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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

It Makes For Lively Debate

That which does not kill us makes us stronger. 
-- Friedrich Nietzsche -- 

I heap scorn upon the mainstream press as much as anyone. But the liberal bias that they no longer even try to hide can be useful, if not entertaining. We all found the various press moderators in the many recent GOP debates to be woefully one-sided in their views - and in the questions they posed to the various Republican candidates. But was that a bad thing or a good thing?

First, how bad was the prejudice?
ABC's GOP Debate Questions 6 to 1 Liberal, 25% on Contraception, Gay Rights By Scott Whitlock, NewsBusters

ABC's GOP presidential debate on Saturday overflowed with liberal questions. Of the 48 queries by George Stephanopoulos, Diane Sawyer and others, 20 came from the left, three were from the right and 25 were neutral or horse race questions. A whopping 25 percent (12 questions) revolved around contraception-related subjects or gay rights.

Although birth control isn't exactly a pressing 2012 issue (especially in a tough economy), George Stephanopoulos wasted seven questions on contraception. The former Democratic operative began by noting Rick Santorum's belief that there is no constitutional "right to privacy." He added, "And following from that, he believes that states have the right to ban contraception." The co-moderator repeated, "Governor Romney, do you believe that states have the right to ban contraception? Or is that trumped by a constitutional right to privacy?"

When the ABC journalists weren't grilling the Republicans on birth control, the subject was gay marriage and homosexual issues in general (five questions).

NBC's debate on Sunday featured liberal questions by an eight-to-one margin.

Shouldn't the point of a Republican debate be to inform Republican voters who is the authentic conservative? [link]
Personally, I don't think there's a better way to determine who the most conservative candidate in the race is than to be bombarded with liberal questions on liberal topics coming out of the mouths of hopelessly liberal "journalists."  Yeah, I regret the wasted time that was devoted to homosexuals and contraception.  But the candidates' reactions to the off-putting questions were fascinating.  Newt's in particular.

So let's condemn George Stephanopoulos, Diane Sawyer and others. And thank them for making for an enlightening debate.

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In agreement?  William McGurn.  See "The Stephanopoulos Standard."