The real loser of the debate: The “media”

By George Miller and Debra Tash

The pundits will be telling you tonight and tomorrow and maybe all week and into next year, who won the latest Republican debate.  All we can tell is for sure – the mainstream media lost. The big debate news turned out to be not the candidates as much as a demonstrated lack of resolve in media, or a least CNBC this night, to objectively vet/question candidates.


If there’s been one valid complaint about the three Republican 2016 campaign debates so far, in addition to a field too crowded to allow enough time for a quality discussion, it is the shocking arrogant, overbearing, contemptuous, biased moderation of the events. Tonight, CNBC was all that and more- also proving how lightweight and disorganized they were.

CNBC is first and foremost a  business and financial network, so we expected it to demonstrate its business and economic acumen and focus on that. They were somewhat better than CNN and Fox News on these, but strayed farther afield than expected and displayed what we thought was disgraceful and unprofessional behavior.

What was notable was that the candidates have not taken the media abuse lying down like they have in previous campaigns. There were several major candidate comebacks to the abuse tonight. More importantly, the candidates– and the audience, based upon their cheers and moans — were united on the outraged resistance to the moderators’ behavior.

Starting with Senator Ted Cruz’s slapdown of CNBC’s debate moderator’s inane questions in comparison to the softballs asked in the Democratic debate, the media’s bias became crystal clear.  If you can’t see it, we have a bridge to sell you.   The moderators were at times downright hostile, posed questions that were crafted on editorials, which like this one, are only someone’s opinion.  They didn’t research their facts, and attempted to ply the candidates with gotchas instead of getting to the meat of what the American public wanted answered.  They were breathy, nearly shark-like with their, demeanor- the moderators, not the Republican candidates- who for the most part refrained from eating their own.

Example: Ted Cruz …

Example: Marco Rubio responds to CNBC ambush …

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Tonight’s turkey


“One of the best moments of the entire ‪#‎GOPdebate‬ was when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said to Harwood, ‘Do you want me to answer or do you want to answer? Because, I’ve got to tell you the truth, even in New Jersey what you’re doing is called rude.'”


Other articles:

A really bad night for the media Fox

Cruz and others blast CNBC, media over debate USA TODAY

Cruz and others blast CNBC, media over debate | OnPolitics

Who Won the 3rd GOP Debate? Analysts Weigh In | Fox …

‘Extremely disappointing’: RNC head slams CNBC debate moderators

GOP “DEBATE”: This is Why We Hate The Mainstream Media

Biggest Loser of CNBC’s GOP Debate: CNBC

Lamestream GOP Moderators’ Total Debate Fail  Daily Beast

One Question CNBC Moderator Asked Ben Carson Got Instant Boos From The Crowd


Debra Tash is Editor-in-Chief of, past president for Citizens Alliance for Property Rights, business executive and award-winning author, residing in Somis.

George Miller is Publisher of and a “retired” operations management consultant, active in civic affairs, living in Oxnard.

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One Response to The real loser of the debate: The “media”

  1. William "Bill" Hicks October 29, 2015 at 8:49 am

    It was truly a good night for Rubio and Cruz. My hope is that the MSM tries their stunts again. It does nothing but galvanize the republican party.


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