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RNC officials leaned on CNBC to give more questions to Jeb Bush "IN THE MIDDLE OF" third GOP debate


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RNC officials leaned on CNBC to give more questions to Jeb Bush at the third GOP debate

In the middle of the CNBC-hosted GOP debate on Wednesday, RNC chief strategist and spokesman Sean Spicer and chief of staff Katie Walsh approached CNBC officials about the amount of speaking time candidates were getting. Earlier, a source familiar with the situation said Spicer and Walsh had come into the production room with concerns that Bush specifically was not getting enough questions.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/10/rnc-drops-nbc-partnership-215388#ixzz3q5WNNv00

A party of professional trolls.

The Communists Of CNBC

Republican candidates have all learned that pitching a hissy fit at your "enemies" - especially the libturd media - is how you gain votes. Pissing off libturds, and reacting to supposed slights of libturds, is basically what it means to be a conservative now. Yes no tax dollars for blah people and no abortion for the slutty sluts, but mostly just pissing off libturds.

It's pretty funny, really, other than the "they might run the country" part.

You may not know it, but you’re living in a futuristic science fiction novel. And that’s a fact.

2016 Campaign and Forever War: Electorate gone to Disney World
By contributors | Oct. 30, 2015 |
By Tom Engelhardt | ( Tomdispatch.com ) | – –

You may not know it, but you’re living in a futuristic science fiction novel. And that’s a fact. If you were to read about our American world in such a novel, you would be amazed by its strangeness. Since you exist right smack in the middle of it, it seems like normal life (Donald Trump and Ben Carson aside). But make no bones about it, so far this has been a bizarre American century.


It’s no secret that our presidential campaigns have morphed into a “billionaire’s playground,” even as the right to vote has become more constrained. These days, it could be said that the only group of citizens that automatically mobilizes for such events is “the billionaire class” (as Bernie Sanders calls it). Increasingly, many of the rest of us catch the now year-round spectacle demobilized in our living rooms, watching journalists play… gasp!… journalists on TV and give American democracy that good old Gotcha!

In 2001, George W. Bush wanted to send us all to Disney World (on our own dollar, of course). In 2015, Disney World is increasingly coming directly to us.

After all, at the center of election 2016 is Donald Trump. For a historical equivalent, you would have to imagine P.T. Barnum, who could sell any “curiosity” to the American public, running for president. (In fact, he did serve two terms in the Connecticut legislature and was, improbably enough, the mayor of Bridgeport.) Meanwhile, the TV “debates” that Trump and the rest of the candidates are now taking part in months before the first primary have left the League of Women Voters and the Commission on Presidential Debates in the dust. These are the ratings-driven equivalent of food fights encased in ads, with the “questions” clearly based on what will glue eyeballs.


The Liberal Media?

There is NOTHING Liberal About Our MSM.
I doubt ANYONE here at DU relies on TV
That is a dead horse
as are the cretins of the GOP.

The Myth of the Liberal Media--
a summary

Main points made in this video explaining (with examples) Noam Chomsky's and Edward Herman's Propaganda Model of the Media -- and asserting that the mainstream media in America are not really liberal but are bias toward the interests of the elite, which are conservative on issues that affect profits.

Professors Justin Lewis, Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky argue the following:

In America there is no wide range of political opinion -- with the spectrum really going from center to right.
The corporate interests that own and control media make an effort to make the media appear to be liberal -- it is effective to assert that the media are too liberal.

To do this, they attempt to make a connection between journalists working for media and the media content. In particular, they argue that because journalists vote in a liberal fashion, the media must be liberal.


Scary Halloween Tweet From Wolf Blitzer

Wolf Blitzer ‏@wolfblitzer

Getting ready for the one day I can really be myself.

GOP Scared·y-cats.

Just have Sarah Palin, Kim Davis, and Pam Geller ask all the questions and be done with it.

Mr. Andrew Lack
Chairman, NBC News
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, New York 10112

Dear Mr. Lack,

I write to inform you that pending further discussion between the Republican National Committee (RNC) and our presidential campaigns, we are suspending the partnership with NBC News for the Republican primary debate at the University of Houston on February 26, 2016. The RNC’s sole role in the primary debate process is to ensure that our candidates are given a full and fair opportunity to lay out their vision for America’s future. We simply cannot continue with NBC without full consultation with our campaigns.

The CNBC network is one of your media properties, and its handling of the debate was conducted in bad faith. We understand that NBC does not exercise full editorial control over CNBC’s journalistic approach. However, the network is an arm of your organization, and we need to ensure there is not a repeat performance.

