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The GOP de­bate wars con­tinue. In an open let­ter to Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee chair­man Reince Priebus, in­de­pen­dent me­dia maven Glenn Beck points out that the main­stream me­dia treats the GOP de­bates as “come­dies, as pro­pa­ganda and as rat­ings and rev­enue op­por­tu­ni­ties, even as they mock con­ser­va­tive can­di­dates.” Mr. Beck also notes that his on­line em­pire — which in­cludes Blaze TV, and the Blaze Ra­dio Net­work now reaches, at min­i­mum, 41 mil­lion view­ers, lis­ten­ers and read­ers.

“We’d like to make out au­di­ence your au­di­ence by host­ing the ninth sched­uled de­bate on Feb. 28,” Mr. Beck ad­vised the GOP, de­scrib­ing the pro­posed two-hour broad­cast as the “first truly cross-plat­form, dig­i­tally en­gaged de­bate in the his­tory of Amer­i­can pol­i­tics,” and one that might even at­tract the young and rest­less vot­ing bloc.

“Our plan is straight­for­ward. Rather than be­ing mod­er­ated by jour­nal­ists who ask all the ques­tions, I will host, and I will in­vite the great­est new con­ser­va­tive thinkers and me­dia voices in Amer­i­can to pre­pare and ask ques­tions live and by video. The time for the­atrics and hy­per­bole is passed,” Mr. Beck wrote.

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