Pretty much everybody agrees with the conclusions on our liveblog that the CNBC moderators of the Republican debate did an embarrassingly horrible job. Even usually liberal observers–such as Time, NPR, and Politico–are saying so. For a colorful account, see the British take in the London Daily Mail.
It wasn’t just that the questions were hard, or even biased. Everyone expects that. It’s that the questions were trivial (casting aspersions on Rubio for cashing in a $67,000 IRA? Asking Jeb Bush his position on taxing fantasy football?), insulting (asking Trump if he is a “comic book” candidate?), and not fact-checked (one moderator cited information that he himself had had to retract earlier!). And yet, the Republican candidates, individually and as a whole, scored big against them, with both indignation and wit.
After the jump, a good summary from the usually liberal Daily Beast, with this deck: “From silly and inaccurate questions to just plain awkward interruptions, Team CNBC stumbled in Boulder—and was absolutely clobbered by the Republican presidential field for it.” [Read more…]