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Clue to Cue Cruz

By on October 29, 2015 in See It Here

After the third Republican debate in Colorado, I was viewing-hearing-reading a lot about how horrible the three CNBC moderators were and, if you listened to the usual suspects, how biased they are against Republicans.

The theme of the debate was economics. That means there would be topics about government funding, tax reform and discussions about Social Security structure to name a few.

And it usually stayed on that topic, despite efforts by the ten candidates who were on stage to start the “blame-the-media” routine.

Ted Cruz was asked about the compromise deal between Congressional Republicans and the White House to keep the government funded along with allowing the debt limit to be increased for two years. You got some economics, you got some long-range thinking and, of course, you got some politics because Republican, Democrat and White House negotiators agreed on something.

Cruz didn’t answer the question. And, sadly, I really wanted to get his take on it.

Instead, we were given this: “You know let me say something from the outset. The questions that have been asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media.”

Note to Ted:

You are running for the highest office in the United States and you are making your case before millions of people about why you are a better candidate than the other 13 to represent your party. And instead of answering what is a basic newsworthy question (the agreement had been reached a day earlier and the House approved it a few hours before Ted appeared on television), Senator Cruz started doing his I-don’t-like-the-question dance.

The moderators need to sit down for the next debate with the staffs of each campaign and say this single sentence: “We are going to ask a question and if your candidate decides to answer another question, or go on a rant, then we are going to let them finish and say, ‘The candidate didn’t answer the question’ and go to the next person to be asked for an answer.” At the end of the debate, all the pundits can look at who answered the most questions and how many chose to blame the media or whatever their problem happens to be that evening.

Blaming the media is the oldest trick in the playbook but if Ted would put on his Big Boy Pants and provide an answer, he can whine all he wants after the debate is over.

Otherwise, this is nothing but a TV show and CSI has better actors.

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