After the painfully inept moderation of the third National Republican Debate in Boulder Colorado this week, the Republican National Convention showed a little muscle by telling NBC – the parent company of CNBC – that they have had enough.
For those conservatives watching this debate, the approach of the moderators was breathtaking… and not in the good way.
The plus side is that we got to see what a wonderful group of well-prepared, class acts we have running on the Republican side of the ticket. They were impressive.
The candidates did a fine job of standing up to those obnoxious moderators and their blatantly skewed questions, while respecting each other, and we are proud of them for doing so. However, it’s always nice to see our national organization step up and flex, too.
And yes, the candidate’s statement that the biggest Super-Pac the Democrats have is the mainstream media is spot-on!
From Reince Priebus, Chairman, Republican National Committee, in a letter sent to NBC News Chairman, Andrew Lack:
“…pending further discussion between the Republican National Committee (RNC) and our presidential campaigns, we are suspending the partnership with NBC News for the Republican primary debate at the University of Houston on February 26, 2016…The CNBC network is one of your media properties, and its handling of the debate was conducted in bad faith…
CNBC billed the debate as one that would focus on “the key issues that matter to all voters—job growth, taxes, technology, retirement and the health of our national economy.” That was not the case. Before the debate, the candidates were promised an opening question on economic or financial matters. That was not the case. Candidates were promised that speaking time would be carefully monitored to ensure fairness. That was not the case. Questions were inaccurate or downright offensive. The first question directed to one of our candidates asked if he was running a comic book version of a presidential campaign, hardly in the spirit of how the debate was billed.
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…
I have tremendous respect for the First Amendment and freedom of the press. However, I also expect the media to host a substantive debate on consequential issues important to Americans. CNBC did not.
While we are suspending our partnership with NBC News and its properties, we still fully intend to have a debate on that day…”
Bravo RNC! Kudos.