Since the first televised debates on presidential candidates, Republicans have only asked for fairness. This request was not always granted when mainstream media outlets hosted the debates. The Republican National Committee’s (RNC) third GOP presidential discussion scheduled for November 8 deserves some praise. The debate will take place on November 8 and be hosted by NBC News. There is a catch. Before conservatives and Republicans roll their eyes and groan, expecting the usual line of questioning from mainstream media hosts, there’s a catch. The debate will air on all NBC News platforms. However, the RNC has partnered with Rumble, a right-leaning platform, as well as the Salem Radio Network and the Republican Jewish Coalition, to host the debate.
Third GOP debate.
The Republican National Committee announced on Monday that it had selected partners — NBC News, Salem Radio Network (SRN), the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC), and Rumble — for the third GOP presidential primary debate to be held on November 8, 2023, at the…
— BISHOP🇺🇸 (@Gabishop2Gb) October 16, 2023
The debate hosts of mainstream media have a history of helping the Democrat candidate during Presidential debates. It’s hard not to think of Candy Crowley, CNN Political Correspondent in 2012, who appeared to assist former President Barack Obama during a debate between Mitt Romney and the GOP nominee. Even during the last debate hosted by Fox News Channel’s Dana Perino Fox Business Network’s Stuart Varney and Univision’s Ilia Caledrón, in partnership with Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Univision and Univision many conservative media outlets and hosts derided debate questions as “offensively dumb” and perceived “liberal framing.” Conservatives also criticized the second debate as “inappropriate,” “boring,” and “inappropriate.”
Why would the RNC risk NBC after the failure of their partnership with Univision and the questions raised by Calderon about racism and discrimination against the LGBT community, which many conservatives deemed less important than immigration and the economy? The mainstream media allows Republicans to move away from “preaching the choir” and get their candidates in front of a wider audience than Fox News, or other conservative outlets. New debate partners can also help balance the questions.
David Santrella, the CEO of Salem Media Group — Townhall’s parent company — said Salem is “honored to be chosen by the Republican National Committee to be a part of this historic Republican presidential primary debate.”https://t.co/eItF5G3K6d
— Spencer Brown (@itsSpencerBrown) October 16, 2023
David Bosse, the chairman of the Temporary Committee on Presidential Debates in 2022, had made a promise to the RNC that he would keep, at least partially. Bosse said in an interview that the GOP debates will not be held with “the same old outlets” but rather “raised-up conservative media.” Bosse then addressed the possibility that Republican voters would like to see a debate in which Republicans are the ones who ask the questions and run the show.
“Well, I’m just spitballing because we haven’t done anything, but wouldn’t American voters, Republican primary voters, want to see a debate where I don’t even know Mark Levin or Dan Bongino could ask questions? Right? “Wouldn’t it be both interesting and entertaining?”
The RNC may be at risk of losing a debate with the Republican Presidential candidate on NBC News, but the Republican debate partners could go a long way in preventing the same old debate questions from the mainstream media.
This is an historic opportunity. No other Jewish organization has ever co-sponsored a national presidential debate.
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— RJC (@RJC) October 16, 2023