CNN Panel Upset With Joe Biden Over Joke at Campaign Event

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CNN Panel Upset With Joe Biden Over Joke at Campaign Event
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CNN Panel Upset With Joe Biden Over Joke at Campaign Event
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A CNN panel of political pundits were thoroughly unimpressed with a joke made by former Vice President Joe Biden during a campaign event earlier this week. The controversy begins with Biden bringing a chair to a woman sitting on the ground at his campaign event. The woman warmly embraced the former vice president, who made a joke insisting the woman initiated physical contact with him.

The comment was clearly in reference to allegations against Biden of inappropriate touching. According to his accusers, Biden’s physical contact made them feel uncomfortable. While some have dismissed the controversy as overblown, others are taking it very seriously.

The entire five person CNN panel condemned Biden for the joke. However, CNN’s own criticism of Biden has faced critique of its own.

The optics of an entire CNN panel bashing Biden has renewed a long standing criticism of the news network. Assembling a large political panel of pundits who all agree with one another seems to entirely defeat the purpose of the panel, critics argue.

Although Biden’s comment at the event did not receive much public attention, his recent statement about women’s health issues certainly did. Biden reversed his decades old position on the Hyde Amendment this week, announcing the move on Twitter.

The Hyde Amendment bans the federal government from providing funds toward abortions except in cases of race, incest, or to save the life of the mother. Biden now says the law must be repealed to allow the federal government to pay for abortions for those that cannot afford them.

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