On his nationally syndicated radio show Thursday, host Sean Hannity slammed CNBC’s debate moderation as the “single worst example of media bias in a debate in like intergalactic history.”
“The moderators in this debate, especially led by John Harwood, were absolutely God-awful from beginning to end,” Hannity said. “It was so bad for so long, on so many issues, that what happened last night I would argue qualifies as the single worst example of media bias in a debate in like intergalactic history.”
Below is a transcript of Hannity’s comments:
“But even liberal journalists like Carl Bernstein, Watergate fame, declared that CNBC was quote ‘reprehensible’ in how they conducted the debate. You know a liberal magazine, Time Magazine, posted a story. The headline was, ‘Who Lost the Republican Debate? The Media.’
“Headline from the Politico: quote ‘Moderators lose control at third GOP Debate.’ Lloyd Grove from the Daily Beast: ‘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.’ Now, I can tell you from sea to shining sea every outlet imaginable, the same verdict was rendered.
“The moderators in this debate, especially led by John Harwood, were absolutely God-awful from beginning to end. It was so bad for so long on so many issues that what happened last night, I would argue, qualifies as the single worst example of media bias in a debate in like intergalactic history.
“You know, we’ve never seen it. People try to hide it, and that’s been my point for years. And when you compare it especially to the love fest that CNN gave the Democratic candidates, it’s even all that more obvious.
“You know, they screwed up on so many different levels. The moderators lost control of the debate. They didn’t apply the rules fairly. They weren’t in command. They allowed the debate to turn into a free-for-all. CNBC tried to create these very conditions that allowed for chaos. The questioners took strong positions, you know, laying out, ‘Is this a clown type of campaign?’ ‘Oh the anonymous people I talk to say your plan has as much chance as working as you flying out of this room.’”