PARSING THE DEBATES
Sharp-eyed researchers are monitoring the Republican debates for fairness. And so far, the Tea Party Express/CNN showdown on Sept. 12 gets better marks than the recent Politico/MSNBC “hatchet job,” says Media Research Center analyst Geoffrey Dickens, who counted and rated every question that was asked in both bouts.
Of the 54 total questions asked by NBC anchor Brian Williams and Politico correspondent John Harris, “25 of them came from the left, with just one from the right. Twenty-eight questions were neutral,” Mr. Dickens explains, reasoning that 96 percent of “questions with an agenda” were liberal in content.
“In contrast, a review of the 62 total questions posed to GOP candidates at the CNN debate shows only 13 of them came from the left, 21 from the right, with 28 being neutral. So, of questions with an agenda, 62 percent were from the right, 38 percent were from the left,” Mr. Dickens says.
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