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.
Republicans continue to blame CNBC outright, or imply that CNBC is responsible for severely limiting the number of seats available for today's GOP pre...
You have to admire the Republicans for going to Boulder for their debate Wednesday. It took some serious conservative backbone to descend on a town that stands for so much that Republicans do not. And now the GOP is keeping Boulder out.
The Colorado Republican Party is blaming CNBC for severely limiting the number of seats available at its Oct. 28 presidential debate at the University of Colorado at Boulder. But CNBC hasn't accepted the blame. Instead, strangely, it's not commenting. What gives?
There has been really bad news on the Chinese economy almost daily as its industrial profits fall to the lowest level since 2011, when the US stock market had its last 10 percent "correction."
CNBC no longer runs ads touting "In Cramer We Trust." That is a very small step in the right direction. It has a long way to go.
Michael Chernow, Chief Executive Everything of Seamore's, Nolita hot new seafood restaurant, gets my vote as the gutsiest entrepreneur of 2015. Why?