Wednesday night’s big Republican debate marked the day that the putrid corporate media and all of it’s resplendent celebrity pundits were called out as the gaggle of dishonest information brokers and sleazy hacks that they have always been. The much anticipated interplay between the candidates – who were pitted against each other by CNN’s millionaire mouthpiece Jake Tapper in Simi Valley last month- played second banana to the exposure of the ongoing cynical efforts to draw ratings by selling sensationalism.
Host network CNBC charged record ad rates as had CNN before them and were less interested in looking for honest debate in the public interest than in drawing more eyes, web clicks and social media attention to their piss poor product. By nearly all accounts CNBC’s big show was dishonest and disastrous and has drawn scorn and mockery that crosses political lines and shines a spotlight on the one institution that has failed America more spectacularly than any other – the putrid media.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz may have had his breakout moment when he refrained from taking the bait and instead turned his fire on the presstitute moderators. Politico recounts the exchange in the article “Cruz Unloads on CNBC Debate Moderators”:
Sen. Ted Cruz unleashed a tirade on CNBC’s debate moderators in the first hour, admonishing them, “This is not a cage match.”
“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.
“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, imitating the moderators, to raucous applause. “How about talking about the substantive issues people care about?”
The moment rated highest on Facebook and Twitter in terms of social impressions, and Iowa pollster Frank Luntz said the line scored a 97-98 out of 100 in a live dial focus group.
Cruz’s diatribe against the media came in response to a question about the debt ceiling deal in Congress. Instead, the Texan focused on media bias.
In the Democratic debate, Cruz remarked, “every fawning question from the media was, ‘Which of you is more handsome and wise?'”
On a night when the World Series was competing for viewers, Teddy Ballgame launched it right out of the park in Boulder’s rarified air. A “cage match” is exactly what CNBC wanted, just as CNN and Fox News before them did and kudos to Cruz for calling bullshit on the whole fraudulent con game. If an all-out brawl onstage wasn’t the network’s desire then why did it insult the two most volatile participants – Chris Christie and Rand Paul – with prep areas that more closely resembled restrooms than the plush accommodations given to Trump, Rubio and Fiorina? CNBC wanted a spectacle so that the network could cash in off of it.
Perhaps it is overly optimistic that Cruz’s killer rebuttal will ignite calls for some long needed scrutiny on a media long ago gone rotten, especially considering the media’s key role in creating the largest colony of dumbed-down, electronically lobotomized sheep on the planet but is sure was good to see it.