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Thursday, October 29, 2015

CNBC Blew It

Here's my conversation with ABC's Alex Stone about last night's GOP debate in Boulder, Colorado.

I start by talking about how the CNBC moderators blew it by asking bad questions, including Carl Quintanilla's job-interview softball "what's your weakness?" I hate that question almost as much as "where do you see yourself in five years?" When asked by a human resources manager, those queries elicit no valuable information from job applicants. When asked by a journalist of a presidential candidate, the only outcome is to have the question ignored in favor of some standard talking points.

Considering CNBC is a business network, and the debate was titled, "Your Money, Your Vote," I thought the entire evening would be full of economic questions and, more importantly, real-time fact-checking of the candidate's claims about tax plans, etc. There was a little bit of that, but (as Stone points out) not nearly as much as when Anderson Cooper moderated the Democrats debate on CNN. Overall, CNBC blew it by asking bad questions, thus leaving itself open to every anti-media claim the Republicans love to make.

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