The cable network’s movie trailer-style voiceover profiled each of the candidates in a dramatic two-and-a-half-minute introduction, which one person suggested had been made by the producers of “American Ninja Warrior.”
Others mockingly likened it to promos for WWE and the Super Bowl:
Did cnn hire the producers of American Ninja Warrior for this intro?
— Emma Marris (@Emma_Marris) July 31, 2019
— Brandon Gray (@BGisBrandonGray) July 31, 2019
— Wardah Khalid (@wardahkhalid_) July 31, 2019
A little surprised that there was no fog machine in the CNN debate intro. But we have two hours left to go, so…
— Colby Hall (@colbyhall) July 31, 2019
Is it me, or did the opening to CNN’s Democratic Presidential Debate just now look and sound like the pre-game announcements to an NFL or WWE match? #DemocraticDebate
— Eric Deggans at NPR (@Deggans) July 31, 2019
The WWE-style intro from CNN is making me L O L
— Nando (@nandorvila) July 31, 2019
This CNN intro makes me feel like the candidates are all about to compete in the Super Bowl in order to determine who will lead us into battle with an alien race and I’m pretty sure that means democracy is healthy and fine
— Emily Crockett (@emilycrockett) July 31, 2019
The CNN voiceover guy ads a Steel Cage Match vibe to this intro…
— Mike Murphy (@murphymike) July 31, 2019
Why is this cnn debate intro like the opening to Monday night football?
— Ryan Lawler (@ryanlawler) July 31, 2019
CNN was like *this close* to using the Avengers theme in that intro
— Jack Jenkins (@jackmjenkins) July 31, 2019
I mean, that CNN intro was only missing this pic.twitter.com/0JqyobxbuP
— David Rutz (@DavidRutz) July 31, 2019
— shauna (@goldengateblond) July 31, 2019
This CNN “this is sports!” opening is hell. We are in hell. #DemDebates
— Louis Peitzman (@LouisPeitzman) July 31, 2019
This CNN intro is just too much. If they don’t all come running out on to the stage now through a giant helmet with smoke machines and confetti accompanying them, I’m out.
— (((Michael Koplow))) (@mkoplow) July 31, 2019
People: We treat politics like a sporting event
CNN: Hold my drink
— Ginger Gibson (@GingerGibson) July 31, 2019
— Judy Gold 🏳️🌈 (@JewdyGold) July 31, 2019
CNN’s presentation for presidential debates is basically The Voice
— ☕netw3rk (@netw3rk) July 31, 2019
praying for the cnn video producer who has to make these corny cringe “Honest Trailers” intros for #demdebate
— Gene Park (@GenePark) July 31, 2019
@cnn’s gravel voiced narrated MMA style intro to the debate is really shameful.
— John Hodgman (@hodgman) July 31, 2019
And the pageantry starts. @cnn introduces candidates one-by-one. Kind of an All-Star Game/World Series/ sports feel. Different than how @NBCNews handled Miami debate when candidates just filed on stage. #DemDebate
— USA TODAY Politics (@usatodayDC) July 31, 2019
That montage from CNN was the single dumbest thing I have ever seen. Beto could walk onstage wearing a fursuit and start rapping and it would be less embarrassing for everyone involved.
— Matthew Walther (@matthewwalther) July 31, 2019
i forgot how painful the CNN intro hype is
— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) July 31, 2019
CNN is more interested in making people think politics is sports than MLB is in making people think baseball is sports https://t.co/XZGSvuPpPj
— Tim Murphy (@timothypmurphy) July 31, 2019
CNN’s NFL-style framing of this debate makes me want to dunk my head in acid.
— CJ Ciaramella (@cjciaramella) July 31, 2019
Man, maybe I’m just getting precious, but CNN’s use of sports-announcer-bro voiceover to intro the debate was like… genuinely offensive.
— Jody Avirgan (@jodyavirgan) July 31, 2019