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In CNN Republican Debate Tonight, The Moderators Should Tell The Audience To Shut Up
WashPost ^ | 1-26-12 | Stephan Stromberg

Posted on 01/26/2012 10:41:31 AM PST by tcrlaf

Edited on 01/26/2012 10:44:52 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

When CNN convenes its GOP debate tonight, the moderators should tell the audience to shut up.

Newt Gingrich said Tuesday that he wouldn’t “allow” moderators to ask live audiences to remain silent during debates. He won the South Carolina primary on his appeal to two insufferably partisan debate audiences last week, but he stumbled this week in a debate before a silent crowd.


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TOPICS: Extended News; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; debate; dncmedia; elections; enemedia; fascistmedia; liberalfascism; liberalmedia; media; mediabias; msm; newt; obamedia
This is in The Washington Post, of all places.

The media is utterly TERRIFIED of what Newt could do to Obama in a debate....

He must be destroyed, at all costs.

1 posted on 01/26/2012 10:41:38 AM PST by tcrlaf
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To: tcrlaf

No, it’s not Newt that they are terrified of, it’s the T-Party supporters.


2 posted on 01/26/2012 10:43:06 AM PST by Eva
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To: tcrlaf
Self-respecting debate organizers, starting with CNN, should take Gingrich’s statement as evidence that they should do the opposite of what the former speaker wan

Please, Massa. Please don't throw me in that briar patch!

3 posted on 01/26/2012 10:44:28 AM PST by HIDEK6
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To: tcrlaf

They are’t going to be able to silence the ones they want to silence now.

But...being CNN...the place will probably be packed with the “right kind” of people.


4 posted on 01/26/2012 10:44:59 AM PST by digger48
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To: tcrlaf

Is it ok if they faint? lol


5 posted on 01/26/2012 10:45:09 AM PST by ILS21R (Never give up.)
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To: tcrlaf
C N N= Communist News Network!
6 posted on 01/26/2012 10:46:45 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: ILS21R

When will these debates ever end?

Blab blab blad


7 posted on 01/26/2012 10:46:57 AM PST by jayrunner
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To: tcrlaf
Please, no evidence of voter support for conservative ideas...

Is CNN going to shut up the Obama audience too?

8 posted on 01/26/2012 10:47:27 AM PST by G Larry (We need Bare Knuckles Newt to fight this battle.)
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To: tcrlaf

WaPObama desperately trying to rally support for Willard by silencing Newt.


9 posted on 01/26/2012 10:47:27 AM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: tcrlaf
So Gingrich has apparently concluded that the unaided force of his own ideas and rhetoric aren’t enough. He needs the hooting, the hollering, the booing — a hysterical mob

I'm wondering if this co-called journalist offered the same suggestion for obama regarding the SOTU earlier in the week.

10 posted on 01/26/2012 10:47:41 AM PST by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: tcrlaf

Why even have an audience, then? Does anybody remember the democrat debates from four years ago? Were there similar audience admonitions then?


11 posted on 01/26/2012 10:48:04 AM PST by fhayek
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To: tcrlaf

I completely expect this from the Washington Post. It goes beyond Newt. The Washington Post wants left wing moderators to have more control over debates.


12 posted on 01/26/2012 10:48:42 AM PST by freemarketsfreeminds
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To: tcrlaf

Another FReeper said the debate is being stacked with Romney supporters.


13 posted on 01/26/2012 10:48:48 AM PST by KansasGirl (GO NEWT! NO ROMNEY!)
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To: tcrlaf

Since I got out of the U.S.Army I do not take orders too well.
Fact is if you tell me to do something I usually do exactly the opposite.
Tell CNN folks where to get off.


14 posted on 01/26/2012 10:50:09 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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15 posted on 01/26/2012 10:50:12 AM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: tcrlaf

The news media is utterly freightened by free speech and free expression of voters..!

They think freedom of speech and expression only applies to them....!


16 posted on 01/26/2012 10:50:50 AM PST by swampfox101
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To: tcrlaf

Since I got out of the U.S.Army I do not take orders too well.
Fact is if you tell me to do something I usually do exactly the opposite.
Tell CNN folks where to get off.


17 posted on 01/26/2012 10:50:58 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: tcrlaf
Washington Post to America:


18 posted on 01/26/2012 10:56:15 AM PST by ILS21R (Never give up.)
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To: tcrlaf

http://intern.washpost.com/images/interns2006_stromberg.jpg

Stephen Stromberg
Writer, Editorial
University of Oxford

I am a native of Los Angeles with a penchant for opinion writing and moving around. I majored in Russian studies at Harvard, where I was the editorial chair, responsible for writing and editing daily editorials and overseeing the daily production of the opinion section of the Crimson, the student newspaper. I also was a cartoonist and columnist for the paper. I wrote unsigned editorials for the Los Angeles Times’s editorial page in 2002 and reported from the Democratic National Convention with the political unit of the Times in 2004. I also worked as a writer-researcher for the Times Sunday Current section. I covered the 2004 presidential election for Salon.com, for which I now freelance. I am enrolled in a two-year master’s program in international relations at the University of Oxford, where I am executive editor of the Oxonian Review of Books and occasionally tend the student pub.

http://intern.washpost.com/bios2006.cfm


19 posted on 01/26/2012 10:56:27 AM PST by kcvl
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To: fhayek

Not sure but think Reagan used audience. “There he goes again” and something about his opponents age, that Reagan wasn’t going to hit him on his inexperience.

