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    The Republican National Committee has pulled out of a planned Feb. 26 debate with NBC News after widespread criticism of this week's CNBC debate from both the party and campaigns.

    "We are suspending the partnership with NBC News for the Republican primary debate at the University of Houston on February 26, 2016," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus wrote in a letter to NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack.

    "CNBC network is one of your media properties, and its handling of the debate was conducted in bad faith," Priebus wrote.

    "I have tremendous respect for the First Amendment and freedom of the press. However, I also expect the media to host a substantive debate on consequential issues important to Americans. CNBC did not."
    He went on to pan CNBC for "inaccurate or downright offensive" questions, specifically singling out a question to Donald Trump, who was asked whether he was running a "comic book" version of a presidential campaign.
    The Hill - Full Article

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    Trying hard to be the Man, that my Dog believes I am!

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    • #3
      It made no sense to me why they chose an N(othing)B(ut)C(rap) affiliate to conduct the debate; did they not expect them to tow the NBC bias and not go after the Republicans. NBC has the highest left bias of the three main stream media OTA networks. Let's hope that Fox Business with Fox Business Managing Editor Neil Cavuto and Global Markets editor Maria Bartiromo, along with Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief Gerard Baker might be able to get the candidates to open up on their economic plans other than "I have a plan". Maybe some follow-up questions.
      Too Much To Do Too Little Time

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      • #4
        NBC needs to clean out their news department. MSNBC (Mostly Socialist News By Communists) and CNBC have abysmal ratings. Nobody watches them and their reputations are for being highly partisan.

        Of course, NBC is hardly alone here.

        I also find it interesting that the further to the Left the news media goes, the worst it does in terms of sales and ratings.

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        • #5
          I think it is really sad that the RNC is pulling out of NBC, a public, non-subscription debate forum, although it’s not unexpected. CNBC is the “business” subscription arm of NBC. They need to keep the debate forums public and get rid of the cable forums that only subscribers can see. I even heard a reporter (he is a guy who had cut the cord on cable TV) on the Diane Rheem show this morning say that he had to hunt for a live streaming version of the debate to be able to watch it, and that for a while he thought that he was not going to find it.

          I did not watch the debate. Some say the questions were horrible and provoked contentious replies and the moderators were not serious. Others say the questions were hard policy questions that the candidates objected to answering. What did you all see? What was your impression?

          As debates become more common, it is getting harder for the cord cutters and non-subscribers to see the debates. Who are the cord cutters, anyway? My son and his generation are cutting, and of course, their kids hardly watch TV at all, unless it’s on their phones or IPads.

          I wonder how they are planning on handling debates in the next election cycle for 2020, as there are sure to be more and more cord cutters. Will the debates be live streamed on social media? Will the television networks have less or more influence as cord-cutting continues and will it be Internet companies like HuffingtonPost and Media Matters that host and live stream debates?
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Jannie View Post
            I think it is really sad that the RNC is pulling out of NBC, a public, non-subscription debate forum, although it’s not unexpected. CNBC is the “business” subscription arm of NBC. They need to keep the debate forums public and get rid of the cable forums that only subscribers can see. I even heard a reporter (he is a guy who had cut the cord on cable TV) on the Diane Rheem show this morning say that he had to hunt for a live streaming version of the debate to be able to watch it, and that for a while he thought that he was not going to find it.

            I did not watch the debate. Some say the questions were horrible and provoked contentious replies and the moderators were not serious. Others say the questions were hard policy questions that the candidates objected to answering. What did you all see? What was your impression?

            As debates become more common, it is getting harder for the cord cutters and non-subscribers to see the debates. Who are the cord cutters, anyway? My son and his generation are cutting, and of course, their kids hardly watch TV at all, unless it’s on their phones or IPads.

            I wonder how they are planning on handling debates in the next election cycle for 2020, as there are sure to be more and more cord cutters. Will the debates be live streamed on social media? Will the television networks have less or more influence as cord-cutting continues and will it be Internet companies like HuffingtonPost and Media Matters that host and live stream debates?
            I'm only upset because I wanted to go to that one. It was going to be in Houston.

            Maybe they still will hold it there. Need to check the future details.

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            • #7
              I see nothing sad about it... they should have done a decent job.

              That guy must not have been trying too hard. He wouldn't have missed much.

