Days of Change

The Incredible Shrinking Media | November 3, 2015

You can find the media’s interest in almost any debate. Sometimes, they want to assist Obama (Candy Crowley and the 2012 debate) or they want to create a division for the general election (the out of the blue contraception question in the GOP ABC debate in 2012) or boost their ratings and ad revenue (the endless CNN debate this year). My theory is that CNBC wanted to show the Republicans who’s boss. Now, they probably did want to torture the candidates in general, but in some ways, it was personal. Donald Trump and Ben Carson basically decided that a debate can’t be any good without them and started to dictate terms. CNBC negotiated down the time of the debate and handed over opening and closing statement time to candidates to basically advertise.

My guess is that the moderators were a little pissed off. It was time to call Donald Trump a clown. It was an opportunity to call Ben Carson a huckster for snake oil. In fact, those two got some of the worst abuse and they were the ones who were most triumphant about bringing the media to heel. CNBC moderators were big babies, and you don’t put big babies in a corner.


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  1. Oddly enough, I used a “Nobody puts Baby in a corner” analogy in a previous debate post about the 2012 CNN debate. I don’t even like the movie “Dirty Dancing.”

    Comment by 1539days — November 3, 2015 @ 11:16 pm

  2. Ben Carson… a huckster for snake oil.

    That’s how I read him.

    Comment by Mary — November 4, 2015 @ 1:45 am

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