It would appear that way, if you read The New York Times’ political headline story:
CNN Hopes To Capture Candidates’ Competitive Spirit In GOP Debate.
Yeah. I’ll bet. You think CNN would be interested in putting Hillary Rodham Clinton in the pit against Bernie Sanders and whoever that other Democrat candidate is? Here’s some of the text, but you really should read the entire piece:
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — The leading Republican presidential hopefuls have spent the weeks since their first debate provoking one another, with distant taunts and tweeted insults.
And now CNN, which hosts the second candidate clash here Wednesday night, is aiming to capture that same combative spirit by getting the candidates to engage with one another in person and on camera.
Uh huh. I wonder who will benefit most from a scenario like this.
The effort to encourage candidate interaction differs from the approach taken in the first debate by Fox News, which relied heavily on its three accomplished moderators to ask tough questions, forcing the participants to outline their positions and explain their records, yielding only a handful of memorable exchanges among the candidates on stage.
Doggone it. Only a handful of memorable (read that: “insulting”) exchanges.
Fox News drew praise for its handling of the event — along with a record number of viewers — but CNN’s team of producers and moderators said they were looking to establish a different tempo and to emphasize candidate interaction above all else…
Translation: Let’s you and him (her) fight. Let’s see who can think up the most vicious one-liners in the show.
…Mr. Tapper said the most riveting exchange in the first debate was the one between Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, over the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of data. He described the feisty back-and-forth as “electric” and “illuminating,” saying he hoped to create as many of those moments as possible…
Translation: Let’s see if I can really turn a presidential debate into a tabloid-esque trash-talking slug-fest.
And you can bet that Hugh Hewitt (not a conservative radio host) will be laying in wait to ambush Donald Trump with some sort of minutiae.
…Mr. Hewitt, who on his popular radio show had a memorable exchange with Mr. Trump, during which the real estate mogul stumbled over international affairs, said he hoped to avoid “gotcha” questions. “I try not play Jeopardy,” Mr. Hewitt said. “Being generally acquainted with the terrorist network is not the same as being able to name the particular leader of Al Nusra.”…
Okee Dokee. Read all of it. If you can take it.