The irony, of course, that CNBC is home to some of the biggest free-marketers in the world, who for the most part also happen to be Republicans: Lower-regulation, big-time capitalist business executives. Isn’t that something conservatives like to see more of?
CNBC’s Rick Santelli, who covers the Chicago Mercantile Exchange focusing mostly on interest rates, said on Friday he agreed with Sen. Rand Paul, who is in favor of free markets, including letting the credit interest market rates go up and down without Federal Reserve intervention.
Did that put Paul into a bad light? I don’t think so. Didn’t Rick Santorum, former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, talk about how small-business health insurers are getting hurt because of Obamacare? Did that put him a bad light?
Yes, there were was some pressing questions for candidates as well. Tough questioning is what journalism is always about -- for business executives, and all politicians. That’s what the public deserves. The good news? They get to respond to all kinds of questions -- those that seem friendly, those aren’t are, and stuff in between.
In that light, presidential candidates should do just what they always have done, and what we can expect: never answer all the questions with direct answers. Just talk about something else. We understand drama.
Maybe the RNC is thinking that, with the expected crazy increase in political TV advertising -- a record $4.4 billion -- who needs debate coverage on a network anyway?
Still, ot seems strange that the RNC wouldn’t want to reach all U.S. voters who watch all kind of TV networks. Fox News? Natch. CNN? Sure. Telemundo? Hmmm... Aren’t Hispanic-Americans a key voting group that the RNC as well as Democrats are looking to curry favor from in future years?
CNBC pulled in a nice 14.1 million viewers -- as well as grabbing up to $250,000 for a thirty-second commercial for TV marketers for the debate. It’s a free market after all.
The RNC still has a lot to learn about who their market is. Hey, maybe Comedy Central will come calling.