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No more Stephanopoulos? RNC wants role in picking 2016 primary debate moderators
The Daily Caller ^ | March18 , 2013

Posted on 03/18/2013 11:18:22 AM PDT by Hojczyk

When conservatives complain about the harm that the endless debate schedule had on the 2012 Republican primary candidates, the conversation often turns to the hosts and the moderators.

Why are Republican candidates letting someone like ABC’s George Stephanopoulos — a former aide to Democrat Bill Clinton — ask them “gotcha questions” during a GOP primary?

Why are GOP presidential hopefuls agreeing to meet for a debate hosted by an outlet like MSNBC, a cable network that has increasingly grown hostile to Republicans as it self-identifies as a liberal news network?

As the Republican Party released a 100-page report on Monday about what the party can do better to win elections, committee members are recommending that the Republican National Committee step in to regulate these televised showdowns come 2016.

And RNC chairman Reince Priebus told The Daily Caller that the party does not only want to reduce the number of debates. The RNC, he said, also wants to explore the possibility of choosing who actually asks the questions during the debates.

“I think the party should have more control over who moderates, and we should have more control over the partners,” Priebus told TheDC. “And if we can come up with a mechanism to take more control over the debate processes, that’s what we’re going to try to do.”

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KEYWORDS: 2012electionbias; 2016electionbias; bilderburg; dnctalkingpoints; howtostealanelection; nwo; oneparty; pravdamedia; riggeddebates; riggedelections
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1 posted on 03/18/2013 11:18:22 AM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

The stupid party...


2 posted on 03/18/2013 11:19:02 AM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

the stupid party which allows liberals and libertarians to speak at CPAC, tells us to change to suit their views and agenda and then we allow tem in our primaries while we get told we are old and stuffy and BTW I’m not old either.

Then we let liberals do our debates and the elitist fools wonder why we lose and get these idiots


3 posted on 03/18/2013 11:21:26 AM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: Hojczyk

it’s a perfectly valid gripe. stephanopoulos hijacked an entire republican primary debate because he couldn’t get his mind out of everybody’s underpants. it was creepy.

to say nothing of what cramdy crowlady did in the general election.


4 posted on 03/18/2013 11:22:11 AM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: Hojczyk

Duh......yawn


5 posted on 03/18/2013 11:23:01 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: Hojczyk
No more Stephanopoulos? RNC wants role in picking 2016 primary debate moderators

Duh!!!

6 posted on 03/18/2013 11:23:02 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (It's not "GUN CONTROL"! It's "PEOPLE CONTROL"!)
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To: Hojczyk

Why would the Democratic Party want to give up any of it’s control to the debates to the Republicans? Te Democrats, through their media arm (MSM) controls the message through the election campaign. Why share this with a GOP that has been more than willing to get snookered?


7 posted on 03/18/2013 11:24:50 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

Is the objective here to win elections and save country, or get rich consultants fees?


8 posted on 03/18/2013 11:24:56 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: Hojczyk

How about exerting a bit more control over who’s voting in Republican primaries? Enough with “open” primaries!! Registered republicans should be voting in Republican primaries.


9 posted on 03/18/2013 11:25:35 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: Hojczyk
GREAT IDEA!..of course; IF they (GOP/e$tabli$hment Party) survives their
own stupidity...Congressional (mis)Leadership to the next National Election.

10 posted on 03/18/2013 11:26:28 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income,tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: Hojczyk
And RNC chairman Reince Priebus told The Daily Caller that the party does not only want to reduce the number of debates...

Pribus absolutely should demand a balanced forum and format; and, if he gets it, he should then want as many debates as he can get.

11 posted on 03/18/2013 11:27:27 AM PDT by frog in a pot
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To: Hojczyk

I’ll accept George Stephanopoulos as an “objective journalist’ when dems accept Karl Rove as an objective journalist... Republicans have to be the stupidest party ever to grace the planet to buy into this kind of dem bullsh*it.


12 posted on 03/18/2013 11:31:42 AM PDT by GOPJ (DHS HAS secured: 1.6 BILLION bullets - 2.700 tanks and 35,000 drones ...to use on American soil...)
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To: Hojczyk

“And RNC chairman Reince Priebus told The Daily Caller that the party does not only want to reduce the number of debates. The RNC, he said, also wants to explore the possibility of choosing who actually asks the questions during the debates.”

