lyTed Cruz blasted the debate moderators from CNBC at one point during the debate for making the debate a “caged fight” against the candidates. It was the most coveted moment of the night. It drew the highest ratings in resonating with audience members, and it hit the moderators in the head. Though, by their continuance of slanted questions aimed to make the Republicans look bad or to goad them to badger each other – which by the way, Jeb Bush was the only one who took the moderator’s criticism to heart when he agreed with their assessment of Rubio failing on this job because he was missing Senate floor votes while out campaigning. T’was a twilight moment – that was – as Rubio responded with fire upon Bush for making such a politicized statement.

1. An overtly biased CNBC pointed out

2. Ted Cruz calls them out

Via “Let me say something at the outset,” said Ted Cruz. “The questions that you have asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people do not trust the media.

“This is not a cage match,” said Cruz.

“And if you look at the questions: Donald Trump, are you a comic book villain? Ben Carson, can you do math. John Kasich, will you insult two people over here. Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen? How about talking about the substantive issues people care about.”

At that point, the audience burst into applause.

“Carl, I am not finished yet,” said Cruz. “The contrast with the Democratic debate, where every fawning question from the media was: Which of you is more handsome and wise?”

A moment later, Cruz said: “Nobody watching at home believes that any of the moderators have any intention of voting in a Republican primary. The questions that are being asked shouldn’t be trying to get the people to tear into each other, it should be: What are your substantive solutions for people who are hurting?”

Soon after this, pollster Frank Luntz sent out a Tweet: “Ted Cruz’s focus group dials hits 98 with his attack on media bias. That’s the highest score we’ve ever measured. EVER.”

Media Research Center President Brent Bozell said CNBC should be embarrassed.

“The audience roared its disdain for these so-called ‘journalists,’ and all of America heard it,” said Bozell. “CNBC’s should be embarrassed for their pitiful display of partisan liberal media bias and apologize to the GOP candidates and the American people.” Via

3. Jeb agrees with media critical of Rubio

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4. Moderators jinxed themselves



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