So permit me to ask the obvious questions: Why in the world is liberal journalist John Harwood moderating Wednesday’s Republican debate? And where the heck is his conservative media partner?
Wednesday night’s debate will be hosted by CNBC at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. It will be moderated by Harwood along with CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla and Becky Quick and is supposed to focus on economic issues, though previous CNBC debates have strayed far from that topic.
Harwood frequently angers conservatives for his partisan takes on the news. I mostly laugh off his predictably liberal views because I don’t take him that seriously. But that only leads us back to figuring out why he’s moderating this Wednesday’s debate. Let’s just look at a few examples of how he covers news.
These Headlines Tell You Most of What You Need to KnowHarwood works for both CNBC and The New York Times. You can get something of a feel for his predictable but conventional liberal takes from the headlines of just his most recent pieces:
- On the Economy, Republicans Have a Data Problem
- Tax Plans of G.O.P. Favor the Rich Despite Populist Talk
- Timing Gives Sanders a Lift in His Quest
- Republicans Vow to Erase Obama’s Record, but Such Promises Are Rarely Kept
- Outsiders Stir Politics, but Often Fail to Win or Govern Well
- Angry Bent of Party Let Trump Rise
- Bernie Sanders: A Revolution With an Eye on the Hungry Children
Hillary Clinton’s Chief Defense StrategistHarwood has long defended Hillary Clinton when embroiled in scandal. A recent example:
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