In last night’s CNN/YouTube debate, Anderson Cooper took a question submitted via YouTube from Brigadier General (retired) Keith Kerr without mentioning that Kerr is a member of Hillary Clinton’s LGBT Americans For Hillary Steering Committee.
Cooper: All right, let’s get back to the debate. Another question from a YouTube viewer. Let’s watch.
Brigadier Gen. Keith Kerr (Ret.): My name’s Keith Kerr, from Santa Rosa, California. I’m a retired brigadier general with 43 years of service. And I’m a graduate of the Special Forces Officer Course, the Commanding General Staff Course and the Army War College. And I’m an openly gay man.
I want to know why you think that American men and women in uniform are not professional enough to serve with gays and lesbians.
And this wasn’t just a random question submitted by an unknown user of YouTube… CNN had Kerr in the audience and got him directly involved in the debate.
Cooper: I want to point out that Brigadier General Keith Kerr is here with us tonight. I’m glad you’re here.
Cooper: All right. General Kerr is — as I said — is here.
Please stand up, General. Thank you very much for being with us.
Did you feel you got an answer to your question?
Kerr: With all due respect, I did not get an answer from the candidates.
Cooper: What do you feel you did not…
Kerr: American men and women in the military are professional enough to serve with gays and lesbians.
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.
Every day, the Department of Defense discharges two people, not for misconduct, not for the unit cohesion…
Cooper: Wait, the mike is — you’ve lost me. Is the microphone not working? Please, just finish your — what is your question?
Kerr: Not for the unit cohesion that Congressman Hunter is talking about, but simply because they happen to be gay.
During the post-debate analysis, one of the panelists mentioned getting emails from people about Kerr’s position on the Clinton Steering Committee. Anderson Cooper responded by saying CNN was unaware of this and had they known, they would have acknowledged it (or not used the question at all).
I don’t buy Cooper’s claim that CNN didn’t know. A simple Google search not only revealed his ties to the Clinton camp, but also revealed that he’d been on CNN itself before discussing the issue of gays in the military.
Now the real question is whether the Clinton camp and CNN cooperated on this endeavor or was this just a case of CNN independently campaigning for Clinton?
Looks like the answer to my question above may have been answered. Now comes word that other questioners were declared Edwards and Obama supporters.
Kerr is not only a member of the Steering Committee for Hillary, but apparently was also a member of the Veterans for Kerry-Edwards National Steering Committee. Shocker.