A dinosaur attempting a primitve thought-process.


13 posted on 03/18/2013 11:32:53 AM PDT by ZULU (See: http://gatesofvienna.net/)
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To: Hojczyk

hey!!!! now why didnt anyone think of that before...

How about Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin

Or how about we put them 1-on-1 cage-match interview with Ann Coulter ?


14 posted on 03/18/2013 11:33:08 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: The_Media_never_lie
Is the objective here to win elections and save
country, or get rich consultants fees?
Depends:...
Tokyo Rove: receive rich consultants fees
..It's all about the $$$$ / meal ticket...screw policy.

15 posted on 03/18/2013 11:33:14 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income,tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: Hojczyk
Trump had a good idea of a live web debate..by passing network and establishment control of the process. There a was a big push-back from all sides and MSM.
16 posted on 03/18/2013 11:34:33 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: Hojczyk

First of all. The liberals own ABC, NBC and CBS so unless you want to have no exposure on those channels then you accept who they offer. Fox News could do a debate but it would not be shown on any other networks. So basically 2 million people would watch the debates and that is it. It is a gamble to not have debates on the three main networks but maybe that is what the Republicans want to do.


17 posted on 03/18/2013 11:34:37 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: GOPJ

I’ll accept George Stephanopoulos as an “objective journalist’ when dems accept Karl Rove as an objective journalist...

Does Karl Rove work at ABC? You are going to get an ABC moderator PERIOD. Perhaps they could get the most conservative of the group but that is the BEST they will get. I don’t think you guys know how this works.


18 posted on 03/18/2013 11:36:36 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Hojczyk

FU Rinse and Repeat! What a freaking concept! Did you come to this realization all on your own? How about figuring out a way to keep the Rats from rigging every election going forward, like they did in November!


19 posted on 03/18/2013 11:37:45 AM PDT by Batman11 (We came for the chicken sandwiches and a Sweet Tea Party broke out!)
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To: Mr. K

How about Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin
Or how about we put them 1-on-1 cage-match interview with Ann Coulter ?

Love the idea, but who will pay for it? Who will show it? Fox News? That would be the only channel. ABC, NBC and CBS are the only ones that can afford to have a national debate. That is why they do it.


20 posted on 03/18/2013 11:38:16 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Hojczyk

There is no need for Republicans to debate each other, it merely provides fodder for the media with which to bash all Republicans.

A candidate should win on their own merits, without having to tear other Republicans down to do it.


21 posted on 03/18/2013 11:38:39 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Hojczyk
Why are Republican candidates letting someone like ABC’s George Stephanopoulos — a former aide to Democrat Bill Clinton — ask them “gotcha questions” during a GOP primary?

It's NOT just Stephanopoulos - the other moderators get their questions from dem operatives. Nice long lists of questions they can 'choose' from... questions written by people who hate us.

It's about time the GOP work up to the fact that dems play us for fools.

22 posted on 03/18/2013 11:38:53 AM PDT by GOPJ (DHS HAS secured: 1.6 BILLION bullets - 2.700 tanks and 35,000 drones ...to use on American soil...)
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To: Hojczyk

It will be difficult for the GOP to find ‘fair and balanced’ moderators—but they should hold out for that or refuse to continue the debates.

If they set the rules for moderators/networks far in advance, it won’t matter if the liberals in the media wail and rant about the end of the debates.

Who needs them? Romney won and still lost the election.


23 posted on 03/18/2013 11:39:18 AM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: The_Media_never_lie
Is the objective here to win elections and save country, or get rich consultants fees?

Follow the money.

24 posted on 03/18/2013 11:40:01 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Hojczyk
The leftist moderators of the past two presidental elections did more damage than anyone realizes.

And the GOP only now realizes this???????

25 posted on 03/18/2013 11:40:53 AM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: Hojczyk

The GOP should tell the Dems that they want Wayne Lapierre, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity to moderate the 2016 debates. It wold be about as fair at the 3 moderators in 2012


26 posted on 03/18/2013 11:44:51 AM PDT by BobinIL
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To: napscoordinator
Gimme a break. ABC can do better.

I know what a ‘journalist’ is and what a political operative is... and George is a dem operative - - pretending to be a journalist. The folks at ABC know that too - and still hired him.

I don't believe ABC would make the same 'mistake' trying to foist off a conservative operative as a 'journalist'...

