Last updated on February 2, 2020
When asked about the legitimate criticism directed toward the DNC debate rule change that will now allow Michael Bloomberg to grace us with his divine presence on a debate stage, MSNBC political analyst Beth Fouhy thought the DNC made the correct decision. Her argument is that Bloomberg is being allowed to float about the other candidates with his political ad campaigns and not have to answer questions. If Bloomberg appears on a debate stage, he will get tough questions from the debate moderators that he has to answer.
What debates has Beth Fouhy been watching?
Seriously. The only people I can think that might be happy with the debate moderators are establishment centrists. Most of the questions are Republican talking points or designed to get one candidate to attack another. This has especially been true for any questions directed toward the progressives in the race. The moderate candidates have not had to rehash again and again, “How are you going to pay for program X?”
Be honest moderate Daily Kos fans. When is the last time that Biden, Buttigieg, or Klobuchar were asked details of how they pay for anything they propose?
Buttigieg has been hit a few times for his lack of experience, but those hits have been initiated by other candidates such as Klobuchar. Then, the other candidates pile on when Buttigieg waxes on about how bad Washington experience is, but I can’t recall the debate moderators digging in deep with pertinent questions.
Also, the Media has the same damn biases that your average American voter does. To wit: money = success = brains. How else did we end up with the orange ape in the White House? The Media worships money and success. They never ask where the money came from or how it was obtained. And the Media defers to the wealthy.
Has Tom Steyer been deluged with tough questions during his appearances? Maybe he has, but wouldn’t that have made been headlines? I get to see headlines whenever Warren or Sanders get tough questions. And when Joe Biden has a Trump plant hit him on the campaign trail, I get to see that headline. The Media loves it when some Republican asshole screams at Joe Biden. It makes for good copy or hits to see Biden get in the Republican’s face. But Tom Steyer? Shrugs.
And as for those legitimate complaints about this debate rule change:
But Warren and other liberal supporters argued Bloomberg needs a proper vetting, particularly since his media company has been instructed not cover the Democratic primary. Some have urged the DNC to reconsider its rules to allow him to participate, and Warren has also been critical of a nondisclosure agreement women at his company signed that bar them from discussing legal claims they filed. She believes they should be released from the gag order….
“To now change the rules in the middle of the game to accommodate Mike Bloomberg, who is trying to buy his way into the Democratic nomination, is wrong,” Jeff Weaver, a senior adviser to Sanders, told POLITICO as the rules were being announced.
Weaver pointed to other current and past candidates like Cory Booker, Yang and Julián Castro, who dropped off the stage because they couldn’t meet the minimum polling threshold.
“Now, suddenly because Mr. Bloomberg couldn’t satisfy one of the prongs, we see it get changed?” Weaver said. “That’s the definition of a rigged system where the rich can buy their way in.”
Yeah, rich white guy can get onto the debate stage, but non-white not billionaire candidates have to hit the road.
This is a cynical attempt by Tom Perez and the DNC to kiss Bloomberg’s ass and keep his money flowing.
And as for Beth Fouhy’s prediction that the debate moderators will ask the tough questions of Bloomberg, she is full of shit. There is no history or data of the Media asking tough questions of billionaires.
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