It should come as no surprise to anyone that the same leftwing Politico that published no fewer than three bald-faced lies about Republican presidential frontrunner Ben Carson last week, is today crybabying over the fact that the Republican presidential field enjoyed a smart, professional, mature debate on the Fox Business Network Tuesday night.
In a long, bitter piece titled “Fox Business plays it safe,” Politico’s leftwing media reporter Hadas Gold complains…
In August, there was Fox News’ Megyn Kelly challenging Donald Trump for using “fat pig” to describe women.
In September, there was CNN’s Jake Tapper asking Jeb Bush if he was a “puppet for your donors.” …
On Tuesday’s Fox Business debate, however, Neil Cavuto bantered pleasantly with Carson and politely thanked candidates for their answers. Maria Bartiromo tossed up softballs about tax-cut plans and Barack Obama’s dismissal of Russia as America’s greatest security threat, along with other meaty but safe fare. …
The result was a debate that was less an encounter between challengers than a series of stump speeches, as candidates took advantage of the long 90-second answer times and often talked past the times-up bell tone, with the moderators seemed reluctant to rein them in.
Many of these mini-speeches ended with pre-scripted applause lines like Carly Fiorina proclaiming “We must take our government back,” while the lusty audience cheered every platitude.
Weird how Politico left out these moments from last night:
Moderator Neil Cavuto to Ben Carson: You suggested one minimum wage does not fit all, and that perhaps we should offer a lower or starter wage for young people. Those protesters outside are looking for $15 and nothing less. Where are you?
Moderator Gerard Baker to Carly Fiorina: Now, in seven years under President Obama, the U.S. has added an average of 107,000 jobs a month. Under President Clinton, the economy added about 240,000 jobs a month. Under George W. Bush, it was only 13,000 a month. If you win the nomination, you’ll probably be facing a Democrat named Clinton. How are you going to respond to the claim that Democratic presidents are better at creating jobs than Republicans?
Cavuto to Carson: You recently railed against the double-standard in the media, sir, that seems obsessed with inconsistencies and potential exaggerations in your life story, but looked the other way when it came to then-Senator Barack Obama’s. Still, as a candidate whose brand has always been trust, are you worried your campaign — which you’ve always said, sir, is bigger than you — is now being hurt by you?
Cavuto to Carson: You say you are in favor of a tax system, I guess akin to tithing, sir, with a flat tax rate of up to 15 percent because you said, if everybody pays this, I think God is a pretty fair guy, so tithing is a pretty fair process. But Donald Trump says that is not fair. That wealthier taxpayers should pay a higher rate because it’s a fair thing to do. So whose plan would God endorse then, Doctor?
Bartiromo to Cruz: How can you cut taxes as much as you propose without running up debt and deficits?” After Cruz answered, Bartiromo followed up with, “But you haven’t told us how to pay for it.
Baker to Rubio: Isn’t — isn’t there a risk you’re just adding another expensive entitle program to an already overburdened federal budget?
Bartiromo to Rubio: Senator Rubio, Hillary Clinton is the clear front runner for the Democratic nomination. If she is indeed the nominee, you will be facing a candidate with an impressive resume. She was the first lady of the United States, a U.S. senator from New York, and secretary of state under Barack Obama. She has arguably more experience, certainly more time in government than almost all of you on stage tonight.Why should the American people trust you to lead this country, even though she has been so much closer to the office?
Note how Politico didn’t mention the many exchanges like this one, where the moderators pinned down — or attempted to pin down — the candidates:
Just to be clear, you say you would repeal Obamacare…
…But, what is the alternative…
…You need to give…
…and how does that help small business…
The examples above are examples of Politico’s lies of omission. But that’s what Politico does in service to Democrats: lie.
Politico is angry because the Fox Business networks asked actual debate questions instead of cheap, immature interview questions.
Politico is angry because Republicans finally enjoyed the kind of debate Democrats enjoy.
Politico is angry because the debate stuck to the issues instead of the kind of “fat pig” questions that turn these debates into a circus and make it look as though the GOP is not ready to lead.
Politico is angry because last night’s debate did not benefit Hillary Clinton.
You see, the DC Media doesn’t see Republican debates as an opportunity to inform and enlighten the American people. Instead, they see these debates as an opportunity to disqualify Republican candidates.
And when the voters are served instead of the entitled, corrupted media, outlets like Politico get angry and demand more “fat pig” questions.
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