Anyway, seem to remember clips where it showed audience reactions.


20 posted on 01/26/2012 10:58:42 AM PST by Kenny
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To: swampfox101; All

The Monday night debate REALLY WAS a disaster.
Which means it worked out EXACTLY as NBC intended it to.

7.5 MILLION PEOPLE tuned in to see the candidates, only to see a dry, boring debate with questions about Castro dying, and Swamp Restoration Programs.

Not ONE SINGLE WORD about taxes, high gas prices, unemployment, etc. and the words “BARACK OBAMA” were not uttered ONCE by the moderator.

Frankly, I’m not surprised by any of this. Tonite’s debate is for all the marbles.


21 posted on 01/26/2012 11:00:23 AM PST by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: kcvl

That explains a lot.


22 posted on 01/26/2012 11:02:01 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: tcrlaf
insufferably partisan debate audiences last week

A partisan audience at a REPUBLICAN debate? I hope I'm not the only one who sees the stupidity of this statement! Guess we need more Democrats in the Audience so it's not so partisan!

23 posted on 01/26/2012 11:04:07 AM PST by JaguarXKE
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To: tcrlaf

Well, in the run up to the last election, Obama spoke mostly before carefully vetted audiences, consisting almost entirely of party operatives, their families, and SEIU union thugs.

There were a few exceptions, when he arranged to speak at a rock concert—in Berlin, and at the riverside in Oregon. These events were carefully chosen, too. Obviously a rock concert in Oregon, for instance, would draw mostly leftists, because that’s who lived in that area.

The rock concerts were the only time that the MSM depicted vast audiences. Otherwise, the cameras were very careful not to show that Obama spoke to small, carefully selected crowds.

Presumably, the MSM debate moderators will arrange things in similar fashion this time around. Don’t expect them to let in a lot of Tea Partiers. Maybe a few fake Teabaggers with nasty signs, like the last time.


24 posted on 01/26/2012 11:04:07 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: kcvl

10 ‘I’s in 5 lines. Wow. He sure thinks a lot of hisself, don’t he?
My English writing prof would have had the whole paragraph full of red checkmarks and a sarcastic remark at the bottom.


25 posted on 01/26/2012 11:07:28 AM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: tcrlaf

It is vital for the MSM to silence the masses. Look no further than Joe the Plumber. When the crowd is suppressed with silence, the MSM can interpret and spin reaction to debate performance. Crowd reaction at a debate takes power from the hands of the MSM


26 posted on 01/26/2012 11:09:10 AM PST by RatRipper (I'll ride a turtle to work every day before I buy anything from Government Motors.)
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To: tcrlaf

It is my sincere hope that Newt absolutely kicks A$$ tonight!


27 posted on 01/26/2012 11:12:32 AM PST by JaguarXKE
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To: tcrlaf
two insufferably partisan debate audiences

Oh, there you go! Shut out the hoi polloi! We don't want any of that "partisanship."

Damn! I've never seen political elites in such a complete panic. We've got to get off our butts, people.

28 posted on 01/26/2012 11:14:54 AM PST by GVnana (Newt 2012 - He Speaks for Us)
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To: tcrlaf

Newt’s first answer should start out by reminding the audience that CNN doesn’t have the power to take away their right to free speech. CHEERS, STANDING O,


29 posted on 01/26/2012 11:25:09 AM PST by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: tcrlaf

And Newt should ask the moderator if that extends to swooning and members of the press?

(gads, I hope someone from his campaign gets to see this. Tea Partiers would go nuts!)


30 posted on 01/26/2012 11:27:07 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: KansasGirl
"Another FReeper said the debate is being stacked with Romney supporters."

That is worthy of its own thread to get the word out to local non-RINOs. Do you recall where you saw that info?

31 posted on 01/26/2012 11:27:10 AM PST by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro)
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To: tcrlaf; xzins
If they are not going to let the audience participate, then Gingrich should not participate. Instead of answering the questions the moderators ask, he should answer the questions that we would ask. He should ignore the questions entirely and just hammer the issues that are important to us.

They will ask about Gingrich's skeletons and Gingrich should respond by talking about Obama's skeletons and Romney's record.

I didn't watch the last debate. Apparently I didn't miss anything. But if Gingrich can turn the tables on the MSM, I'll be watching like a hawk.

