Column: Avoiding Debate Debacles With the Liberal Media

June 30th, 2023 8:50 AM

Everyone who cannot abide the way that liberal networks attempt to mangle Republican presidential candidates in primary debates is having the same thought: If the Democrats never award a primary debate to Fox News or Newsmax, why on Earth should Republicans subject themselves to CNN or MSNBC or the rest?


GOPers Should Just Say No to NBC! They Aren’t Fair Debate Moderators

June 12th, 2023 1:34 PM

A review of the MRC’s archives shows a consistent and clear pattern of slanted questions to Republican candidates in debates hosted by NBC. There is a decades-long pattern of moderator questions designed to antagonize, embarrass or mock Republican candidates, their policies and supporters.

CNBC Anchor Tweets 'Devastating' Analysis That Lockdowns Were Harmful

May 21st, 2020 4:16 PM
CNBC anchor Carl Quintanilla tweeted on Wednesday about a J.P. Morgan financial guru Marko Kolanovic publishing a  “devastating piece arguing that infection rates have declined — not increased — in states where lockdowns have ended, 'even after allowing for an appropriate measurement lag.'" That's good news, not "devastating" news.

Ten Questions NBC’s Debate Moderators Should Ask the Dem Candidates

June 24th, 2019 9:00 AM
On Wednesday and Thursday NBC, MSNBC, and Telemundo will host the first Democratic primary debates. If they are to match what their CNBC colleagues did with the Republican candidates in 2015, they should ask questions designed to humiliate, badger and paint the Democratic field as not ready for prime time, cartoonish, out-of-touch extremists.   

'Nonpartisan' Ken Burns Goes Trump Bonkers Again

September 21st, 2016 10:05 PM
Ken Burns still can't get over his obsession over Donald Trump. Last June, in his Stanford commencement speech, the documentary filmmaker with the outdated Beatle haircut went all drama queen over the candidacy of Donald Trump. Well, he still can't get Trump out of his mind even if he is unable to speak his name. In an interview with Carl Quintanilla, host of CNBC's BINGE, Burns takes us on a…

CNBC: Trump’s Use of Illegal Alien Murders Similar to Willie Horton Ad

July 22nd, 2016 3:23 AM
CNBC provided coverage on the final two nights of the Republican National Convention and on Thursday, Squawk on the Street co-host and infamous GOP debate co-moderator Carl Quintanilla condemned Donald Trump’s mentioning of Americans being murdered by illegal immigrants because it reminded him of the Willie Horton ad from 1988. 

Year-End Awards: The Hopeless Haters Award

December 27th, 2015 9:47 AM
Since last week, NewsBusters has been presenting each category from the Media Research Center’s “Best Notable Quotables of 2015,” our annual awards for the year’s worst journalism. Today, the “Hopeless Haters Award,” for the worst quotes denigrating the conservative GOP presidential candidates. Winning the top slot: MSNBC Morning Joe regular Donny Deutsch, who on March 23 slammed just-declared…

Notable Quotables: CNBC's Deplorable Debate Debacle

November 9th, 2015 9:12 AM
This week, after CNBC's moderators assault the GOP candidates with a barrage of offensive attack questions, liberal reporters decry Republican complaints about the debacle: "This got a little revolting tonight," MSNBC's Chris Matthews sneered, while ABC daytime host Whoopi Goldberg advised the candidates: "Grow some nuts." And: CBS and PBS host Charlie Rose tells socialist candidate Bernie…

CNBC Moderators' Speech Patterns Grade At or Below GOP Candidates'

October 30th, 2015 9:34 PM
People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. And people who ridicule the level of others' speech patterns should check theirs first. CNBC didn't do that. Instead, on Thursday, as I noted in a previous NewsBusters post, it childishly rushed out a grade-level evaluation of the Republican presidential candidates' speech patterns during the first three debates, including the Wednesday train wreck…

MRC Study Proves It: CNBC Agenda Was to Undermine GOP Candidates

October 30th, 2015 9:53 AM
A Media Research Center analysis of the questions posed by moderators John Harwood, Carl Quintanilla and Becky Quick at CNBC's Republican presidential debate found nearly two-thirds (65%) hit the candidates with negative spin, personal insults or ad hominem attacks. In contrast, all of the questions posed by CNBC personalities Jim Cramer, Rick Santelli and Sharon Epperson focused on policy…

Childish CNBC Rates Grade Level of GOP Candidates' Speech Patterns

October 29th, 2015 3:50 PM
It would appear that CNBC isn't going to take the criticism of its debate panelists' awful conduct last night lying down. In what appears to be an all too predictable immature response to the dressing-downs several Republican presidential candidates administered to certain of their moderators as a result of their juvenile behavior and insulting questions — particularly John Harwood and Carl …

Christie Trashes CNBC’s Quintanilla for Fantasy Football Question

October 28th, 2015 10:49 PM
Governor Chris Christie (N.J.) assailed CNBC debate co-moderator Carl Quintanilla for dedicating a line of questioning to whether daily fantasy football websites should face regulation by the federal government: "Are we really talking about getting government involved in fantasy football? Wait a second, we have $19 trillion in debt, we have people out of work, we have ISIS and Al Qaeda attacking…

Rubio Berates Paper, Debate Moderators as ‘Evidence’ of Liberal 'Bias'

October 28th, 2015 9:19 PM
During Wednesday’s Republican presidential debate on CNBC, Senator Marco Rubio (Fl.) excoriated the Florida newspaper The Sun-Sentinel and debate co-moderator Carl Quintanilla for raising questions about his young age and calls for him to resign from the Senate due to missed votes as examples of “a double standard” and “bias that exists in the American media today.”  

Cruz Takes CNBC Debate Panelists to Task for Bias

October 28th, 2015 9:07 PM
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) took CNBC debate panelists to task for their liberal bias: “The questions that have been asked so far at this debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media....The contrast with the Democratic debate, where every thought and question from the media was, which of you is more handsome and why?...And nobody watching at home believes that any of the moderators…