There is a troubling pattern emerging at the CNBC debate. When any Republican candidate is asked a serious question that they can’t answer, they scream media bias and crumble into a puddle of tears.
Ted Cruz was asked if his opposition to the budget deal was not the kind of problem solver Americans want.
Let me just say something at the outset. The questions that have been asked at 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?
The contrast with the Democratic debate where every fawning question from the media was which of you is more handsome and wise.
When Rubio was asked about calls for him to resign because he missing so many Senate votes, the “Senator” from Florida attacked the media:
It’s actually evidence of the bias that exists in the American media today…This is another example of the double standard that exists in this country between the mainstream media and the conservative media.
When Republicans get asked a tough question, it is media bias. Rubio was asked why he missed votes, and it is media bias. Ben Carson and Donald Trump were asked why their numbers on their tax plans don’t add up, and Republicans scream media bias. Ted Cruz is asked if bipartisan compromise shows that he is not the kind of leader that America is looking for, and he yells media bias.
The CNBC debate has exposed the fact that the Republican presidential candidates can’t handle tough questions. This is a Charmin soft bunch of candidates who can’t function outside of the Fox bubble. CNBC’s debate has highlighted the emptiness of the Republican Party.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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