The miraculous Republican debate
By Newt Gingrich (original source The Washington Times)
Thursday night’s presidential debate on CNBC may go down in history as a major turning point in candidate-news media relations.
For years the elite news media has assumed it was in charge — that it could define the topics, lengths of answers, and who got to speak.
For me, the brutal dishonesty and anti-conservative bias became unbearable when Chris Matthews “moderated” the Republican debate at the Reagan Library on May 3, 2007. This was the very first debate of that cycle and there was Tip O’Neill’s press secretary, a hard-line left-wing partisan Democrat, pretending to “moderate.” A few months later, Mr. Matthews would say that he “felt this thrill going up [his] leg” as he listened to then-Sen. Barack Obama speak. And he had the gall to show up at the Reagan Library as a “journalist.”
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