Forget the winners and losers among the candidates at the CNBC debate Wednesday night. The biggest losers, and it’s not even in questions, were the liberal hacks from CNBC, who in one memorable night forever demolished any notion that the media isn’t hopelessly biased. It’s was truly embarrassing, but naturally they don’t get it.
A pair of CNBC moderators defended the network’s handling of Wednesday night’s Republican presidential debate amid a flurry of criticism from the candidates and party leaders.
“There were a lot of conservatives before the debate who were urging them to go hard after the media, and that’s what they did,” moderator John Harwood said during an interview late Wednesday night on MSNBC’s “Hardball.”
“Some of those questions, especially considering the prescriptions they are offering, are questions that feel hostile to those Republican candidates.”
Oh, poor me!
It became clear that the party had turned against the network moments after the debate, when Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus released a pointed statement that concluded “CNBC should be ashamed of how this debate was handled.”
Danny Diaz, the campaign manager for former Gov. Jeb Bush (Fla.), admitted after the debate that he confronted a CNBC official about the amount of airtime Bush received. Bush spoke for the shortest amount of time, according to counts by multiple media outlets.
Both Bush and Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) slammed the debate in television interviews afterward.
Harwood noted he saw many conservatives circulating articles on Twitter “saying that they were anticipating a debate that was unfair to Republicans.”
And they were right, moron.
The conservative blog The Federalist posted a story on the eve of the event that specifically bashed Harwood as too liberal to moderate a debate, and GOP front-runner Donald Trump tweeted on Wednesday that he was expecting an “unfair debate.”
Harwood and fellow moderator Sharon Epperson criticized the candidates for obfuscating the facts. They specifically mentioned Sen. Marco Rubio’s (Fla.) accusation that Harwood mischaracterized his tax plan, which Harwood said was not true, as well as Trump telling moderator Becky Quick that he had never criticized Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg when the criticism is included on his campaign site.
“They are hoping that people don’t really care about the facts and I think they are wrong about that,” Epperson said.
“Hardball” host Chris Matthews came to the moderators’ defense to close the interview, calling the pair “totally straight reporters who had to take the crap” from candidates.
Harwood was a complete embarrassment, which was entirely predictable. A sneering, hopelessly biased hack, he plowed new ground with his endless stream of idiotic questions, which led to this epic Ted Cruz moment:
Meanwhile, reaction poured in throughout the debate:
The biggest losers so far are 2 CNBC moderators who are taunting the candidates, instead of questioning them.
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) October 29, 2015
— Danielle Butcher (@RepublicanSass) October 29, 2015
How bad was it? Even Piers Morgan was embarrassed for them:
Come on CNBC moderators, get your damn facts right. This is embarrassing. #trump
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 29, 2015
The @CNBC "moderators" just jumped the shark. Embarrassing.
— Monica Crowley (@MonicaCrowley) October 29, 2015
— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) October 29, 2015
Well, at least one person found it all amusing:
Four dead Americans on your watch, you crass disrespectful bitter bitch. https://t.co/cNgwqpuRIZ
— LilMissRightie (@LilMissRightie) October 29, 2015