CNN reports that the GOP has moved the GOP’s Super Tuesday debate from NBC to CNN after complaints of CNBC’s (a unit of NBC) moderation of a GOP debate last year.
The RNC committee chair had this to say:
“While debates are meant to include tough questions and contrast candidates’ visions and policies for the future of America, CNBC’s moderators engaged in a series of ‘gotcha‘ questions, petty and mean-spirited in tone, and designed to embarrass our candidates…”
3 Reminders From Not The Worst News
- Thank goodness no moderator is going to interrupt the petty and mean-spirited comments from candidates with petty and mean-spirited questions! Only the candidates may act this way, not the journalists who, on behalf of the public, may hope for better.
- Ever since Sarah Palin labeled the question “Name a newspaper” as “gotcha journalism,” Republican definitions of “journalism” are ironically as relevant as print newspapers in 2016. What is important is that candidates from the so-called business party are unable to answer questions from the leading business channel without crying that they want someone to ask softer questions next time.
- Why wouldn’t Republicans want to air this circus sideshow on NBC, the same network that hosted the Celebrity Apprentice? Do the candidates really believe that the majority of people who will vote are watching these debates for anything beyond entertainment value? Hint: when you get on stage and repeatedly speak out against things that over 90 percent of the public believes in, like science, to pander to some voters, you are not a leader. A leader is able to convince people to change their views, especially views voters only hold because lobbyists’ T.V. commercials helped form those views. If you can’t change people’s minds that are easily swayed by commercials, you are not a leader – you are an entertainer – and belong on NBC with the other reality show stars.