RNC Suspends NBC News Debate
The Republican National Committee has pulled out of a planned Feb. 26 debate with NBC News after widespread criticism of this week’s CNBC debate from both the party and campaigns. CNBC is owned by NBC Universal, as is NBC News.
“We are suspending the partnership with NBC News for the Republican primary debate at the University of Houston on February 26, 2016,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus wrote in a letter to NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack.
“CNBC network is one of your media properties, and its handling of the debate was conducted in bad faith,”
Priebus wrote. The RNC also cited “inaccurate or downright offensive” questions.
The whole debate was conducted in bad faith right from the start. The moderators were supposed to ask the candidates to lead with opening statements, but instead asked them to express their weakness.
Donald Trump, commented on the tone of the questions and challenged the moderators several times during the debate. Chris Christie and Ted Cruz also made comments about its tenor and tone.
Priebus’ letter continued:
“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. What took place Wednesday night was not an attempt to give the American people a greater understanding of our candidates’ policies and ideas.”
The CNBC was an example of the liberal media at its worst and most biased. This challenge to them is long overdue.