Near the beginning of CNN’s Tuesday night Democratic debate, moderator Anderson Cooper made it clear to viewers at home that the network was fully in the tank for former Vice President Joe Biden. In one of the biggest, biased softballs we’ve ever seen lobbed at a presidential contender, Cooper asked Biden about allegations that there was something corrupt about his son’s work in Ukraine. But in doing so, Cooper basically answered the question for him.

“President Trump has falsely accused your son of doing something wrong while serving on a company board in Ukraine,” started Cooper. “I want to point out there’s no evidence of wrongdoing by either one of you.”

Oh, how helpful of you to point that out, Andy. We’d say the evidence already in public view qualifies as smoke, if not fire, but hey, we’re sure the viewers appreciated that little nudge in the right direction.

Then, after noting that Biden had promised that no member of his family would be involved in foreign business dealings while he was in the White House, Cooper asked, “My question is, if it’s not okay for a president’s family to be involved in foreign businesses, why was it okay for your son when you were vice president?”

That’s not the worst question, but the preface certainly gave Biden every tool he needed to put this matter to bed entirely.

Instead, Biden botched it. Insisting that Hunter’s statements on the Ukraine fiasco “speak for themselves,” he went on to lie again about having never spoken to Hunter about his son’s business dealings. How do we know it’s a lie? Because Hunter himself has contradicted that claim.

Biden continued: “My son did nothing wrong. I did nothing wrong. I carried out the policy of the United States government, which was to root out corruption in Ukraine and that’s what we should be focusing on.”

Hilariously, even though Cooper went out of his way to offer Biden a way out of this growing controversy, merely bringing it up at all was enough to enrage other Democrats.

Democrats like Cory Booker, who said: “We are literally using Donald Trump’s lies and the second issue we cover is elevating a lie and attacking a statesman. That was so offensive. The only person sitting at home that was enjoying that was Donald Trump seeing we are distracting from his malfeasance and selling out of his office. I’m having deja vu all over again.”

Boy, Democrats really don’t know how to handle it when the media asks questions about their corruption. We assume it’s because they are so seldomly exposed to it.