What did they expect to happen?
If you watched the CNBC Republican primary debate last night and the political analysis that followed on FOX News or any other center right outlet, you know what a disaster the event was.
The moderators were so far left and openly combative that it was like watching a Republican debate moderated by the Democratic Party. CNBC’s moderators succeeded in making CNN’s Candy Crowley look fair and balanced.
Everyone who’s familiar with John Harwood and CNBC had some idea it was going to go this way. Everyone except Republican Party chairman, Reince Priebus. Following the debate, Priebus reacted harshly.
Ben Kamisar of The Hill:
RNC chief: ‘CNBC should be ashamed’
Republicans are lashing out at CNBC over Wednesday’s night’s GOP debate, with the party’s campaign chairman saying the network “should be ashamed” of how it was handled.
In a biting statement issued after the event concluded, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said that while he was “proud of our candidates and the way they handled tonight’s debate, the performance by the CNBC moderators was extremely disappointing and did a disservice to their network, our candidates, and voters.”
“Our diverse field of talented and exceptionally qualified candidates did their best to share ideas for how to reinvigorate the economy and put Americans back to work despite deeply unfortunate questioning.”
“CNBC should be ashamed of how this debate was handled.”
You know who else should be ashamed? Reince Priebus.
What did he think was going to happen? Did he think John Harwood and CNBC were going to be fair to Republicans? Agreeing to the network, venue and moderators were stupid mistakes.
Here’s a video of Priebus making his statement after the debate:
Will we ever see a Republican debate moderated by people who aren’t openly hostile to Republicans? Why is there no debate moderated by Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham and Thomas Sowell?
Reactions on Twitter were swift and harsh:
do you have people in your office who like read twitter feeds of the people networks propose to be moderators? @Reince
— TheModernMan (@AceofSpadesHQ) October 29, 2015
— jon gabriel (@exjon) October 29, 2015
Why was CNBC selected at all? https://t.co/fuVRJHLbdM
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) October 29, 2015
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) October 29, 2015
I'M LOOKING AT YOU @REINCE.
You said it would be different this time.
— John Nolte (@NolteNC) October 29, 2015
— AG (@AG_Conservative) October 29, 2015
These moderators are the worst I have ever seen. Bar none. Reince Priebus should be fired. https://t.co/fEK5QSTgSi
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) October 29, 2015
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