The media beat Harper but in the States, maybe the balance just shifted. Reibus' letter this morning firing NBC is posted on-line. Besides the gotcha questions we saw, Last week, CNBC broke hidden promises. The first question was to give each candidate an opener economics question but didn't. (Trump got the clown campaign jibe). Equal speaking time was promised but not delivered. (Trace candidate Kasich, the only guy who liked the panel, had more time than Carson, Trump and Bush) The evening's theme was promised "job growth, taxes, technology, retirement and the health of our national economy" and it wasn't. Reibus goes on to enumerate the other failings which we already knew about, the ones the audience booed.
This is neither too little nor too late. Reibus holds out the olive branch at the end of the first paragraph, "We simply cannot continue with NBC without full consultation with our campaigns.". Note he is saying that if the candidates, not the NRC, can be persuaded, the debate is back on track. I expect it will.
The other network bosses are busy reading this letter with their morning jo. Milton Friedman explained how it is with politicians and it's the same for the Journolist crowd: "Make it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing." (50 second video clip).
RNC leverage over NBC group: "14 million people watched, easily making the much-derided debate the
most-watched program in CNBC's 30-year history. Because advertisers paid
$250,000 apiece, it was "also the most profitable night in the network's history,"
Added: It's unfair of me to blame the media for the whole mess since Harper's team neglected to update itself and to do so warmly.
Update: Riebus was pushed: "Republican presidential campaigns are planning to gather in Washington,
D.C., on Sunday evening to plot how to alter their party’s messy debate
process — and how to remove power from the hands of the Republican