As is common these days, CNBC's broadcast of the Republican debate Wednesday night in Boulder, Colorado, highlighted various Twitter comments, from both pundits and average Joes, about the proceedings. Said tweets appeared on a scroll along the bottom of the screen. Unfortunately for CNBC, many people watching and tweeting agreed with the candidates that CNBC did a poor job hosting the debate, and whether by design or not, many of these critical remarks made it on to the network itself.
Among those that were shown:
Trump is masterful here; hard for CNBC to put Larry Kudlow on all the time then proclaim supply-side tax cuts to be fantasy. #CNBCGOPDebate— daveweigel (@daveweigel) October 29, 2015
(Weigel was pointing out, accurately, that CNBC's moderators called Donald Trump's tax plan unrealistic while one of its most prominent commentators says it's great.)
I think that one played at least three times.
Rubio gets huge cheers for going after "double standard that exists in this country between the mainstream media + the conservative media"— Garance Franke-Ruta (@thegarance) October 29, 2015
More on that moment here.
Candidates vs moderators. Yikes. #CNBCGOPDebate— Katie Fitch, MT-BC (@KatieFitchMT) October 29, 2015
There seemed to be a prevalent sense that CNBC had lost control of the debate on a practical level.
I was actually really looking forward to a substantive debate about the economy.... this is off the rails. #CNBCGOPDebate— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) October 29, 2015
Again, all of these tweets appeared on CNBC.
This is insane. 6 people talking and yelling at each other at once.— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) October 29, 2015
And then there was ... this.
@CNBC everyone's hand gestures are so dramatic tonight and more than a little distracting.— Jaime Boler (@bookmagnet) October 29, 2015
TOO MANY HANDS DOING HAND THINGS! It was a rough night for CNBC, but perhaps, apparently, a good night for hands.