Many are saying Wednesday’s CNBC debate will go down in history as the day the liberal media was buried, so shameful was the bias exuding from the network’s moderators who claim to be journalists. And so powerful was the pushback from the Republican candidates on stage.
And though many have assumed the blatant bias was simply a result of the rampant liberal media bias that’s largely accepted as status quo these days, we’ve just learned of another potential driver.
As Breitbart News reports:
The CNBC executive who oversaw the disastrous Republican presidential debate is a former Clinton White House staffer, Breitbart News has learned.
Brian Steel, senior vice president of communications at CNBC, was the second highest-ranking network official at Wednesday night’s debate in Colorado after only CNBC CEO Mark Hoffman. Steel was described by an insider as the “executive on hand” for the debate, which was marked by the moderators’ partisan attacks and gotcha questions for the Republican candidates.
Brian Steel worked in Bill Clinton’s White House as a domestic policy adviser to Vice President Al Gore.
His White House gig was just one of three jobs that he held in the Clinton administration. He also worked in Clinton’s Department of Justice, where he served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Policy Development, and also worked as the associate director of the department’s Office of Public Affairs.
Steel told Breitbart News that he was involved in the planning of the debate and also executing public-relations issues but was not directly involved on the editorial side.
Steel is now tasked with defending the network’s disastrous debate performance in the press.
If you asked me, there really is no credible defense for the moderators’ performance on Wednesday. Yes, those of us Americans interested in hiring the best person for the job want to hear the candidates answer tough questions. But there’s a difference between tough questions and Democrat talking points thinly disguised as questions. And we also want — deserve — to see candidates on the Democrat side also be asked tough, relevant questions. (And we can only dream of a Democrat debate moderated by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin and Sean Hannity, as some have suggested.)
Thankfully, while Wednesday may be remembered as the night the liberal media was buried, it may also be remembered as the night the GOP found their cojones. In addition to the eloquent and strong pushback from many of the candidates on stage, led by Ted Cruz, future debates are already being impacted. Starting with the Republican National Committee (RNC) announcing it will not proceed with the debate on NBC originally scheduled for February 26, 2016.
Still, this new revelation about CNBC Senior Vice President of Communications Brian Steel does kinda make you wonder, does the Republican National Committee know anything about opposition research?
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]