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Don’t blame CNBC moderators for debate debacle; blame GOP leaders

The Republican Party.

The stuck on stupid party. The stupid is as stupid does party. The fell-out-of-the-Stupid-Tree-and-hit-every-branch-on-the-way-down party.

The party of such metaphysical stupidity that it continues to allow media outlets trying to make news while making a buck to host Republican presidential debates and pick their own ratings-sensitive, headline-hunting moderators.

I mean, how stupid do you have to be to burn your fingers on a white-hot stove some two dozen times and STILL think the next time will be different?

Yes, I’m talking about the GOP prez debate hosted in Colorado by the left-wing hit squad over at CNBC. And I’m going to have to consult my thesaurus to come up with enough appropriate words to describe that debacle…

Outrageous. Disgraceful. Shameful. Shocking, even for liberal media. Offensive. Contemptible. Despicable. Rude. Boorish. Disrespectful. Foul. Unseemly. Tactless. Tasteless. Inappropriate. Unfitting.

And just plain wrong.

The questions from the three largely unknown and unheralded “journalists” couldn’t have been more biased if Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama themselves had been asking them.

Right out of the gate, the first interrogator asked the ten candidates to tell the American public and the world why they were “weak.” Which was only slightly better than asking, “Please tell us when you stopped kicking puppies.”

And it went downhill from there.

But I really don’t blame the left-wing media assassins. I blame the GOP’s leaders.

It’s like the fable about the scorpion and the frog. The frog was worried that if he carried the scorpion on his back across the river that the scorpion would sting him halfway across and they both would die. The scorpion promised he wouldn’t. And the frog bought it.

Halfway across the river, sure enough, the scorpion stung the frog. The frog, just before croaking (pardon the pun), asked why. “It’s in my nature,” deadpanned the scorpion.

Indeed, the true outrage here is the inherent stupidity of the Republican National Committee (RNC) to have not learned its lessons from the last GOP presidential debate debacles and continue to sacrifice its potential nominees on the blood altar of left-wing media bias.

Here’s how this intolerable situation should be fixed:

The RNC should pick the venues. The RNC should pick the dates. The RNC should pick the moderators. And the RNC should pick the issue themes of the debates.

The media, for their part, should be free to televise the debates, or not. If the media opts not to participate, someone with an iPhone could be plucked out of the audience and live-stream it on the Internet. Just download Periscope.

Either way, the media would still be free to pontificate and spew their liberal bias before and after the debates – but not during!

So let it be written; so let it be done.

Chuck Muth is president of CitizenOutreach.com and the publisher of NevadaNewsandViews.com. You can reach him at ChuckMuth.com. An expanded version of this column can be found at MuthsTruths.com.


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