In October, Texas Senator and 2016 presidential candidate Ted Cruz earned roars of applause and high praise from conservatives when he directly called-out the pathetic and biased treatment offered to Republican candidates during the debates.
Indeed, the Republican debates had been filled with relentless attempts to spur infighting and provoke soundbites instead of the much-needed conversations surrounding substantive issues. After finally having had enough, Sen. Cruz politely ripped-into the moderators/instigators and slammed,
“You know, let me say something at the outset. The questions that have been asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media,” Cruz said to huge applause. “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?’ Cruz said, giving examples of some of the more ridiculous questions from the biased CNBC moderators.
“How about talking about the substantive issues people care about?” Cruz then asked the CNBC moderators.
When moderators tried to cut Cruz off, the fierce patriot fired back,
“Carl, I’m not finished yet. The contrast of the Democratic debate, where every fawning question from the media was, ‘Which of you is more handsome and wise?’…
That [Democrat] debate was between the Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks,” Cruz said.
Now, it seems that Cruz’s insights were nothing short of prophetic as it has been revealed that the moderator of the upcoming Democrat debate on Saturday met with each of the Democrat candidates to discuss the issues.
Moderator John Dickerson and his team met with each of the campaigns for more than an hour to discuss the major issues at play in the race, sources on the campaigns said, describing the pre-interview as “informational in nature.” Dickerson is not giving candidates previews of his questions for the debate.
Prior to the CNN debate, the campaigns said moderator Anderson Cooper did not reach out directly to them before the candidates took the stage.
“[Dickerson] and his team were very interested in getting to better know the senator’s stand on a wide spectrum of issues, what he would do about income inequality in this country,” said Bernie Sanders’ spokesman Michael Briggs. He said they discussed issues where there are real differences between the candidates — including gun control, the death penalty and raising taxes on the middle class. “John Dickerson’s a smart, impressive guy who cares a lot about the issues,” Briggs said. “I’m sure we’ll see a smart, issues-oriented debate.”
In what world is this anything but pure partisan hackery? It’s impossible to maintain a semblance of fair administering of questions on important issues when the moderator has touched-base with each candidate. Though the candidates likely did not receive a print-out of the intended questions, an “informal” gathering to discuss the issues prior to the debate is not just highly partisan, but extremely unethical.
Further, I don’t imagine any Republican candidates received a friendly heads-up from moderates prior to being thrust into the sophomoric cage matches that have been set up by the liberal mainstream media.