PARS­ING THE DE­BATES

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

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.

Soar­ing rhetoric, grand plans, dis­grun­tled mum­bles to j h a r p e r @ wash­ing­ton­times.com.

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