Against All Evidence, CNN's Media Expert Claims Female TV Interviewers May Pound Hillary with Tough Questions

CNN made a big deal on Wednesday afternoon about how almost all of Hillary Clinton’s TV interviews are with females: ABC’s Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts, Jane Pauley for CBS, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour NBC’s Cynthia McFadden, and Fox’s Greta Van Susteren is pairing up with Bret Baier, the only male on the list.

With Fox excluded, every one of these interviewers have offered softball interviews to Mrs. Clinton over her 20-plus years on the national scene, but for some reason, CNN’s 28-year-old "senior media correspondent" Brian Stelter tried to talk up how these female-on-female interviews might be loaded with tough questions. Laugh track, anyone? (Video below):

BROOKE BALDWIN: Obviously, I love seeing the different women who get a chance to sit down with Hillary Clinton. You wonder if they are thinking in terms of voters, get that female vote. Who knows, that's way down the line.

BRIAN STELTER: By the way, you might get asked tougher questions –

BALDWIN: Absolutely! More, maybe on the women –

STELTER: You might get asked more about the hair, you might get more Monica Lewinsky. There might be more tough questions at some points that you can deliver more effectively. You know, a lot of this is theoretical. It's hard to say for sure. But every detail of this book rollout is scrutinized so closely, even the gender balance of the interviewers.

If anyone's really scrutinizing the interviewers, you'll see that most of these ladies are completely in the tank for Hillary Clinton. When asked if the choice of mostly women was a conscious strategy, Team Clinton denied it, claiming to Stelter "we didn't notice until you told us about it." Yeah, right.

STELTER: On the other hand, I did reach out to Clinton's camp. They declined to comment on the record. But a person close to the decision -- you can guess who that might be -- said, no, it was unintentional. In fact, we didn't notice until you, Brian, told us about it. I don't know if I believe that. But that's what they said.

Whether or not it is intentional it's interesting. When you are sitting by whoever you're being interviewed by, it affects the tone of the conversation. I might argue that if it was seven men, not seven women, that might be just as interesting, and maybe even weirder, more troublesome. You look at diversity in the media, there is an unbalance between men and women. I wonder if, in her own little way, if she is tipping the scale.

So this is the "Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves" book tour. But as we've seen many times, feminists are very easygoing with other feminists. But feminists with conservative, pro-life women? See Katie Couric ripping into Sarah Palin in 2008 for your instructional video. Couric must have tried very hard to get Hillary on her talk show before it's finished.

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis