If, for some reason, you watched last night’s CNBC Republican Presidential debate instead of Game 2 of the World Series, you witnessed one most overtly biased performances in media history. Candidate after candidate received questions equivalent to, “Why are you so terrible?” Starting with Ted Cruz, the debate participants began abandoning their attacks on each other and collectively used their time to blast the moderators. But it didn’t stop there.
Still chafing at the network’s handling of Wednesday night’s debate, representatives from the campaigns are planning to take their grievances to the Republican National Committee in a forthcoming conference call, campaign sources told CNN.
The campaign sources said they intend to vocalize their concerns about CNBC’s handling of the debate during that call. The goal, they said, is to ensure that moderators at the next debate — hosted by the Fox Business Network on November 10 — focus on more substantive issues, skip the “gotcha” questions, and provide all candidates with more equal speaking time.
“We thought CNBC did a horrendous job and a disservice, and we agree with the RNC that they should be ashamed of themselves,” Sergio Gor, a spokesman for Senator Rand Paul, told CNNMoney early Thursday morning.
The candidates are likely to find a sympathetic ear with RNC chairman Reince Priebus, who has expressed his “disappointment” with CNBC.
“CNBC should be ashamed of how this debate was handled,” Priebus said in a statement, pledging that he would “fight to ensure future debates allow for a more robust exchange.”
For their part, the CNBC moderators are unapologetic for their biased mud slinging.
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) October 29, 2015
I'll say this much: everyone should moderate a debate, once. It's like yelling at the TV from home, except they talk back #CNBCGOPDebate
— Carl Quintanilla (@carlquintanilla) October 28, 2015
They are absolutely shameless in their disdain for the candidates, especially the Conservative ones who actually mean what they say. Their goal last night was to embarrass the candidates, and instead they embarrassed themselves and lost even more viewers for their already struggling network.
Who do you think won the debate last night? Who do you think lost? Let us know in the comments.