By Jordan Stephen The 2016 election cycle is likely to be remembered as the presidential contest that largely ignored the rulebook. For outsider c...
This is the new normal of bully journalism. Goad, incite, confront and, hopefully, spark a fight. Bully journalism has nothing to do with facts. It's about the ratings. Confrontation sells, for the same reason that a fight in the high school hallway draws a crowd.
Suggested Variety Headline: "CNBC Debate Dud" -- but for some of the candidates, the NBC business channel's inept handling of the October presidential...
Instead of complaining about everything except the color of the NBC peacock's feathers, the candidates should acknowledge the heartwarming political truth, which is that CNBC inadvertently gave those candidates the greatest gift any politician can ever receive. A villain.
Hearing an African American presidential candidate compare the mild health care reform provisions of the Affordable Care Act to slavery is hyperbole that is worth paying attention to.
The decision of these candidates on how they will deal with the media might have much to do with how much longer they will be around.
Republicans, in mid-game, are now trying to dictate the terms of the debates. Donald Trump is even negotiating directly with television executives in an effort to alter the content and format. The unprecedented blitz sends a clear message that if moderators aren't nice to candidates, and if there are any objections over "tone," future debates might get yanked.
The Republican presidential candidates don't seem to realize it, but they're in the process of seriously undermining their own "tough guy" brand.
Echoing the attacks by Republican presidential candidates on the moderators of the CNBC-hosted debate, Media Research Center chief Brent Bozell ranted: "The CNBC debate will go down in history as an encyclopedic example of liberal media bias on stage." But there was one thing missing from Bozell's declaration: the encyclopedia.
Shrum and Matalin debate likelihood that a lackluster Jeb can recover and whether the candidates' anti-media attacks are shrewd though stupid. Both laud Boehner for getting the budget done in way that helps Ryan yet allows GOP presidential candidates to balk without consequence.
As the recent presidential debate showed, the trusty old media-bashing tactic of Republican candidates was alive and well, and this season it is pushing into over-drive with a zest that would make Spiro Agnew cheer.
The real problem here is in the title, debate. Let's just call it what it is. A reality TV show. Hold it, I thought NBC said Donald Trump couldn't appear on reality TV anymore. Oh that's right, this is cable. So Fox Business News you're up next. Call it whatever you want, just don't call it a debate.
Bush has seemed uncomfortable since the beginning of his campaign. His body language and frequent gaffes have consistently betrayed a politician who wasn't fully committed. He has been easily rattled throughout the campaign by taunts from Trump, like calling Bush a "low-energy" candidate.
After an impressive Democratic Party debate earlier this month, Republicans realized their earlier performances looked worse, by contrast. So they took several steps during their third debate to emulate the Democratic candidates, even if they claimed to despise them.
The third Republican presidential primary debate was a sprawling, messy affair that played out more as a battle between candidates and moderators than an exchange among the debaters. At this point the key problem is the sheer number of human beings on stage: it is virtually impossible to design a format that accommodates this many people -- ten candidates and a whopping six questioners. CNBC may not have deserved the bruising its journalists took, but the network must shoulder the blame for devising such an unsatisfying structure. With the Republican debate miniseries now officially one-third over, it is time for the producers to alter their approach.
It's time for The Bachelor to move over. CNBC made its contribution to the hottest new reality series Wednesday night with The Candidate, better known as The National GOP Debate from Boulder, CO.