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Why Let The Olbermann Network Run The First –Or Any– GOP Presidential Debate?

Monday, November 15, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

My Washington Examiner column this morning has created quite an email barrage. The debate over where and when to begin “debates” is separate and apart from who ought to staff the panels asking the question.

The Reagan Library is a great location, but starting the presidential debate season before September is a terrible idea, and the worst idea of all is letting MSMer, and especially Olbermann’s Network, run the questions.

I’ll spend most of the show inviting callers to weigh in on this..

UPDATE: Comes the question: Why do you think Politico is liberal?

Answer: They are to the left of center, and usually it shows not just in the coverage and headlines but also by what they don’t cover. Two timely examples.

First, Cool It opened this weekend. Lots of deserved coverage across the country, and reviews in every majornewspaper, and much coverage across the media.

Not a word in Politico. The picture skewers Al Gore. The only story on it is from October 7, and is headlined: “Bjorn Lomborg says he agrees with Al Gore, sort of.”

Second example. Most interesting book on Obama of the last three months? Not Woodward’s, but Stanley Kurtz’s Radical-in-Chief. What has Politico said about it?


The Politico gang are wonderful MSM journalists and I read them every day and welcome them on the show.

But they shouldn’t mediate the GOP nomination and Olbermann’s Network especially ought to be kept far, far away from the proceedings.

I hope the GOP candidates quickly communicate they will have no part in such a MSM extravanganza, as to do so will be to send a message they shouldn’t send to the lefty journalists as well as the GOP base.


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