioned by Kerr, CNN, or the program’s host Anderson Cooper.

In his recorded YouTube message, Kerr challenged the GOP presidential contenders on the issue of the military’s "don’t ask/don’t tell" policy that has been in effect for nearly 15 years. He was also invited by CNN to attend the debate in person and was given several minutes of national television time to challenge the candidates’ defense of current policy. His “comments” turned out to be more like a filibuster but moderator Cooper did not interrupt.

Apparently, CNN’s bias toward the Clintons runs so deep that it will resort to some cheap, dirty tricks to try to derail the Republican campaign. Given the network’s history of consistent liberal bias, it is difficult to believe that the Kerr incident was a naïve mistake. It is more likely that it was another attempt to sandbag the Republicans – hopefully embarrassing them on the sensitive issue of gays in the military. It didn’t work. The general stated: “For 42 years, I wore the army uniform on active duty, in the Reserve, and also for the state of California. I revealed I was a gay man after I retired. Today, ‘don’t ask/don’t tell’ is destructive to our military policy.”

Senator John McCain responded: “General, I thank you for your service to our nation. I respect it. All the time, I talk to our military leaders, beginning with our joint chiefs of staff and the leaders in the field, such as General Petraeus and General Odierno and others who are designated leaders with the responsibility of the safety of the men and women under their command and their security and protect them as best they can. Almost unanimously, they tell me that this present policy is working, that we have the best military in history, that we have the bravest, most professional, best prepared, and that this policy ought to be continued because it’s working.”

So Hillary’s campaign strategy obviously goes beyond planting friendly questioners at her own appearances. It now includes sending her lieutenants (in this case a General) into the enemy (GOP) camp in an “Operation Harassment.”

It is more than a little ironic that the "don’t ask/don’t tell" policy that Kerr — a Hillary Clinton operative — was attacking was in fact implemented as official military policy by President Bill Clinton in 1993.