Political pundits will spend the next few days analyzing and opining on which candidates won and lost in Wednesday evening’s Republican debate in Boulder, Colo., but the biggest loser of the night were the liberal media, which were slammed by both Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), much to the delight of the audience in attendance and conservatives on social media.
The debate, which began with a question about what the candidates biggest weakness was and quickly devolved into an attack fest on each other, turned around after Cruz went on the offensive by questioning the moderators’ motives:
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 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 —
The contrast with the Democratic debate, where every fawning question from the media was, ‘Which of you is more handsome and wise?’ And let me be clear –
Let me be clear. The men and women on this stage have more ideas, more experience, more common sense than every participant in the Democratic debate. That debate reflected a debate between the Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks.
And nobody watching at home believes that any of the moderators have any intention of voting in a Republican primary. The questions that are being asked shouldn’t be trying to get people to tear into each other.
Rubio chimed in later with his take on the liberal media, with what may have been the best sound bite of the evening:
The Democrats have the ultimate Super PAC; it’s called the mainstream media.
Meet the Press host Chuck Todd didn’t think much of the attacks.
Remember, when a pol doesn't like a question or doesn't want to answer a question, default is to attack the media. Centuries old tradition
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) October 29, 2015
While the National Journal’s Ron Fournier thought the media deserved it.
Biggest loser of this debate isn't JEB. It's MSM. We've earned this bashing
— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) October 29, 2015
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus summed up the debate.
CNBC should be ashamed of how this debate was handled. #GOPDebate
— Reince Priebus (@Reince) October 29, 2015
CNBC moderators use of “gotcha” questions aimed at turning the candidates against each other and not on the real target—the Democrats and Hillary Clinton—backfired spectacularly last night and only served to remind voters that the liberal media has no intention of being fair and balanced when it comes to their treatment of the Republican presidential candidates.