32 posted on 01/26/2012 11:28:06 AM PST by P-Marlowe (NEWT!!! Because everyone else is just average.)
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To: tcrlaf

My belief is that tonight CNN mods will go for the coup de grois by starting off with questions to Newt about all of these stories on Drudge and elsewhere. Its going to be a get Newt fest. I hope I’m wrong but I doubt it.


33 posted on 01/26/2012 11:28:45 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: tcrlaf
The author is a good argument for the reestablishment of the appropriate political use for tar, feathers and wooden rails ...and possibly code duello.
34 posted on 01/26/2012 11:35:17 AM PST by Ozymandias Ghost
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To: tcrlaf

I’m sure they could hold a debate in an empty studio but the networks WANT the appearance that this is a public forum and that idle people wandered over to watch the debate as independent engaged citizens.

Most debates are actually pep rallies for the politically connected. The audiences are rarely not a collection of rival paid supporters.

Frankly, I’d rather see a debate where the moderators shut up.


35 posted on 01/26/2012 11:35:39 AM PST by OrangeHoof (Obama: The Dr. Kevorkian of the American economy.)
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To: OrangeHoof

Face it, Newt COULD have gone over the moderators heads and got the audience to respond, but for whatever reason he choose not too. I hope he never makes that mistake again, because prevent defense is an awful strategy for anyone especially a movement leader.


36 posted on 01/26/2012 11:47:27 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: fhayek

fhayek wrote:
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Why even have an audience, then?
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EXCELLENT point! If the audience aren’t permitted to be anything other than a bunch of mutes, then what’s the point of even having them there???


37 posted on 01/26/2012 11:58:57 AM PST by DestroyLiberalism
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To: Joe Boucher

I subscribe to Entrepreneur magazine and their latest edition has an article on veterans who went into the business for themselves. One of the ex-Marines who has a start-up in Silicon valley explained “we want to be independent because we have been taking orders for so long”.


38 posted on 01/26/2012 11:59:58 AM PST by max americana (Buttcrack Obama is an idiot)
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To: KansasGirl

KansasGirl wrote:
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Another FReeper said the debate is being stacked with Romney supporters.
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That’s what I’m afraid may happen, too. Everyone who’s seen a typical Romney campaign speech has seen first hand how he garners little more than a lukewarm blazay reaction from his supporters in attendance. If the audience is stacked with vocal Romney people tonight, I’m going to be LIVID because it would clearly be a fraudulent set-up!


39 posted on 01/26/2012 12:04:18 PM PST by DestroyLiberalism
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To: tcrlaf
If CNN muzzles the audience, Newt should say the following.

"The lack of respect for the First Amendment by CNN, even though they are protected by the SAME amendment, compels me to leave this venue."
" CNN should be ashamed of stifling others First Amendment rights while enjoying the protections of the same right. Thank you for the invitation, but I would prefer to be in a venue where participation is encouraged, rather than censored."

40 posted on 01/26/2012 12:07:07 PM PST by Wizdum (Wisdom is what you gain when things go wrong.)
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To: max americana

Folks who were in the military just have more confidence in themselves. And to get an honorable you’ve had to put up with some crap at least a few times. But you’ve learned how to get things done.


41 posted on 01/26/2012 12:07:59 PM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: tcrlaf

What about the bizarre State of the Union spectacle of hundreds of “lawmakers” clapping and bobbing up and down like mindless jacks-in-a-box?


42 posted on 01/26/2012 12:33:55 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: tcrlaf

Everyone needs to email CNN and sponsers that they better allow audience participation or else sponsers will suffer the wrath of the viewers, and CNN ratings will be furhter in the toilet.


43 posted on 01/26/2012 12:38:22 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: tcrlaf

If they do this, Newt himself should go on the offensive against the control freak oppressive liberal media, telling the audience NOT to sit on their hands when they hear something they like. He should hit it hard on his very first answer.


44 posted on 01/26/2012 12:46:20 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is not just brewing, rebellion is here!!)
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To: tcrlaf
It's easier for the MSM to astroturf support for Romney when the people can't see massive displays of support for Gingrich.

-PJ

45 posted on 01/26/2012 12:52:32 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: Jim Robinson
If CNN stacks the audience with Romney supporters, it will be funny to see the audience applaud wildly to Romney's bland answers.

-PJ

46 posted on 01/26/2012 1:05:57 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: tcrlaf
I think Stephan Stromberg should show up and tell the audience himself.
47 posted on 01/26/2012 2:34:40 PM PST by tobyhill (Obama, The Biggest Thief In American History)
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To: tobyhill

Very strange goings on tonight, the applause at the debates was suppl lied by sound bites from Cnn. If you watch the live debates, you can hear the great roar of applause, while not a person in the audience was moving.


48 posted on 01/26/2012 9:53:25 PM PST by BooBoo1000 ("Only through helping others: can we hope to save ourselves")
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