A debate on the economy….or something like that

On the evening of Wednesday, November 9, 2011, the GOP presidential hopefuls gathered in Rochester, Michigan for a debate on the economy. Well, that’s how it was billed beforehand by CNBC. You don’t believe it was quite billed that way? Check out CNBC’s own opening to the debate for yourself. However, it did not quite end up playing out in reality as each candidate’s “plan to jumpstart the American economy.” That’s the funny thing about CNBC and other mainstream media outlets; reality is too subjective for them.

CNBC’s true colors were fairly evident from the start, to the informed viewer. However, those colors were very much on display for viewers, when Maria Bartiromo decided to take a hard left turn from the economy and traipse off onto the allegations that have been made against Herman Cain…

BARTIROMO: You have all said that ….But, first, Mr. Cain, the American people want jobs, but they also want leadership. They want character in a president. In recent days, we have learned that four different women have accused you of inappropriate behavior. Here we’re focusing on character and on judgment.

(BOOING)

You’ve been a CEO.

CAIN: Yes.

BARTIROMO: You know that shareholders are reluctant to hire a CEO where there are character issues. Why should the American people hire a president if they feel there are character issues?

CAIN: The American people deserve better than someone being tried in the court of public opinion based on unfounded accusations. That’s…

(APPLAUSE)

And I value my character and my integrity more than anything else. And for every — one person that comes forward with a false accusation, there are probably — there are thousands who would say none of that sort of activity ever came from Herman Cain.

You’re right. This country’s looking for leadership. And this is why a lot of people, despite what has happened over the last nine days, are still very enthusiastic behind my candidacy. Over the last nine days…

(APPLAUSE)

Over the last nine days, the voters have voted with their dollars, and they are saying they don’t care about the character assassination. They care about leadership and getting this economy growing and all of the other problems we face.

(APPLAUSE)

Herman Cain handled himself fairly well and shut Bartiromo down. But, it was tag team time in Michigan, if you watched the video on past about 8:00 on the counter, when John Harwood decided to spin it around to Mitt Romney and ask him if he would keep Herman Cain, when he worked for Bain Capital and such accusations had been made…

HARWOOD: Governor Romney, when you were at Bain Capital, you purchased a lot of companies. You could fire the CEO and the management team or you could keep them. Would you keep a CEO — are you persuaded by what Mr. Cain has said? Would you keep him on if you bought his company?

(BOOING)

ROMNEY: Look, look, Herman Cain is the person to respond to these questions. He just did. The people in this room and across the country can make their own assessment. I’m not…

(CROSSTALK)

(APPLAUSE)

There’s video of it here, starting at about 6:00 on the counter….

Note the applause, when Harwood openly indicated that they were abandoning that current tactic and trying to get back on the advertised topic of the economy.

Am I the only one that finds it intriguing that CNBC left video of the boos and jeers segment out of their own “Top Debate Video Moments” collection on their own site?

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