Editorial

A poor performance

Monday, November 2, 2015

The Republican presidential candidates repeatedly criticized moderators of the third Republican debate on Wednesday. The most applauded line came about halfway through the debate when Ted Cruz said, "The questions asked in this debate illustrate why the American people don't trust the media. This is not a cage match. And 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? How about talking about the substantive issues?"

Setting aside the fact that this was the start of a response to an actual substantive question, Cruz had a valid point.

Cruz and other candidates have mischaracterized bad moderating during the debates as anti-Republican prejudice by liberal media.

Anderson Cooper did not throw softballs when he moderated the one Democratic debate held so far. Fox News, which hosted the first Republican debate, cannot be considered liberal media.

The problem is not partisanship, it is simply bad journalism. The goal has been to create entertainment, not clarity on issues, and the most recent debate was the best example yet of bad debate moderating in this election season.