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Wikileaks Podesta hack reveals CNBC’s John Harwood was a hack for Dems

Wikileaks Podesta hack reveals CNBC’s John Harwood was a hack for Dems

Won’t be surprised to see him as White House press secretary if Hillary wins.

You may remember the October 28, 2015 Republican Debate held by CNBC.

Memory as in bad memory. The moderators were abysmal, but John Harwood stood out as the worst among them. National Review wrote at the time:

The emerging consensus from tonight’s CNBC debate is that the moderators were rude. John Harwood in particular distinguished himself by not just asking tough questions, but asking them in the most insulting possible way — interrupting candidates mid-reply, offering his own editorializing, and shouting down candidates attempting to defend themselves.

Chris Christie seemed to capture the mood of the candidates and the crowd when — angry at Harwood’s hectoring — he finally said “even in New Jersey what you’re doing is rude.”

I wrote at the time, GOP needs to make an example of NBC News:

The GOP has a long history of subjecting its candidates to abuse by debate moderators.

From George Stephanopolous to Candy Crowley, debates are a time for network journalists to earn their battle badges by damaging Republicans.

And the GOP just sucks it up and takes it.

So why would the CNBC moderators have thought the most recent Republican Primary debate should be any different?

CNBC did what it thought it was supposed to do — mock and snicker at Republican candidates. Belittle them. Dismiss their intelligence and portray them as kooks.

A.F. Branco’s cartoon perfectly summed up the debacle:


NBC later was pulled of a later Republican debate.

The Wikileaks hack has revealed that Harwood was the hack. Harwood actually advised the Clinton campaign in May 2015 how the campaign should handle Ben Carson, in an email to Hillary’s communications director:

As The Daily Caller reports, Harwood also gloated over being able to provoke Trump:

In a December 2015 email to Podesta, Harwood bragged about his much-criticized debate performance in which he asked Trump “Let’s be honest, is this a comic book version of a presidential campaign?”

Harwood titled the email “I imagine…” and continued the sentence in the body of the email, writing, “…that Obama feels some (sad) vindication at this demonstration of his years-long point about the opposition party veering off the rails.”

“I certainly am feeling that way with respect to how I questioned Trump at our debate,” Harwood continued….

Earlier WikiLeaks releases showed Harwood lavishing praise on Hillary Clinton in emails to Clinton campaign staffers.

Speaking of gloating, I did some of that today:


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And the GOP just sucks it up and takes it.

Yet when the Republicans finally put up a candidate who doesn’t put up with this abuse and show both a desire and an ability to fight back, you hate it, and join in the chorus denouncing him as some sort of boor, a rude & crude buffoon who somehow isn’t sufficiently “presidential”.

When surrounded by enemies, both overt and hidden in the fifth column, it’s a tactically sound move to drop the Big One. Yes, damage will be done. Yes, people will be hurt. That’s the nature of the Big One.

It’s that, or let these weasels win.

    Ragspierre in reply to tom swift. | October 11, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Yes,yes, I remember Cruz fondly from the debates, too…

      VaGentleman in reply to Ragspierre. | October 12, 2016 at 4:22 am

      Cruz? Oh, yeah. One of the 16 dwarfs. Got beat by Trump 13,000,000 to 7,000,000 in the primaries. I remember him. A provincial candidate who couldn’t transition to the national level.

        Ragspierre in reply to VaGentleman. | October 12, 2016 at 6:32 am

        Mighty BIG province, from Texas into Iowa, Wisconsin, the inter-mountain West…

        But Der Donald was successful in lying about him, and about himself, so you have your WINNAH…!!!

        Who lost. Can you pick ’em….

          VaGentleman in reply to Ragspierre. | October 12, 2016 at 8:18 am

          No matter how big a province, he still didn’t make it to the big leagues. And if he couldn’t handle lies about him in the primary, it shows that he would have been unable to handle the Clinton lies and the MSM lies in the general election and that it was a good thing he was defeated. No matter how you cut it, he lost. He couldn’t adapt to running for national office. And, he’s not on the ballot in any state, so your constant comparisons of him to Trump are meaningless. The voters already decided that issue. Cruz lost. This election is between Trump and Hillary. There is no viable 3rd candidate. If Trump loses, she wins. If you’re working to defeat Trump, you’re working to elect her. The logic is inescapable. Opting out is not possible. You will live in a nation governed by one of them. Pox on both their houses is meaningless. Neutral is meaningless. One of them will govern and you have to live with the consequences. You can’t run and you can’t hide. It’s time to face the music and pick a dance partner.

          Ragspierre in reply to Ragspierre. | October 12, 2016 at 8:22 am

          A new day, same oooooooold bullshit.

          VaGentleman in reply to Ragspierre. | October 12, 2016 at 1:40 pm

          A new day, same oooooooold Hillary’s rags.

Penelope was in the debates?

Uhhm. WJ can you make a cuple of changes to the site?

On the Video of the Day can you put the title under the video fo the day?

for example: today I see “Bee Gees: I’ve Gotta Get …”
I can’t remember such a song– so it would be better to have the whole title.

Maybe compress the Wikileaks threads. There are three consecutive threads on Wikileaks on the front page.

Hacks with “benefits”. It’s almost as good as interns with “benefits”. It’s better than prostitutes, porn stars, groupies with “benefits” less Planned Parenthood. Pro-Choice forever!

Is it the old guard GOP, the “this is the way we’ve always done it” gang, that continues to parade the candidates across the stage at the whim and whimsy of NBC and their purported moderators? With all the alternate media out there, there is no reason to be so beholden to them. Hold the debates at Hillsdale College, or at Heritage Foundation, or some such, and pick your own moderators. Sure, the majors are still a big audience; promoting alternate media – as has happened a lot during this campaign season – can only help to reduce their ridiculous level of influence.

DouglasJBender | October 19, 2016 at 7:27 pm

You know, I’ve always wondered what kind of parenting produces people like John Harwood, Bill Clinton, and Hillary. (We already know what kind of parenting produced Obama.)