LOS ANGELES, January 24, 2012―Like Charlie Brown trying to kick a football, Republicans never grasp the depth of hatred that liberal debate moderators have toward them.
If Barack Obama wants to get reelected, he should encourage the Republican Party to have as many presidential debates as possible in front of “moderators” who wish to slit their conservative throats.
Republicans never learn. The Florida GOP Debate on NBC was another example of a network pushing a leftist agenda. It is time for somebody to finally stand up and say that enough is enough. Conservatives love to make Republican candidates sign pledges.
Well it is long past time that future nominees sign a pledge never to do a primary debate on any network where any of the panelists voted for a Democrat.
That’s it. Liberals need to be banned from conservative debates. This is not a freedom of speech issue. Primaries are not general elections. If NBC and MSNBC want to use general election debates to openly campaign for liberals, that fight can be had at that time. Liberals should have absolutely zero say in who conservatives and Republicans pick as their nominee.
There is no need to recap the substance of the debate. There was none. This debate was so bad that Bryan Williams was not even the worst moderator, despite spending the first 36 minutes on questions designed to maximize conflict on issues that do not matter.
As badly as most moderators treat Republicans, Beth Reinhard of National Journal may be one of the absolute worst excuses of a “moderator” to ever be allowed on the stage. The GOP at the highest levels should be forced to explain how she was allowed to ask questions.
Every conservative at some point will complain about liberal bias, but Reinhard could not even hide her contempt for the people she was questioning.
The day before the debate, Reinhard wrote a column entitled, “Will Floridians buy Mitt Romney’s schtick?”
She has also made uncorroborated accusations against Ron Paul.
She has implied that Republicans were pro-sexual harassment.
She has compared conservatives wanting secure borders to vigilantes.
She recently slandered Rick Perry as a bigot while smugly…and wrongly…claiming that religious Jews are social liberals. The ignorance was hers, not his.
Her cheap shot at Rick Santorum lacked any cogent political analysis.
Does anybody think this is what qualifies a professional to do a GOP debate?
I am an opinion columnist. I am biased. I publicly and loudly admit my biases. For instance, I have decided that I am not voting for Ron Paul. I am undecided between Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Mitt Romney.
So if I were asked to do a debate, I would have two choices:
1) Refuse to do the debate because I have a bias against Dr. Paul.
2) Either personally or through my editor reach out to the Paul campaign and immediately disclose my bias. If Dr. Paul was uncomfortable, I would recuse myself. I would make sure the story was not spun to make Dr. Paul look bad. If Dr. Paul felt my inclusion was acceptable, I would question him in a tough, fair, and most importantly, consistent manner as the other candidates.
As an opinion columnist, I am under zero obligation to cater to Dr. Paul or his supporters. They pillory me for this and I dismiss them. That will continue.
A reporter or moderator of a debate must be neutral and fair. My bias against Dr. Paul would have to be subordinate to my integrity and quest for the truth.
(This is not a Ron Paul thread and propaganda comments for or against any of the candidates will be deleted as off-topic. The topic is the lack of integrity of the debate moderator.)
This is because I understand what Jim Lehrer explains and Beth Reinhard will never grasp. Jim Lehrer is a trusted moderator because he looks in the mirror before his presidential debates and says “This is not about me.”
Beth Reinhard made the debate all about her. Her questions were disgusting, and should have been slapped down hard. She spoke in a calm voice, but this woman was far from innocuous. Her questions were biased, incendiary, and lacking in actual knowledge.
“Why didn’t the Bush tax cuts work?”
How dare this woman ask such a slanted question! How dare NBC allow this!
A proper response would have been a verbal lashing.
“Ms Reinhard, your head is up your hide. You have never taken Economics 101. You went to a Poison Ivy League University (Columbia) where you learned Socialism and little else. You have no qualifications to claim the tax cuts did not work. You are not an economist. The Bush tax cuts did work. They worked because supply-side economics works. It worked when JFK did it. It worked when Reagan did it. It worked when Bush did it. You could have asked if we believed they worked but instead you chose to let your liberal bias interfere with your ability to ask a neutral question. You are uninformed, and completely wrong.”
(This is why I am a public speaker and not a politician or diplomat. I am a fantastic speaker who would fail miserably in an election and get us into a war at the slightest disagreement.)
