The poor reviews were piling up — declaring CNBC the biggest loser of the night — and the moderators Carl Quintanilla and Becky Quick knew more would be published by the time the flight landed in New York.Congratulations, tools, you beclowned yourselves in front of 14 million people. (Does that count partial viewers? I cut away for Chicago P.D. after the first hour, which means I did see the major fireworks.)
How bad was it? So bad that even the house organ of Democrat shills had to compare the panel unfavorably with Republicans.
The network did a terrible job. From the moment people tuned in at 8 p.m. and saw a bunch of barely articulate anchors jabbering incoherently for an endless 15 minutes right to the second the debate met a merciful end, CNBC presented a textbook example of what not to do. (One quick aside: Can we please do away with the notion that a billionaire-worshiping network that helped launch the Tea Party is any kind of objective arbiter when it comes to the American economy?) The debate was so rowdy, shoddily paced and out of control that the ostensible subject of the evening—the economy—got hopelessly lost in the shuffle.Yes, the fifteen minutes before the candidates took the stage was inane, and no explanation, no excuses. Then the promised opening statements, supposedly about economic policy, instead featured one of the more stupid questions from the book of bad job-interview techniques. But that might have been the most coherent part of the evening.
Perhaps sensing blood in the water, nearly all of the candidates pounced, brutally turning on the moderators over and over again and accusing them of asking needlessly antagonistic personal questions. Chris Christie and Ted Cruz were especially successful at this. No Republican has ever lost a debate by attacking the media, but Wednesday’s complaints were especially relentless—a sure sign of a moderating team that had lost the plot. It’s telling that the last GOP debate on CNN had just as many personal, negative questions for the candidates, but Jake Tapper didn’t find himself quite so excoriated. The CNBC crew seemed totally unsure about how to handle the assault, sometimes returning the hostility and sometimes letting the wave of bile wipe them out.I don't recall Mr Tapper employing the sneering, hectoring tone that Wednesday night's questioners employed. And Senator Cruz gets props for throwing it right back in their sneering, contorted faces.
The questions that have been asked so far in this debate, illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media. This is not a cage match. And if you look at the questions, Donald Trump, are you a comic book villain? Ben Carson, can you do the math? John Kasich, can you insult two people over here? Marco Rubio, why don’t you resign? Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen? How about talking about the substantive issues —The next day, Rush Limbaugh observed that it was just business as usual for the legacy press.
The display that we got last night was a culmination of everything that many of us have been trying to tell the American people the Drive-By Media is: Arrogant, smug. I mean, it goes so far beyond bias.There are two pillars in the Rush Limbaugh message. One is that so-called progressive policies have failed. The other is that advocates of those policies are frequently arrogant and condescending. Put another way, they're stupid about being smart. And that stupidity was on display for fourteen million viewers Wednesday night.
That debate last night was to grease the skids for Hillary Clinton. That was the sole purpose of that debate last night. And the smugness and the arrogance and the condescension with which those moderators went about it finally came back and bit them to the point that everybody watching that debate, everybody, even other Drive-By Media types saw what was going on.Yes, most of Thursday's show was a rant about the arrogance and condescension of the palace guard media. There's also a reminder, at least for the dittoheads, that the palace guard media are defending policy failures.
You can count on one hand the number of Drive-By Media types defending what happened last night on CNBC, and one of them doesn't even really count because his mind was lost long ago, and that's Chris Matthews. So you can count on four fingers the number of Drive-Bys that are actually defending. Ron Fournier even last night said that what happened, the mainstream media is getting beat up today, and we deserve it, he said. And he's exactly right.
We have 94 million Americans not working. We have half the country making less than $30,000 a year, and these people, these moderators, attempted to say that the people seeking the presidency on that stage last night are not qualified? Coupled with the automatic assumption that Hillary Clinton is qualified, that Barack Obama is qualified, that Joe Biden or whoever else on the Democrat side is, offends me and it has offended me my entire life.Yes, and just over a year of the palace guard media concealing these failures, and doing all they can to drag Hillary's pantsuited cankles into the Oval Office. We have much to look forward to.