Winners And Losers From The GOP Debate

The biggest loser? CNBC. They have been roundly criticized for their absurd questions. Here’s a bit of Ted Cruz on the subject

“Let me say something at the outset,” the Senator from Texas said. “The questions asked in this debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media.”

“This is not a cage match. And you look at the questions — Donald Trump, are you a comic book villain? Ben Carson, can you do math? John Kasich, will 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,” Cruz said to commanding applause from the audience.

Moderator John Harwood was caught in a lie. Then there was this interaction between Donald Trump and Becky Quick

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QUICK: You have been very critical of Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook who has wanted to increase these number of H1V —

TRUMP: I was not at all critical of him. In frank, he’s complaining that we’re losing some of the best people … I am all in favor of keeping these talented people here so they can go to work in Silicon Valley.

QUICK: So where did I read this and come up with this you’re —

TRUMP: Probably, I don’t know. You people write this stuff.

Got that? Quick was asking a question on something she “read somewhere”, and didn’t know where she actually read it, and was asking The Donald where she read it. Can it get much more asinine?

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza proclaims the winners as Rubio, Cruz, Christie, Trump, and Graham (though Graham was on the undercard).

The losers were Bush, Carson (I thought he did better, personally), Rand Paul, John Kasich, and CNBC.

CNN has the winners as Rubio, Cruz, Trump, Kasich (I don’t see it), and Christie.

The losers? Jeb Bush. And, surprise, CNBC. Ben Carson was given an “unclear”. I’d agree with that.

One more: The Hill has the winners as Cruz, Rubio, Christie, Carson, and Fiorina.

Trump, Kasich, and Huckabee were give a “mixed.”

The losers: Bush, Paul, and, surprise surprise, CNBC.

Conservative complaints about media coverage are nothing new, but criticisms of CNBC extended far and wide in the aftermath of the Wednesday’s debate. A general whiff of arrogance permeated several of the questions from the moderators. Within moments of the debate ending, even Vanity Fair magazine — hardly a redoubt of conservatism — had a story on its website headlined, “How CNBC lost its own G.O.P. debate.” Even the network’s pre-debate punditry was widely criticized.

Will the Left leaning media learn from this fiasco? We’ll see. One last comment highlighting CNBC’s idiocy, via Chris Christie

He burst out, “Are we really talking about getting the government involved in fantasy football? We have – wait a second – we have 19 trillion dollars in debt, we have people out of work, we have ISIS and al Qaeda attacking us, and we’re talking about fantasy football. Can we stop?”

The audience cheered, and he concluded, “Enough on fantasy football – let people play. Who cares?

When moderator John Harwood tried to interrupt him, Christie retorted, “Even in New Jersey what you’re doing is called rude.”


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