The Republican candidates, and the RNC, were so peeved at the way Wednesday night’s CNBC debate was handled that they are suspending their partnership with the entire NBC network, according to a statement from RNC chair Reince Priebus.
“While debates are meant to include tough questions and contrast candidates’ visions and policies for the future of America, CNBC’s moderators engaged in a series of ‘gotcha’ questions, petty and mean-spirited in tone, and designed to embarrass our candidates,” Priebus wrote in an open letter directed to Andrew Lack, NBC News Chairman. “What took place Wednesday night was not an attempt to give the American people a greater understanding of our candidates’ policies and ideas.”
During the debate, the CNBC moderators were booed by the crowd and dissed by the candidates repeatedly, sometimes for actually calling out falsehoods in various campaigns. However the moderating did seem unprepared for the reaction they’d get, and reactions suggested that the debate felt out of control and careening for viewers across the ideological spectrum.