CNBC billed the debate as one that would focus on “the key issues that matter to all voters—job growth, taxes, technology, retirement and the health of our national economy.” That was not the case. Before the debate, the candidates were promised an opening question on economic or financial matters. That was not the case. Candidates were promised that speaking time would be carefully monitored to ensure fairness. That was not the case. Questions were inaccurate or downright offensive. The first question directed to one of our candidates asked if he was running a comic book version of a presidential campaign, hardly in the spirit of how the debate was billed.

While debates are meant to include tough questions and contrast candidates’ visions and policies for the future of America, CNBC’s moderators engaged in a series of “gotcha” questions, petty and mean-spirited in tone, and designed to embarrass our candidates. What took place Wednesday night was not an attempt to give the American people a greater understanding of our candidates’ policies and ideas.

I have tremendous respect for the First Amendment and freedom of the press. However, I also expect the media to host a substantive debate on consequential issues important to Americans. CNBC did not.

While we are suspending our partnership with NBC News and its properties, we still fully intend to have a debate on that day, and will ensure that National Review remains part of it.

I will be working with our candidates to discuss how to move forward and will be in touch.


Reince Priebus
Chairman, Republican National Committee

Ah ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha cough—stop, it hurts.
https://twitter.com/Reince/status/660137183823704064 (This is HILAROUS!!!)

After Binge Watching 'Walking Dead,' N.M. Man Kills Friend Over Zombie Fears


After binge watching a popular show about zombies, a New Mexico man believed his friend was turning into one — so he brutally beat him to death last week, police said.

Damon Perry is accused of beating a friend to death after watching The Walking Dead. Grants Police
Prior to the alleged crime last Thursday, Damon Perry, 23, watched the Netflix show "The Walking Dead" and drank "multiple" 40-ounce bottles of malt liquor with a friend at a relative's apartment, Grants Police spokesman Moses Marquez told NBC News.

Then, Perry told police, the victim, Christopher Paquin, 23, tried "to bite him," according to a statement from cops.

Perry "reacted by brutally beating" Paquin with his hands and feet, the release said, and also used an electric guitar, kitchen knives and a microwave to kill the victim.


Republican Senators: Guantanamo Bay Prisoners Not Entitled To Religious Freedom

The legal arguments for allowing the restrictions on female guards are controversial. Two separate courts have found that Gitmo detainees are not considered “persons” under the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act — but, their attorneys argue, the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision last year changed that. Under that decision, the Supreme Court held that for-profit corporations can be exempt from a law its owners religiously object to. Ayotte herself has vigorously defended the Hobby Lobby decision, saying it was essential to protect the company’s religious freedom.

But if Christian corporations can use religious freedom to exempt themselves from laws, Guantanamo detainees attorneys argue, then why can’t Muslim prisoners?

“I have been trying to figure out why corporations are worthy of court protection and Muslims held in indefinite detention … are not.”

wrote attorney Eric L. Lewis, who has represented some Guantanamo detainees, in a 2014 New York Times op-ed. The answer, Lewis accused, lies in a legal system with biases in favor of Christians and against Muslims.

But senators who objected to the female guard court order on Tuesday said that these arguments were disingenuous. “These terrorists — truly the worst of the worst — are manipulating our legal system to the detriment of our dedicated women guards,” said Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC).


Jonah Goldberg: Carson May Be 'More Authentically African-American' Than Obama

One could argue that he’s even more authentically African-American than Barack Obama, given that Obama’s mother was white and he was raised in part by his white grandparents. In his autobiography, Obama writes at length about how he grew up outside the traditional African-American experience — in Hawaii and Indonesia — and how he consciously chose to adopt a black identity when he was in college.

hmm, I wonder where he got his talking points?:


Top Staffer Acknowledges Ben Carson Had 'Contract' With Supplement Maker

Dr. Ben Carson's business manager acknowledged Thursday that the Republican presidential candidate did have a "contract" with a medical supplement company at some point.

Armstrong Williams told CNN's Jake Tapper that he negotiated the retired neurosurgeon's contract himself.

Carson said in response to a question at Wednesday night's Republican presidential debate that it was "total propaganda" to suggest he had a relationship with Mannatech Inc., which claims to cure autism and cancer with its products and settled a $7 million false advertising lawsuit. National Review's Jim Geraghty, who reported on the candidate's ties to Mannatech earlier this year, called Carson's claim that he wasn't involved with the company a "bald-faced lie."

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