A couple of her other questions can be paraphrased as, “Why do you hate Latinos?” She wanted to know why the candidates would advertise in Spanish but not allow ballots in Spanish.
This is one area where the GOP does a lousy job of explaining themselves, but they could have said:
“Ms. Reinhard, people who do not speak English are exploited in this country. They are blocked from achieving the American dream. Illegal immigrants are at greater risk of sexual assault. Those not speaking English can be taken advantage of by people who know the American legal system. So those who insist on allowing people to stay in this country without learning English are condemning those people to a life of misery and second class status. That is not compassion or fairness. It is cruelty.”
“Forcing people to learn English is tough love in the same way young people are forced to go to school rather than go play. People who learn English simply do better in our society, and our society is about helping everybody do better. The choice is to integrate people into American society or condemn them to a life of misery and rot. The only people failing to grasp this are racial grievance mongers who benefit from exploiting minorities and keeping them down.”
She clearly showed her leftist bias in discussing the oil industry, which is another career she does not have experience in. She stated that drilling in the Gulf states would provide 5,000 jobs while an oil spill would cost one million jobs.
She wanted to know if drilling was worth the risk? Again, a conservative could have pounced.
“Your assertions would be tragic if they were not patently false. That is a polite way of saying you simply made that up and have no reasonable basis for letting the words escape your lips. The National Journal where you work may believe that 2 + 2 = 7, but in the real world that is not so. You have no credible facts to back that ridiculous claim, and your hostility to the oil industry is evident. You should admit your biases, and take a clear environmental stand by shutting down your keyboard and never using a product made from petroleum as long as you live. Furthermore, your car has the potential to kill people. If anyone gets in a car accident tonight, your car should be taken from you to protect society. Now leave your automobile behind and go walk to an environmentally friendly mud hut somewhere far away from print writing and television so the adults can have a conversation. “
Until Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity are allowed to moderate Democratic debates, Beth Reinhard should not be allowed near conservative ones.
Now the solution is not to have Hannity and Limbaugh enter the debate arena. They are perfectly suited for the arena of opinion, and they concede this. Reinhard is the worst of the media because she had the nerve to pose as a journalist only one day after attacking one of the very candidates she was questioning.
Blaming Reinhard is not enough. Blaming Bryan Williams is not sufficient. Blaming NBC will not accomplish anything. Going after General Electric is useless since CEO Jeffrey Immelt is an Obama shill.
Going after new owner Comcast is not the answer.
Republicans must boycott these primary debates and only speak before credible entities such as Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, the American Enterprise Institute, and the Heritage Foundation.
If they fail to do this, then the Obama campaign team will coast to reelection. Republicans will have only themselves to blame. How can Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, or Mitt Romney stand up to Iran or Syria if they cannot even slap away a cold, leftist Reinhard hand trying to strangle the campaign life out of them?
Mitt Romney fears for the future of America.
By showing signs of life in his debate performance, Mitt Romney may have breathed new life into his campaign.
Newt Gingrich, modern colossus and architect of Reaganism, will deign to be your president.
Penn State may survive its scandal by taking a page from the playbook of Coach Gingrich.
Three states, three winners. What’s next? A protracted battle for delegates, starting with Florida on January 31.
Grabbing at the mantle of Ronald Reagan, Santorum and Gingrich are tearing it to shreds.
Between their big-government positions and their flip-flops, the difference between Gingrich and Romney is too small to make a difference.
Newt Gingrich’s life’s purpose is the quest for absolute power. In the present tense, he seeks the restoration of the power he lost.
Read fresh political coverage in Communities @WashingtonTimes.com Politics
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, blogger, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian.
Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.” Eric is 100% alcohol, tobacco, drug, and liberalism free. After years of dating liberals, he has finally seen the light and now only dates Republican Jewish women. His family is pleased over this. Republican, Jewish women, you may contact Eric above.
Follow Eric on Twitter @TYGRRRREXPRESS
Eric Golub is an independent writer for the Communities. Read more from Eric at his TYGRRRR EXPRESS blog.
This article is the copyrighted property of the writer and Communities @ WashingtonTimes.com. Written permission must be obtained before reprint in online or print media. REPRINTING TWTC CONTENT WITHOUT PERMISSION AND/OR PAYMENT IS THEFT AND PUNISHABLE BY LAW.