The Fallout Continues


Written by Gary L.Bauer

The fallout from Wednesday’s contentious CNBC debate continues. Politico reports that the Republican presidential candidates are taking matters into their own hands.

Representatives from at least nine campaigns will be meeting in Washington, D.C., Sunday to discuss how they can force changes to the debate structure. No one from the Republican National Committee (RNC), which set up this process with the media, has been invited.

The candidates’ frustrations run the gamut from the questioning to the reliance on national polls to determine who makes it into the prime time debates.

Chairman Reince Priebus announced today that the RNC has canceled a February debate with NBC News. “The CNBC network is one of your media properties, and its handling of the debate was conducted in bad faith,” Priebus wrote. “We need to ensure there is not a repeat performance.”

Meanwhile, there is an amusing report that the CNBC moderators and staff were “shell-shocked” by the negative reaction to their performance. Of course, the liberal news media think the big story is the criticism of the liberal media.

But there is no doubt CNBC hurt itself. Even liberal media icon Carl Bernstein declared, “More than anything . . . CNBC was really reprehensible. . . And [conservative critics] are right about the mainstream media.”

But the moderators likely helped themselves. As much as conservatives may have despised their performance, at least 40 percent of the country was cheering. The left-wing cultural elites were ecstatic. John Harwood, Carl Quintanilla and Becky Quick have likely guaranteed themselves almost any kind of media career they want.

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