              Why would a cord-cutter not be able to stream something on tv? I thought they could do it all (without cords).
              SPORTS FREAK/ PANZERBLITZ COMMANDER/ CC2 COMMANDER

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              • #8
                I'm a cord cutter. I can watch what I want, when I want.

                And best of all no commercials... After a few years of that I can't stand watching tv at all. I see no reason to pay for cable. I do have Direct TV, but rarely use it.

                They gave me a year of netflicks free but their servers are horrible.
                Credo quia absurdum.


                Quantum mechanics describes nature as absurd from the point of view of common sense. And yet it fully agrees with experiment. So I hope you can accept nature as She is - absurd! - Richard Feynman

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                • #9
                  That is what I thought. That guy was full of it.
                  SPORTS FREAK/ PANZERBLITZ COMMANDER/ CC2 COMMANDER

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                  • #10
                    The RNC made the most sensible move possible under the circumstances.

                    I very much fear that the goal of the Democrats is a single party system in America.
                    Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
                      The RNC made the most sensible move possible under the circumstances.

                      I very much fear that the goal of the Democrats is a single party system in America.
                      They gave NBC, a group with a tendency towards opposite politics a fair shot and NBC blew it. Instead of trying hard to be fair, they (like most on the Left) almost instinctively took it as an opportunity to harpoon and damage the Republican candidates.

                      That has backfired on them disastrously. They got nearly universally slammed for their obvious bias and use of "gotcha" questions etc. The Republican candidates came off as a group under partisan attack.

                      That the RNC is now kicking NBC out of their political process is NBC's fault and no one else's.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Jannie View Post
                        I think it is really sad that the RNC is pulling out of NBC, a public, non-subscription debate forum, although it’s not unexpected. CNBC is the “business” subscription arm of NBC. They need to keep the debate forums public and get rid of the cable forums that only subscribers can see. I even heard a reporter (he is a guy who had cut the cord on cable TV) on the Diane Rheem show this morning say that he had to hunt for a live streaming version of the debate to be able to watch it, and that for a while he thought that he was not going to find it.

                        I did not watch the debate. Some say the questions were horrible and provoked contentious replies and the moderators were not serious. Others say the questions were hard policy questions that the candidates objected to answering. What did you all see? What was your impression?

                        As debates become more common, it is getting harder for the cord cutters and non-subscribers to see the debates. Who are the cord cutters, anyway? My son and his generation are cutting, and of course, their kids hardly watch TV at all, unless it’s on their phones or IPads.

                        I wonder how they are planning on handling debates in the next election cycle for 2020, as there are sure to be more and more cord cutters. Will the debates be live streamed on social media? Will the television networks have less or more influence as cord-cutting continues and will it be Internet companies like HuffingtonPost and Media Matters that host and live stream debates?

                        Yes, it's unfortunate that the RNC had to take such a drastic step. They were making fools of the Republican candidates by toying with them with trivial questions that only served to pit them against each other. The DNC debates had much more sound questions that allowed them to lay out their platform.

                        I've watched all the debates thus far but made the decision after this week's debate to stop watching because of the biased questions. There should be a basic set of questions for both parties.

                        Now that the RNC have made this decision, I'll continue to tune in. If NBC, ABC, CBS really care about the public seeing the debates, they would allow the RNC to pick their own moderators, they just need to air it.

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                        • #13
                          Does Candy Crowley ring a bell with anyone?
                          cnbc used her playbook, what a bunch of copycats.
                          Trying hard to be the Man, that my Dog believes I am!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Daemon of Decay View Post
                            I'm only upset because I wanted to go to that one. It was going to be in Houston.

                            Maybe they still will hold it there. Need to check the future details.
                            Nothing stopping you from going to a Dem lovefest debate. The lack of the Dems coming forth to decry the latest bias demonstrated to he entire world is so eerily telling.

                            No sense of level field or fair play? So telling.

                            Any more feigned outrage about other Republican actions?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by FTCS View Post
                              It made no sense to me why they chose an N(othing)B(ut)C(rap) affiliate...
                              I prefer No Body Cares

                              Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post
                              NBC needs to clean out their news department. MSNBC (Mostly Socialist News By Communists) ...
                              Actually, the MS stands for Micro Soft.
                              Yup, Bill Gates bought himself a Network years ago. Now you know where he stands...
                              "Why is the Rum gone?"

                              -Captain Jack

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