If YOU think otherwise have you ever wondered why George doesn't ‘do’ a nice investigative special on democrat ‘war rooms’ and how dems send out fake letters to newspapers? Pretending to be everyday citizens? George knows the inside stuff - and rather than shining a light on the crap - he ‘covers’ for one side. That's NOT journalism. I suspect you know that...

27 posted on 03/18/2013 11:46:19 AM PDT by GOPJ (DHS HAS secured: 1.6 BILLION bullets - 2.700 tanks and 35,000 drones ...to use on American soil...)
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To: Hojczyk

Just now figuring this out?


28 posted on 03/18/2013 11:48:11 AM PDT by tom paine 2
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To: Mr. K
How about Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin

Or how about we put them 1-on-1 cage-match interview with Ann Coulter ?

Limbaugh or Levin, I can understand. But Hannity??? Coulter???

Hannity would have his 3x5 index cards typed up by Karl Rove. And Coulter's a political prostitute. No thanks to either of those two.

29 posted on 03/18/2013 11:48:21 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: Hojczyk

As a condition of hosting a debate, the sponsoring group should be allowed to choose the moderator. Sports teams do this with broadcasters as part of their contract.

If a broadcast entity refuses to agree for any reason, the party then has the ability to explain to one and all exactly why no debate is being held on that particular network.

The fact of the matter is that the second-biggest sport for the networks, right after bashing conservatives, is bashing each other. Let CBS crow to the world about NBC’s bias. If it helps them in the ratings, they’ll stab their fellow leftists in the back in a New York minute.


30 posted on 03/18/2013 11:52:12 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: Hojczyk

Simply stage their own debates..if the Democrat candidate doesn’t show up then debate an empty chair.


31 posted on 03/18/2013 11:52:23 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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The Rats will just avoid those debates. Recall Obama’s refusal to attend a Newscorp Fox News moderated debate (Newscorp execs endorsed Kerry in 2004).


32 posted on 03/18/2013 11:53:02 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Hojczyk

One would think the RNC would be more interested in leveling the playing field for the general-election debates, but... oh, what the hell... it’s the GOP.


33 posted on 03/18/2013 11:55:22 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Gun control: Steady firm grip, target within sights, squeeze the trigger slowly...)
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To: Hojczyk

If they would reorganize the debate and primary schedules then they may could set up some type of regional or sectional debates that could be down minus the national media outlets.


34 posted on 03/18/2013 11:56:34 AM PDT by deport
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To: GOPJ

I was just telling you that it is a waste of time to complain when you aren’t going to get anyone better. Until conservative purchase a MAJOR network, it will continue to operate the same way.


35 posted on 03/18/2013 11:56:39 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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preibus is a covert enemy agent of evil. Let the party elite reach out to gays for marriage rights and illegals for citizenship... he can give them a reach-around if he wants to... but without the CONSERVATIVE BASE... the republican party is dead. It is on life support today and the prognosis looks terminal

LLS

36 posted on 03/18/2013 11:56:51 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: napscoordinator

That’s why I say scrap the debates, altogether.


37 posted on 03/18/2013 11:57:43 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: The_Media_never_lie

The repubic elite want to win elections (or lose when they want to)... ALL to ensure their own wealth and power. They laugh at us and the country.

LLS


38 posted on 03/18/2013 11:58:57 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Hojczyk

Can’t help but agree. Why any GOP’er would go on any of those networks is beyond me. Just like Boner saying he trust’s the Zero.


39 posted on 03/18/2013 11:59:08 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: GOPJ

It isn’t just the tone of the questions that are in question. It is the framing of the debate altogether.

The perspective coming in is often left of center.

And why were Republicans asked questions about evolution and faith? Why was the question never put point blank to Obama at a debate “you claim to be a Christian, do you honestly believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead and has been seen by people?”

Two can play at this game.


40 posted on 03/18/2013 11:59:28 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: ZULU

BINGO!

LLS


41 posted on 03/18/2013 11:59:29 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Hojczyk

You also need to fix the Candy Crowley’s of the world who outright help Obama lie. Why even have moderators. Have someone who reads a question and then microphones are turned on for a period of time.


42 posted on 03/18/2013 11:59:55 AM PDT by Vision (Obama is king of the "Takers." Don't be a "Taker.")
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To: COBOL2Java
I've watched ‘debates’ when EVERY person doing the questioning was a liberal so-called ‘journalist’.

