Narrative Wars: The Republicans strike back

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The 10 Republicans who took part in the recent CNBC primary debate overwhelmingly defeated all of the large television media outlets. After two immaturely-run debates by FOX News Channel and CNN, respectively, the candidates were ready for more of the same from the NBC-run business news channel (the same company also owns MSNBC). Carl Quintanilla, Becky Quick and John Harwood were ready with their “Gotcha” questions and dime-store interrogation techniques. Unfortunately for them, the Republican candidates were ready to tackle them and the entire narrative as a whole.

Republicans did fire at each other a few times, but it was Harwood, Quick and Quintanilla that drew the entire field’s ire. Once again, debate moderators aimed cnbc01National Enquirer-esque inquiries about subjects like attendance, math and fantasy sports directed at certain hopefuls rather than questions about the many serious issues taking center stage. The Republicans were ready after two similarly-run spectacles to finally call the entire media out with CNBC taking the hit for all of them.
It matters little as to which candidate won the debate as the entire field and party came out on top for exposing and targeting the mainstream media’s collective narrative this season. The news channels’ and networks’ information gatekeepers clearly spread a narrative about both parties they wanted the general public to believe: The Democrats are smart, considerate to each other and able to address important issues while the Republicans need to be shown as a group if inept clownscnbc02 and the subject of silly social media memes from the superficial types. This strategy is not new: it started in 2008, four years after John Kerry’s humiliating debate losses to a more eloquent George W. Bush. From that point, TV moderators began to inject themselves into the debates, aiming to either become “stars” in their own right or in clumsy attempts to help their own causes while masquerading as “neutral” moderators. Among those was Candy Crowley’s laughable performance in 2012 in circumvention of Mitt Romney’s campaign. The downward spiral continued into this campaign as every second-tier journalist who gets to host or moderate a debate forgets their occupation once required them to be objective.
The CNBC personalities clearly failed to mask their marching orders from left-wing pseudo think tanks who had been dictating the narrative of the primaries until Wednesday night. Here are some takeaways from that evening:
1. The 3 Stooges asked too many loaded questions. As stated above, Harwood, Quick and Quintanilla were armed with several “gotcha” questions for the candidates, placing emphasis on those over any with real substance. These actions were not taken during the Democrat party debate this year and are likely not to be perpetrated against any of the two front-running candidates (unless people still take Sanders seriously come February). In fact, to stay in a safe zone, the next Democrat debate will be moderated by Rachel Maddow. She will be sure to make her front-runners look good.
2. As soon as Cruz, Trump, Christie, Rubio and Kasich called out the moderators, more people figured out the intended narrative. Generally, the left-wing pseudo think tanks will send out e-mails each morning directing various journalists, bloggers, radio and TV personalities on their side how to describe and discuss the issues of the day. They have instructed their minions to be sure to make the Republicans look stupid and disjointed when covering them or posting about them. This tends to get into the heads of those who are chosen to moderate Presidential debates and they do what they can to help the cause (again, see Crowley). It is no coincidence that a plethora of third and fourth-tier blogger, social media poster and more recognized journalists use the term “clown car” to describe the large field of Republicans and use that to inflate the egos of their low-mentality followers by making them feel like they are actually smarter than those who have right-side leanings. While many have seen through this, more are bound to thanks to the video footage of the Wednesday debate.
3. The Left-leaning media hacks are in full defense mode. This started on Thursday morning with Charlie Rose, who referred to the Republican backlash as “complaining” and became belligerent when trying to corner Marco Rubio by asking the candidate why he called Hillary Clinton a “liar.” For the record, it is well-noted that Rubio said the former Secretary of State lied about not knowing the Benghazi attack was a pre-meditated terrorist action. Sycophantic editorial writers and bloggers tried to take the attention away from the candidates’ backlash, minimize or even lie about it. Chuck Todd, defending his sister station, made the calling-out of his colleagues a conspiracy theory.
4. Hillary Clinton is immature and should never hold the office of President of the United States. Any grown woman who tweets out snarky and cutesy knee-jerk remarks like she did during the debates considering her position could lead people to believe a 13-year-old hijacked her Twitter account. Smirking about the debate using her snark-laden move when shrugging off the Benghazi attacks hearing, where people’s deaths were preventable by her, is downright despicable. The only thing worse than that is how popular and effective she is with her low-mentality base with those actions.
5. The Rolling Stone continues to be a complete farce as it tries to become a serious news magazine. If the fake rape story and trumped-up hatchet jobs on non-liberal politicians have not exposed the pop music mag’s tomfoolery, then their silly article about what they call “WTF Moments” will. Taking 21 quotes out of context might work with smaller minds, but for those who watched the debate, it would seem the author and editorial staff did not understand anything that was said during the exchanges and they did not get any of the jokes.

With all of that, some advocates on the right are trying to start a movement to get the likes of Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh to moderate the next debate. That would be a poor move by everyone. It would make the Republican candidates look like they need to speak in the same safe zone the Democrats are with Maddow. Perhaps the best solution is for the networks’ moderators to actually remember they are journalists, set aside their own egos and ask real questions about real issues without worrying about becoming part of the story themselves. Will that happen? We will know as the debates rage on and the cast of characters continues to thin out.

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