DEBATEGATE: Anderson Cooper Member of 'Clinton Global Initiative'
CNN host Anderson Cooper, who is set to moderate tonight's Democratic debate, was listed as a "notable past member" the Clinton Global Initiative's website along with a number of other big name journalists:
The list includes: CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Christiane Amanpour, Fox’s Greta Van Susteren, NBC’s Matt Lauer and Tom Brokaw, New York Times‘s Thomas Friedman and Nicholas Kristof, Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo, Yahoo’s Katie Couric, The Economist‘s Matthew Bishop, and Financial Times‘ Lionel Barber. (see UPDATE below fold regarding FOX News)
The Clinton Foundation later told Mediaite that none of these journalists were asked to pay the $20,000 membership fee required ofmembers. However, it's safe to say that access to big name journalists was a key selling point for paying Clinton Global Initiative members. In a nutshell, Anderson Cooper helped Hillary Clinton raise money, and now he's presented as an impartial moderator for tonight's debate.
The reminder comes from Stephen Miller who pointed it out on Twitter:
UPDATE: Fox confirms Greta Van Susteren and Maria Bartiromo were never members of the Clinton Global Initiative.