Why not have one debate where every moderator is a conservative... have Rush AND Hannity AND Coulter.

I wonder if dems would scream about it? Would their butt boys in the MSM care if it worked against them?

The boys at the New York Times never noticed when the debates were tilted in their favor... would they'd notice if it was tilted in our favor? Just kidding - we all know the little sell outs would ‘notice’ immediately if their side was being treated unfairly... Oh the outrage... the outrage...

Just like the Germans overlooked their own flaws but easily spotted the ones in Jews... Or racists in the South in the 50’s were soooooo fair to fellow whites - but unfair to blacks. All the while thinking they were 'fair'.. Our modern press is one more example of a corrupted powerful ‘in’ group abusing power. Odd how these types never see themselves...

43 posted on 03/18/2013 12:00:50 PM PDT by GOPJ (DHS HAS secured: 1.6 BILLION bullets - 2.700 tanks and 35,000 drones ...to use on American soil...)
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To: Hojczyk

...and this was beyond their ability to figure out before the 2012 elections? Priebus should be gone...awful.


44 posted on 03/18/2013 12:01:03 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: Mr. K

Celebrity death match
Ann Coulter takes on the shelf ass moocher
Man it would be bigger than Ali Frazer


45 posted on 03/18/2013 12:13:32 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: Hojczyk

And why let blue states like Iowa, New Hampshire, and Navada vote first in republican primaries? So we can get McCain, Dole, and Romney candidates?


46 posted on 03/18/2013 12:19:47 PM PDT by BO Stinkss ( I'd rather die on my feet than live on my knees)
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To: Joe Boucher
Is there any wonder why the GOP lost the White House?
47 posted on 03/18/2013 12:20:25 PM PDT by kempo
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To: manc
Someone mentioned to me just yesterday that the GOP was represented by a bunch of "rich, white old guys." I asked him if he had watched the convention & he said he had for lots of the time and that's what he saw there too.

I informed him, since I was there in my seat, that the only rich, white, old guy on that stage was Clint Eastwood!

He countered that maybe I didn't see everything that was on TV and I told him that whenever the gavel came down, I was in my seat other than a bathroom break and I could hear whomever was speaking. I also told him that I have the printed program and can prove to a certainty that most all speakers were minorities or at least women. In fact, I said we were wondering why some guys didn't even get to speak at the time.

I asked whether he watched on network or CSpan. He said network.

He then proceeded to chew me out over the way the networks cover the GOP to which I replied, we're not ever going to get a fair shot by the networks, including FOX, so he'd better get over it.

I also said that some of his words sounded just like talking points from the DNC and that he's parroting the same liberal networks he claims to hate!

48 posted on 03/18/2013 12:27:44 PM PDT by zerosix (Native sunflower)
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To: napscoordinator
We can do better. There are still real journalists out there - and those people are capable of shame. Real journalists don't like the revolving door between politics and 'journalists' either.

The revolving door cheapens the brand.

I remember when journalists were respected - when it was an honest profession. That's not the case today.

Studies showing how people feel about the press are shocking... Trust for journalists is slightly above trust in Used Car salesmen. You might think that's fine - but a paper sells credibility. Without that they're a paid press release service... whoring... and have little to nothing to offer.. The used car salesman at least has a car to sell...

And if shame doesn't work, our side can refuse to debate with all liberal moderators. We can do the debates on FOX... dems will be invited - as we'll be 'invited' to their debates...

A good airing out of how much MSM news sucks - how biased they are - would be a nice thing for the country to discuss. It's talked about on the internet - might be time to let the rest of the country in on the discussion...

49 posted on 03/18/2013 12:35:23 PM PDT by GOPJ (DHS HAS secured: 1.6 BILLION bullets - 2.700 tanks and 35,000 drones ...to use on American soil...)
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To: zerosix
Someone mentioned to me just yesterday that the GOP was represented by a bunch of "rich, white old guys."

Next time ask him (for the sake of argument) why he believes that is.

Then make him substantiate his no-doubt nebulous response with facts.

Suggest something along the line of "prove it or shut up, a**hole".

Why should we put up with such rank racism from the other side. It makes me sick.

50 posted on 03/18/2013 12:46:51 PM PDT by skeeter
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