“Diamond v. Pearl”
Student Blasts CNN
(Updated With CNN Response)
16 Nov 2007 11:21 am
Maria Luisa, the UNLV student who asked Hillary Clinton whether she preferred “diamonds or pearls” at last night’s debate wrote on her MySpace page this morning that CNN forced her to ask the frilly question instead of a pre-approved query about the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository.
“Every single question asked during the debate by the audience had to
be approved by CNN,” Luisa writes. “I was asked to submit questions
including “lighthearted/fun” questions. I submitted more than five
questions on issues important to me. I did a policy memo on Yucca
Mountain a year ago and was the finalist for the Truman Scholarship.
For sure, I thought I would get to ask the Yucca question that was
APPROVED by CNN days in advance.”
Now, Luisa is getting “swamped” with critical e-mails.
So what happened?
“CNN ran out of time and used me to “close” the debate with the
pearls/diamonds question. Seconds later this girl comes up to me and
says, “you gave our school a bad reputation.’ Well, I had to explain
to her that every question from the audience was pre-planned and
censored. That’s what the media does. See, the media chose what they
wanted, not what the people or audience really wanted. That’s
politics; that’s reality. So, if you want to read about real issues
important to America–and the whole world, I suggest you pick up a
copy of the Economist or the New York Times or some other independent
source. If you want me to explain to you how the media works, I am
more than happy to do so. But do not judge me or my integrity based
on that question.”
Rivals to Clinton believe that the debate audience had a pro-Clinton
tilt. UNLV was responsible for distributing most of the tickets.